Kapittel Blond | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Belgium
brouwerijvaneecke.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 05-10-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Interesting. I am the only person to have reviewed this on-tap. And my score is going to be wildly different than everyone elses that is on bottles.

Pours a slightly clouded gold. White head that sticks around for quite some time. Flavor is yeasty with a mild sweetness. Feel is smooth on the liquid and gives a soft bubble on the tongue. Extremely drinkable. So smooth it almost gives a gentle drinking experience. I am not sure what the differences are between having the bottle or off the tap, but if this is how it normally is when on-tap, I say go for it.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Sam Adams pint glass. White fluffy head dissipated somewhat quickly into a thin skim of foam and belgian ringlets. Presented with a clear, pale gold color and mildly effervescent at the pour. Very little lacing adhered during the tasting. Scents of yeast and citrus. Taste similar to nose with a faint flavor of clove and maybe banana; a little bready. Mouthfeel was not as lively as I would have expected for the style. Pretty drinkable brew though, but there are definitely better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of crwills
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale cloudy yellow into a sampler glass. Very weak aroma, although it may have been the quantity or environment. Flavour is yeasty with some citrus (orange or orange peel), mild bread, and some slight sour notes. Slick mouthfeel makes it a little different.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a frankly, ugly pale yellow, with little head, just a smattering of clear bubbles, though a nice ring does appear later, as the beer is drunk.

S: Nice smell of fruit, malt, and esters, predominately pear and banana.

T: Heavy pear ester flavour dominates the palate, tasty, but could be a little much at times. Pretty one-dimensional, the yeast character is the show of this one, not getting much malt character or hops.

M: Very light, much lighter than you'd expect from a 6% ale, spritzy, and thin.

D: Not one of my favourite BPA's, it didn't have that huge billowy head that I like in this style, or that great a taste. I finished it easily, but don't think I'll buy it again at $2.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Derek
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bronze-blonde, yeast floaties, off-white head, very little retention, slight lace.

S: Floral hops, earthy-mineral, light spice, toffee, slight fruity esters.

T: Yeasty-earthy-spice, tropical candied fruit, biscuit, hint of alcohol.

M: Light body is well-attenuated, smooth & creamy, modest carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable.

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

John's bottle from Smokeless. Immensely soapy head from my gravity-defying glass, good lace, yeasty aroma. Some corriander and clove and vanilla, a bit of wet grass. Nice yeasty chewy Belg experience, and pleasant yeast aroma. Herbal, good pleasant pale.

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

A - Poured a hazy straw color with a white head that leaves a little lacing

S - Sweet malt and fruit stand out

T - More of the same malt and fruits finishes with some hops

M - There is quite a bit of carbonation in here but still goes down good

D - I enjoyed this brew it could be a session beer if it was more widely available around me

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Photo of theopholis
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy appricit color with a white fluffy head that lasts. Some lacing. Very sticky, but there's not a lot of it.

Aroma- Iitial aroma is a very complex malt sweetness, with overtones of over-ripe dark fruits like plums, raisens, ect. Once the volitiles all disappear, you get more of a sour mash. Just a hint of hops.

Flavor- Nothing pounds you on the head. It's a nice blend of malt sweetness with some dark fruity esters- Nice, suble blend of flavoring and bittering hops throuhg-out.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, Good carbonation level for the style (which means it's a tad higher than most beers).

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Even sessionable. A very good way for a newbie to be introduced to Belgian beers.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, golden beer with a creamy big head.

Smell is light malty and somewhat mash-like, with phenolic yeast notes and a spicy coriander smell. A light hoppiness rounds of the smell.

Taste is malty and has a light mash/wort taste, also some grainy, husky notes. The yeast generates a light phenolic, fruity taste which is a spicy in combination with the coriander. A light vanilla smell. I seem to have missed the bitterness at first, but now I get the bitterness which is above average for a blond, but I like it. Body is medium and mouthfeel is not sticky. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by date of 2006, Sampled March 2007
Produces a frothy, light tan colored head that starts out about three-fingers in height and leaves a nice lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The beer is a reddish tinted, copper colored brew and is brilliantly clear. The aroma smells of sweet malt notes, butterscotch, sweet grapes, musty crackers and biscuit malt. Fruity notes of apple and light berry notes are also noticeable in the aroma.

The taste is quite sweet up front, with a pronounced fruitiness that reminds me of green raisins, apple cider and something like strawberries (though not quite). Quite light bodied, though it does have a certain heft to it. The finish is quite sweet as well, though there is an in- vain attempt for a dry biscuit-like character to add some dryness. This is a wierd beer, the fruit notes and sweetness combine to almost give this an artificial sweetener kind of flavor. This beer is not necessarily over sweet, it is just the combination of flavors that make me say it is (if that makes any sense). This is just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of oelergud
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Translucent cloudy brown yellow body with good carbonation. White off-white head tiny to medium head. Good retention and decent lace.
Sweet, malty, sour and musty slightly spiced scent. Pretty refreshing.
Up front musty hay sweet malts. The hops do come through in the middle and lasts well into the balanced aftertaste.
Medium body and abit of coating.
Good drinkability and a great gateway into belgian beer. Not too strong or overwhelming.

-Oelergud

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Photo of sullysbeer
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet, horseblanket horsehair or barnyard. Plums. Very light hop nose.

Appearance: Hazy straw with a white head that lasts.

Flavor: Malty sweet with huge fruity esters- apple, plum; with a peppery hop bitterness to balance. Slight hint of bubble gum.

Esters - Esters are aromatic compounds identified as fruity and estery at high levels, and may include descriptions such as banana-, apple-, and pear like or grapefruit. It can be desirable in some styles of beer. Aside from the obvious fruit addition, Esters are typically a byproduct of fermentation and characterized by the yeast strain, some being able to produce more esters than others. Higher gravity beers will tend to produce more esters than lower gravities. Aeration at the beginning of fermentation, high fermentation temperatures, and excessive trub (sediment) will produce more esters. They may be reduced with time and age to closely related fusel alcohols and solvent-like acids.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little high on the carbonation which is typical with Belgian beers.

Overall Impression: This beer is well crafted. Belgian style beers have distinct flavors, delicious. This beer came in a four pack

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a light gold, honey color. Very clear with some suspended sediment. Minute head that leaves quite a bit of lace.

S: Aromas of apples, bread, and honey.

T: Earthy flavors of wheat, malt, bananas, and some dirt. Slightly sweet malt tempered by some dirt covered hops. Tart apples in the finish. Odd mix of flavors that somehow work together.

M: Mouthfeel is a little thin and prickly.

D: Despite the strange mix of a sweet nose, earthy flavors, and thin mouthfeel, I found this beer to be quite drinkable.

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

This made quite an impression on me. Poured a very cloudy blond with lots of debris both suspended and moving about. White foamy head faded away in about 20 seconds. Smell reminded me of apple juice and apple pie spices. Very nice. These were present in the taste, as well with a bit of a dryness right at the finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and pleasant with just enough CO2 to let you know you're drinking a beer. My favourite so far out of a mixed 4pk of Belgians.
*Note: By bottle says 6,5%abv and not 6,2%.

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Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best Before D, 05, 07...whatever all that means. A through E, and 01 through 11, and another set. Whatever...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a 2 finger, frothy white head that slowly fades out. Chunky lacing is left all around the glass. Hearty CO2 bubbles slowly rise to the top of the cap. Tons of viscous sediment is suspended throughout the entire glass. It would look great other than that junk messing up my brew.
Smell is of grassy, earthy, orangy citrus, along with a touch of cream, wet hay, and corn.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet butternut squash flavors, along with grassy, earthy, funk mixed with citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly sweet, yeasty, dead on the middle of the tongue, and moving to an oaky dryness.

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Photo of hero27
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.
Labeled at 6.5% abv..

Holy lords of sediment.. this looks like river water...not necessarily in a bad way, but it's loaded with yeast.
Aroma of heavy grain, cloves, and some light lemon zest.
Slides down with absolutely no resistance whatsoever...very smooth. Alcohol might as well be an afterthought..can't notice the 6.5% at all.
The smooth mouthfeel & easy drinkability are it's best attributes. This beer is fairly run-of-the-mill for a Belgian ale, and doesn't shine in any particular category.

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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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Kapittel Blond from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
3.6 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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