Charles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel Blond | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Charles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel BlondCharles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel Blond
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV
Belgium
primus.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by AlexLMS on 01-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of tempest
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle in Ghent. Ugh, this beer is bad. It tastes like they used way too much adjunct. It starts with a thin dry bite like you'd get in a cheap macro lager. The beer can't recover from this and is undrinkable for the most part. Disappointing after the Keizer Red. Avoid this beer.

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Photo of DucksFan16
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

06/24/2017

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Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Euroglot
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color: gold with light orange reflections, a clear head white, well adorned with glass.
Aroma: Fruity, where the red, sweet fruits mixed with acid, white fruits, background delicate malt.
The taste of the fruit we have again, a bit maltiness.
Bitterness is always at the finish, fairly clear, high saturation, very fit.

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Photo of kofukasho
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A rich Belgian pale ale with a particularly satisfying aftertaste. The real deal.

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Photo of intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of parintele
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of YvesB
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AxlSkull
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThaCreep
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of OskarL
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Karo
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhtipton
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My wife and I have had this many times over years, in those four handled and then three handled mugs and nowadays the glass. This write up is from a 33cl bottle opened in the lovely and hidden away bar called Belleman, in Brugge on 1st Feb 2014. The Belleman's beer list may not be huge, but it's worth getting out the centre of Brugge and having a slow relaxing beer in a quiet bar now and again, it's ideal for that.

Pours a golden colour with a pure white crown of bubbles that tried to hang around.

The aroma is a blend of yeastiness, light malts and floral hop notes, with a mild fruitiness for good measure.

It is a little sweeter than the nose suggests, but this isn't a proper sweet beer, there is plenty of hop content to prevent the malts taking over completely. It's in fact a nice mixture of flavours similar to the aromas and most enjoyable. It isn't going to blow your socks off with anything different or strong, but it's easy to drink and a very pleasant respite from some of Belgium's heavy hitters: which is why we often have one when out on a mission in Brugge or the Belgian coast.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), purchased from La Cervoiserie, tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden colour with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and fruity aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : yeasty spiced and fruity flavors, with dry finish.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian strong Ale.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dqrull
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stronger than the average golden ale, Keizer Karl pulls ahead with bold dry pilsner malt, fruity-spice interplay, alcoholic warmth and peppery hop, floral character throughout. Supple and strong simultaneously, the beer reminds me of Delirium Tremens.

Poured from draft into the Keizer Karl chalice, the beer billows with a foamy white cap of foam that retains and laces ideally- classic of Belgian golden ales. And golden it is, with a most austere haze, the beer's carbonation dances elegantly to the to top of the liquid and continually fuels the head from beneath.

Dry malt aromas deliver with a part grain, part malt scent with low-lying sweetness. Herbal with perfumy scents of oranges, coriander, hibiscus, and lemongrass; the beer's spices complement the bready grains well while the estery mix of mangoes, apricots, apples and lemons deliver a zesty and aromatic sensation to the olfactory senses.

Delicious and dry, the malty and grainy taste provide underlying sweetness for the taste of spice, alcohol, and fruit to spring in juicy and refreshing flavor. Cracker-like with it's malty underpinning, the balance relies on tropical fruit flavors with soft spices to garner the taste from mid palate on, especially after the initial malt taste is commanded by yeast character.

Remarkably light in body because of the heightened carbonation, dry maltiness, and alcohol dryness that accent an airy and warm texture just after then thin vale of sweetness parts ways. Finishing peppery, warm, and herbally bitter- the beer leaves a lasting impression of fruit and spice on the palate as the alcoholic warmth carries away all other character.

Celebrated by it's classy warmth, dry malt, and fruit-spice balance, this beer has less malt impression than Delirium Tremens and with a more substantial hop bite and grain texture to finish than its famous counterpart.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: very clear light gold colour. The head is white, large and creamy. Fair retention followed by a nice lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, yeast and a fruity aroma that remembers me of a wheat German beer.
Taste: sweet malts, fruits, grains and spices.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation and a medium body. Warming and well disguised alcoholic strength.
Finish: very bitter almost tart aftertaste that goes on and on.

Overall: interesting ale. Not the best stuff around but quite enjoyable. Worth a try.

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Photo of mozartandmadnes
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear yellow-golden color with decent head and retention.

S-Sweet malt and wheat, spice and Belgian yeast, and on a couple whiffs I got what I believe to be a hint of plastic chlorophenol.

T&M-Sweet with fresh malt and spice, sweetness lingering even through the slightly dry finish. Everything is dandy until the finish, which is sweet and reminiscent of the boozed-up euro strong lagers. Not sure if there are adjuncts. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and carbonation is just right.

D-I really enjoyed this beer, which is overall a good one, but there are a few minor things that detract from the drinking experience, albeit nowhere near the point of ruining it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent start to the head but it leaves an excellent coating of lace on the glass. Gold color and very clear.

Well-balanced high hop aroma with a malt smell that has no sweetness.

The flavor has a strong Belgian yeast element. Like the smell, the malt flavors are dry. The finish is hoppy. The alcohol content is notable but as the last contributing flavor. The body is slightly thin.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into Charles Quint glass, from Het Beste Biertje in Málaga, Spain.

Appearance: clear yellow/blonde with 1 finger white head, lots of lacing

Smell: herbal spices mixed with belgian yeast, slight coriander presence

Taste: Huge belgian yeast bomb, with some coriander and slight bubble gum notes. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the roasted barley backbone really shines through. Not overly complex, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation, light bodied

Overall: great blond ale from Belgian, nothing special that stands out from other in te style, a little bland but very refreshing.

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Charles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
3.76 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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