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

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RATINGS: 1134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2005
(V2003) This beer is garnet in hue with virtually no head and a very complex aroma featuring brown sugar, fruit syrup and a dash of warming alcohol. The body is bright and mouthfilling with an array of flavours including port, black currant and ripe plum. The finish is long and slow but never bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Courteys of Matta in my very first trade. Pours dark ruby/brown with no head. Lots of sweet caramel malt in the aroma, very bread-like. Flavor is all sweet malt and sugar with a tiny bit of alcohol. Lots of resisuel sugar. Too sweet for sure. 4-5oz sample would be enough for a dessert.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 Bottle (330ml). In an Orval chalice. Pours a dark, reddish brown - off white head, thin, dissipates quickly, minimal side lacing. Aromas of dark, sweetish malt, more than a hint of alcohol, steeped fruit (apple, plum, raisin). Flavour - hits you big - strong alcohol and ripe apple, with fermented raisin, sweet malty/yeasty notes, cloves, black pepper. Very sweet, but it works for me with the aging. Alcohol lingers - definite flavour and aftertaste of sweet wine, like gewurtztrauminer. My bottle is at least 8 months old - better balanced now, more interesting - I will buy more if/when they come around again.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4806) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Fruity aroma with light yeastiness and a hint of alcohol. Pours a very dark mostly transparent copper with a small off-white head. Fruity up fruit but finishes excessiviely sweet. Lots of sugar and just too sweet for me. Not enough other flavors to balance out all the sugary sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilsnerrogge (2497) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2005
Deep ruby colour. Nice head. Sweet-ish marzipan aroma. Sweet, fruity flavour with warming alcohol. Well-balanced and very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Sweet chocolate malt aroma. Clear red brown colour with good head and lacing. Sweet chocolate malt flavour. Smooth long lingering palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
Dark brown offering with a minimal tan head. Alcohol evident immediately alongside sweet fruitiness. Thinner than expected but still coats mouth with malty caramel sweetness. Seems like a bit too much carbonation too - overall decent but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shorlin (648) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - JUN 27, 2005
Another beer brought from Ontario by my loving wife. Poured in a Chimay chalice. Good looking beer, not much head. Lacing is OK, but not exceptional. Smell is complex, with some prunes and raisins. But the taste!! Oh wow. I’ve been missing out on real beer in the land of the 5% lager, but this is a real treat. Big Belgian Strong flavours, kind of like Trois Pistoles or something. Sweet, but not too much so. You really get the feeling of all the alcohol being there without it being overwhelming. I loved it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2005
An excellent dark brown brew. More than expected. Taste is sweet and alcohol is well hidden. One of the best browns sampled from belgium

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deadfryday (3) - Oakwood, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005 does not count
Im writing this review while drinking a 750 Kasteel Donker. The aroma is very nice, reminds me of others of the same variety. It has been years since I first had this brew, maybe back in 1999. The appearance is wonderful, but the flavor and palate are a bit sweet to my liking. I like a sweet beer, maybe Stille Nacht, but this doesnt sit as well. Overall this beer is excellent not the best Bruine you can buy but better than anything you can buy at your local Georgia Package Store, Brent Smith June 2005


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