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

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RATINGS: 1077   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)


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2002
Almost an opaque brown color. Alcohol is very noticeable in the nose, but overall the aroma is pleasant with ripe fruity notes (apples, figs and plums mostly) and some whiffs of spice and also chocolate. Taste is a bit too sweet for my liking but it is pretty smooth for 11% ABV. It definitely reminded me more of Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock than a Belgian dubbel, albiet a much sweeter version.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2002
This, I like. Was like a mega-dunkel rather than a dubbel of some sort. Lots of rich, sweet malts. Very port-like as it warms. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2002
More sweetness than biscuity malts. I prefer the coffee-like brunes. Nevertheless, this is still a good beer - in fact it gets better the more you drink (ahem!). Warning - it doesn’t taste like an 11%er. Still, gimme a Westmalle Dubbel instead!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2002
Very, very sweet. This is a dark brown 11%abv monster. Very impressive and somewhat dangerous when drinking the 750ml bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2002
nice clear dark red colour, with fine creamy head. rich plummy smells, an drich plums and deep choc in taste. spirals out into a mouthwashesque finish. good with stinky blue cheese.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 11.2 oz. Best before: 10-2005. Aged since Christmas. Thin, yet amazingly silky, rocky off-tan foam. No presence of yeast in this clear, deep ruby Belgian beauty. Huge Concord grape juice aroma, vanilla bean, red wine, raw red meat, plum, and spirit-like alcohol. Smooth, soft palate. Very delicate carbonation. Flavors match aroma; only the plum and alcohol are more pronounced. Rock candy flavors in here also. Absolutely mind blowingly delicious at room temp. Somehow there are already subtle traces of oxidation. Indeed, a fine nightcap sipper for the snifter. My other bottle should evolve to a real beauty within a few years.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Rating reflects aged bottle. Cloyingly sweet when fresh, but aged this one of the best in the world. Aged bottle, 0.7 liter from 2002, sampled in 2007. Dark brown coloured, lasting brown head (after all these years). Strong port-like aroma and flavour, vinous notes, raisins, really complex. Great aging material. Thanks to a friend (Arjen) for this great present. Another re-rate: Bottle from 1999, sampled 2010. Eleven years old and still not at its peak. This stuff is just magnificent. May be the best beer i know. Too bad it requires so much patience,

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2002
On tap. Dark brownish red, very sweet, some alcohol flavors. Not much carbonation, just very sweet, almost too much so. Still, i enjoyed

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2002
Bottle conditioned? Deep ruby red, low head and condition. Initial licorice aromas with strong alcohol notes and a faint suggestion of cola. More licorice in the mouth and a chocolate/coffee note that becomes winelike but still stays sweet into the finish. Quite obviously alcoholic and best saved till the end of a day.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2002


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