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

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RATINGS: 1131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
Served bottled at St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. This beer poured a flat deep brown/black color with a nearly non-existant head. The aroma was of a malted distilled spirit, with a strong alcohol aroma. The flavor was almost artificially sweet, and not as balanced as I'd like. Maybe this is just a liquified malted candy apple? The finish was pure and creamy - with a thick viscocity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5118) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Dark Ruby red, smallish tan head. Smells great - cherry, pears, maybe a touch of whiskey. Ripe fruit flavors up front - apple, pear, cherry - with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Very smooth, but also a bit heavy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Very sweet. Tastes like prunes or raisins. Fruity. Malty. Smooth murky brown in color with a nice head. Slightly yeasty. Really interesting. Godo beer. Enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Lucky find....a stash of 04/2000 750 ml bottles (says so on the cork), which translates to 4 year old beer. Pours a smooth murky brown with a nice tan head. Smells of raisin and prune. Tastes like a sweet raisin prune juice, that lingers on the palate. Thick like prune juice too. Slightly yeasty as well. Gotta love these well aged big Belgians!!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 19, 2004
Knock, Knock you on your butt. Aroma wasn't tempting but poured into my Kasteel glass it became more interesting. Black with a creamy head the flavor of clove, plum, and great malts were present. Sweetness and alcohol were left behind. Don't be afraid because the alcohol content is well masked. gotta have it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Tasty clove, caramel and banana from the start. Also sensed some overripe fruit. The high ABV was well masked. I really enjoyed this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Some how I’ve over looked this beer sitting on a shelf in my favorite beer palace, till a friend pointed out this was the “Donker”, not the “Blonde”, so always read the fine print.

The beer as it shoves off from the bottle pours a pellucid deep garnet color, the head mastodonic in size, the texture creamy, and the color a winsome tan, as it slowly erodes, the laces forms a tight seal upon the glass. Nose has a significant yeast aroma, sweet caramel, hints of fusel alcohol, a real sniffer this one, start is quite sweet, nice malt presence, and the top is moderate in its feel upon the palate. Finish has a potent acidity, the hops stinging in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and sweet, with a definite tummy warming sensation from the 11 percent ABV, a quaffable brew tis’ true.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4669) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2004 Dark, clear, deep red color with a small head. Yeasty, malty, sweet, port-wineous / fruit-liquourish aroma with cherry and caramel. The flavor is very, very sweet and malty, caramel-syrup-like with cherry and plums. Sweet aftertaste with some alcohol (although it's well-hidden). Very sugary-syrupy-sticky, thick and soft, liqueourish palate. An excellent dessert beer, but definitely not a thirst-quencher. Yummy!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Looks like a dark pinot noir w/a nice off white head/some lace.Smells very nice(belgian characteristics/yeast/spice)lots of caramel malt.Taste is Sweet malty yeasty.11% is decently woven into this fine ale though it is very noticeable.I feel that burn on the way down.Palate is sweet smooth slightly sticky.Good but would be better if bottle conditioned.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Nate (3708) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2003
2003. Aroma of alcohol, malts, sugar, and very light rubbery hops. Dark copper-red brown clear with diminishing off-white, slightly lacing head. Medium heavy carb in a heavy watery, just short of syrupy, body. SWEET. Sweet up front, sweet in finish, and sweet remains long after the swallow. Alcohol is obvious, sweet malts - sugary. Did I mention it's sweet? Hard to tell much else about the flavor. Any subtleties are masked by a level of sugar strong enough to cause polyps on my tongue. Pretty bad. May be good with dessert, or as a cooking ingredient. Hard to drink whole thing.


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