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


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RATINGS: 1320   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gowdy (998) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - APR 11, 2008
Bottle at home. caramel, roasty, resin, brown, clear, frothy, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, sticky, average carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - APR 8, 2008
05/04 0.33 l at Hopdevil, Zagreb. Poured dark brown body with small head that didn’t stay out half a minute. Sweet malty aroma, roasted sugar, some black cherries and berries, nice enough. Flavor also good, but too simple and ordinary, caramelized sugar hides all that alcohol in very rustical way. Nothing more. Full bodied of course. Finish is nice long and pleasant. A good beer but could be better for that what it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFanDan17 (1084) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 7, 2008
Very rich dark Belgian strong ale. Bite is extraordinary. Flavors are malty with caramel, apricot, and brown sugar apparent. Acquired in bottle at my local GrillSmith restaurant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (11347) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 7, 2008
330ml bottle, 2005 vintage. Ruby-brown body with a slight haze. Two-finger, beige foam slowly fading. Sour cherries in aroma offset by sweet almonds. My mouthfeel says oversweet in spite of acid plums and spicy fruits. The alcohol strength is noticeable, but mostly covered by all the candy sweetness. Short aftertaste (03.04.2008).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - APR 5, 2008
Pours dark red with off white head. The aroma is very sweet. The taste is sweet and full of Alcohol. beer lacks balance but is very flavorable as long as you like sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Draft. Pours dark brown with a diminishing head. Spicy yeast aroma. Sour cherries, plum, and some alcohol with good carbination make this a smooth beer to drink. You get a bit of the 11% at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2008
Dark ruby brown, lacing beige head. Strongly alcoholic aroma, sweet malts and liqueur. Flavor is sweet with dark fruits and cherry/almond liqueurs. Finishes with lingering, port like soft tannins and some hop bitterness. Medium bodied and sticky palate. Very rich in flavors, but all that alcohol is a bit over the top for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tranquillity (1876) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
Bottle. Warm, subtle honey-malt aroma. Not very special. But the taste! It wows me with its initial strong, sweet toffee flavour, the bitterness that quickly and sturdly spreads around the palate and the warming sweetness when swallowing. The finish is extremely long and bitter, chocolatey and even a bit smokey. But the delight doesn’t end there; the next sip only has to be a couple of drops big to initiate the explosion of flavours that makes me want to thank god there’s so many drops in a bottle....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ingy (100) - candler, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2008
bottle, dark brown with small persistent head. BIG taste of banana pudding, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, raisins, molasses. Strong alcohol taste as well. A real mouthful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Poured a clear mahogany color with a medium sized beige head. Estery fruity aroma with some alcohol fumes. Some milk chocolate and cherry in the nose as well. Browned fruits and a fair amount of sugary sweetness. Semi-sweet finish with a hint of bitterness and good warmth. medium to full bodied.

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