Kapittel Blond | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Kapittel BlondKapittel Blond
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Kapittel BlondKapittel Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 05-10-2004

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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of flagmantho
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: slightly hazy yellow-golden hue with plenty of effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam which dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: nice, clean malt aroma with a little bit of tangy zip. Green apple and pear aromas are present, as well. I like it.

Taste: nice malt flavor which is rather mild. There's some apple flavor here, but also a weird off-flavor which I can't easily describe. It's kind of reminiscent of a smoky lapsang souchong tea, which can be good but is hardly appropriate here. I want to like this beer but the off-flavor really pulls it down for me.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is not a bad beer, but the off-flavors just make it not my thing.

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Photo of impending
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

SF Toranado. Moderately hazy pale golden yellow, pure dense white head. minor lacing.

Aroma is restrained but has interesting notes of banana, apple and ginger.

Taste is mild in all measures. Mild sweetness to begin and mild hop flavors to end. Minimal bitter, the aftertaste is short lived.
Light bodied smooth mouthfeel.

Best served well chilled on a hot summer day, a decent thirst quencher, not a sipper.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
best before A 7 12
A- This beer has a slightly hazy deep yellow body with a slight orange hint to it and a thin creamy white head that sticks to the glass with each sip. There is a matrix of slow tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The raw grain, fresh rain and dry spun sugar aroma blends together with a green candy hop note in the finish

T- The crisp clean flavor of pale malt and dry sugar turns more water as the beer opens up. There is a green hop finish with some soapy woody notes to the hops.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a filling fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has some nice soft tripel qualities with the dry sugar notes and soft but the watery taste makes this a bit too thin and the fizz masks the finish aswell.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle in 't Velootje, Gent, Belgium. Reviewed from notes.

A: Light gold colour. Decent retention and appeal. Two finger head.

Sm: Barley and hops. Pretty standard fare. It's difficult to detect individual notes with me broken nose. All apologies. A bit musty and light in strength.

T: Bland. Standard barley blond with a few hops thrown in haphazardly. Simple, but balanced. Built poorly for the style. Where are the crystal hops?

Mf: Nicely smooth and fairly dry, a strange effect for a blonde but not an unwelcome one.

Dr: Very mundane. Not worth your time compared to other Belgian blondes. That said, it is very fairly priced.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slight pale gold colour with generous Belgian head, white and foamy, bubbling a little on the top but some nice trails of lace behind. Good retention. Looks nice.

Smell is rather sweet. Quite rich with a sweet grainy edge to it, kind of oatmeal-esque with a belt of Belgian must and fresh-cut grass. Quite pleasant overall character, bodes well for flavour.

Flavour is fairly rich and sweet as well, with a big caramelly malt goodness upfront developing into a mellow but full-bodied mid-palate. It takes on some phenolic medicine notes and a touch of champagne yeastiness before the finish which is still mostly sweet, but with a bolder, almost minty, character. Guess it's just combining with those Belgian yeast phenols, it's a decent enough Belgian pale but I've had better.

Feel is suitably smooth, and surprisingly thick for 6.5%, suits the style well and goes down quite easily.

Good beer, wouldn't say great.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a golden orange color that produced a great fluffy white head with good retention. Plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- A nice crisp biscuit-like lemon and yeast-like clay/earth. Very subtle spice.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A crisp banana and biscuit lemon yeast with a lightly green hop component.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level and a nice balance. A good feel with a great combo of classic belgian and hops.

(D)- A great belgian pale ale. I like the balance of it without being overly and in your face hoppy. Good stuff right here.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale golden color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is sweet and yeasty with some strong honey aromas. I also get some clove and lemon. Taste is initially yeasty with banana. This beer has some crisp bitterness and distinct clove flavors. I also get pepper, and it has a melon-fruit finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, full-flavored, with a crisp finish. Drinkability is VERY high. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of Belgian Blondes, but this one is quite tasty on draft.

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Photo of crossovert
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a clear gold with a tall, foamy, off-white head that dissipates with some spots of lacing.

The smell is strong and fruity, there is a fair amount of clove and orange. There are also notes of bread, honey, and hay.

The flavor isn't as good. It has a certain rottenness to it like rotten banana and orange. It is a bit reminiscent of golden raisins. The malt is there as well providing some cracker flavor.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden colour. Minimal head with mild carbonation bubbles.

S - Banana & vanilla with a touch of aniseed.

T - Slightly spicy with strong carbonation. Sweet honey with some sour aftertaste. All this is combined with again a bit of aniseed.

M - Bittersweet; bitter at first but softening. Very lively but smoothing out as you drink.

D - Nice and mellowing as you drink. Not great though - taste is just ok....

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light honey nose. Flavor is smooth, honey-like, more malts than hops. Slight dry finish. $19.95 for a mixed 4-pak 330ml bottles from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Aromas of light malts, floral hops, banana, and wet hay.

This is where it all goes wrong....The taste is very mild for the most part with some honey sweetness and floral hops, along with the light malts. The overwhelming taste that smacks you with the weight of a 2"x4" is some sort of minerally copper. It's up front, in the middle, and in the finish. The more you drink, the less of it you notice, but it just isn't good.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery with very little carbonation,

I won't be going back again for this. I believe they used a new technique that uses dirty pennies in the mash.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small bottle picked up at the COOP on Saturday.. Poured into my SN XXX goblet.. short lasting white head.. the brew is hazed golden orange... splotchy lacing and nonexistent cap.

Nose is bready with some lite clove.. only slightly estery with some background orange..

Esters show on the palate as some overripe pear and green apple skin.. odd metal flavor builds from the front and peaks mid palate and finishes the same.. coppery.

Not digging this one at all.. the bones are there, but the 2nd half of the glass is too much effort.


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Photo of BobZ
2.97/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Managed a 1/4" head after a hard pour that quickly dissipated. Nice yellow with a few yeast floaties.

Smell: A little bit of citrus and sweetness, pleasant enough.

Taste: Up front bitterness that verges on metallic, never really seems to go away it's masking over some better flavors of sweetness, not horrible but not good either.

Mouth feel: The bitterness and lack of balance impacts the mouthfeel to. Lightly carbonated may more would have helped.

Drinkability: Too many negatives to make this an enjoyable session beer.

Hard to believe this is from the same Belgian villiage (Watou) as St. Bernardus, disappointing blond.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 2/13/10 notes, had on tap at Max's Belgian Beer Fest in Baltimore, MD.

a - Poured a clear golden color that was very transparent. Little head or carbonation evident.

s - Smells strongly of yeast. Also hints of hops, some fruit, and grain.

t - Tastes strongly of yeast as well. Little bit of fruit as well, but kind of bland

m - Light body with no carbonation.

d - Overall I thought this beer was ok. Strong yeast notes to it and the bland taste made it definitely not near the top of the best things available at Max's. I wouldn't have ordered it again.

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Photo of JBogan
2.82/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a muddy looking dark gold with a very small white head which leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is of sweet malt, honey along with some buttery notes.

Taste follows the aroma closely. Sweet malt is the predominant factor, then the slight buttery aspect along with yeast in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and thick, almost creamy. There's just enough carbonation to keep it from being dull.

All said and done, there are a lot better beers out there in this style.

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Photo of haddon
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

golden color with a cloudy haze. nice frothy head with lots of lacing down the goblet

classic belgian fruity notes: apricots, peaches, dates, malts & a very faint alcohol smell mixed in as well

taste starts off metallic, almost off-putting. the aftertaste is much better...turns to lemon, honey, clove & banana

actually not bad on the tongue. medium body with right amount of carbonation

did not enjoy the first few sips of this at all. however, as the beer warmed it was much more enjoyable. even so, couldn't get past the first impression that disappointed a bit

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Photo of DawnL
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice reddish/golden color with good head retention.

Otherwise, not an exciting brew. Had some murky flavors of spice and yeast, but more like a mulled cider feeling to it with slight minerality. Not bad, but not particularly memorable either. Goes well with food. In fact, it needs food. Would pair nicely with mild cheeses and poultry dishes.

It's drinkable, but not in large quantities.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown pop top with nice label...very Belgian..looking forward to this one

Appearance: Dark gold beer, fairly bright, with lots of small yeast sediment in suspension, big ivory cap with good retention

Smell: Lots of crisp, fresh grain and mild earthy hops...very pilsener-esque...a little yeasty funk and fruit on the back end

Taste: Very sweet, mildly steely light crystal malts...light candy sugar...fairly simple...somewhat tasty, but there is NOT a lot going on here...

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied...kind of slippery

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: It's kinda tasty, but nothing special in any way...I bought this in a mixed Kapittel 4-pack...I'm hoping the rest are more memorable...

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Photo of tempest
2.21/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle at Dulle Griet in Ghent. This beer didn't taste right, but the bartender claimed it was right on. There was a strong metallic taste and aroma that made me feel like I was licking a pocketful of change every time I took a sip. Sure the clear gold body looked great, but as a beer, this failed.

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Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 6.5%abv., BB 03/2010, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a dark orangey golden hue, translucent with tiny bits of yeast sediments swmming in the lightly carbonated body, topped with a 2cm thick white spongy froth that settles gradually to a thin cap.
S: lightly sour-sweet yeasty fruity on a par with a lubricating sugary malts that gives out a lubricating-kind of note; a refreshing flow of really fragrant, springy flower blossoms (pronounced hints of Chinese white camomile of Hangzhou - "Hang-Bai Ju"), orangey fruits and a mild touch of leafy herbs. Soothing and pleasant.
T: a lubricating swallow of mildly sweet pale malts and orangey-citric fruity hops with a mildly mineral, chewy bitterness is closely ensued by a slowly developing wave of fragrant flowery taste, almost like a sweetened Chinese camomile tea with a spicy kick, and the finishing undertone is a tad zesty or slightly tangy to render a intriguing contrast with the smooth flowery aftertaste.
M&D: light on the carbonation, just sufficient to render a refreshing palate, against a medium body and moderate flavour profile; all in all, this is a pretty quiet, but well-made, pale ale that is really easy to drink and the soothing, flowery-tea edge is especially commendable.

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Photo of BierFan
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The neck label on the 11.2 ounce bottle lists an abv of 6.5%.

Small white head. Hazy dull dark yellow body. Almost no carbonation at all. Musty malty and fruity aroma and taste. Herbal up front with a very sweet and flowery finish.

This has been kind of a letdown for me. Greater carbonation would have immensely improved the beer.

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Photo of adamette
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 11.2 oz. bottle into my Piraat tulip glass. Best by "date" of 03 09. Purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October for $4.89.

A Nice frothy white head over a pleasing golden yellow translucent body with inconsistent carbonation rising up at least initially. I do not see cloudy, hazy in the beer that I just poured.

S Belgian yeast and a very appropriate "Blond" smell at that with the yeast, some alcohol and possibly some corn husks to the nose.

T Kind of basic yeasty belgian blond with some other grains possible. My early impression is that it does not take too many chances. It is true to the style but a bit one dimensional. Certainly it is on the sweet side of the sweet--bitter scale without much bitterness at all.

M Light to moderate and true to the style.

D Good and if it were more available and less than $5 per 11.2 ounce bottle I would likely buy more of it.

Notes: This is the first of four "Kapittel" beers that I purchased that day at Beers of the World. It will be fun to compare and contrast them in the days to come.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, moderately dark golden body, not unlike dark apple juice, supporting two fingers of moderately durable white foam. Sadly, the presentation was the best part of Het Blond which, while not abysmal, was simply ordinary. After letting Blond sit for some time and warm, some spice emerges to complement the modest fruit aromas. I detect some banana, some sour apple, and a bit of ginger but long for much more.

Banana and ginger carry the taste load, which I found disappointing overall. It lacks flavorful punch, and isn't the most effervescent Belgian, to say the least. The sourness is off-putting, and not simply because I hopes for something different (better, really), but rather because the sweet if modest aroma doesn't translate into the taste. In a word, it's banal.

After drinking this--and I won't describe my experience with Het Blond as "enjoying it"--I perused my reviews of Belgian Pale Ales. I must admit that I have yet to experience one that has wowed me, so it's possible that, like Brown Ale, this might not be my style. Yet I certainly came around to Reds, thanks to Brian Boru. Change is possible. But is there a Belgian Pale Ale to make me reconsider my mounting aversion to this style? Perhaps Trappist Westvleteren Blonde must be next to help me rethink my position...

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Photo of Gmann
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden peach color with an average white head that dissipated into a light ring around the glass. The aroma is of Belgian yeast; pears, caramalized bananas, and a floral honey note. The taste has a noticable sweet banana flavor, light clove, candi sugar, and an ever so light grassy hop. The brew has a nice full feel with subdued carbonation that leads to quite a smooth experience. It is sweet throughout and perhaps a touch sticky. A very tasty Belgian blonde. Definitely more on the sweet side with plenty of banana flavor.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copped in a Kapittel-series gift pack in Madison, this was one of the lighter brews in the series, but also one of the best-tasting... pours a golden colored hue with impressive frothy and foamy head that soon dissipated but left nice lacing... smell is complete with fresh-fruit, pines, and citrus... taste is wonderfully rich and complex with pears, grapefruit, florals, bananas, and lemons... nice, authentic Belgian taste that really hits home... wonderful mouthfeel and super-easy drinkability... no alcohol or bitterness detected... rich, pure, thick, and satisfying flavors with a distinct candied sweetness... excellent flavor full of Belgian sugars, candies, and slight vanilla... an all-around outstanding brew worthy of recognition... Definitely recommended...

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Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Beer rating: 44.8% out of 100 with 116 ratings
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