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


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RATINGS: 1158   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Sweet, sweet, sweet! This beer is so sweet! Dark brown appearance. Fruity and sweet aroma and flavor. Very chewy. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5078) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Simply one of the finest beers made anywhere. I am reminded each time that I have it that I am hard pressed to come up with a more pleasing and satisfying beer than this one. Mathches up well with the Oerbier as my favorites in this style +++ Sampled from a 25 oz green bottle this beer pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. There is a moderate sweet, sour, fruity and spicy aroma. The flavor is strong with fruit and a hint of spice and is quite sugary. There are elements of plum, cherry and apricot in the flavor. There is a really pleasant fruity aftertaste that lingers. A classic and a favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Deep red color with small film white head, but laces well. Aroma is grape and candy sugar. Fairly thick palate. Very sweet and raisiny flavor with an alcoholic follow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (528) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 27, 2004
2003 Es una cerveza muy rica y fuerte (11%) Cierto aroma a citricos. Tiene una botella como las antiguas cervezas

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2004
2003 Pours a very dark mahogany, almost brown. Large foamy head, nice sheets of lace. Aromas of hops, citrus that is. Lemons, some bitter orange maybe. Warm biscuit smell. A touch of grapes. Some spices. I'm getting coriander, maybe clove as well. Nice. Spices come out to blend in well with the other flavors. Coriander definately. More citrus, mostly lemon, though some orange is there. Caramel is coming through as well as a bit of brown sugar. The biscuits are hanging around. Sharp bitter notes of hops at the end laced with alcohol. Thick body, spicy, tingly palate, and a pleasing warm finish of bitter hops. Nice BSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - APR 9, 2004
Bottled, 2002 vintage. Small head, pale nut brown coloured, disappears fastly. Body is dark ruby with orange highlights. Very clear, the label describes this beer as bottle conditioned, but no yeast or trub are visible in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is nice, sweet, vinous, fruity (cherry, strawberry), with a clean note of caramel. Flavor is malty, quite sweet, sugary, caramel, taste of almond, walnut, mild drying ripe fruit aftertaste. Softly bitterness and sweet, the full body is paired to a creamy texture, that give an amazingly light mouthfeel for a 11% alcohol, well hidden but warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12988) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
Bottled (Kasteelbier Bruin)
Dark ruby red. Brown creamy and steady medium head, lace. Aroma is malt, sweet berries and yeast. Very full-bodied: banana, blackberries, malt. Just a bit too sweet palate. Very warming but alcohol is well hidden in flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
Served bottled at St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. This beer poured a flat deep brown/black color with a nearly non-existant head. The aroma was of a malted distilled spirit, with a strong alcohol aroma. The flavor was almost artificially sweet, and not as balanced as I'd like. Maybe this is just a liquified malted candy apple? The finish was pure and creamy - with a thick viscocity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5255) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Dark Ruby red, smallish tan head. Smells great - cherry, pears, maybe a touch of whiskey. Ripe fruit flavors up front - apple, pear, cherry - with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Very smooth, but also a bit heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Very sweet. Tastes like prunes or raisins. Fruity. Malty. Smooth murky brown in color with a nice head. Slightly yeasty. Really interesting. Godo beer. Enjoyable.

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