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

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RATINGS: 1131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bakka (16) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 28, 2002
Deep brown color. A very sweet beer, which makes it hard to drink much of it, but the taste is excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 25, 2002
dark woody brown colour, thin beige head. aroma of brown sugar, dark malt, burned plum. smooth body like a good souffle. the taste holds up to its aroma and hides the alcohol well. A must for fans of dark belians and anyone with a sweet tooth

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2002
What an interesting beer!! Crystal clear deep red brown colour. Quickly dissipating light red-brown head. The aroma is tantalizing, a combination of tropical fruit cocktail, gooseberries and a smoked wood and burnt sugar. Palate is all in the front of the mouth with only faint bitter-sour components. Smooth, soft yeasty body ,and unfortunately a rather weak sweet finish. The alcohol is well covered up. Can’t imagine drinking more than one at any sitting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2002
Bitter chocolate smell. Mahogany colour, tiny cappuccino head. Tastes of molasses and liquorice. Sweet yes, but I’ve a sweet tooth. Warming, strong but very enjoyable. Exellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 31, 2002
A great beer from a great country. How much would it cost me to move to Belgium? Head is similar to others of this strength. Tastes of brown sugar and heavy abv.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 11/2003 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal, molasses), lightly yeasty (mold, cobwebs), with notes of alcohol and corn syrup. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, slightly unclean. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Very syrupy sweet, simple, and rather disgusting. My nose says there’s maize in this, but I could be wrong.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2002
Handles the high alcohol content well. This beer is dark brown, on the sweet and syrupy side, just shy of being too sweet and syrupy. I could use a little more carbonation, but again, it has a high abv. I would rate it higher, but there is something about it that I can’t really put my finger on that keeps it out of my ’classics.’ I think it’s the syrupy aspect.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
slayer66699 (16) - Heemstede, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2002
Very good dark beer. Much taste and alcohol

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2002
I was very pleased similar to the Abbaye des Rocs, a dark rich color with the taste of black currants. Quite enjoyable and I have about 4 more bottles to go!

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2002
What was everyone else drinking? i found this unbalanced and sickly sweet. Way too much alcohol for the beer.


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