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


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RATINGS: 1202   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2006
On tap at "Den Tatoverede Enke", Copenhagen. Extremely sweet Belgian Strong Ale. The sweetness reminded me of macaroons and was frankly a bit cloying. You can find much more pleasant and interesting Belgian Strong Ales than this…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Epor (13) - FINLAND - JAN 11, 2006
Bottle. Syrupy colour, not much head. Syrupy in taste too, very sweet, but it works. Very smooth, almost no alcohol detectable. Not something you’d want to drink too often, but very good occasionally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
This beer was very potent in all regards. Flavor, aroma, alcohol, body, and sweetness. Actually the sweetness factor on this brew was a bit much. Cloyingly sweet actually. But still a damn good sipping beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2006
750ml bottle.. Malty, some orange and spices in the aroma … . Dark brown, cloudy, hints of ruby in the light. Quick Tan head.. … Malty sweet, carmel, figs, port wine, yeasty notes in the finish.. .. medium body, a bit sticky, smooth, warming.. .. A very complex sipping beer. Sweet and malty, with an alcohol punch ..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
750 ml Bottle, 2004 vintage. Poured a murky brown with some hints of red and very little head. The aroma was strong with malt, yeast, plum, and caramel. It was quite sweet in taste with flavors of light brown sugar, black plum, red grapes, port wine, molasses and a strong alcohol taste on the finish, almost rum like. Very smooth on the palate, with excellent complexity. Great beer to celebrate the New Year with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Choos (660) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2005
Aroma: malt, dominant carbon and a little bit of prune. Appearance: dark brown with red highlights, clear. Large fluffy cappacino lasting head. Sheet lacing. Flavour: massively dark brown sugar sweetness with chocolate and rich stone fruits. Very spiritous. Palate: very thick and creamy with lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10726) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2005
750 ml bottle 2003 vintage poured a hazybrown with a small amber head. Aromas of dark fruit and molasses. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar, pepper and banana with a sweet, lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Darkest Red Coloring with Tan Head. Rich Sweet Malt / Alcohol Aroma. Sweeter Then Hell and Rich Tasting. With the Alcohol, if I Were To Obtain Another Bottle, I would Attempt to Age it, as it Seemed a Bit Raw Right off The Bat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1273) - TAIWAN - DEC 14, 2005
a dark brown colored beer w/ almost no head. huge aroma of toffee and plum. fruity and sweet, the alcohol is apparent though it’s complex enough as to not be cloying. well balanced, this brew should improve greatly w/ age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4175) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2005
Beer no. 200
Also, beer no.8 from my trip to Slovenia, brought by my friend Boštjan from Belgium, so a huge thanks to him. I was wondering which beer I should drink for no.200. It was this, two more Belgians, and a bunch of pale lagers etc I’ve bought in Spar. This one looked fancy, so... 0.33l cute Belgian stubby bottle. As Kasteel Bruin 11°.

Strong and nice wine like aroma wafted through my room as I poured this in a glass. More detailed check revealed a deep malty nose that had hints of alcohol, orange peel and plum. Impressive. Deep brown colour with a big brown head that went away fast. The taste was.... alcohol, strong plums and raisins, some weak dust, lemon and grapeseed bitterness in what might’ve been an aftertaste and that’s it. Period. Disappointing. Tasted like a cruder Belgian Samichlaus.

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