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

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RATINGS: 1287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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)


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5100) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle at home. Decent head, caramel colored. Very sweet, plums and toffees. I would say way too sweet and way too much alcohol in the finish. Probably an excellent beer for some -- but not for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12774) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2006
(750ml bottle, cork 8/04) Pillowy, medium beige head atop a clear deep chestnut body. Nice lacing. Aroma is sweet, plum/raisin, vinous, caramel, some candi sugar, perfume. Taste is very sweet, caramel, plum, honeydew, light wood. Some alcohol warming in the finish. Smooth full body with low carbonation. With its sweetness, this seems like what Avery is trying to do with Beast or Samael, only this is better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5169) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle at The Dove Free House, Hackney. Dark rubyred with a frothy head. Rich raisins and plums aroma. Fruity and sweet with lots of plums flavour. warming alcohol. Full-bodied. Rich and nice, but a bit too sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (2041) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 24, 2006
33cl bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy caramel brown. There was a very small head on mine. The aroma is quite nice. Caramel malt comes through, with some breadiness. Some fruits in there also, possibly raisins and plums. Very full, rich taste. Some candi sugar, plums, breadiness, many others. An exceptional brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1938) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Dark brown body with hardly lasting light tan head. Enjoyable malty aroma with fruity (grape, cherry) notes. Perfectly balanced malty taste that hides the alcohol very well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6978) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 22, 2006
Bottled(330ml). -My was Kasteelbier Brune 11. Dark brown coloured, small beige head. Aroma is very malty and fruity (cherries, raisins, plums), tastes like port or sherry with burnt candy sugar . Light chocolate and toffee notes. Strong alcohol presence and a way too sweet.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 21, 2006
Bottle from 2003. My god, this one was intense... at first I enjoyed it but as I kept drinking, well... I became unsure. Dark, hazy, reddish-brown color... some soapy bubbles on the surface and a thick ring of micro-bubbles around the glass. Very sweet, malty, nutty and fruity aroma. Huge, powerful flavors--somewhat citrusy and acidic. Strong presence of fresh fruits (cherries, raisins), dark candy sugar... really REALLY sweet. Some alcoholic harshness, and some strange (somewhat unpleasant) bitterness thrown in there. Not very well-balanced at all. I was very excited to try this one but was disappointed.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dolty (15) - SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2006
Truly outstanding! This ale might be a wee bit sweet for some tastes, but it suits me very well. Superb complexity to accompany the malts, and very smooth and drinkable. A definite Karmaliet.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruibittencourt (16) - Curitiba, BRAZIL - SEP 11, 2006
No doubt it is the best beer i have tasted in this trip around Europe. I really like both the appearence and the flavor. Balanced bittter-sweet sinphony in a bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe 27/05/06. Dark brown body with hardly lasting light tan head, a little bit thicker than the Oeral, sweet but not heavy. Slight dark fruit, caramel and vinous aroma, mouthfeel full thick and heavy, too sweet to drink to many.


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