Charles Quint / Keizer Karel Ommegang
Brouwerij Haacht NV

Charles Quint / Keizer Karel OmmegangCharles Quint / Keizer Karel Ommegang
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Brouwerij Haacht NV
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #196
Ranked #27,486
3.52 | pDev: 11.65%
Mar 21, 2021
Aug 03, 2012
Charles Quint / Keizer Karel OmmegangCharles Quint / Keizer Karel Ommegang
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Rated: 3.77 by ptarmigan98 from Alaska

Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
As of Sep-2020, the lable is entirely unachanged from the 2012 photo that features above.
L- Very pale straw, clear, pours with 5mm snow white head. ps 10mins later the head holds very well.
S- There is a curious sort of musky leathery note to it. I expect it might be clearer from the taste.
T- ... yet it's not. The taste is more straightforward than the smell. It tastes like a pretty full-on Belgian Blonde. I've checked again it's 8% and it feels every bit of that and perhaps a touch more.
F- Trad yet pungent and full-on. It's an ideal slow-sipping or dessert beer.
O- One thing to note that's unexpected is that such a pale beer carried such clout (pungency), this beer is not shy of character, not for a second. Despite it's colour reminding me of a super-light (of colour and taste) beer like Rolling Rock!
I'd happily drink this againg. It's deep and pungent, and I realise that at no point has anything rich never mind sweet crossed my palate. If it weren't for how I sensed it's Smell then I'd have concluded an above-average review for this one...
Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. 330ml bottle BB: 18/12/2021.
Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 3.81 by steverx8 from England

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Golden with a light haze, tonnes of carbonation, and 3 fingers of glassy, white head, with small and large bubbles.

Smells of phenols, pineapple, caramel and black pepper.

Tastes of pineapple, phenols, and caramel.

Light body, lots of carbonation, and a balance of sweet and dry.

Got online, drinking on Oct 22nd of 2017, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Solid brew for the style.
Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by windowside from Germany

May 21, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by Foley67 from Scotland

May 21, 2017
Rated: 3.45 by siebevl from Belgium

Apr 30, 2017
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Reviewed by The_Bujon from Ireland

3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
First point, make sure you have the correct drinking vestibule...I made the mistake of using what I had to hand, and this is a seriously top fermented brew.
Super foamy head and a very light blonde appearance.
Smells a tad pungent, but do not let that put you off, once this touches the tongue, your senses are heightened, my eyebrows actually levitated from my forehead and were suspended against gravity....Newton would have been sweating had he bore witness.
Anyhow, the beer is a super one, unusually velvety for a blonde with just a hint of the alcohol, which is representative of it's healthy 8%.
Nice warming aftertaste keeps you reaching for the next quaff!

Defo one for your collection!
Mar 30, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jan 24, 2017
Rated: 3.31 by Euroglot from Belgium

Jul 09, 2016
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Fizzy carbonation keeps the head thick, Color is dark golden and aroma of sweet grass. Mouthfeel is just about right, and fizziness leaves a lasting impression on the palate. Mild taste of hay, difficult to determine, as the fizziness distracts...but good nonetheless.
Apr 25, 2016
Rated: 3.03 by Robertas from Lithuania

Feb 10, 2016
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Reviewed by PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Color: light yellow, straw, a clear white foam, solid, long remains on the surface of beer.
Aroma: slightly guilty, dry, white grapes, grapefruits and pomelos.
Taste: exactly like aroma, pomelo and grapefruit later white grapes. Bitterness is unimposing, grapefruit, slightly spicy. Saturation although high, perfect.
Alcohol perfectly stowed away, even though their power is light beer.
Dec 14, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by YvesB from Belgium

Nov 09, 2015
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Rated by josanguapo from Spain

3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From Hipercor. In La Trappe Chalice. Watching Breaking Bad 1x06. Not extraordinary but really nice taste. To but again if the price is good.
Aug 18, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by VonZipper from New York

Aug 04, 2015
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Clear golden colour, with a small head that holds and leaves some lace and a ring. Smell of cloves. And more cloves. And then some fruits, bananas, peaches, coriander. Medium carbonation, medium to full body, thick palate with noticeable alcohol, like rum or whiskey. Taste of spices, cloves, banana, fruits. Very good.
Jul 29, 2015
Rated: 4 by frontalot from Washington

May 27, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by user785335 from Florida

Apr 27, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by GJ40 from North Carolina

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 3.24 by lhwjanssen from Netherlands

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by ababol777 from Spain

Dec 14, 2014
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I purchased this once at the Grand place and liked it so I decided to bring another home -enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is golden with great clarity and fast rising visible carbonation bubbles with a large white head and fine bead. The beer is obviously bottle conditioned as the second glass has some yeast haze. The smell is strong with phenolic yeast ester and some spice odor with light fruity yeast scent and slight malt sweetness with subtle alcohol smell accenting. The feel is very good with nice yeast texture with light dry spicy quality and slight creaminess with moderately high carbonation and low sweetness with dry malt quality and low alcohol in the semi-dry finish.

The taste is good with some yeast tanginess and slight dry spice flavor with mild creaminess with a light herbal element with dry malt quality and a slight alcohol accenting the flavor with some gentle tropical fruit. This is a very good BSPA it maintains a good level of freshness which may be based on the bottle conditioning with refreshingly high carbonation and does not seem as strong as it is at 8%
Nov 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Luklaer from Belgium

Nov 16, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by SVD from Netherlands

Oct 22, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Allegue04 from Spain

Oct 08, 2014
Rated: 4 by bmaggot from Lithuania

Sep 03, 2014
Rated: 4.1 by mattfancett from England

Sep 01, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by petewheeler from Maryland

Aug 15, 2014
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Reviewed by JTuomi from Finland

3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
33cl bottle (L28/05/15) into a tulip. Clear straw color with a big white head with good retention, settled to a thin foam that stayed. Took some time to pour. Became cloudy at the end of pouring. Left some big lacings on the glass. Sweet malty smell that had yeast too after pouring the second half of the bottle. Taste: sweet malts before pouring the yeasty bottom half of the bottle, after that became bready and yeasty. Medium-light body and carbonation, very drinkable. The alcohol doesn't taste through. OK but a bit plain.
Apr 21, 2014
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Reviewed by eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
330ml bottle served in its own chalice glass.

A: Light golden yellow color that becomes a bit cloudy in the end of the pouring. Forms a big and very bubbled white head. Strong carbonation with lot of thin bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Lots of soapy lacings are formed and left in the glass. Big retention with a creamy layer that remains forever on the top

S: Very sweet, grainy and biscuity in the nose. A bit fruity too. Notes of oranges, honey, orange zest, Belgian bready yeasts and flowery hops. A little bit boozy in the end

T: Light sweet upfront. Very grainy. Sweet grains. Notes of pale grains, dry fruits, sweet bread, honey, orange and orange zest. Classic bready Belgian yeasts. Taste becomes slightly bitter and remains till the end. Good stingy hops bitterness in the end. Nice hops profile. A bit boozy end

M: Heavy and molasses body. Belgian bittersweet style. Aftertaste is bready, citrus and bitter

O: Good drinkability. Classic Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Good
Apr 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Gamsy from Germany

Feb 17, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by Anatole from Belgium

Feb 07, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by BJSmit from Netherlands

Feb 04, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by shigg85 from Japan

Jan 03, 2014
Rated: 3 by Ciocanelu from Romania

Nov 14, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by dcmchew from Romania

Nov 07, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by gwydno from Spain

Aug 24, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by safaricook from Netherlands

Jul 23, 2013
Charles Quint / Keizer Karel Ommegang from Brouwerij Haacht NV
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 49 ratings