Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ingelmunster, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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A strong Belgian brown ale.
After extensive tasting, trying to fulfil increasingly strict requirements, the brewmaster obtains a creamy, dark Belgian brown ale: Kasteelbier. The quality of the past is still unmatched and the beloved taste is very much of the present. Kasteelbier is a dark, artisanal beer, soft and mild, full and creamy. It can age for many, many years, as indicated on the bottle. 11% abv, serve at 12°C (54°F) (Translation by Martinus)

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
martinrumsam (557) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, - AUG 30, 2012
bottle. very dark brown with thick beige head which lasts and laces . A beauty to behold. Rich sweet boozy aroma which is backed up by the taste - unctuous , sweet , toffee , caramel alcohol warmth underlying but not intruding . rich full mouthfeel medium carbonation . slides down well . A great exemple of the style .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (82) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours dark brown/black with virtually no head - only a thin sheen of off-white. Lacing is thick and immediate. Molasses, liquorice, caramel, spice and smoke dominate the nose, joined by a hefty blast of alcohol. Slightly nutty and wooden around the edges, perhaps a little earth too. Bread and cheesy yeast can be briefly determined under the booze on occasion. Potent stuff. Very sweet taste-wise; getting mostly honey, caramel, muscavado sugar, perhaps tinges of cinnamon and vanilla. Dark fruits emerge with time. Slightly medicinal as well, probably thanks to the alcohol, which remains prominent long after the finish with a significant neck burn. Not unpleasant though. Aforementioned finish is long and sticky. Thick, oily and smooth on the palate as expected, with slight carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dreamer (132) - PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2015
[33cl thanks to ruigo] Dark brown color. Medium beige head, that kept a small lace till the end. Medium to low carbonation and a round body, oily texture. Aroma is caramel and raisins. Taste is licorice, chocolate, caramel, too much sweet, artificial and some presence of the alcohol. Aftertaste is very long and sweet. In my opinion is too much sweet, even for winter, and too much overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (282) - Askim, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Complex belgium dark fruity aroma. The taste is similar. Dry but a little sweet finish. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3012) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2015
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 4/16/2007. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a small fairly dense khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing fairly quickly. No glass lacing and some slight streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian Quadrupel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lello4ever (105) - ITALY - FEB 13, 2015
Una splendida scura del noto produttore belga Kasteel. Colore marrone e una schiuma beige molto sottile, con un deciso aroma di malto. Caramello e dark fruits la fanno da padrona, rendendola una piacevolissima birra dolce dal primo all’ultimo sorso. Alcool ben presente con 11% e carbonazione nella media. Da non perdere quando è disponibile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fredd_an (101) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
Litet krämigt stout Guinnes huve(vit krona). Annars brunsvart i färg. Belgisk, jäst, dadlar & plommon i doft samt bränd kandisocker. Smaken är Söt, kanderad socker(får mig att tänka på marknader), kavring & Belgo jäst.mycket bra! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Franksv6 (341) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2015
Dark brown beer with a white head, medium carbonation. Tastes like caramel, fruit, very sweet flavor, cherry, herbs and warming alcohol. Sweetish aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xXbaptisteXx (92) - - JAN 26, 2015
Couleur brun/ruby foncée; la mousse et de couleur blanc cassé et tiens moyennement; On est on va trouver des arômes de miel, caramel, Bois mouillé En bouche elle va être très sucréavec des notes de caramel sirop d'agave c'est une brune vraiment très douce et on ne sent vraiment pas son tôt d'alcool! J'adore

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skullgeorge (59) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JAN 22, 2015
On tap at the Beerstore, Thessaloniki. Pours dark brown, reddish with a creamy beige white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, some chocolate and yeast. Taste is sweet with caramel, dark fruits and molases. Liquorice and soft carbonation with full body. Sweet aftertaste...Good one !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fugitive (1492) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle. Color dark red with medium head. Aroma fruity, sweet, yeast. Taste sweet, orange, earth, fruits.

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