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


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RATINGS: 1314   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 12°C (54°F) (Translation by Martinus)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2007
A very sweet and surprisingly, despite the high percentage, not alcoholictasting brew. Portnotes and like a barleywine in the belgian way. Enjoyment for more than a quarter. Cannot find another beer like thisone. Complex fruitnotes and a "strong" flavor. A true winterwarmer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 10, 2007
smells overpoweringly think and tastes the same. too syrupy for my taste. it got better as it went along but overall a disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Taste had notes of fuji apples. Sugar is also very present. Very sweet, and almost initially difficult to drink. After a few sips, my palate got used to it, and it became very pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4207) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle. Head was average to large with a fizzy off-white color. It lasted reasonable long. Good lacing found in glass. Body muddy looking with some particles being spotted in bottom of the glass. Color brown like. Aroma was heavy malt (caramel, grain, rye bread, toffee, light chocolate, toasted) with other notes being some dry fruit. Full bodied with an average carbonation and a sticky texture. Some alcohol is also present in mouthfeel. Flavor was heavy sweet somehow a bit unbalanced I thought. Average sweet finish with an average duration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2007
750ml - cork says 08-2004 - Aroma is pungent toasted malt, alcohol, Belgian yeast, and light dark fruits. Pours semi-transparent brown with red highlights, a small head and good lacing. Flavor is sweet and delicious. Yeasty with a rich maltiness, cherry, brown sugar and alcohol warmth that doesn’t add up to 11%. Palate is smooth and sweet. Very tasty and under-appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Pours a dirty brown with a beige head. The appereance looks wonderful in a Kasteel glass. Aroma is chocolate and spicy. Heavy brown sugar in the taste with chocolate raisins. The alcohol is biting on this one. Maybe a little too sweet and strong for my tastes. I was expecting more complexity with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
big dark malts, very sweet, nose, chestnut brown colour, spicy, caremel taste, raisins and brown sugar. nice winter beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3838) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2007
33cL bottle. I thought it was a good brown but much too sweet for my palate. Not bad, I’m just not a big fan of sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rickgordon (3853) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2007
[Bottled. 2 yrs old.] Muddy brown colour. Plum nose, bit sourish and sugary. Sticky mouthfeel with notes of white sugar and marzipan. Alcohol is clearly evident. Bit too sweet overall, which makes it hard to define the mouthfeel anything but cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2007
(Bottle) Pours brown with red notes. Earthy, dark fruit, raisin aroma with some dark cherries and notes of funky chocolate. Very sweet and sugary. Caramel to candy. Thick mouthfeel. Very sweet flavour with raisins and brown sugar in the finish. Maybe some dark fruits. Big body with some alcohol.

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