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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1116   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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2005
Dark brown colour with a off white head. Sweet fruity nose with yeasty hints. Sweet yeasty flavor with licorice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
Dark, dark brown with very little see-through. Almost impossible to coax a head out of this beer, and what little foam does form quickly vanishes. Not much to sniff at: some molasses, some strawberry, but disappointing given the nature of this extra-strong brew. Very nice, smooth, creamy palate. You can feel the weight behind this beer, especially as it warms up, but it still seems quite innocent given its 11% alc./vol. Not much in the flavour profile aside from the heady alcohol, residual sweetness and maybe a touch of berry fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Malty beauty with fruits and nuts in the palate. nice portlike body and vanilla praline character. big bread and biscuit body. very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
When I first tasted this I thought "Belgian Strong Brown Ale." Looks like the brewer thought that said it all. Dark brown, with ruby notes when you hold it up to strong light. No head at all. Full mouth, almost syrupy. Big taste of malt, chocolate, toffee. Long sweet and sour finish. I would have liked it more if the heat of the alcohol were hidden somewhat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 (Sampled draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark ruby brown, creamy tan haed. Sweet aroma of caramel, belgian chocolate, candied nuts and dark syrup. Full flavour of syrupm burnt sugar, almond and candied oranges. Thick mouthfeel. Long syrupy sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2005
I did look a few extra times to see if this really was the beer I had. I really cant see whats so good about it. The amber color and the offwhite head is ok, but the rest is all about sugar. Way too sweet and with too much alcohol coming through. This was not a good belgian...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2005
Spectacular. Sweet aroma, hops. Pours an opaque ruby brown, off tan head. Very sweet but extremely enjoyable palate and flavour. 11%? Alcohol is undetectable. Smooth sweet delivery. Might be too sweet for some people, but this beer should be slowly savoured and enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Thanks to Pigfoot for this one, shared with Wawood, Beermatrix, et al. As mentioned below, rather late in the evening. My notes say "sweet sweet, finish dry and clean with no alcohol present, Belgian candi and yeast flavors on top." A winner for my sweet tooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 3/20/06 Re-rate: Had forgotten I had had this before, even considering I had it in the same place the 2nd time, the Blue Nile in Mnpls and considering it was again the final beer of the evening. This time it was on tap, and based upon the ratings, had a considerably better experience the second time around. It was still very sweet but didn’t seem overly so this time. Mostly opaque body (dark, dark, reddish, brown hue. Tan head but diminishes fully. Wonderful and surely highly caloric. 2/17/05: Bottle, shared with Beermatrix, ChrisPants, Steorn(BA) and Pigfoot (courtesy of Pigfoot). Last beer of the evening so the palate may have been a little shot. Belgian wheat aroma, surprising for a red bodied beer. Then at 3rd or 4th whiff, I started getting similar impressions as the few Russian dark beers I’ve had (Baltika 6, Stepan Razin Porter). Beermatrix mentioned he thought it smelled like a Cantillon. Red body, nice white, beautiful lace. Exemplary appearance. Overy sweet. Could make for a good dessert wine. But it was too much for me at that point in the evening. Ar 6, ap 5, fl 8, pal 4, ov 17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20216) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2005
Bottle (Kasteel Bruin-Brune). Clean brown, little brownish head. Malty sweet aroma. Caramel/malty taste with a bit bitter finish. Good feeling in the mouth, taste of alcohol is well hidden.

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