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
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
as "Kasteel Bier Bruin - Brune", Bottled 06/2006. Drank today. Extremely sweet beer, with a heavy alcohol flavor. Overall it isn’t bad, but extremely sweet, as it warms it becomes more difficult to drink (at least for me).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Chef Paul’s. 11.2 oz bottle. Aroma of cherries and almonds, muddy brown color. First taste was overwhelming of sweetness and alcohol, gotta sip this thing to let the flavors come through. Very very sweet, wow. Did I mention the alcohol? Flavor and consistency was like a port. Some licorice. Heavy, boozy, sweet. Quite unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
2/8/05 330ml. Belgianshop. Dark brown with no head. Sweet caramel, stale aroma with alcohol noted. Malty sweet with a slight sharp yeasty taste. Too sweet by the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (3420) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Dark, redish brown with a tiny white head. Sweet with malty tones. Malt, fruit and alcohol. Full body with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 Rerated after a trip to Kulminator where they had Kaseel Cuvee on tap. Original rating 4.3. Almost black with a brown head. Aroma is spicy with eu hops and loads of dark fruits, figs and dades along with some strong porty notes. Flavor is smooth with sweet balanced fruity notes, cane suger and port like alchohol. Awsome <Thanks to Beerbiker> Served abit too cold, but took my time to warm it up, which changed the beer dramaticly. Fizzy carbonation and leads to a huge brown collapsing head. Aroma is sweet like brown sugar, full of dark fruit esters and a very intense vinouse nose. Flavor was lovely vinouse also, with a very wellbalanced warming alchohol, and a nice fruity mouth aroma. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Poured a dark brown into the glass. Very minimal head. Smelled sweet of candi sugar, dark fruit and caramel. Taste was much the same, sweet and rich, some biscuit and bready notes, no hop presence. Nice big beer here, little bit sweet, but good for one glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14128) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 330ml bottle.
Dark brown, little head. First spike of the aroma was tomatoes, sweet zingy tomatoes. Plenty of brown maltiness too though. First taste on the palate is exceptionally sweet, sugary sweet, and upon swallowing the first vapours to fill the mouth and nose are those of alcohol. The malt is drowned by those two aspects. Fairly pleasant though, and not a harsh 11% beer at all.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Hell Hunt, Tallinn) Oct 2010
Wow! I was 100% spot on first time round. Aroma not tomatoey this time, more malty, but still aggressively sweet. I was so impressed by my revisit to the rouges the other day (now a go-to beer) that I thought this was worth revisitting in case I’d been too stingy. I hadn’t.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 bottle shared by thedm and hotstuff - Pours dark amber with a thin head. It smells of alcohol, malt, and a touch of yeast. The flavor is very sweet with dark fruit notes and mild alcohol that’s mostly found in the finish of this medium to full bodied brew. Rerate from a bottle picked up in Amsterdam. 8/4/8/4/15. Averaged with prior rating.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HomerJ1967 (2) - ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
Heaven in a bottle Dark, malty, sweet, bitter, huge huge flavour. Could drink it forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011
Name: Kasteel Donker
Date: November 01, 2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: brown
Aroma: sweet malt aroma
Flavor: big sweet flavor

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: ** /4

Name: Kasteel Brune
Date: January 26, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: muddy brown, big creamy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: light chocolate aroma
Flavor: chocolate covered candied fruit flavor, nice spicy character along with lots of complex esters provides some nice interplay, warming, light bitterness adds interest rather than balance

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

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