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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1211   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (12838) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2005
I did look a few extra times to see if this really was the beer I had. I really cant see whats so good about it. The amber color and the offwhite head is ok, but the rest is all about sugar. Way too sweet and with too much alcohol coming through. This was not a good belgian...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
Spectacular. Sweet aroma, hops. Pours an opaque ruby brown, off tan head. Very sweet but extremely enjoyable palate and flavour. 11%? Alcohol is undetectable. Smooth sweet delivery. Might be too sweet for some people, but this beer should be slowly savoured and enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Thanks to Pigfoot for this one, shared with Wawood, Beermatrix, et al. As mentioned below, rather late in the evening. My notes say "sweet sweet, finish dry and clean with no alcohol present, Belgian candi and yeast flavors on top." A winner for my sweet tooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 3/20/06 Re-rate: Had forgotten I had had this before, even considering I had it in the same place the 2nd time, the Blue Nile in Mnpls and considering it was again the final beer of the evening. This time it was on tap, and based upon the ratings, had a considerably better experience the second time around. It was still very sweet but didn’t seem overly so this time. Mostly opaque body (dark, dark, reddish, brown hue. Tan head but diminishes fully. Wonderful and surely highly caloric. 2/17/05: Bottle, shared with Beermatrix, ChrisPants, Steorn(BA) and Pigfoot (courtesy of Pigfoot). Last beer of the evening so the palate may have been a little shot. Belgian wheat aroma, surprising for a red bodied beer. Then at 3rd or 4th whiff, I started getting similar impressions as the few Russian dark beers I’ve had (Baltika 6, Stepan Razin Porter). Beermatrix mentioned he thought it smelled like a Cantillon. Red body, nice white, beautiful lace. Exemplary appearance. Overy sweet. Could make for a good dessert wine. But it was too much for me at that point in the evening. Ar 6, ap 5, fl 8, pal 4, ov 17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2005
Bottle (Kasteel Bruin-Brune). Clean brown, little brownish head. Malty sweet aroma. Caramel/malty taste with a bit bitter finish. Good feeling in the mouth, taste of alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Had it as Kasteel Brune ... Clean brown hue light very sweet maple syrup aroma honey with alcoholic hints Flavour is very sweet brown sugar malty flavours sticky palate...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours a syrupy reddish brown nectar. Little head and no retention. Pruny sweetness. Port and caramal notes. No counterpoint to the sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and zippy after taste. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark brown colour with a reddish tone. Almost no head. Aroma is dominated by maltiness, molasses and sweetness. At first, the maltiness in the taste has a caramalty note. It´s also pretty sweet. Cloyingly sweet, I thought, maybe a bit prematurely. Later the sweetness turns to an acceptable level. It´s also quite caramelly. It´s a nice sipping beer, but hardly one of my favoruites, though still okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
This is an amazing looking beer. It probably looks and smells better than it actually is, but it’s still an excellent beer. It is very dark and malty, with a fantastic sweet nose. If anything, it’s perhaps a bit too sweet and treacly, but it still has an excellent array of fruits, caramel, and sugar. Yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (1981) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2005
Superb looking dark chestnut brown with a creamy off-white head. Spicey, malty, caramel aroma. Great taste; complex, dark fruits, raisins, sweet malt, brown sugar. Near if not perfect mouthfeel, exceptionally smooth. The alcohol is detectable but well masked by the great taste. An immediate favourite.

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