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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle from 2003. My god, this one was intense... at first I enjoyed it but as I kept drinking, well... I became unsure. Dark, hazy, reddish-brown color... some soapy bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of micro-bubbles around the glass. Very sweet, malty, nutty and fruity aroma. Huge, powerful flavors--somewhat citrusy and acidic. Strong presence of fresh fruits (cherries, raisins), dark candy sugar... really REALLY sweet. Some alcoholic harshness, and some strange (somewhat unpleasant) bitterness thrown in there. Not very well-balanced at all. I was very excited to try this one but was disappointed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dolty (15) - SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2006
Truly outstanding! This ale might be a wee bit sweet for some tastes, but it suits me very well. Superb complexity to accompany the malts, and very smooth and drinkable. A definite Karmaliet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruibittencourt (16) - Curitiba, BRAZIL - SEP 11, 2006
No doubt it is the best beer i have tasted in this trip around Europe. I really like both the appearence and the flavor. Balanced bittter-sweet sinphony in a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe 27/05/06. Dark brown body with hardly lasting light tan head, a little bit thicker than the Oeral, sweet but not heavy. Slight dark fruit, caramel and vinous aroma, mouthfeel full thick and heavy, too sweet to drink to many.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2006
Creamy off-white excellent fully lasting head. Amberbrown colour. ;oderate malty and hoppy aroma, week but nice. Powerfull flavor, but a little too alcoholic. Long finish. Fantastic palate, almost syruply.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
janubio (729) - SPAIN - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 Brown head with few bubbles. It doesn’t last much and leaves almost no lace. Brown reddish very nice colour. Nose of chocolate, cherries and plums, apricots. A hint of vanilla. Sugar cane, alcohol, sherry aged wine. Heavy sweet flavor, I think that I notice it more in the 75 cl. bottle than in the 33 cl one. Don’t know why, lately I find the sweetness a bit artificial. Mouth of chocolate, brandy, cherries, plums, apricot, sherry aged wine again, sugar cane, aniseed. A beer of the gods. One of them. Too complex to find all the characters in one taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2912) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2006
Bottle, labelled Kasteel 11º Bruin from an off-license in Brussels, Belgium.
I tasted this a few months ago during the World Cup and reading back through my notes it is one of the few that I can’t remember trying. So I’ll just repeat what I wrote. Here goes:- Brown, hazy, smallish tan head, little lace. Deep, rounded chocolate malt nose, sticky toffee, sweetish, light alcohol prickle. Pleasant. Sweet, very sweet palate. Toffee, soft sticky date pudding note, caramel, biscuity malts, savoury fruits add little. Bready, doughy, thick mouthfeel. Sherryish note in back, dries out lightly, alcohol evident. Long cocoa, chocolate, warming swallow. Touch of malt bitterness in swallow. Too sweet, sticky, alcoholic. Average. (33cL, BBE 01/2011)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3891) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown body with low carbonation and a thin beige foamy head. Enjoyable malty aroma with fruity (grape, cherry) notes. Perfectly balanced malty taste that hides the alcohol very well. It also carries fruity and flowery notes. Nice warming, bittersweet finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a curious depleted brown, with a caramelly tan head. The aroma brings to mind almond and brown sugar. Immediately apparent is the unmistakeable flavor of Chardonnay - buttery, dry, and sweet, followed by cashew, more brown sugar, and maple syrup. Delicious and surprising, to say the least. This could be the beer-lover’s wedding champagne.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
ArendH (7) - BRUCHEM, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2006 does not count
This is a very tastefull beer. Very dark. I have several in my basement. You can keep them there for a long time and when its time to whipe of the dust... sante!

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