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


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RATINGS: 1224   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2004
2003 Pours a very dark mahogany, almost brown. Large foamy head, nice sheets of lace. Aromas of hops, citrus that is. Lemons, some bitter orange maybe. Warm biscuit smell. A touch of grapes. Some spices. I'm getting coriander, maybe clove as well. Nice. Spices come out to blend in well with the other flavors. Coriander definately. More citrus, mostly lemon, though some orange is there. Caramel is coming through as well as a bit of brown sugar. The biscuits are hanging around. Sharp bitter notes of hops at the end laced with alcohol. Thick body, spicy, tingly palate, and a pleasing warm finish of bitter hops. Nice BSA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - APR 9, 2004
Bottled, 2002 vintage. Small head, pale nut brown coloured, disappears fastly. Body is dark ruby with orange highlights. Very clear, the label describes this beer as bottle conditioned, but no yeast or trub are visible in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is nice, sweet, vinous, fruity (cherry, strawberry), with a clean note of caramel. Flavor is malty, quite sweet, sugary, caramel, taste of almond, walnut, mild drying ripe fruit aftertaste. Softly bitterness and sweet, the full body is paired to a creamy texture, that give an amazingly light mouthfeel for a 11% alcohol, well hidden but warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13846) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 2, 2004
Bottled (Kasteelbier Bruin)
Dark ruby red. Brown creamy and steady medium head, lace. Aroma is malt, sweet berries and yeast. Very full-bodied: banana, blackberries, malt. Just a bit too sweet palate. Very warming but alcohol is well hidden in flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
Served bottled at St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. This beer poured a flat deep brown/black color with a nearly non-existant head. The aroma was of a malted distilled spirit, with a strong alcohol aroma. The flavor was almost artificially sweet, and not as balanced as I'd like. Maybe this is just a liquified malted candy apple? The finish was pure and creamy - with a thick viscocity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5482) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Dark Ruby red, smallish tan head. Smells great - cherry, pears, maybe a touch of whiskey. Ripe fruit flavors up front - apple, pear, cherry - with a slight alcohol burn in the finish. Very smooth, but also a bit heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Very sweet. Tastes like prunes or raisins. Fruity. Malty. Smooth murky brown in color with a nice head. Slightly yeasty. Really interesting. Godo beer. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Lucky find....a stash of 04/2000 750 ml bottles (says so on the cork), which translates to 4 year old beer. Pours a smooth murky brown with a nice tan head. Smells of raisin and prune. Tastes like a sweet raisin prune juice, that lingers on the palate. Thick like prune juice too. Slightly yeasty as well. Gotta love these well aged big Belgians!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 19, 2004
Knock, Knock you on your butt. Aroma wasn't tempting but poured into my Kasteel glass it became more interesting. Black with a creamy head the flavor of clove, plum, and great malts were present. Sweetness and alcohol were left behind. Don't be afraid because the alcohol content is well masked. gotta have it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Tasty clove, caramel and banana from the start. Also sensed some overripe fruit. The high ABV was well masked. I really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Some how I’ve over looked this beer sitting on a shelf in my favorite beer palace, till a friend pointed out this was the “Donker”, not the “Blonde”, so always read the fine print.

The beer as it shoves off from the bottle pours a pellucid deep garnet color, the head mastodonic in size, the texture creamy, and the color a winsome tan, as it slowly erodes, the laces forms a tight seal upon the glass. Nose has a significant yeast aroma, sweet caramel, hints of fusel alcohol, a real sniffer this one, start is quite sweet, nice malt presence, and the top is moderate in its feel upon the palate. Finish has a potent acidity, the hops stinging in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and sweet, with a definite tummy warming sensation from the 11 percent ABV, a quaffable brew tis’ true.

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