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


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RATINGS: 1321   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2007
750ml bottle-pours thin tan head and dark brown color. Aroma is dark malt-rock candy/sweet, dark fruit-plum/raisin, sherry like, biting hops. Taste is very sweet/syrupy, dark malt-rock candy/sweet, dark fruit-plum/raisin, sherry like, biting hops, some molasses/licorice, cloying, also some dryness, huskiness. Nice, sipping. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pours brown with red edges, beige head. Aroma is alcohol / caramel / dark fruits. Taste is very sweet, with alcohol, also some spices / raisins. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (5568) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Dark brown colour. Sweetness comes through in the aroma and taste. Quite malty and sugary sweet flavour. Technically it is very good. Texture is thick, syrupy and unctuous. Overall something more than a strong sense of sweetness is expected from this beer but it doesn’t deliver.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Clear reddish brown beer with a short lived beige head. Hair spray alcohol and dry fruit nose. Sweet beer with lots of alcohol, dark fruit, juicy plum, melted toffee and caramel. Very tingely on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
The aroma is sweet and fruity with dark fruit and yeast. The appearance is dark brown with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is OK. The beer is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3167) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
A rich fruity beer with some caramel and dark fruit flavors, looks great with its cloudy appearance. This is a real winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3235) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dark malts, fruit, and some toffee. Flavor is full bodied and complex with raisins, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and some belgian spices with a nice warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2007
750ml bottle with Kasteelbier Bruin-Brune label. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a minimal fizzy head. Aroma has caramel, refreshing alcohol and bits of malt here and there. Flavor isn’t strong... beginning is creamy and fizzy, the finish is long with lots of crisp alcohol. Even though this one doesn’t mask the alcohol at all, it doesn’t overpower any of the other qualities and incorporates itself nicely. A nice beer, but not the best belgian brown I’ve had and certainly not in the top 20 list. I’ll only come back to this one if it’s cheap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2007
Deep amber brown with a fine red hew & creamy off white head. Aroma is sweet - malty caramel, bready, sugary, light alcohol & dark fruits. Soft & filling body/texture. Sweet taste - Sugar, malts & slight alcohol warmth. Very complex & well made. Light Vinous & warm with a long finish.. Very great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle @ Samson, Nijmegen. Deep red with only a thin film head - lightly off white. Aroma is bready, dried fruits, raisins, some grapes; very nice fruity aroma all in all. Wondeful mouthfeel. Very sweet, lightly vinious, caramel, plums, raisins. Warms me up nicely. Perhaps a little too sweet.

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