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


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RATINGS: 1313   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2006
On tap at Hard Times Cafe in Woodbridge, VA. Served in a trappist glass. Color was brown with a thin beige head. Good lacing around the glass. Aroma was a complex mixture of brown sugar/caramel, raisins, plums/figs, and orange with a bit of alcohol. Flavor was just as complex and sweet with a very good alcohol warming as it went down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Bottled 01/2004. Best by 05/2009. Yeah, indeed this is one to quench a sweet tooth, but still a unique, well crafted Belgian Ale. Pours a fairly clear maroonish-brown hue displaying a thin, patchy head with spotty lacing. Complex, but somewhat reserved aromas of brandy-soaked plums, figs, black cherries and orange slices with some caramel and malt lingering in the background. A quite intense sweetness is the initial impression on the first sip; almost reminiscent of Myer’s Dark Rum. Body is full and chewy. Dark, ripe fruit flavors nicely mimic the aromas, but much more rich and muscular. The 11% alcohol is definitely a necessity here to cut through the sugary sweetness and it comes real close to doing its job and rendering some respectable balance here. This baby would certainly make an excellent dessert after a hearty dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
Bottle. Pours brown with a thin beige head. Aroma of citrus, belgian spices, sugar, fruit, and caramel. Flavor is sweet, fruit, citrus, spices, carbonated moderately, alcohol is present (but not overwhelming, pretty well masked for 11%) Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sunevdj (3949) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Pours dark brown with no head. EXTREMELY sweet. Strong aromas of marzipan and sugars. Full bodied and breadlike. Warming alcohol in the finish with more marzipan. Way too sweet. We tried to mix it with a kriek... it got slightly better. (14/04-07) 2002 vintage The beer is not so sweet anymore. I has a bit more earthy and dusty flavors. The beers has certainly gained from the lagering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2006
Clear dark brown ale with a thin moka head. Aroma of brown sugar, coriander, orange peels, alcohol, and wood. In mouth, sweet candy sugar, spices like orange peels, cherries, aniseed, and leathery notes in finish. Medium to rich body. Alcohol warmth soothing the palate. Rated at room temperature, in 750 ml.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2006
Very dark brown color, thin foamy head, Very compex aroma, very sweet, to much alcohol, it took more than the whole day to do thise one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
this came highly recommended when i was in the store talking to a guy who tours the breweries in belgium every year. sweet aromas of plum and caramel, flavor of spice with some alcohol warming. if you’re a belgium fan, this brown beauty will definitely rate up there with the finest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 16, 2006
dark brown color and a small creamy off white head that strangely coats the outside of the glass as you drink it. caramel, toffee malt aroma. really sweet. the sweetest belgian i’ve tried. caramel, plum, raisins, other dark fruits, candy. tons of sugar. this stuff must rot your teeth faster than cola. WAY too sweet but the alcohol is completely covered up.

   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.

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