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


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RATINGS: 1080   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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (9672) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2003
Bottle conditioned. A big brown smoothy of a beer. Tight creamy head, loads of fruit, sultana's, malt sweetness. Last beer of a long weekend in Bruges and a good finish it makes too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 [3/1/2003] The Kasteel glass is wonderful!!:-) Dark brown colour, thin and creamy head. Chocolate, toffee and alcohol in the aroma (very strong). The flavour is dominated by sweetness with traces of caramel, chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, plums and raisins. Very alcoholic finish. I found difficulties to rate this beer properly: the first sips are incredibly pleasant in the mouth, while in the end this appears a bit unbalanced, with too much sugar. [Update 3/9/2003] Had it on tap, and there's a big difference: it's much more balanced and the sweet notes are not overpowering and the alcohol is much more hidden. On tap this beer is dangerously drinkable!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gierasch (1) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2003 does not count
I had this for the first time after visiting Kasteel De Harr - there just aren't enough 'o's in smooth to describe this beer! I am looking frantically for it here in the States

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (18970) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
Bottled. Comes in a real classy shallow tulip glass. Pours dark ruby with rich head. Toffee aroma, and once it is warmed up also roasted malt and burnt sugar. Sweet vinous and very malty. In a way quite remimiscent of a full bodied red wine. The mouthfeel is soft and it is arousingly flavourful. The balanced finish contains a slight trace of hop bitterness to balance the port wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Held up to the light this reveals a true gem like garnet color. Moderate tan head. Aroma of dark malts, dark fruits and light alcohol. What a chewy beverage. Thick malt flavors with a near cloying sweetness and strong alcohol presence. A port wine feel. Almost like a liquer. A little thick for one sitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 bottle 03-99 and labeled as 'Biere de Chateau'..brownish color..thin layer of tannish/brown head..the aroma was a little tart and malty with a sugary feel to it..very sweet flavor with brown sugar..very dark sweet plums, almost grapish..alcohol warmth..bready..so damn sweet though..but the plum notes are swell

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Dark brown, malty sweet begining, bubbly on the palate. Finishes quick with a little alcohol lingering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 My favorite beer. Had one that was aged for five years and wasn’t nearly as good as one about a year and half old. Gets better and better as the bottle empties. Sweet with some cork flavors. Always reminds me of being in Brugge when I first tried it. That was about four years ago. It was my favorite beer when I first tried it, and it still is. I bought the glass in Brugge for pennies, and am drinking some in it right now. You have to pour it fast. The head disapates quickly but leaves nice lace in the glass. Kind of raisiny with molasses and toffee. I’m very happy I just found it at Holiday Wine Cellar for 6.69 instead of ordering it for 6.49 and pay for shipping. This beer kicks bootay. Rerate 011005 bottled 08/01: Seems to have mellowed a bit with age. I’m growing out of this a little , but it still brings back memories of Brugge. Sweet toffee with a pear flavored aftertaste. Head is better than I remember with decent lace to boot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 12, 2003
Very dark, almost black. Ligthly sweet flavour and dito palate. I was surprised when I saw it has 11%, because it isn’t noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (9654) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2003
Dark mahoghany coloured with a pretty head on top. Has a very sweet aroma. Some spices notabel. In the flavour there is almonds and sweetness. The alcahol is totally hidden. Lives a good life on the palate. Had this served with a starter (spiced duck and chutney), and this was a perfect match.

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