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


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RATINGS: 1296   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2007
Very sweet and strong beer. You taste lots of alcohol and also roasted malt. Drunk it on bottle as wel from tap. I prefer this beer as closing dinner above a brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 thanks bwp116. smells nutty and salty to me. hahaha. super alcoholic, super sweet, like added sugar sweet, lots of darkish fruit, so saccharine. OH God this is alcoholic. this reminds me of some beer i had at the delirium cafe. it’s improving with my adapting palate but it’s just moving the alcohol to the back end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - APR 29, 2007
bottle. dark brown color with a small head. sour aroma with some sweetness of fruits in the taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2007
Pours muddy brown w/ a spritzy spatter froth. Minimal hang time w/ only a thin ring of residual lace. Aroma of dark fruits, german chocolate cake, and sweet butter. Full nectar w/ very little residual effers. It’s almost still, even on the palate. Nada bubble. Big sweet complex malts w/ a mild yet defined sharp tartness, almost acidic. And I do mean sweet, barleywine sweet. This brew is very complex in nature. Flavors of fat carmeled apples and kiwi fruit. Brown sugar and molases. Huge black cherries and over ripened peach meat, plumy raisins, and brown, glazed cakebread (fruitcake). The kiwi is prominant. The finish is long and sweet w/ the kiwi fruit lingering well past it’s bedtime. This is a barleywine for sure. Overall: a good specimen but you really have to be in the mood for some serious acidic tart sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - APR 23, 2007
Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a rather large head. Sweet! Notes of dust, candied sugar, chocolate, toffee, berries and cherry. Somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2008 Rerate: Bottle at ØLbaren - Thanks Dixen. Clear brown - offwhite head. Sweetness, sweetness, sweetness, sweetness, sweetness, sweetness, sweetness, yeasty, licorice, pepper. Typical beligan sweet & yeasty beer. ...-...-...-...-...-...-...-...-... Bottle (Sune). Dark brown - offwhite head. Brown sugar & dust. Sweet, sweet, licorice, chokolate, dark fruits, cherry, dry. (5/4/5/3/13)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2007
Bottle @ Dulle Griet, Gent. Dark liquorice and hints of roasty chocolate. Mild belgian yeast. Excessively sweet and alcoholic but not a complete loss despite that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3183) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
Wow...this is too sweet. I thought it was a dubbel when I took a sip and wow was I shocked! Aroma was yeast and alochol. Pour was a dark dark brown with barely a head. Taste was WAY too sweet....some fruit and alcohol burn but tastes like they dumped a bag of sugar in it. It does not taste lke 11% alcohol but it is too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ekstedt (6382) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2011 Bottle. Clear deep copper, large fluffy white head. Deep roasetd malty and fruity aroma, with notes of yeast and earthy hops. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Unbalanced flavour, way too much sweetness and alcohol.

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