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

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RATINGS: 1158   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 12C (54F) (Translation by Martinus)


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Poured a hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of light roastiness, dried fruits, caramel malt, and some light chocolate as well. Taste was overly sweet, candy sugar, light dried fruits, and alcohol as well. Sweet and strong, not overly enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Fresh 33cl bottle. Deep brown-reddish and flat. Sweet alcohol aroma. Flavor was way too sweet, wtih alcohol very noticeable. Perhaps my bottle needed more time to mature, but as I tasted it, It doesnt compare with the big boys.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle. Reddish-mahogany, transluscent. Aroma is of the holy duchesse! Very juicy and rich. I want to say "juicy fruits" but I dare not run the risk of sounding like an 80s commercial. (Is that stuff still sold today?) Very prominent figs, raisin, grape, and with a bit of strawberry and alcohol. Thick, westy-12ish, some yeast. Tastes darker than it looks, an excellent beer.

1.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2005
i stopped rating beers but i thought i might just come back to rate this as it was so bad. overwhelmingly sweet, so much so that i couldnt drink it...sad to say all the rest of the beers character was overwhelmed by this one aspect. the alcohol content was noticiable but not overly strong.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
33 cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a wonderful head. Very complex and sweet aroma. Also very sweet flavour with notes of complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1419) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Brown and flat-looking in the glass. Some lacing. Aromas are light caramel and not much else. Tasting yields molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. Not much else but the malts here, though the malts are very nice. A nit one-dimensional. A bit too sugary and cloying for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 The one I had, at Belgobaren, Stockholm, was at 12% ABV. Served in proper glass (as usual when I drink :)). Aroma of red wine, figs, raisin, dark chocolate, malt and molasses. Deep, deep, deep, deep, deep red. Beige head. Extremely sweet, malty, berryish, some bitterness, sourish. Smooth, creamy and rich.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2005
What a pleasant surprise to find such an unusual and high quality beer on tap at my usual gin joint (Maple Tree). Pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with thin creamy head. Big aromas of malt, dried fruit , wine. Wine-like texture delivering a rich variety of flavors like burnt sugar, molasses, plums, cognac and raisins. 11% did lay me low somewhat but its pretty well hidden. Good!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 This is my first beer in belgium, in what turned out to be a hardcore and excellent weekend so on with the ratings. Aroma sweet, full and nutty. Taste is similar with soem coffee and dark fruits kicking in too, quite complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1995) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
Dark brown in colour. Complex caramel malt aromas along with notes of raisin, vanilla, and other dried fruits. Its fairly thick bodied, and has some interesting flavors going on, such as malt, prunes, brown sugar, and a mild chocolate note. Complex and strong stuff. Thanks radiomgb!


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