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


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RATINGS: 1309   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 12C (54F) (Translation by Martinus)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 rhus 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - 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 (1020) - 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. its improving with my adapting palate but its 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. Its 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 its 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 (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2008 Rerate: Bottle at Lbaren - 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)

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