Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Ale
Emelgem, Belgium


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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Belgian pale ale.
Kasteel Hoppy is a blond ale of high fermentation, with a bitterness of 45 EBU. Strictly selected, Belgian hops are essential for the hoppy, spicy aroma, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gangstergafje (872) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2017
The beer looks nice. Not extremely special, but it looks like a Belgian ale should. The color of the beer is a nice rather dark golden yellow. The beer itself is quite clear, but a tiny haze exists. On top of the beer a nice layer of soft white foam is formed. The bulk of the foam collapses quickly, but a nice soft drape remains. The smell is nice. It has that familiar blend between regular Belgian ale and extra hops. I know it from Piraat Tripel Hop and Duvel Tripel Hop. It is not much different from that. It is nice though. There is a nice malty aroma, which enhances a rich hoppy bitterness and slight acidity. The hop aromas are a bit grassy and herbal. It is nice and refreshing. There is also a nice fresh Belgian yeast aroma. The taste of the beer is also good. There is a nice bitterness of the hops, together with a slight acidity. This is balanced by malty more sweet flavour. You can also taste the yeast and some alcohol. Not a bad flavour, but not special. There are more Belgians like this (like the ones I mentioned before). The palate is good. Medium body and carbonation, slightly dry feeling. The finish is not extremely long, but contains some nice almondy alcohol flavours. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (4540) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a rugged burnt pale yellow to orange color with a nice looking level foamy head that dissipated evenly leaving some foamy rings. The aroma balanced nicely between citrusy and floral hops eventually. But a big bold puckering sour citrus hit me first. Some Belgian sugars do sort the end of it out nicely. The flavor ends up yielding to the Belgian sweet citrus and floral hoppiness. Puckering sour effect still comes back, all blends into the aftertaste but the puckering sour seems to leave in the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. The "sour" seems to have glided out a lot more. Good carbonation with the hoppiness creating a nice bitterness about it. Overall, nice Belgian pale ale combining bitter hoppiness to the sour. I would have again.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lidor1995 (70) - ISRAEL - NOV 9, 2016
Little to no aroma, orange color and fruity taste with a bitter after taste, and a strong heavy palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopverdju (958) - BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2016
Helder blond bier met grote witte wandklevende schuimkraag. Geur: zeer moutig, wat hoppig en kruidig. Smaak: licht bitter en wat moutzoetig. Goede koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: moutzoetig en wat droog licht bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (12305) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2016
Bottle, [email protected] Pours clear golden with a medium, staying, frothy to bubbly white head. Aroma has sweet malts, esters, citrus hops, light pear. Earthy notes. High carbonation, fairly dry and slightly oily mouthfeel. Flavour has sweet malts, Belgian sugar, grass, moderate citrussy bitterness. Light esters and a slight metallic twang to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rdb84 (586) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2016 Pilsener pour with frothy head and nice carbo. Aggressive pour. A: light hoppy, mostly melon, lime, lemon, malts, light urine as well. When yeast is poured, it becomes fruitier. T: thin malty flavour with typical Kasteel boozy yeasty development. Light fruity, mostly melon, lime, banana. Malty dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (914) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2016
0.33 l bottle from Alko Helsinki. Appearance is pale and clear with a head. Aroma has yeast and caramel. Taste has also some caramel, but this is also dry from the hops. Is a Belgian Pale Ale or just imitation of Duvel? Doesnt really matter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
janubio (761) - SPAIN - AUG 23, 2016
Golden colour, with a big head that fades soon, keeping a layer and some lace. Aroma is fruity, some banana and citrus, and moderately hoppy. Medium body, great carbonation. Taste is fruity, banana, spicy notes. Not as bitter as aone would expect from "hoppy", more on the sweet side. Not exactly the best Kasteel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
melush (3475) - SPAIN - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cervezas Diferentes, Coslada, Spain. A: Hazy golden. T: Hops, malt, yeast, citrusy, bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Psytron (2084) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Smell of grass, malt. Hazy golden colour, very high white head. Aroma of yeast, grass, paper, some overripe fruit in finish. Starts off as a papery lager, ends as a heavily yeasty belgian strong with grassy notes. Seriously imbalanced. Starts bitter, finishes sweet.

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