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Kasteelbier Donker

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


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RATINGS: 1229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tillmac62 (419) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2015
BOD 2/6/13. Pours a dark garnet that is almost black unless held to light. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention...considering it’s 11% ABV. Outstanding rich nose of plum, raisin and fig over a solid caramel malt base. Light alcohol notes are present. Light medium body with a smooth texture. Light carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is almost world class. Reasonable intensity, quite complex and very well balanced. The only flaws are the body is a bit light and the alcohol is not quite covered. The fruits of the nose predominate with sweetness upfront that flows through plum, fig and raisin. The middle brings an alcohol note that intensifies into the finish and also provides a bit of heat. The flavor shifts from the sweet dark fruits noted earlier into a prune that is slightly astringent. Prune and alcohol linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrttiimmoo (17) - FINLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Tummaa omintakeista muttei liian makea. Voisi pari juoda iltaan. Päähän menee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (373) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle at home. Taste sweet. Caramel, raisin, banana and cinnamon. Interesting and complex. Warming. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Keukeman (25) - BEST, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2015
Drank this at a bar in Den Bosch, really sweet taste, too sweet if you ask me, the high percentage (11%) doesn?t really come back.I?m not a really huge fan of dark beers but maybe this can change my mind. Love the glass by the way, there?s really a castle at the bottom of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alusdievs (6) - LATVIA - JUL 10, 2015 does not count
From tap at Bon Vivant in Riga. Mild and tasty. Creamy, but no bitterness as described.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Icedwarf (716) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Zwart bier zonder schuim. Smaak is zoet, krachtig, licht bitter, anijs, drop. Smaak blijft erg lang hangen.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (816) - - JUN 29, 2015
reddish-brown color; dark fruit (cherry and raisins) and Belgian yeast aroma; nice, smooth, dark fruit flavor; notes of plum,cherry, and raisins; semi sweet malt and Belgian yeast

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Achel (175) - GREECE - JUN 29, 2015
A brown or dark red beer with an OK but fast disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. The flavor is fanstastic; very sweet, fruity, and complex. It ends on an earthy note - but with a good sweetness and notes of oranges. It has no bitterness at all. A really good beer with a good palate, but a little too sweet, and not bitter enough for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mtu71 (283) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle. Brown, medium, fast head. Deep dark reddish brown. Rasins on aroma. Silky palate. Sweetish, dark malts, plums, strong. Intense taste. Balanced and rich.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mandaritto (84) - LATVIA - JUN 24, 2015
Dark brown. Malty, bready smell with a hint of caramel. Very light carbonation level, taste - caramel, bread, kind a watery. Decent, dangerously easy drinkable for ABV.

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