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


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RATINGS: 1273   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep ruby with almost no head, fine lacing, but does not last very long. Aroma is sweet, and the alcohol is noticable. Flavor is very sweet with a slight alcohol burn. For some reason it is very pleasant. Raisins, plums, brown sugar, alcohol and spice. Delicious and warming. Makes a great beer for a cold winter day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle from South Bay. Dark ruby in color upon pouring. Slightly sweet aroma with dark roasted maltiness. Somewhat vinous. Sweet dark fruit start of the flavor. Full flavored malts. Good fruitiness with a rich maltiness. Some alcohol. Bottled in March.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle,33cl. Pours a clear-looking, ruby brown with a medium-sized, dense, beige head leaving nice lacings. The aroma is lovely, with some alcohol to follow the dried fruits, a note of dark cherries, a little sugary note and some spicyness. There’s also some hops and a hint of coffee in the far background. I really like it, but still I fell I miss something. Don’t know what though. The flavor starts quite sugary, maybe too sugary, with dried fruits playing a major part, as well as bitterness, a cherry-like note and some spices. And alcohol of course. It is quite full-bodied, but still easy to drink, but of course, the warming feeling send a warning not to drink too much of it. It finishes with alcohol, dried fruits, hints of spices and a weak bitterness. Sure a delicious beer worth repeating. Unfortunately my last bottle... (071218(

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 18, 2007
Nice dark brown, almost black, appearance, with a creamy disappearing tan head. Quite strong notes of over ripe fruits, malty sweetness, but not that clean. Slight buttery notes and ethilic waves punches nose as it warms in its horrible original glass. Very complex in mouth but way too sweet for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Interesting beer. Tastes like sweet dark fruit and a little bit of spices. Light, slightly alcoholic finish. Smooth, full bodied, and lightly carbonated. Tastes like a sweet port wine. Complex taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Berge (5) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2007 does not count
Pours very dark brown almost black with small off white head that lasts not quite long enough. Smells of sweet malt and a little spice and alcohol to me. Full body thats is smooth. Sweetness is definitely there as is the strong malt character which is not over powered by the alcohol (although it is strong). Very enjoyable and would be a great winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10194) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Brown/black with a moderate head. The aroma has notes of caramel and fruit in a rather complex combination. The flavour has sweetness and notes of caramel, raisins, dates and other fruits. The alcohol isn’t very obvious. A really nice and complex one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2007
Very malty aroma’s from draft. Good steady foam, off white creamy apperance. To sweet to make it drinkable, to heavy in alcohol. For me to overpowering due to the alcohol. Can be a good beer to rest for a few years, and see how it develops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkBarnes (400) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Nov. 25, 2007; 1/9.4 bottle. Dark, porter-like appearance. Spicy, fig/alcohol aroma. Sugary-sweet malt & fruit flavors dominate the taste. The sweetness is nearly-overpowering -- the only obvious flaw of this beer. With a little more hop profile, this would make a decent Quadrupel. Very much a dessert/apertif-type brew that would be a good substitute for the obligatory port after a fine European-style meal.. And, at 11%, it’ll put the lights out for you too. ;-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
Cola brun klar øl uden skum. Duft: Meget viniøs, let karamel og let gær. Egetræ. Metalisk. Smag: Kraftig, stærk, varm, meget sød. Samg af malt og mørke bær. Sirup agtig. Tør varm eftersmag. Meget alcohol - flad.

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