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


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RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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 12C (54F) (Translation by Martinus)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, alcohol, toffee, and prunes. Body is thick and sweet with some fruityness and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Tan with a thin quickly discipating head. The nose is sweet with a doughnut smell. The taste is actually sweet as well, but almost sickening. I dont get it, and I typically dont get belgian strong ales but this was just way too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2004
moderate brown color body. Cloudy with no head or lacing. Sweet cookie dough nose and taste. Thick and chewy body. This is a beer I could drink a lot of if I had it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Get the feeling that had this not come at the tail end of a long night of sampling that I might have liked it more. Just came off as being syrupy sweet. Although another tasting companion was giving it great compliments.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1100) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - JUN 5, 2004
A very dark brown, with a beige, thick head. Smells like Tawny Port, alcohol, prunes, oak....yeasty scent is also prominent. Very sweet and flavorful. Mouth coating sweetness, thick and chewy....any thicker or sweeter you would need a spoon. A delicious dessert beer for sipping in front of the fireplace on a cold snowy night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Sweet, sweet, sweet! This beer is so sweet! Dark brown appearance. Fruity and sweet aroma and flavor. Very chewy. Nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5591) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Simply one of the finest beers made anywhere. I am reminded each time that I have it that I am hard pressed to come up with a more pleasing and satisfying beer than this one. Mathches up well with the Oerbier as my favorites in this style +++ Sampled from a 25 oz green bottle this beer pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. There is a moderate sweet, sour, fruity and spicy aroma. The flavor is strong with fruit and a hint of spice and is quite sugary. There are elements of plum, cherry and apricot in the flavor. There is a really pleasant fruity aftertaste that lingers. A classic and a favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Deep red color with small film white head, but laces well. Aroma is grape and candy sugar. Fairly thick palate. Very sweet and raisiny flavor with an alcoholic follow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haf (525) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 27, 2004
2003 Es una cerveza muy rica y fuerte (11%) Cierto aroma a citricos. Tiene una botella como las antiguas cervezas

   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.

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