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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 intoxabroad
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Beerstorian
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jibjib513
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of parintele
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of MsNitch
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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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Photo of Jigglypuff
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a tart fruitiness and a presence of a barnyard. In the taste, dry yeast, earthy and a hint of tart fruit. A tart bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty and small fruit presence in the aftertaste. Almost saison like and really hides the ABV well.

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Photo of treque
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Charles Quint Blonde / Keizer Karel Blond from Brouwerij Haacht NV
3.76 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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