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

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RATINGS: 1140   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)


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2003
Dark brown color with a slight greyish head. The taste is sweet with notes of caramel and alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Pours brown, the VERY sweet taste however doesn't mask the high alcohol. Chocolate and very light prune/raisen taste. Drink this one last.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
if i'd have done my ratebeer homework and read the reviews, i'd have been prepared for the dominating sweetness of this one and chosen perhaps another time to sample this one-- like maybe when i had a small flock of hummingbirds over to brunch. this big bottle of beer is to share with folks over a late breakfast fruit salad; it's a dark plum-brown, clear, with feminine lacing. great aroma, solid malts, heavy dripping raisins and roses, some dark earth, and brown sugar sizzling on baked beans. carbonation is a team player and works quietly -- doesn't try to exaggerate or 'soda pop' the texture. some scotch ale flavors, over ripe fruits, a slight smoky aspect. marsala wine sweetness is it's undoing-- soon it feels like sucking chocolate syrup right out of the bottle. i'd try it again with waffles, but somebody else will have to buy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2003
Red hazy beer. Tones of rubber, alcohol, spices and strawberries in the aroma. Extremely sweet fruity flavour with tones of raisins and cholocate. A bit sweet and unbalanced for me but still rocks the socks of most things.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2003
Dark, near black color, nice beige head, nice lace. Bit alcohol-like, sweet malty nose. Pretty full body, sweet, smooth, bit dry. Hint of alcohol, moderate bittered, sweet, notes of sugar. Strong and warm, long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Nice copper brown w/a dissipating beige head, but it laces very well. Toasty malt w/ raisin & plum; alcohol sweetness. Very vinous and malt flavor, sweetly fruity, lightly chocolate and caramel flavors as well. Sweet alcohol makes itself apparent, but does not overpower other flavors. Stays sweet from start to finish, but just the well balanced side of cloying with a very light hop flavor in the aftertaste. If you like malty beers, this one's for you. Elevated carbonation level lightens the medium body and has a nice warming alcohol, and very smooth m/f. I quite enjoy this one, and it's not that expensive. Seems more of a digestif since it remains sweet, but it's a good fire place sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: This was probably my favorite beer of the tasting and a pleasant surprise. This is the beer Chimay Bleu wants to be. Pours a brownish-amber color with a medium thick beige head. Lots going on in the aroma - fruit, malt, port wine and caramel. Nicely rich body with a complex blend of malt, grain, chocolate, raisins and spicy alcohol. The finish is sweet toffee and malt. Outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14770) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2003
Clean dark amber color (filtered beer, no longer bottle conditioned). Some malt aroma; light chocolate. Peculiar mouthfeel, difficult to evaluate; malty and very sweet; caramel and light liquorice later. Pleasant to drink, but quite poor work, many things can be improved.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6689) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2003
Year 2002. A lot like some of the real big. Lot of malt, grain. Pours a large head. Flavor with some bread. Went down and bought some more to the "beer-celler"

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2003 Dark black color with a fizzy head and super reactive carbonation. Head dissipates like a soda. Green bottle sindrome, slight skunk aroma with a sweet fruit background, licorice, burnt toast. Sweet almost cloying, yeasty, surprisingly light body for the alcohol content. the alcohol was well hidden though at 11%. Finished sweet and dry, eh. Not complex, 1 dimentional, the only thing that was surprising was the skunkiness, never seen that in a belgian strong before.


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