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


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RATINGS: 1306   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2005
An excellent dark brown brew. More than expected. Taste is sweet and alcohol is well hidden. One of the best browns sampled from belgium

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deadfryday (3) - Oakwood, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005 does not count
Im writing this review while drinking a 750 Kasteel Donker. The aroma is very nice, reminds me of others of the same variety. It has been years since I first had this brew, maybe back in 1999. The appearance is wonderful, but the flavor and palate are a bit sweet to my liking. I like a sweet beer, maybe Stille Nacht, but this doesnt sit as well. Overall this beer is excellent not the best Bruine you can buy but better than anything you can buy at your local Georgia Package Store, Brent Smith June 2005

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (9369) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2005
(bottle, brewed anno 2004) Dark reddish brown colour with a small creamy off-white layer. Aroma of dried fruits (raisins and prunes) and molasses. Very sweet flavour, also sweet malty and sugary taste with hints of fruitiness and caramel. Although the alcohol is perfectly hidden by its immense sweetness, this one is way too sweet for my kind of taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2005
Black, creamy head. Aroma from red wine, nutty and from licorice. Sweet flavor, cinnamon and sweet fruits. Too much alcohol and too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Brown colour with a baige head. Sweet raisin fruity aroma and a sweet berry taste. Medium to full body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (25841) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
Draught at Ølbaren. Redbrown colour with a lacing beige head. Sweet aroma of dried fruit. Sweet flaovur of dried fruit, dark bread and chocolate. Reminds me a bit of dansih low alcohol’s (mørk hvidtøl). But this one is, of course, more powerfull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Vintage 1998.
Pours cloudy dark brown with a disappearing tan head. Very full and rather vinous aroma dominated by raisin and prunes. Sweet, fruity and sugary with some fusty wood tones from the age. Extremely sweet and sticky flavor of malt, fruit and raisin and a bit of sourness in the end. Sticky mouthfeel. No sign of the alcohol. All right but gets cloying in the long run. Thanks a lot Michael (Dalle) for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Thanks pintbypint. This pours a very dark brown a ruby color. The aroma is maple with brown sugar and dark bread. Also some Golden Delicious apples. The taste is sickly sweet at first. There is also light chicolate with peaches and brandy. pintby pint suggested I shoudl try this one again to appreciate it. I will when I get the chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark and extremely full-bodied. A pruny sweetness with loads of malt. A bit flat actually. A very complex strong ale. Try it from the beautiful Kasteel-glass at the castle grounds in Ingelmunster. 100993

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle: Dark copper, nearly brown, beige head, mediocre frothiness, attractive lacing.   Hot aroma, noticable alcohol, grape juice on the nose.   Sweet earthiness, some dark pitted fruit, slightly vinous on the tongue.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Slight heat on the exit, grape juice is still present.   Good, but definitely different.   Thanks Jeff!

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