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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1188   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 12C (54F) (Translation by Martinus)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 3/20/06 Re-rate: Had forgotten I had had this before, even considering I had it in the same place the 2nd time, the Blue Nile in Mnpls and considering it was again the final beer of the evening. This time it was on tap, and based upon the ratings, had a considerably better experience the second time around. It was still very sweet but didnt seem overly so this time. Mostly opaque body (dark, dark, reddish, brown hue. Tan head but diminishes fully. Wonderful and surely highly caloric. 2/17/05: Bottle, shared with Beermatrix, ChrisPants, Steorn(BA) and Pigfoot (courtesy of Pigfoot). Last beer of the evening so the palate may have been a little shot. Belgian wheat aroma, surprising for a red bodied beer. Then at 3rd or 4th whiff, I started getting similar impressions as the few Russian dark beers Ive had (Baltika 6, Stepan Razin Porter). Beermatrix mentioned he thought it smelled like a Cantillon. Red body, nice white, beautiful lace. Exemplary appearance. Overy sweet. Could make for a good dessert wine. But it was too much for me at that point in the evening. Ar 6, ap 5, fl 8, pal 4, ov 17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (21607) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2005
Bottle (Kasteel Bruin-Brune). Clean brown, little brownish head. Malty sweet aroma. Caramel/malty taste with a bit bitter finish. Good feeling in the mouth, taste of alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Had it as Kasteel Brune ... Clean brown hue light very sweet maple syrup aroma honey with alcoholic hints Flavour is very sweet brown sugar malty flavours sticky palate...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours a syrupy reddish brown nectar. Little head and no retention. Pruny sweetness. Port and caramal notes. No counterpoint to the sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and zippy after taste. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark brown colour with a reddish tone. Almost no head. Aroma is dominated by maltiness, molasses and sweetness. At first, the maltiness in the taste has a caramalty note. Its also pretty sweet. Cloyingly sweet, I thought, maybe a bit prematurely. Later the sweetness turns to an acceptable level. Its also quite caramelly. Its a nice sipping beer, but hardly one of my favoruites, though still okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
This is an amazing looking beer. It probably looks and smells better than it actually is, but its still an excellent beer. It is very dark and malty, with a fantastic sweet nose. If anything, its perhaps a bit too sweet and treacly, but it still has an excellent array of fruits, caramel, and sugar. Yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (1961) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2005
Superb looking dark chestnut brown with a creamy off-white head. Spicey, malty, caramel aroma. Great taste; complex, dark fruits, raisins, sweet malt, brown sugar. Near if not perfect mouthfeel, exceptionally smooth. The alcohol is detectable but well masked by the great taste. An immediate favourite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4999) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
Poured a clear brown color ale with a below average head that had some pretty good retention. Aroma is exclusively comprised of roasted malt with some faint alcohol in the back.. Taste is quite simple, which was a bit surprising for this type of beer and consisted of mildly roasted malt with some warm alcohol at the end. Overall, this is not a bad beer but it is lacking complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle from a small store near my hotel in Brussels. Pours dark but also clear (not bottle conditioned?? I guess Ill find out a little later) and a medium head. Aroma is alcoholic and malty. Flavour is sweet, very sweet, huge alcohol character and malt/caramel/fruit. Its brash but not too complex, delicious but heavy on the alcohol. I dont have a huge sweet tooth or really love high gravity beers all that much - but I think its great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2005
Dark brown beer with beige creamy foam. Sweet nose, touch of caramel and candy sugar. aromas of cookies and cocoa. Heavy sweet taste with alcohol burn.

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