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

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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 12įC (54įF) (Translation by Martinus)


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Had it as Kasteel Brune ... Clean brown hue light very sweet maple syrup aroma honey with alcoholic hints Flavour is very sweet brown sugar malty flavours sticky palate...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours a syrupy reddish brown nectar. Little head and no retention. Pruny sweetness. Port and caramal notes. No counterpoint to the sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and zippy after taste. Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2005
Bottled. Pours a dark brown colour with a reddish tone. Almost no head. Aroma is dominated by maltiness, molasses and sweetness. At first, the maltiness in the taste has a caramalty note. Itīs also pretty sweet. Cloyingly sweet, I thought, maybe a bit prematurely. Later the sweetness turns to an acceptable level. Itīs also quite caramelly. Itīs a nice sipping beer, but hardly one of my favoruites, though still okay.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MillStreetMan (152) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2005
This is an amazing looking beer. It probably looks and smells better than it actually is, but itís still an excellent beer. It is very dark and malty, with a fantastic sweet nose. If anything, itís perhaps a bit too sweet and treacly, but it still has an excellent array of fruits, caramel, and sugar. Yummy.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JonMoore (1841) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2005
Superb looking dark chestnut brown with a creamy off-white head. Spicey, malty, caramel aroma. Great taste; complex, dark fruits, raisins, sweet malt, brown sugar. Near if not perfect mouthfeel, exceptionally smooth. The alcohol is detectable but well masked by the great taste. An immediate favourite.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4637) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
Poured a clear brown color ale with a below average head that had some pretty good retention. Aroma is exclusively comprised of roasted malt with some faint alcohol in the back.. Taste is quite simple, which was a bit surprising for this type of beer and consisted of mildly roasted malt with some warm alcohol at the end. Overall, this is not a bad beer but it is lacking complexity.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle from a small store near my hotel in Brussels. Pours dark but also clear (not bottle conditioned?? I guess Iíll find out a little later) and a medium head. Aroma is alcoholic and malty. Flavour is sweet, very sweet, huge alcohol character and malt/caramel/fruit. Its brash but not too complex, delicious but heavy on the alcohol. I donít have a huge sweet tooth or really love high gravity beers all that much - but I think itís great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2005
Dark brown beer with beige creamy foam. Sweet nose, touch of caramel and candy sugar. aromaís of cookies and cocoa. Heavy sweet taste with alcohol burn.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown colour, small tan head. Little to no aroma - what is there is slightly sweet. A very full taste!!: lots of sweet molasses malt like flavours - which actually kind of hides the fact that this is rather thin bodied. Borders on too sweet, but I didnít think it crossed the line - remained balanced. Boozy as it warmed. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2004
Would have rated this one a 14 overall, but one small bottle has got me plastered. Thatís not what beerís all about for us connosieurs, but man is this a wallop of a beer. Smells nice - malty and even a hint of popcorn in the aroma. Looks like flat coke with a drop of red dye, taste is too sweet, but it is warming. The sweetness lingers a bit too long, but man what a punch this beer has. If your wife says you can only have one beer... make it this one. Wow!


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