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


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RATINGS: 1202   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (7277) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2003
Year 2002. A lot like some of the real big. Lot of malt, grain. Pours a large head. Flavor with some bread. Went down and bought some more to the "beer-celler"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2003 Dark black color with a fizzy head and super reactive carbonation. Head dissipates like a soda. Green bottle sindrome, slight skunk aroma with a sweet fruit background, licorice, burnt toast. Sweet almost cloying, yeasty, surprisingly light body for the alcohol content. the alcohol was well hidden though at 11%. Finished sweet and dry, eh. Not complex, 1 dimentional, the only thing that was surprising was the skunkiness, never seen that in a belgian strong before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
Big beer. Dark brown with medium white head. All malt aroma of toffee and fruits. The taste is extra sweet. Plums, caramel, malt, grapes. Very vinous, rich and warming, alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Almost syrupy mouthfeel. It would be interesting to age, but overall I must say I expected much more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
This was just a huge beer all around, and I should have waited till I was in a better state of mind before I drank this, if you look at what else I had to drink today, then you will understand. Huge flavors, pours very thick and aromatic into a deep dark almost opaque into my snifter. A light ruby coloring in the light, with a huge creamy egg like head. It still kind of had that damn green bottle taste to it, even for a belgian. Very malty and fruity, with lots of different dark fruits and lots of berries shining through. All and all slightly sour and bitter in parts but overall giving way to a slightly sweet finish. I will have to re-rate this one again when I remember more of the complexities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Vintage dated 10/2002. Aroma is dominated by malt and caramel, with supporting hints of chocolate, raisins, blackberries, and peppery alcohol. Fairly dark brown in color, small beige head that subsides quickly. Flavor is intensely sweet and with the same components as the aroma. Very full-bodied and has a bit of a kick from the alcohol. I can usually handle sweet beers, but this one was too much. However, I plan to buy another bottle and age it for several years, as I think this beer might dry out a little and get really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4719) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 24, 2003
(1 ltr bottle) I deserve this! One litre of bruin... I spent the whole week and ALL weekend fighting the MSBlaster, Welchia and BigSO worm viruses on the network at work. Too early to declare victory but in the meantime - I'll celebrate! Cheers. Pours a medium, beige head and a near opaque red body. Nose of sweet malt and something tart - like a Flemish Sour Ale? Flavours of cocoa malt, red wine and alcohol. Very smooth and gentle - reminds me of Lagavunlin Scotch. Somewhat mossy finish. Lovely stuff. Thank you MartinT for the opportunity to experience this fine beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2004 Sampled January, 2004
Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. The head is fairly thick but made up of largish sized bubbles. Aromas of dark malt and fruit dominate the aroma. Quite malty in the nose as well. The fruit notes remind me the most of raisins and perhaps some plum. Quite a sweet beer in the taste. Definite noes of plum and raisin in the taste. Ends in a malty after taste that has notes of caramel, chocolate, and fruit. This beer, despite its 11%, hides the alcohol well. After the beer leaves my mouth it leaves a dry astringency that makes you thirst for another sip. A nice smooth beer that is pretty straight forward. Definitely a beer for a rainy cool night.

Sampled March 2001
This beer was served to me in an interesting goblet with the beer logo on the side. A dark, dark brown beer with an initial (though not long lasting) tan creamy head. The beer is quite sweet with lots of caramel notes. A bit of toffee as well, and a finish that is lightly bitter. The bitter seems to be as much from the high alcohol as from the hops. It has quite a thick body that gently caresses and coats the mouth in it soothing embrace. This is quite a good beer, A dark contemplative brew that is great as a rainy Belgian afternoon snack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2003
Mild nutty aroma. HUGE body, really sweet with some hints of esters. Alcohol floats up through the nose. Fun stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Thick brown-red under soapy mocha suds. Packed with jammy plums, firm bananas and brown sugar, the aroma is strongly sweet, mildly spicy and a touch boozy. Intensely sweet flavour of caramel and bananas -- almost offset by a strong citric bite -- before a massive and hot finish. Oily and alcoholic feel, scrubbing carbonation, relatively slender body.

Sweet and alcoholic; digestif or nightcap material.

33 cl bottle, best before January 2013.

75 cL bottle, tulip glass. Deep, rich brown body and with an average sized off-white head. Smells like a REALLY powerful and sweet nut brown ale. Some alcohol, raisins, and darker aromas (caramel, chocolate) are also present. Hops are all but invisible. I have a wicked sweet tooth, but geez, this stuff is like caramelized sugar...with a shot of alcohol added in for good measure. Flavor is monstrously sweet moderately acidic and the finish is heavily sweet / moderately acidic / lightly bitter. Alcohol is well hidden considering how high the ABV is in this one. It’s not what I’d call expertly hidden, though -- if that makes sense. The body is full and syrupy. The bottom line is: syrupy sweetness with very little complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Geiserich (3595) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Bottled Vinetage 1989 : O behave! This one was such a great stuff. Aged more then 15 years! Intensive honey aroma, hints of port. Thick, oily consistenc. Port wine flavor, sugar, sweet, concentrated. Silent but massive. A great concentrated, happy making stuff. Lovely. Fresh version 8/4/8/4/15 Aroma features much alcohol and plums, sweetness with a hint of roasted malt. Very dark, head moastly diminishing. Creamy taste, sweet and malty. Some acid and alcohol like a wine. Spicy, and well balanced aftertaste with a hint of hop. Just a hint to sweet.

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