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

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RATINGS: 1188   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)


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tennisjoel (1191) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2006
This stuff is the SHIT! Had this on tap at the Blue Nile. Wow! They have some damn good beers here, Pigfoot makes sure of that! Alcohol is detected, however, it is expected at 11%. Let’s face it, beer from Belgium normally is excellent, another excellent offering here. The one potential negative is that this beer is very sweet. However, it is not cloying at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2006
A brew dominated by dark fruit, and sweetness, alcohol was well hidden, but still noticable, just too sweet for me on this day, I will let it warm up more next time, I think it would improve that way for me, still good, but not my favorite. brewed 2004.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Bottled. A very dark brown coloured beer with a purple hue and barely any head. The aroma is vinuous with heavy fruit notes - plums and prunes. The taste is very sweet and fruity; maybe too sweet. The alcohol is not as obvious as one would expect, but the sugary sweetness is. A nice sipping beer but easy on the sugariness guys. Score 3.4
Subsequent rating scored 4.2. Average becomes 3.8

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2006
[bottle from Pelgrom] Aroma is like a moist Jamaica cake, big and malty, caramel aromas, some sherry, some dark fruit. full bodied and sweet with some alcohol in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle at Brick Store Decatur GA. Pours medium to dark brown with good tan head. Lots of caramel malt and dark fruits in the aroma. Flavor is much the same. Let this one warm up, otherwise the alcohol is a little overpowering. The flavors all blend so well. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
The cork says 01-2004, so I’m assuming this is from January 04, but you never know with the metric system. Opens with a pop and glugs out of the bottle uninterestingly, leaving a dark russet beer with almost no head, which is odd for a Belgian. Very sweet, fruity aroma of fig, plum, and dates with a fairly hefty alcohol backing. Light yeasty and candi-sugary notes. The flavor falls short of the great aroma with overpowering sweetness up front and some alcohol on the dry finish. The middle is fruity and slightly phenolic. The alcohol is forgivable, with this one weighing in at 11%, but you’d think with all the sweetness they could hide it a little bit better. Decent thick mouthfeel. Somewhat over-carbonated; it hurts the tongue after a while.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (13995) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle. Aroma is OK malty, though not very powerful. Almost black colour, very small head. Very malty flavour, and very peppery. Not excactly thick mouthfeel, but it does give the impression. Caramelly aftertaste.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (8119) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle at The Bishops Arms on Västra Hamngatan in Gothenburg, Sweden. Dark non-see-through color and a brown head. acid and a bit alcoholic scent, fruity taste

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
When I opened this bottle the cork was dated 11/2003 so this one had some age on it. Almost no head on initial pour but some light carbonation and lacing was visible. Very strong beer with very high level of residual sugars. sweet port like quality. extremely complex flavors with current, apple cider, spice and tasting like it had been aged in oak. Also hints of acidity maybe from the long age. Definitely a sipping beer to be enjoyed like a fine port

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2006
Bottled 01/2004. Clear dark brown/amber. Small, frothy, off white head. Aroma- caramel, malt, past ripe fruit, brown sugar, yeast, spices. Complex, but not overwhelming. Same flavors tied together by an underlying alcoholic mustiness that escaped the aroma. 25 proof caramel in the finish. 25 proof caramel dessert bread for an aftertaste. Full, smooth body. Great brew.


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