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


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RATINGS: 1305   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - APR 16, 2006
Bottle. Pours with a look not unlike cola. Aroma is practically non-existent. Taste is of alcohol (pretty well hidden for the 11%, though) and sugar/caramel. Nothing exciting at all about this beer, went in the sink after three sips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2006
11.2oz bottle, dated 03-2010. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a small, beige head. Aroma is of Belgian yeast, candied sugar, alcohol, and raisins. Taste is of lots of raisins, very sweet, alcohol is well hidden, sweet finish. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2006
Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a spare diminishing off-white head. Sweet aroma of malt, dark fruit, yeast, sugar and alcohol. Flavour’s just as sweet, a touch too much for me. Tastes of caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, spices and yeast with a mildly bitter alcoholic dry finish. Medium bodied. This is pretty decent but it doesn’t knock my socks off, I’m just not into overly sweet Belgians.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Cloudy dark brown with a thin brown head. Slightly funky aroma with plum, pear, alcohol and a hint of cocoa. Thick and sweet with a little alcohol burn. Plummy, spicy flavors. Stronger in alcohol than flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Pours a dark brown with small amount of head. Aroma is light with small scent of yeast and malt. Flavor is real sweet with caramel, sugar cane, cinnamon and some spice. Old beer, but i bet this was a real nice strong ale when it was fresh on the shelf.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atlasmonster (3) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2006 does not count
one thing you will get from most of the reviews (with this one as no exception) is that this beer is really sweet. there is a lot of character with a variety of dried fruit, chocolate and coffee nuance but way too syrupy for me drink it regularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Brown cola colored. Barely kicks up a decent head that quickly dies to a splat. Vinous with cantaloupe; Bananas Foster. Taste is sweet with cloves and ’nanners but smoothes out with mild hops before cloying. Medium light. Alcohol builds as it warms becoming a bit sharp.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1344) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2006
This stuff is the SHIT! Had this on tap at the Blue Nile. Wow! They have some damn good beers here, Pigfoot makes sure of that! Alcohol is detected, however, it is expected at 11%. Let’s face it, beer from Belgium normally is excellent, another excellent offering here. The one potential negative is that this beer is very sweet. However, it is not cloying at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2006
A brew dominated by dark fruit, and sweetness, alcohol was well hidden, but still noticable, just too sweet for me on this day, I will let it warm up more next time, I think it would improve that way for me, still good, but not my favorite. brewed 2004.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Bottled. A very dark brown coloured beer with a purple hue and barely any head. The aroma is vinuous with heavy fruit notes - plums and prunes. The taste is very sweet and fruity; maybe too sweet. The alcohol is not as obvious as one would expect, but the sugary sweetness is. A nice sipping beer but easy on the sugariness guys. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 4.2. Average becomes 3.8

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