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


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RATINGS: 1121   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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4654) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (2911) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2004
Dark brown/red color with a small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with an alcoholic presence. Flavor was very sweet malt, caramel and alcohol on the finish. Much too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Aroma is light alcohol, caramel, chocolate, mud. Body is brown with a thin-bubbled cream colored head. Very sweet and sugary, too much so. Very sweet, I have a 750ml bottle to myself so Iím gonna finish it, but this would be beer that wouldnít be bad to sip on with like 5 other people.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2559) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
UPDATED: APR 25, 2005 330ml brown bottle. Pours mahogany with a thin layer of tan head. Some sweet malt in aroma, some fruitness, light suggestion of red wine. Rich and sweet (brown sugar, honey), caramel, somewhat malty but syrupy, alcohol provides some warming but is not overwhelming.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
pootzboy (1578) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottled. Typical Belgian stubbie. Pours a flat cola -red with little or no head. Aroma is alcohol mixed with spice. mouth feel is oils and sweet...pronounced molasses-cola tastes some malt body and the ever pervasive alcohol....very much like a Carib sweet stout...bad job of hiding it and too sweet with adjuncts to be considered a serious for a European ale...these Belgium mutants should have their own category...maybe "rot yer teeth hi grav rummy beer" ...woof , I wonít be going back here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crockett (1005) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2004
Pours deep ruby brown with nothing for a head but some off white bubble. Nose of deep dark stewed fruit, bread, pepper, clove and star anise. Thick, sweet and syruppy. Lots of red wine grape accents. Modestly smoked malts. Itís simply huge. Tastes a lot like Rochforte 10. Right now itís just way to fresh and sweet. Give it two years for the sugars to die away and this could be something special.

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