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


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RATINGS: 1306   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Pours a deep, murky brown into the trappist glass with small sediment floating. A very malty, sweet scent with figs, raisins and spices. A syrupy sweet flavor that showed the alcohol as it warmed. Got super sweet, almost cloying in the finish. A decent strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottled as Kasteel Bier Bruin, corked 06-2006. Poured brown, with a tan head. Aroma is sour, grape. Flavor is sweet, malty, and alcohol, maple syrup, molasses, toffee, currant preserves, with raisin notes. Mouhtfeel is sticky and thick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Pours a dark amber with little head and minimal lacing. Aroma of cherries and plums, with a bit of alcohol. Pleasantly sweet flavor, with lots of caramel and fruit. Thick body and a bit of an alcohol bite. Seriously good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jporter (2) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2008 does not count
Great beer, here in my hometown (Hengelo, Netherlands) we have it on the beer faucet at the moment!:D (Monday half price great stuff or what!)! Me and my friends always drink one every monday because of its wonderful dark taste. The looks are also great and mysterious. Nice scent aswell! But be careful, it gets you hammered pretty quickly with its 11% ! ;) Never drink this stuff when you go out, you have no idea where you’ll end up, probably some gutter;) Recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Small 11oz bottle, pours dark amber color and minimal carbonation and beige swirls. Fruity raisin aroma with plum, raspberry and dark Belgian malts, very nice! Flavor that is pleasing and sweet, lots of candy sugar and honey with fruitcake. A bit of a watery body, and the alcohol burn is just a bit too much for my taste. I could probably do with just half of a bottle, definitely enjoyable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7541) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2008
750, corked and baled. Thanks, Doug! This was a dandy little surprise. Pours a beautiful dark brown with golden and caramel highlights. Headless, laceless...but leggy. Body’s got some real heft to it. Definitely has a bigt fruity nose...plummy? dates? Hard to pin down. Rich, thick, creamy body. Loads of fruit and caramel on the mid-palate. Seems to contain no alcohol on the tongue, which is amazing, but is a bit warming on the way down. Mild, sticky, lingering fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 warm fig paste and amber honey aroma. dark brown. Oaky tannic aroma. sweet into my jaw, drinks like a christmas spiced beer. Molasses with Belgian yeast. alcohol is hiding behind the well rounded flavors

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smith4498 (3508) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Poured dark brown with light brown head. Sweet aroma of malts and yeast, caramel, raisins, and a slight smell of alcohol. Flavor was also candy sweet. Full syrupy body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel with medium carbonation. The alcohol comes through slightly, more so as it warms. I really liked this brew and will definately have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Derek881 (1247) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2008
I tried this beer poured from the bottle into a trappist glass while in Brussels. It poured a syrupy dark color, with a slight ruby-red tint. It had a small, peripherary, off-white, bubbly head that had only slight retention and a small build. There was a dense fruit aroma featuring raisins, apricots, and a touch of orange or citrus hops; also a slight caramel malt scent. The taste was great, a blend of sour and light bitter characters with a dense sweetness and some raisin flavor too. It had a very soft, smooth mouthfeel, even somewhat velvety, with a mild carbonation and without any burn. A great beer, that was served on the warmer side, but still very drinkable and full of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Hazy dark amber with a fleeting head, nice lacing. Great aroma of plums figs, cherries and booze. Rich smooth mouthfeel. Taste is pit fruits, cotton candy, vanilla with a stinging alcohol tang to finish. A damn fine beer here. 61206

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