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


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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Initial aroma of dried fruit, malt, and only a little alcohol. It looks great; nearly black, with a thick head that leaves a thick lace on the glass. Flavor is primarily sweet. There is also malt, brown sugar, wine and cinnamon. Sinus clearing alcohol detracts slightly from the taste. Heavy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2005
Brown beer with a tiny off white head. Aroma of grapes and other dried fruits, some alcohol. Same flavour, with a vivid mouthfeel and somewhat syropy. More sweet than bitter, and the alcohol is difficult to notice. Some sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle labeled as Kasteel Bruin. Chestnut color, tan head, diminishing. Sweet malt, raisin, caramel, rum, and banana. Full creamy body, alcohol is noticible, but hardly. Very nice beer, goes down effortlessly for such a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 First time I tried this in 05 I really didn’t care for it. Had it again last night, sitting on the porch on a cool summer evening and it was excellent. I read in my original rating that I thought it was sour, which it definitely wasn’t so I am suspecting an infected bottle, hence the rerate. Poured a light clear brown auburn color with a very small amount of quickly dissapating white head. Aroma is sweet, rasiny, syrup, and rum. Flavor is very sweet, brown sugar/molases and lots of alcohol. Would highly recommend with dark chocolate or a cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
Sweet aroma with hints of banana, caramel, and raisins. Deep reddish brown colour with almost no head though it still draws lace. Almost no carbonation and taste of chocolate, ripe fruits, and caramel. Might be good for dessert - possibly on its own.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2005
On tap at Mahar’s in Albany. Dark, sour tasting belgian beer, with too much alcohol on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Sten (742) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JUL 24, 2005
A dark brown beerwith hints of chocolade, at my opinion the blonde is much better. This one is way to sweet for me. (Bottle 33cl)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2005
(V2003) This beer is garnet in hue with virtually no head and a very complex aroma featuring brown sugar, fruit syrup and a dash of warming alcohol. The body is bright and mouthfilling with an array of flavours including port, black currant and ripe plum. The finish is long and slow but never bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Courteys of Matta in my very first trade. Pours dark ruby/brown with no head. Lots of sweet caramel malt in the aroma, very bread-like. Flavor is all sweet malt and sugar with a tiny bit of alcohol. Lots of resisuel sugar. Too sweet for sure. 4-5oz sample would be enough for a dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In an Orval chalice. Pours a dark, reddish brown - off white head, thin, dissipates quickly, minimal side lacing. Aromas of dark, sweetish malt, more than a hint of alcohol, steeped fruit (apple, plum, raisin). Flavour - hits you big - strong alcohol and ripe apple, with fermented raisin, sweet malty/yeasty notes, cloves, black pepper. Very sweet, but it works for me with the aging. Alcohol lingers - definite flavour and aftertaste of sweet wine, like gewurtztrauminer. My bottle is at least 8 months old - better balanced now, more interesting - I will buy more if/when they come around again.

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