Charles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel Blond
Brouwerij Haacht NV

Charles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel BlondCharles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel Blond
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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #202
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,916
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.11%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
69
From:
Brouwerij Haacht NV
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  20
SCORE
85
Very Good
Charles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel BlondCharles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel Blond
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought for 0.5 euro on sale in my local liqor store. I liked this one.

Nice looking beer. Golden, clear with floaty bits, good creamy head. Not much carbonation though.

Very nice smell on this, a bit like hefeweissen. malty and fruity, with a lot of herbs, cloves and koriander, etc.

Taste is bitter hoppy and herby from cloves again. Malts and bread, dry finish.

This Keizer Karel is a lot better than the red one. It's herby character is strong, not allways seen in this style.
Recommended.

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3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Looks like apple juice with little carbonation and with a big foamy head with good retention that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Flowers, yeast, sweet malt.

Taste - Spices, yeast, cloves and a little sweetness. A bit weak taste. ABV isn't noticable at all...

Mouthfeel - Quite thin and dry with fitting carbonation.

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Photo of dqrull
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost overly clear boring yellow, but with an amazing white airy head that leaves alot of amazing looking dry lacing on the glass!

Smells of fruits and slight sweet malt, apples come to mind, and a really appearent yeast note quenching at the back.

Taste is actually really weak, the flavours here are not really reflecting the ABV, even though the ABV itself isnt noticeable, a bit strange, might be the yeast though, as it is slightly overpowering all throughout the taste.

An okay feel, but nothing special.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color, fruity nose reminiscent of wheat beers. Mouth fairly strong spice, it also feels keys corn and grain and a touch of sweet malt. The spicy, something rare enough to be underlined, is authentic and enjoyable. Round despite substantial power.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a blond beer which will enjoy the drinker. Me and Mrs. Brabander liked this one very much.

Poured in our Chalices the beer looks good. I could get better when there is more carbonation.

Yeasty smell and a very soft and drinkable taste. Citrusnotes and not dry at all.

Wonderfull beer. A pity they put antioxidants in the beer.

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3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up for about six bucks for a 750 ml bottle at nex in Spain. Pours light hold into my chalice. Some head and decent lacing. Nice label and nice light golden color and the aroma is your atypical blonde Belgian with pear scent. The taste is slightly tart and has a pear taste with some phenols there. Not feeling the hops too much but it is fine. Mouthfeel is light to Medium with a lot of carbonation going on. The alcohol is hidden so I guess that helps with drinkabiity. Would try again but there are better options in this type of beer. Cheers. Salud!

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a crystal clear pale gold, marvelous transparency, dense pure white frothy head recedes slowly to the surface.

Aroma is classic light skinned summer fruits, lots of esters.

Sweetness is not up front but rather seems to develop, culminating in the finish. Powdery yeast bases under delicate fruits. A mild peppery dryness with phenolic highlights appears before the sweet aftertaste takes over. The alcohol can be perceived as an intentional flavor note. Medium bodied mouthfeel. A nicely balanced brew.
cheers
jd

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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very pale gold in color, completely traslucent, lots of carb wich generates a richy, creamy, dense white head. the head is persistent and leave enough waste on the glass

S: belgian yeast, honey, hops, earthy, lemony

T: small sweet notes at first, warmer, the alcohol presence is notable, medium dry finish, yeast character

medium body

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a nice golden color, with a medium head. Drank this in the Duvel tulip glass, with a chicken dinner. Best attribute is probably the aroma, fruity and strong, but not overpowering.

It feels good in the mouth, and goes down easily. The taste is less offensive than it is inspiring, but an easy drinking beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

8.5% 33cl bottle into a chalice

"Charles V. born in Ghent, Belgium in 1500 was a devoted beer lover. This top fermented beer has a spicy aroma and a well rounded flavor."

Contains an antioxidant?

A: Robust bright golden yellow, fast bubbles with medium lacing and a thick head with mid range retention, not much unlike my beloved French man, this beer has character.

S: I smell a man holding corn. Literally there is a hand cream smell that later racked my mind as a mystery scent trying random words like: wool, cologne, musk. Settled accepting it as a spice and floral, "spice of man".

T: Warms as it slides down the throat, filling all the right places his strong body is biting and then gently honeyed into a malt/corn finish.

M: Beautifully light in body with the high alcohol content, a soft touch of that cologne stickiness

O: I had to turn the label around as I finished my notes becuase the man's face was staring right at me, he is pressuring me to say goo things. I compare this to a Delirium Tremens that has been roughed around an axe commericial. He has balls with the high alcohol content, looking to knock a ladies socks off, classy in his approach though, covered in dry malt, spice and packing a delicate hand full of flowers behind his back. Wonderful as all his ways are, his cousin holds much the same appeal without all the grain texture and alcoholic lures but missing the subtle fruit of his family line also makes him a rogue and his charming herby spice is too much to ignore. Handsome beer, ruggedly handsome.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle to snifter.

Appearance (4.0): Though I poured it somewhat vigorously, the carbonation is not overwhelming. The clarity is superb with a nice golden color.

Smell (4.0): The bottle tipped me off that there would be hints of spices and I can definitely smell that. Also, behind the spices I'm getting a whiff of something characteristically Belgian, perhaps caramel?

Taste (4.0): Very bold up front but then smooth finish in the aftertaste. Nice!

Mouthfeel (4.0): Again, something distinctly Belgian about it. I wonder if this one was brewed with sugar in it.

Overall (4.0): This was my first true Belgian Blonde, Strong Pale Ale and I was hesitant because the only time I've had this style before was from a local brewer which tasted nothing like this one. This one was very nice and smooth. Something that I could enjoy again.

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Charles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 69 ratings