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


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RATINGS: 1291   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6919) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Bouteille verte de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de raisins et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est brune légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de prunes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #715)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
theodor (12) - Son en Breugel, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2006
In the aroma I miss fruit. The aroma is heavy wich can be normal for heavy beers. The beer is sweet wich is a bit strange for more heavy beers. I prefer dryer beers with more aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2006
I had to buy a case of this gem... Very sweet subtile aromas, Caramel / toffee... Exploding sweet complexe flavors hard to pinpoint exactly ... There’s the obvious taste of alcohol in this 11% brown beauty but it doesn’t over power... Fanstaticly well balanced beer!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mlaslo (2) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 15, 2006 does not count
I have a big bottle on the top of my shelf. Relic... In my opinion the beer was so sweet and strong. So strong! The alcohol put down the flavour. It is not my favourite Belgian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
altonbrownd (5173) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (12858) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5170) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (2062) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1943) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (7033) - 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.

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