ineedbeer (518) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle dated 2010-05-27.
Aroma is full of dark caramel and toffee with some chocolate notes. Moderate raisin, plum and prune. Light roast and moderate burnt sugar notes.
Pours a cloudy brown with a small, thin, tan head that quickly recedes to the edges where it lingers. No lacing and small legs.
Flavor is moderately to very sweet with dark caramel, toffee and lighter roast and chocolate notes. Some burnt sugar notes. Lots of raisin and plum with lighter prune and fig notes. Lots of burnt sugar in the flavor as well. Moderate bitterness helps add a hint of a drying finish.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low, but faintly present astringency with medium alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty decent Belgian Strong Dark. Lots of malt character with quite a bit of esters to balance it all. Lots of sweetness but it hides the alcohol really well. Tough to drink a whole bottle by one’s self.
fejez (35) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 75cl. Nut and chocolate at nose. Poor head, dark colour. A little sour in mouth, chocolate, caramel and raisins. Sparkling. Nice beer for a toast.
vipinvelp (1820) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark clear ruby red, small off-white foam head. Strong ale aroma, some caramel, some nuts. Taste is quite nice, less bitter, not sweet. Strong taste, some coffee aftertaste. Some riast. (Velp 201401)
bbbeer (528) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2010. Opaque medium brown with small tan head. Aroma yeast, bread, molasses, red fruits. Full body, alcohol fairly hidden. Flavor nice balance of sweet and dry. Baked dark bread, brown sugar, dried fruit flavors. Quite drinkable. Nice.
borlandos (6) - - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel, bread, chocolate, nuts, toast, roasty, herbs, dough, earthy, alcohol, smoke, woody
yngwie (12531) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 75cl corked. An unclear, brown body is topped by a fingerthick beige head. The aroma has dried fruits, mostly raisins, caramel, alcohol and something herbal. Pleasant but not impressive. The same goes for the flavor, it’s mostly dried fruits here as well, and some caramel and alcohol fighting to be noticed. It’s warming, full-bodiedand effervescent on the palate, with the dried fruits and caramel lasting for a good while. Overall, sure a nice one, but a tad too warming I think. 130508
meerbier (1437) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home, Vintage 2010. Raisin, malts aroma. Dark brown, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, raisin, laurel, liquorice. Pretty alcoholic. Actually it tastes like some kind of spirit was added to the beer. I’d say different brew from the regular Kasteel Bruin but then again, I’m not very familiar with that one.
goozen (2680) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: 2012 version wich is an dark brown coloured brew with red glow. Taste is sweet with an liquor like burning mouth feel. Hints of dark fruits and vanilla. Good effort to try brew an cellar aged beer of your own.
Trappist1 (292) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap @ Brouwerij in Lanaken. Dark brown with a ruby glance, beige head, disappearing. Presented in a nice chateau glass. Nose: spices, vanilla, alcohol, liqueur, candi sugar, some chemical touch, minerals, earthy. Taste: caramel, dark chocolate, spices, sweet finish. Alcoholic, bit carbonated, has got some punch, but missing on something, the parts does not match the whole. Overall good beer, the warming of the alcohol kicks in (ok not that surprising) after some time. good beer.
tricksta_p (518) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 2012 edition, date of drinking 15-12-2013. Pours a dark reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet dark malt, dark fruits, plum, raisins, some chocolate. On the sweet side, mild finish. Best Kasteel beer I’ve had, proof that they can do it right.