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Kasteelbier Donker

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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 1309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1368) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Aroma is booze, butterscotch, slight bubblegum, slight wood, caramel, fruity, spice. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head, somewhat clear. Taste is sweet, booze, candy, almost cloying, caramel, dark fruit, spices, wood, eh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light crisp carbonation, really sweet woody booze aftertaste. Overall, not as good as Chateau, but still drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piw (832) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2016
330ml Flasche. Klar und schwarz mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Maziges und würziges Aroma. Intensiver Geschmack. Voller Körper.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaserov (166) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 5, 2016
Clásica Belgian Strong Ale que no está a la altura. Color negro con transparencias y capa de espuma mínima. Restos de fermentación en la botella. Poca carbonatación. Aroma a licor, maltas tostadas, frutas. Sabor similar, con el alcohol bastante disimulado. Cuerpo medio. Dulce pero insuficiente.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Andrew196 (1438) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle to glass - murky cola colour, light beige head, spritzy. Aroma of grape/raisin, some yeast. Taste is weird, grape taffy, some earthiness, notes of spearmint, bubblegum. Well masked ABV, not boozy at all. Didn’t come across as a beer in clamoring to finish... To much sweet grape for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tjeerd (247) - GERMANY - AUG 18, 2016
Creamy, warm taste. This classic remains good. High abv allows long aftertaste. Caramelly, lovely. Almost had forgotten the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (3344) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
330ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is raisin, toffee, yeast and alcohol. Taste has toffee to start and a warm raisin finish. Tasty stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Myonlyvice (142) - DENMARK - AUG 16, 2016
Very dark brown with a light brown greyish head. Head dissolves quickly to a thin film. A bit of lacing. Dark fruit and maybe citrus in the aroma. Taste is very sweet with liqourice, chocolate, dark fruit and caramel notes. Creamy mouthfeel. Very complex but too sweet to be really great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ulrikolsen (338) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and fruity with caramel, dried fig, date, straw and malt. Taste os complex and sweet with malt, dried fruits, caramel, sugar and some alcohol. Finish is sweet and fruity and has lasting sweet aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mice (801) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Hyvin niukka, mitätön vaahto. Tumman punertavan ruskea olut, mieto miellyttävä haju. Maku makeahko, mutta verrattuna edelliseen ei todellakaan liian makea.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (422) - Padova, ITALY - AUG 7, 2016
ASPETTO: marrone scuro (praticamente quasi nera), schiuma beige, non particolarmente abbondante e persistente.. AROMA: Caramello, maltato, leggero speziato e leggera frutta scura. Aroma nel complesso non intenso. GUSTO: caramello, maltato, frutta secca (prugna) e un po’ di frutta a guscio. Retrogusto dolce, leggermente stucchevole.


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