Ommegang Keizer Karel Charles Quint | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Ommegang Keizer Karel Charles QuintOmmegang Keizer Karel Charles Quint

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Brouwerij Haacht NV

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BlackHaddock on 08-03-2012

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 40
Photo of The_Bujon
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
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%

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Photo of JTuomi
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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

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Photo of SmashPants
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: embossed 330mL brown bottle with a standard old- school Belgian label.

Appearance: a nice, slightly hazy pale gold in colour with restrained but constant carbonation. A big head drives up, and settles to a wonderfully creamy one-finger with good retention. So far, so good.

Aroma: not much here, really. A touch of citrus, a touch of earthen qualities, but dominated by Belgian yeasts and a definite alcoholic fug.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose, but with slightly less of the overpowering yeasts. Unfortunately the alcohol is more present though - lucky I like a strong beer.

Aftertaste: a hint of malt and yeast bitterness, but not much going on really.

Mouth feel: not too bad, actually. Medium in body with a fine carbonation - it tastes as though a slightly higher carbonation might actually have brought out the interesting citric and earthen qualities a bit more, and halted the overpowering yeast and alcohol.

Overall: don't know how much it costs for a case as I couldn't get a price anywhere, but I got it for AU$6.46 (2013) for the bottle at case prices (at an expensive boutique beer shop). So I assume quite expensive. Not the best Belgian strong I have had. A mid-range, so not tooo bad. Just go for a better one like Kwak if you ask me.

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Photo of benfons
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pale golden colour, nice head that settles pretty fast, little bit hazy

S: hops, some lemon, a bit dusty, hint of grains and something medicinal alcoholic

T: tastes a bit off, a hint of orange, some bitter hops in the end; there is something really unpleasant there.

M: undercarbonated, dry, very alcoholic

O: really not that good, although it might be a bit off, because in my memory it wasn't that bad. strangely enough it shouldn't expire for another year

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.76/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

To underline the close link between the Charles Quint beers of the Haacht Brewery and the Ommegang of Brussel, a special brewage has been created, this is it.

33cl Bottle: best before 05 July 2013, poured into a ’Duvel’ glass on 03 Aug 2012.

Looked fine: huge white head of large bubbles, with a golden (slight haze from the sediment) body. Hoppy, resinous smell, not much else to report.

The hops rule the taste as well as the aromas, more citrusy in the mouth than the nose though. I also found it to be a bit over carbonated: It was fizzy actually.

Expected more from this brew: 8% ABV also too obvious in the mouthfeel, could only drink one of these in a session (I only had one bottle to taste anyway). One dimensional and uninteresting.

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Ommegang Keizer Karel Charles Quint from Brouwerij Haacht NV
3.47 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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