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


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RATINGS: 1158   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Another massive beer. Mahogany clor wth a small head, weak aroma but complex none the less. Sweet with brown sugar, some sort of tartness, yet crisp and fresh at the same time. Flavor hits first with a sweet cooked sugar, caramel flavor with a dark fruit coming in next, finish lingers fruity, warming and comforting. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2493) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2002
very light, nearly nothing like nose. Black with a little layer of a head. Tasted licorce, raisons and dates. Semi sweet, bit thin but still yummie

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2002
BB-09/07:Pours rocky tan head with a dark mahogany color.Looks elegant in the Kasteel glass.Deep,dark,bready,toffeeish,sweet aroma. Mouthfeel is perfect for such a strong beer.Soft,thick,no acidity.Super sweet,rich,flavors fill the mouth.Finish is lightly acidic and slightly earthy and sweet.Some brown sugar takes over the finish in a respectable fashion. Alcohol is never present in aroma of flavor. For so young of a beer,this is already excellent.Seems it would just get better.Glad there were two of each in the gift box.Damn good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 22, 2002
Too sweet and rich for my liking. Pour head, but a nice color. I’ll admit I never finished it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6967) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 13, 2002
strong brown sugar taste. liked this more than i expected at 2pm on a sunny day. went well with blue cheese

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9492) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Bottle... Rich, malty aroma with notes of dark fruits, toffee, alcohol and yeast. A murky mohogany color. Very small, quickly diminishing khaki head. No lacing. Very malty and sweet. Bursts of caramel and apple. Ok, Ok. A State Fair Caramel Apple. Lively carbonation. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Long, sweet finish with just a hint of alcohol and apple at the ass end. This stuff is liquid candy. It wouldn’t know a hop if one fell out of the sky, landed on its face and farted. This beer is really way too sweet to be much in the way of "my thing", but I know quality when I taste it and I really dig the well-hidden, high ABV and the accompanying buzz an entire fifth provides. If anyone asks, I had ONE beer tonight. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
Chestnut brown w/ generous light brown head. Port-like, strong malt aroma w/ notes of alochol. Smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet malt flavours accented w/ molasses, caramel, plums, & fruitcake. Warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 12, 2002
Smells great . Fun kills the fact that head does not last long , dark brown , and yes it is to sweet . Ofcourse you can notice 11 % of alc but not by aroma . Sadly sugar flavour killed the overall score ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SilkTork (5275) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2002
Yep, I like this. Rich, smooth and tasty. Faults - slightly too sweet, and not enough balancing rough flavours or fizz. But the alcohol is used well to add depth and warmth. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2002
Dark beer with a medium head. Malty, mature aroma in this 3 year old brew. Wonderful port wine taste that reminds me of an aged Westy 12. A really wonderful beer, at least at this age. I have not tried fresh ones.

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