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


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RATINGS: 1256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 12°C (54°F) (Translation by Martinus)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martin243 (945) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle at home served in a Trappist glass. Brown with a tan head fruit and chocolate aromas, caramel, dried fruit, chocolate flavours. Creamy texture, pleasantly ruminative sipper. Full bodied, long finish. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bubeer (171) - - OCT 5, 2015
Dark brown, mahogany against the light. Thin to medium beige head. Fruity aroma, with notes of pear and banana, plus some malt. Black currant and liquorice add to the taste. Heavy sweet. Medium to full body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvgeniyKurilov (74) - - OCT 5, 2015
One of my favourite belgian ale with creamy and spicy body. Many flavours: dark fruits, yeast, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermaris (197) - LATVIA - OCT 3, 2015
Dark. Strong sweet aroma. Tastes sweet with sour background. Sweetness feels a bit sharp

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jelledebont (64) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
Heel erg zwaar en heel erg zoet. Op zich goed te drinken, maar niet meer dan één glas.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chandyman (1) - - SEP 17, 2015 does not count
Caramel, chocolade, alcohol bruine suiker erg zoet en alcoholische smaak niet voor herhaling vatbaar

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patdelichte (121) - - SEP 16, 2015
Hele donkere kleur met mooie crème schuimkraag. Zwaar bier met 11% maar dat zou je zeker niet zeggen als je een slok neemt. Je proeft de alcohol nauwelijks en bier heeft een hele zachte smaak. Chocola/karamel met een licht bittere nasmaak. Zeker lekker bier maar iets te weinig smaak/karakter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (6542) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2015
Bottle at home. This bottle has a best before of 07/2015 so I’m guessing it’s more than 5 years old. Chestnut / reddy brown coloured pour with a fading light tan head. Aroma is sweet sherry notes, mint, strawberry jam. Really sticky sweet. Maybe a little age on this one. Flavour is composed of sweet, unrefined sugars, sherry, little soap, booze, cake mix. Palate is full and stciy, sryupy sugars, moderate carbonation. Bit of a hot mess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KW92 (744) - WARSAW, POLAND - SEP 8, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa ciemnobrunatna, klarowne. Piana drobna, niska, krótka.
AROMAT: Średnio intensywny. Suszone owoce (śliwka, rodzynki). Fenole (goździk). W tle słodowość.
SMAK: Słodkie, przyjemnie owocowe (śliwka w alkoholu), taki sam posmak. Goryczka na bardzo niskim poziomie. Wysokie nasycenie.
OGÓLNIE: Klasyczne, solidne BSA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzerfaust (682) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - SEP 6, 2015
330 ml bottle from Club de Cervezas. Label says Kasteel Donker 11°. Pours an opaque dark brown color with burgundy hues and a medium beige head that diminishes quickly but leaves a nice lingering lacing. Aroma is pretty much a classic Dubbel fragrance on steroids. Aroma is heavily yeasty and malty with intense notes of dark fruits. Plums, prunes, dates, ripe figs and blueberries are on the spotlight. A secondary role goes for the Port Wine, caramel and molasses. Traces of phenolic notes. Taste is intense with complex flavors ebbing and flowing. Layered sweetness, mix up with dark fruity esters and liquorous hints to impress with a well-defined and rounded character. Reminds a lot a big-bodied Port Wine, only with a little bit of carbonation. Really great. Smooth, creamy, velvety texture. Booze touches well integrated so it doesn’t feel like an 11% ABV. A fantastic Belgian dark, like a hybrid between a Quad and a heavy Dubbel. Delightful! Would love to taste it side-to-side with a Chimay Blue and a Struise Pannepot. This one would not rate much lower... I’m surprised by the relatively low score.

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