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


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RATINGS: 1131   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PrimeMinister (138) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
Wow. Was this a beer or a glass of bourgogne? Rich texture, warming alcohol but well hidden behind sweet malty aromas. The beer is beautiful: dark opaque ruby-brown with very little head. A very good beer to have with a strong cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2004
Perfumey, malty, sweet, nutty, floral aroma. Opaque, dark brown with decent tan head that recedes to nicely cover. Very sweet, nutty and doughy flavour with some alcohol in the finish. Just enough hops and spices to take the edge off. Medium-full body. Although it has an almost syrup like consistency, there is very engaging carbonation that prickles the tongue. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JadoreBlanche (114) - London, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle:Pours a dark brown, with hints of red body. Minimal light brown head. Aromas of sweet malts and slight alcohol. Flavours of sweet malt, and caramel. Somewhat syrupy. Alcohol is definaltey noticable. Slight bitterness on the finish. Smotth and creamy/syrupy. The sweetness lingers on the tounge. Good beer for relaxing in the winter time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Bottle- Pours a dark brown body that has hints of rouge at times. Head is minimal, light brown, and it disappears rather quickly. Aroma is various malts, sweet smelling, slight alcohol as well with some nutty notes. Taste is very sweet, malty, caramel, and maple syrup. Reminds me almost of coke-a-cola, Bitter finish with alcoholish taste as well. A great winter warmer for sitting and sipping with loved ones and friends alike!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle from LCBO. Deep brown-red colour. Very still body with a small tan head. Sweet aroma of prunes and chocolate toffee, with a strong bozzy punch. Flavour matches the aroma well, with the addition of licorice and raisins. Long, warming finish with some medicinal notes. I found the sweetness a little off-putting at first, but as the beer warmed up a bit, I got used to it and found this to be a fantastic winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
clear deep brown, beige head. aroma of toffee, booze, raisins, chocolate and yeast. flavour follows with burnt sugar and roasty malt with some winey and anisey notes. boozy finish with a bit of vanilla. very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2004
330 ml 2003 bottle, Kasteelbier glass. Opaque brown color with a thin, creamy, light brown head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Appealing aroma of licorice, toffee, malt and bread. The flavor is a bit more assertive than the aroma but it’s not overpowering, I taste licorice first, then malt, toffee, alcohol and bread. Light to medium body, very smooth, creamy and comfortable mouthfeel, it feels like a soft bed for the tongue, soft carbonation. If this beer had a bit more body it would be amazing, but still it’s very good, delicate and sensual, it gently caresses my tastebuds, a very enjoyable way to start a weekend !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
bottle. aroma is nutty, malty, along with some caramel. colour is a very dark mahogany with a small-ish off-white head. flavour is almost excessively sweet, notes of dark fruit. alcohol provides a good warming feel for a cool winter’s day like today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Burner (78) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 1, 2004
Very very dark rich beer! Had the draught version, so the bottled version must have even more flavour. Chocolatey undertones and burn grass ( wink wink chokehold) very intense flavour that marks the remarkably high ABV. Great after dinner beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from the LCBO. Tasted in trappist glass. Pours a deep dark red / almost black colour. Thin white head eventually leaves the glass entirely. Aroma is sweet, toffee, burnt caramel, sugar, plums, bread/yeast and malt. Smells like a rich plum pudding. Flavour is intensely sweet. Deep plum sweet taste with a syrupy mouthfeel and incredibly sweet (almost sickly sweet) aftertaste. Good warmer on a winter day.

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