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


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RATINGS: 1116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
Brune très foncé comportant certains reflets rouges et parsemés d’une mousse brune passablement diminuante. Arômes de malt caramel, de cassonade, de sucre brun et de fruits brun foncé (raisins et prunes noirs) rappelant pratiquement certains portos. Corpulence bien dense, niveau de carbonatation actif sans n’occuper trop d’espace. En bouche, cette bière est à mon goût trop dominé par le sucre. Lorsque l’on parvient à faire abstraction du sucre, on y trouve un certain aspect acide lactique rappelant étrangement le yogourt nature noyé de cassonade. L’alcool y est d’une discrétion assez étonnante considérant le pourcentage. Pas tout à fait mon genre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2005
Vintage 11/2003, according to the cork: The commercial description, "A strong Belgian brown ale," seems to say it all. It pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a tall, bubbly tan head. The aroma is MALT, sweet, caramel, and strong. Add some dried dark fruits, some molassess, and some spices. The flavor is robust with sweet malt, fruits, and alcohol. The finish is a long, alcoholic sweetness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerWeg (1483) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2005
33cl, aged one year.Deep red, medium beige head. Mild sweet aroma, clean and softly spicy. Forward, BIG Malzbier sweetness leads into rich caramelized malty tones. Tasting some spice and dark dried fruits, heady 11-per alcohol presence. Good but needs FAR more ageing IMO, still too much ’baby fat’ in this for me to tolerate a full bottle. Me, a dessert wine fan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 9, 2005
Very dark red color, little beige head. Sweet, mild caramel aroma with hints of alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Strongly sweet flavor, mild spices and nice caramel tones. Ends with strong and lasting sweetness, mild alcohol comes up fine. Flavor is stronger than aroma. I like this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndersR (195) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2005
Small fat bottle. Poors a dark brown color with a (for a belgian) small tan head. Very vineous flavor (smells somewhat like a rohne wine?:-) with a sharp yeasty edge. Flavor is very very sweet -much too sweet for my taste. Its by far the sweetest bruine i have tasted. The alchol isnt sharp but a warm feeling in the throat tells you that this one holds quite a percentage! A good bruine but too sweet for my tooth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 3, 2005
(on bottle, thanx for sharing Mr. Brog) Deep brown, claer color. Extremly sweet on the coffee-caramel-side. Some melases and prunes too. Bit sugarish and sticky though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 A true contender for the best beer in the world. Deep, sharp, mellifluous. About the best thing you could drink before bed--heaven in a glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2200) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown in colour. Aroma of figs, raisins, prunes and dark chocolate malts. Assertive alcohol up-front, then some light chocolate malt, dark fruits and some spices. Slightly sweet medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a long alcohol burn. This needs some time to age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (4939) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2005
33 cl bottle (as Kasteel Bier Bruin), at Les Moules Belgian restaurant in Prague. Served too cold. Beautiful deep brown to ruby colour. Large head which disappears rapidly. Aroma of dark malts, oak, old sherry, spices and leather. Flavour is very malty and sweet with a warming mouthfeel, elements of Christmas spices and old sherry. Very good. Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Thanks to tiggmtl for this one. Pours deep ruby with medium, off-white head. Aroma of malt, cabernet, toffee. Tastes very red winey with brown sugar, fruit, port. This one reminds me a little of Westy 12. Solid complexity and balance, and just delicious.

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