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


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RATINGS: 1305   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Ruddy brown, with a small white head. Fairly powerful nose hints of Brown sugar, plums, dates, red apple, golden apple, caramel, toffee and a bit of barnyard. Flavor is extremely sweet and very fruity. Honestly, I think it’s a pretty tasty beer. Well hidden alcohol, with a balanced flavor. This is a fairly tasty, enjoyable Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lak20 (3) - Budaörs, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2007 does not count
A full-bodied velvety bier with a high alcohol percentage. The Syrah of beers. This is a heavy beer, but if drunk properly the alcohol is not overwhelming, it does not dominate the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1156) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2007
This comes in at a honking 11% but manages the alcohol well with an overt malt sweetness and creamy body. Cookie and raisin, big, best by itself anytime, or paired with dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - JUN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 Garrafa. Cerveja encorpada, complexa e bem harmonizada mesmo com seus respeitáveis 11%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8645) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2007
Bottle. Medium high creamy and lasting light brown head. Sweet roasted barley malt aroma with spicy notes. Flavor also pretty sweet, plums choccolate and caramel. Alcohol too dominant though. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 22, 2007
Bottled 33cl. It pours a dark ruby beer with a beige head. Toffee, apple and plum aroma, slightly sour. Some cane sugar shows up. Lots of vinous notes. Sweet taste with a strong alcohol presence. Some oranges and wood. Lots of plums, hints of dark chocolate. First, this beer seems somewhat slightly unenjoyable, the tastes don’t combine at all, it’s too sweet and a has a too high alcohol presence. After a while this beer gets better... It surely is complex. A very rich beer. Quite underhopped. I miss some good hop presence in this beer, it’s extremly malty. .....Then, some nice madeira-like notes emerge. Good salty notes give it some charm. Full-bodied. A beer with a nice lacing. This beer does get better and better... A nice surprise. The taste clearly reveals some surprises after a while. But I still think this beer isn’t well balanced to my taste. A warming alcoholic finish of plums with hints of dark chocolate. An interesting belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Ĺrhus C, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2007
Aroma is very sweet, almost like syrup or marzipan. Dark red-brown colour with average carbonation but almost no head, which makes the appearance fall below average overall. Taste is sweet but rather complex. There is no bitterness but lots of different sweet nuances. All in all a good beer, but unfortunately way to sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2007
Pours a dark brown colour with a medium off brown head. Aroma is of dark malts, brandy drenshed dried fruits and spicy yeast. Juicy plump rasins, thick sliced malt loaf with caramel syrup and prunes. Also lashings of mollasses, toffee apples and chocolate brownies. Has al the chracteristics of what i enjoy in belgian strong ale. Deep and flavoursome with a fantastic aroma and well rounded alcohol and malt mix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 29, 2007
0,33 bottle. Alcohol presence is strong. Minor head. Clear deep brown, cola-like. Abbaye des Rocs Brune or Rochefort Trappistes 8 much much better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2007
330 ml bottle. Thin, tanned head fading to a ring of foam. Slight unclear mahogny colored body. The aroma is dominated by alcohol, yeast and malts. Notes of dark fruits and cellar. Sweet-flavored. Prominent malt taste along with candysugar, yeast, caramel and raisins. Medium body. Sweet and oily mouthfeel. Alcohol in the finish.

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