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


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RATINGS: 1273   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4542) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2005
Beer no. 200
Also, beer no.8 from my trip to Slovenia, brought by my friend Boštjan from Belgium, so a huge thanks to him. I was wondering which beer I should drink for no.200. It was this, two more Belgians, and a bunch of pale lagers etc I’ve bought in Spar. This one looked fancy, so... 0.33l cute Belgian stubby bottle. As Kasteel Bruin 11°.

Strong and nice wine like aroma wafted through my room as I poured this in a glass. More detailed check revealed a deep malty nose that had hints of alcohol, orange peel and plum. Impressive. Deep brown colour with a big brown head that went away fast. The taste was.... alcohol, strong plums and raisins, some weak dust, lemon and grapeseed bitterness in what might’ve been an aftertaste and that’s it. Period. Disappointing. Tasted like a cruder Belgian Samichlaus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2005
2004 bottle: Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a frothy and clumpy-lacing light tan head. Has a sweet caramel sugary and earthy, bready Belgian yeasty aroma. Body starts with some dark caramel and candi sugar sweetness thinning some to reveal warming alcohol toward the finish. Has some mild dark fruit flavor and complexity, but doesn’t have the thick bready notes I look for in Belgian strong ales. Too much sugar and alcohol, needs more balance. Perhaps aging more would help.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3010) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Aroma:dark fruit,cherry.. Appearance:redish brown,light head... Appearance:Dark fruit,alcohol,sugar to mutch sugar....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Little to no head, dark brown in color. Pine and chocolate are present in the aroma. Very sweet with almost no carbonation, roasted malt and butterscotch as well. Very creamy body in ending after warming up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle on 02/28/2011 as Kasteel bier Bruin-Brune 11. Slightly hazy dark brown body with a small creamy off-white head. Sweet fruit, caramel, spice, molasses aroma. Very sweet fruit, spice, caramel and candi sugar flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7 On 11/28/2005. Hazy brown color with a fully diminishing thin white head. Sweet syrupy taste and texture but only a very light aroma. - 5/4/8/4/17 - 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5782) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Poured a hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of light roastiness, dried fruits, caramel malt, and some light chocolate as well. Taste was overly sweet, candy sugar, light dried fruits, and alcohol as well. Sweet and strong, not overly enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Fresh 33cl bottle. Deep brown-reddish and flat. Sweet alcohol aroma. Flavor was way too sweet, wtih alcohol very noticeable. Perhaps my bottle needed more time to mature, but as I tasted it, It doesn’t compare with the big boys.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle. Reddish-mahogany, transluscent. Aroma is of the holy duchesse! Very juicy and rich. I want to say "juicy fruits" but I dare not run the risk of sounding like an ’80s commercial. (Is that stuff still sold today?) Very prominent figs, raisin, grape, and with a bit of strawberry and alcohol. Thick, westy-12ish, some yeast. Tastes darker than it looks, an excellent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2005
i stopped rating beers but i thought i might just come back to rate this as it was so bad. overwhelmingly sweet, so much so that i couldnt drink it...sad to say all the rest of the beers character was overwhelmed by this one aspect. the alcohol content was noticiable but not overly strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
33 cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a wonderful head. Very complex and sweet aroma. Also very sweet flavour with notes of complexity.

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