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

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RATINGS: 1229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 12įC (54įF) (Translation by Martinus)


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a deep brown color from a 33cl bottle. Medium sized white beige foamy head. Aroma is baked bread, earthy and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are very sweet, fruity, burnt sugar, plums, molasses and brown sugar. Some yeast and fruit esters here, but mostly the sweet malts. Nice soft mouthfeel. The flavor changes somewhat as it warms, it gets a little earthier and somewhat less sweet. Nice soft carbonation as well. Mouthfeel is soft and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2007
maybe i got a shitty bottle, but this just seems over sweetened to hide the alcohol and theres really not much else about this brew

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4162) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 2, 2007
Dark ruby-red beer with a small disappearing beige head. Aroma is of alcohol, toffee and sweet dried fruits. Taste is very sweet, fruity. Lacks bitterness, alcohol is too present and way too sweet. Not my favourite.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TaxiDriver (1553) - Stadland, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. Cola, alcoholic, malt, liquor, a little bit of caramel. Small off-white fizzy head, fully dimishing. Dark brown clear body. Sweet, a hint of bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, lively / fizzy carbonation. To alcoholic, to much carbonation - there are better ones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Ruddy brown, with a small white head. Fairly powerful nose hints of Brown sugar, plums, dates, red apple, golden apple, caramel, toffee and a bit of barnyard. Flavor is extremely sweet and very fruity. Honestly, I think itís a pretty tasty beer. Well hidden alcohol, with a balanced flavor. This is a fairly tasty, enjoyable Belgian.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lak20 (3) - BudaŲrs, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2007 does not count
A full-bodied velvety bier with a high alcohol percentage. The Syrah of beers. This is a heavy beer, but if drunk properly the alcohol is not overwhelming, it does not dominate the taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1088) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2007
This comes in at a honking 11% but manages the alcohol well with an overt malt sweetness and creamy body. Cookie and raisin, big, best by itself anytime, or paired with dessert.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Garrafa. Cerveja encorpada, complexa e bem harmonizada mesmo com seus respeitŠveis 11%.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7765) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2007
Bottle. Medium high creamy and lasting light brown head. Sweet roasted barley malt aroma with spicy notes. Flavor also pretty sweet, plums choccolate and caramel. Alcohol too dominant though. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 22, 2007
Bottled 33cl. It pours a dark ruby beer with a beige head. Toffee, apple and plum aroma, slightly sour. Some cane sugar shows up. Lots of vinous notes. Sweet taste with a strong alcohol presence. Some oranges and wood. Lots of plums, hints of dark chocolate. First, this beer seems somewhat slightly unenjoyable, the tastes donít combine at all, itís too sweet and a has a too high alcohol presence. After a while this beer gets better... It surely is complex. A very rich beer. Quite underhopped. I miss some good hop presence in this beer, itís extremly malty. .....Then, some nice madeira-like notes emerge. Good salty notes give it some charm. Full-bodied. A beer with a nice lacing. This beer does get better and better... A nice surprise. The taste clearly reveals some surprises after a while. But I still think this beer isnít well balanced to my taste. A warming alcoholic finish of plums with hints of dark chocolate. An interesting belgian strong ale.


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