Kapittel Blond | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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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

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Photo of brentk56
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that leaves dots of lacing

Smell: Floral perfume that is part honey/banana and part corn/DMS

Taste: Starts witha sweet honey flavor that is rather yeasty; after the swallow, several other flavors emerge - some good, some not so good - the good ones are a dry earthy bitterness but the demerits are in the corn flavors and the overwhelming sweetness of the brew

Mouthfeel: Light body with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: Reasonably complex but marred by a number of flaws

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Freshness date marked as November of '07 - plenty fresh at this point. A moderate pour produces a billowing, 4-inch head of meringue-like foam which stands proudly a full inch above the crest of the tulip glass . Developes deep pits and eventually crumples under its own girth into a lace-rimmed cap of foam. Opaque, translucent tan leaning towards Gold - I guess 'Blond' is appropriate, funny enough.

Sweet peaches, Spicybready yeast, and soft floral honey (clover?) notes make for an inviting nose.

First sip is all the above, but lacking the depth of the aroma, sadly. However, this one broadens and deepens as it opens up. Canned peaches in syrup, candied lemon rind, with an faint edge of cracked black pepper are first. Malts are soft and mellow like honey-wheat bread minus the crust. Very mild bitter finish from the hops

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky – streams of fine carbonation keep the otherwise fairly chewy body and moderate alcohol nice and smoooth. Alcohol is not detected. Thusly, drinkabililty is effortless

Paired with Fettuccini Alfredo and sourdough garlic bread, this beer was a treat. Will definitely look for more

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Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark, as "Kapittel Watou Blond". ABV is 6.5%. "Het" seems no longer to be part of the beer’s name, or have they different labels for different countries? Anyway, the beer pours hazy golden with a large head. Typical Belgian blond ale elements in the aroma: Yeasty, fruity, spicy, oaky, hints of barnyard. Flavour is mildly spicy and hoppy on a moderately sweet and malty background. Not a "big" beer, but nice.

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

Pours hazy golden-orange with a creamy marshmello like head. Intricate lacing on the way down.

Smell is spicy bready yeast. Nice bananna nut character. On the sweet side with candy like maltiness.

Taste is similiar to the nose, with the addition of a husky grainy flavor. Still has strong bananna and clove spiciness. But this is joined by an estery alcohol quality.Finish has a mild musty yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Generous carbonation adds a pleasantly soft creaminess.

This brew won't please purists looking for a true belgian pale. This is a much milder version of the style. Drinkable, but not fantastic. Worth a try but not fantastic.

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Photo of bashiba
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy orange with lots of carbonation and a big thick head with good retention.

Smelled sweet and fruity with hints of bananas, oranges, yeasts, and some spices.

Has a very big mineral taste along with a noticeable yeast flavor and some nice pepper and clove spices. Not at all sweet or fruity like the nose would have led me to beleive, but slightly sharp with a bit of noticeable earthy hops as well.

Mouthfeel is light and tingly with a nice dry finish.

Pretty average in the drinkability department, especially with so many more tasty alternatives in this style available.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy amber, fluffy white head, active carbonation

Instantly aromatic, notes of apple, pear, citrus, and spicy yeast. Light yet lively, pleasing the nose.

Tastes mild, but happy, further fruit flavors dance on the tongue, banana introduces itself, and lime makes a brief cameo. Nice and yeasty, cookie-ish. Very dainty presence on the palate, though, a very penetrable blonde ale, easy drinking all the way.

A simple imbiber, if unmemorable.

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

The latest of the Van Eecke beers for me to try, and the first which I liked. It was also the lightest in color and taste (I believe I drink like a lady)...

Poured a clear yellow color with thin white foam layer. The clarity was almost hazy, but not quite. The aroma was good, almost had the bready yeasty smell of the St. Bernardus beers which are the gold standard for these Belgian Abbey types in my eyes. The flavor was initially very mild, but as I continued drinking I noticed more subtle flavors, mostly sweet malts, yeast, and maybe a mild hops presence.

Really pretty good, but not worth searching too hard for as you can easily buy better Belgian blonds such as St. Bernardus Tripel, Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet, La Chouffe, anything light from De Dolle, etc.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This a pale straw/ golden beer with minimal bright white head and poor retention. Aromas are faint, but it is a musty grain smell similar to what you might expect of a pilsner only without the spice, sulfer, or other zing.

Taste is an odd mix of sweet grass, metalic, clove and just a bit of soapy water. This kinda sounds like a spoiled beer I'm sure but the condition of other bottles in the pack rule this out. It really isn't nasty and pretty drinkable but I'm not taken with it anyway.

The mouthfeel is the strongest point, which is pleasantly carbonated if a tad slick.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Honey colored with a one finger off white head. Moderately intense carbonation and no lacing. BAH!!! Everyone knows that Belgian pales should explode out of the bottle and overflow when they are poured!

S - Cloves, pineapple and squash. A very weak odor and not that pleasant.

T - The taste comes in two very distinct parts. First is a citrus flavor, lightly sweet and very pleasant. Next comes a bitterness from the hops, but not of a pine variety, accompanied by some bland yellow squash flavors. The squash flavors lingers. If I was that guy in Momento, then I would probably think I had just eaten squash. It isn't unpleasant at all though. It is actually very interesting. A coriander presence accompanies the flavor throughout.

M - A little too highly carbonated and thin, but refreshing.

D - Sessionable? Yeah, one could. Could be eaten with a light meal. This is one of those beers that doesn't score very well, but I really liked drinking it. It isn't great, but I would drink it again. Of course, I won't seek it out again though.

Note: Bottle says 6.5% abv

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Photo of ojiikun
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly colorless and nearly clear for a Belgian. Quick fizzing, quick falling head, or foam rather. Smells of honey and herb bread. The slightest bit of tomato esther on first sip, finishing towards basil and corriander. Feels smooth going down and spicy or sparkly afterwards. Moderately uninteresting for a Belgian, though, apart from that herby pepper that always peeks thru. Drinks like sweet, tea, though.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of a four pack gift type box. Brew forms a marginal head and decent lacing, average to below average for the style.

Wheat, dry like malted. Some dark fruity taste although it comes across light and refreshing. Belgian yeast, sizzly and well placed carbonation.

Ehh, decent offering.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 04-06. Nice white head and a pale beercollor with white haze. Nose is hops and koreander, good malts and some spicy yeastcaracter. Taste is maltysweet, full, litle alcoholic, citrussy, lightly bittered and very smooth. Fine carbonisation with it that fits and is quiet high. Yup a very enjoyable blond that IMO is litle of a crossover between a strong pilsner and a belgium ale.

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Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a hazy dark yellow color with a nice creamy off white head that lasts and leaves good lacing in my glass. Yeasty and fruity citrus aromas. Honeydew melon, pear, lemon and honey flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp and light mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean light yellow colored beer. Has a big white head and some good lace. The aroma has a light fruity character to it with a promising spicey background. Some prickly cabonation and some hints of mixed fruit swirl around your tongue briefly and then are gone. There is only a shadow of a spicey hop note on the finish. This beers watery mouthfeel washes away most or all enjoyment.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minimally yeasty rich amber with a glimmer of orange. The lovely looking cap of parchment colored foam looks like the interior of a torn loaf of rustic bread. Myriad pits and crevices greet the eye as large sections of the head contact the glass and stick like glue. I wonder if the rest of the beer will maintain this high degree of quality.

So far, so good. The nose is sunshine bright, like freshly grated citrus peel. In truth, it smells more like a good, lemony American wheat ale than it does a Belgian pale ale (or a Blonde Ale, as the label indicates). I fail to pick up any spicy Belgian yeast that would lead me to think that it was brewed in that country. Although repeated sniffs manage to tease out a minor amount of yeastiness, it's a bit player at best.

Something has gone wrong with the translation from nose to palate. Not horribly wrong, mind you, but a definite step down from the first two attributes. The pale malt base provides more than a token amount of sweetness and there isn't much hoppiness to speak of. Clove spice is more prevalent than in was in the nose, although not greatly so. The flavor profile just seems flat and uninteresting, like the individual entities want to remain individual entities and refuse to play nicely together.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but like the Belgian dark ale (Het Kappitel Pater) from Brouwerij Van Eecke, something is amiss. It's probably nothing more than the fact that I'm used to the better Belgians and this brewery churns out middle of the road beer. This is drinkable stuff, but I've come to expect more and am disappointed when I don't get it.

As the beer warms, I can appreciate some definite banana esters as well as a more vivid clove yeastiness. Both of which make me think of a hefe weizen rather than the stated style. The mouthfeel is a shade more full than medium and is slightly slick and coating. A few more bubbles would lend some life to a flavor profile that is in need of a little help.

Het Kappitel Blond, while a better beer than Het Kappitel Pater, doesn't qualify as anything more than above average. It looks and smells the part, but is lacking some essential ingredient of the alchemy that the best Belgian brewers have perfected over the centuries. With so many better choices out there, I won't be bothering with this one again.

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Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 4 beer sample pack. Hazed dark gold color, not as big a head as the other Kapittel beers, settles at about 1/4 of an inch after 40 seconds. Simple looping laces. Fruity aroma, distinct pineapple Life Saver sense, a bit of lemon rind. Mouthfeel is almost medium but the carbonaion is lower (it seems that many of these Kapittel beers spend the most of their carbonation in the pour and generating the head). The dominant flavor comes off as primarily sweet and like breadfruit or musk mellon, some coconut qualities and a sense of something like coriander. There's a bit of a flavor fade mid mouth to close -- the end is slightly yeasty but verging on watery. Starts out interesting, finish is not so much so.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Blonde pours a hazy yellow-gold body beneath a creamy head of white froth that drops shortly and leaves only minor streaks of lace about the glass.

The nose is sweetish like honey, and spicy, similar in many ways to that of a witbier.

It's smooth and creamy in the mouth with a dextrinous medium body and very fine bubbled moderate carbonation that gently caresses the tongue.

Although the flavor initially seems light on the palate, it tends to linger, and becomes fuller and more exciting with each sip. It's honey-ish, subtly fruity (orange), delicately spicy, and just mildly bitter. It's well-rounded and very drinkable; and it's alcohol never shows!

Very well done!

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle dated best before 7/07. Pours a slightly hazed golden (with light orange highlights) color with a fluffy, white head. Some spicy yeasty aromas mixed with a certain graininess with nuances of honey. Light sweetness with mild fruity esters, like pear, and faint hopping which leaves little to no bitterness in the finish other than a slight herbiness. Subtle mustiness. A good blond ale that is rather simple, yet drinkable.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden straw with a low white head that wisped the beer surface and trailed along to lace the glass.

The aroma was corny with DMS followed by an earthy belgian yeast spiciness.

The flavor was corny, more DMS, with a crispness and slight sweetness and slight earthiness and pleasant belgian yeast spice. The spice was well done in conjunction with the sweetness, but the corny flavors were out of place.

The finish was just dry with lasting subtle spiciness into the aftertaste. The body was medium. If you like corn, this is the one for you. If you can get past it, a very nice brew hangs out underneath the corn field.

11.2 ounce bottle. Part of a four pack sampler box.

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

Man, I'm surprised there is only 5 reviews of this brew here. I thought this was a Belgian Blue Light Special. Purchased in a sampler 4-pack of their brews. 6.5% ABV.

Pours out to a slightly hazy pale straw golden, forming a large white head with good retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is quite nice...cleanly fermented with lots of bananas and cloves, spicy phenols, sweet pale malts...smells like a triple to me, similar to La Fin du Monde or Bell's Sparkling Ale in it's purity. The mouthfeel is prickly with brisk carbonation and a clean finish. Light bodied, which seperates it from the triple it smells like. The malts are gentle with a delicate huskiness. The middle is lightly tainted by metals, and the hops are mild with minty suggestions. Alcohol is imperceptable. There is a lingering light saccharin aftertaste.

This is a decent blonde. Easy to drink for those days when a triple might be a little too stiff. A good beer on all marks, but not overly exciting in any one area.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a four pack of Het Kapittel brews (one each of Blond, Pater 6, Prior 8, and Abt)- this is the only time I had seen it otherwise.

Pours a medium golden, cloudy with a medium off-white head that quickly fades- a small amount of carbonation quickly rises from the bottom of the Leffe goblet.

Aroma is clean, sweet, bright, sweet candies (Brach's candy from my childhood, artifical fruit flavors and all). Perhaps even bubblegum. Brings back fond memories, but these are processed artifical aromas.

Flavor is sweet, pleasant, easily drinkable, and quickly forgettable- not complex at all. Reminds me of the numerous variety of processed, bland blonds that you can get in Belgium, all decent, certainly superior in my opinion to American megabrews, but not much else. Skip this and try the bigger Het Kappitel products for a better experience.

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Photo of putnam
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, clear gold. Sticky, heavy aromas of peppery spices, nougat and honey. A crisp edge of gas outlines crackery, husky cereal flavors that are complimented by broad, honeyed sweetness. The finish is dry and abrupt.

Overall the flavors could be more integrated. It stabs at its notes in a way that suggests a fast fermentation.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a light orange color, with a good sized white foam head on the top. Lots of carbonation bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Good amount of lacing. The scent is lemony/citrusy. A pretty full bodied brew, the taste also has the citrus feel to it, with some bread and butter aspects present as well. This is a nice, refreshing brew, not as intense as its bigger belgian cousins.

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Photo of Wildman
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden yellow color and formed a nice foamy white head that left trace lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of yeast, citrus with a slight hint of pepper. A flavor of ctirus, bread and butter aspects. The finish was sprite, yet overall weak on the palate. Not a bad blonde, but not amazing either.

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Photo of tjd25
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head is long lasting, dense and foamy on a beautiful glittering golden opaque body. Crazy carbonation. Very nice yeasty smell, wheat, with interesting sweet citric notes: mostly lemon, but also a hint of grapefruit. The taste is fruity and very refreshing, with wheat also: the sweet and citric aspects noticeable in the smell clearly appear in the taste. Orange, lemon and more of a grapefruit aspect at the end. Maybe even some light hints of banana and strawberry. A refreshing iodated flavor enjoyably bites the tongue. A very fruity hoppiness gets noticeable after a while. A very smooth and flavorful mouthfeel; a good beer.

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