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


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RATINGS: 1180   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Dark with red tinge, not much head. As a pleasant surprise, the alcohol isn’t really noticable in the flavor, although it does pack a kick that is noticed as the glass nears empty. Some notes of caramel, and raisins. Overall, not bad, would go well with Scottish Christmas pudding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2004
Cola Brown / dark red in colour with a huge frothy and tanned head. There is a full aroma of cola, plums, sugar, espresso, fruits... the taste is sickening sweet with a touch of ginger and lots of wine... spices show up with malts, but I think I got a bad batch. The smell was nice but it left a bad taste in my mouth. Not what I’d call a satisfying beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
This is a tasty beer. Sticky sweet flavor, the pour is brown. I found it to be delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sammy (9145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2004
pleasantly surprisingly made the LCBO Fall list. Its only drawback is the knockout alcohol punch. Georgeous brown, barleywine and quality yeast aroma. Great taste in my favorite style. Hops, fruit and sugary malt. Good night!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2004
Bottled. Purchased at Delirium Cafe. Dark rich brown color with a small ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Nose is rich malts, dark fruits, spice and candy sugar. Taste is sweet with brown sugar and candy sugar notes, ripened fruits and alcohol. Exquisite! Body is smooth with light alcohol warming and light carbonation feel. Finishes very well with sweet chocolate notes, alcohol and dark fruits! Awesome beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Thick and rich flavors of raisins, chocolate and dark malts. Some over-ripe fruits as well. Full bodied with a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2004 From bottle at room temperature. A brown long head that stays a good minute in the glass. Dark brown reddish colour, aroma like ripe red fruits, tones of citrus at the beginning. Carbonation is limited and dissappears fast. The taste gets sweeter with time, and aftertaste is sweet. quite filling, this brew would be an first-class dessert beer, or a disgestive to enjoy for a long Winter evening. The alcohol (11%) isn’t obvious when you drink it, but beware when you rise from the table <grin>. First-class all around !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 24, 2004
An excellent beer that remains unavailable in the Seattle area, unfortunately. Terrific chocolate cake flavor (seriously), very thick and filling, not suitable when the weather is nice...definitely a winter brew. The year makes all the difference with this beer: Age your bottle for at least two or three years before you drink it. Trust me, it makes a huge difference!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
750 pours a dark amber brown with a fake tan color head and some lace. The aroma is of dark fruits and some yeast notes. The flavor is dark, sweet, and a touch of yeast with a super rich pallet. Overall, this is a big beer that is also very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
8/11/04. Poured out of 750 mL bottle, shared with friends at Stuffed Sandwich, 8/11/04. Pours a murky brown/tan-caramel color with a rocky, slight head that lingers on the edges. Lacing is less than decent, spotty and fast. Aroma is bright and yeasty, lighly caramelly and of candi sugar. Pretty yummy. Flavors of cobwebs, caramel, wood, some sharp butterscotch. Wonderfully thin, creamy carbonation when you feel it in your mouth. Also some dry cobwebby feelings on a medium-full, stinging body. Very big flavors in this beer. Thick and raisiny. Finish is long and rich, slightly metallic. It’s pretty impressive, but I don’t know how much I could drink at any one time.

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