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


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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Very much like the Aventinus, sweet, not overcloyingly so. Nice and smooth. Dark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nihtila (2989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle from Spar in Eindhoven. Pours dark brown with beige head. Nose is sweet, dark malts, caramel, prunes. Taste is very sweet, covering a lot of other possible tastes or trying to hide the alcohol, dried fruits, sweet dark malts. What starts quite promising is hidden under excessive sweetness and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phfyysik (791) - Tartu, ESTONIA - OCT 18, 2016
Pours nut brown with light beige head. Aroma is caramel, cinnamon, raisins, roasted almond, alcohol, cream, some spices. Taste is quite same, creamy, alcohol, caramel, dried fruits, spices. Nice and decent beer, despite it’s alcohol level.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
B2BKK (1) - - OCT 15, 2016 does not count
330cl bottle. Right away, alcohol, but not too boozy. Secondly, SWEET, SWEET, SWEET; almost bordering something other than beer (sherry comes to mind). Low carbonation. No head (but that is a factor of vessel/temperature/pour). Certainly smooth (no major hoppy bitterness). Not my style, personally, but I certainly see the appeal, and it is definitely a complex quality brew. The buzz from 11% will make you like it more when you are halfway through the glass. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lupuLust (100) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2016
Opened this one for a belgian goulash with Rodenbach. Thanks a lot for the recipe Frank and Bierhandlung! Interesting grainy palate. Feels like biting bread instead of drinking a beer. Dark dried fruits and flavours of clove and mustard. Of course sweet dark malt and hints of 11%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PapaCanard (83) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 12, 2016
Offerte par mon cousin, cette belle bière noire est d’une douceur sucrée fort agréable en bouche. Attention toutefois aux 11 degrés qui cognent au moment de se lever.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Luneylane (44) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - OCT 6, 2016
A bottle at the Cafe Bastille, near Taipower Building. Aroma: very fruity, vinous, plummy. Not noticably boozy, despite the ABV. Appearance: in a Chimay chalice, sitting by the big floor to ceiling windows, it looked exactly, I mean exactly, like cola! No real head to speak of. Palate: full-bodied, with soft carbonation; a long, sweet finish. Taste: the alcohol is very subtle, very fruity, vinous, suggestions of caramel. The candy sweetness is too much for me. Once is enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacobarts (99) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown with medium beige head. Very sweet aroma, sugar and dades. Very sweet taste, sugar, sweet bread and caramel. Zero booze at 11% Creamy body. The taste is a bit too sweet for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xik (15) - FRANCE - OCT 3, 2016
Très belle robe brune à reflets rouge, une mousse légère avec une couleur "fumée". Le nez est magnifique, on sent certes l’alcool et le sucre mais il flotte au dessus du verre une appétissante odeur de pain d’épice. Le nez de la Kasteel Donker est un must, peu de bières ont un arôme aussi riche et agréable. Niveau goût nous sommes sur une bière sucrée, l’amertume est subtile et n’arrive qu’en toute fin de bouche, et encore, trés légère. on trouve en bouche une pointe de réglisse à peine suggérée, et un gout de prune trop mûres. La carbonation est presque parfaite. La texture très crémeuse et son goût fruité sucré en font une bière très gourmande. Bref une référence absolue en matière de bière sucrée.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LLeitao (2) - Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2016 does not count
Pours smoothly with little head. Excellent aroma and taste. Strong ABV of 11% with very little IBUS. Nice mouthfeel and taste improves as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
puboflyons (3124) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2016
From the corked, caged 2011 750 ml bottle. Beautiful looking mahogany brown with a small head that fades quickly. But despite being as dark as it is the clarity is excellent. The aroma is an inviting caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, and bread but little to no hop profile and zero booze for 11%. Smooth medium to full body. The sweetness overtakes all of the tasting experiences in this beer but there is also a keen warming at the end. So mellow and soft. A great beer for my 3,100th RB review.

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