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

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RATINGS: 1211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2005
Aroma:dark fruit,cherry.. Appearance:redish brown,light head... Appearance:Dark fruit,alcohol,sugar to mutch sugar....

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Little to no head, dark brown in color. Pine and chocolate are present in the aroma. Very sweet with almost no carbonation, roasted malt and butterscotch as well. Very creamy body in ending after warming up.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle on 02/28/2011 as Kasteel bier Bruin-Brune 11. Slightly hazy dark brown body with a small creamy off-white head. Sweet fruit, caramel, spice, molasses aroma. Very sweet fruit, spice, caramel and candi sugar flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7 On 11/28/2005. Hazy brown color with a fully diminishing thin white head. Sweet syrupy taste and texture but only a very light aroma. - 5/4/8/4/17 - 3.8

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (5515) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Poured a hazy brown color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of light roastiness, dried fruits, caramel malt, and some light chocolate as well. Taste was overly sweet, candy sugar, light dried fruits, and alcohol as well. Sweet and strong, not overly enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Fresh 33cl bottle. Deep brown-reddish and flat. Sweet alcohol aroma. Flavor was way too sweet, wtih alcohol very noticeable. Perhaps my bottle needed more time to mature, but as I tasted it, It doesn’t compare with the big boys.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 15, 2005
Bottle. Reddish-mahogany, transluscent. Aroma is of the holy duchesse! Very juicy and rich. I want to say "juicy fruits" but I dare not run the risk of sounding like an ’80s commercial. (Is that stuff still sold today?) Very prominent figs, raisin, grape, and with a bit of strawberry and alcohol. Thick, westy-12ish, some yeast. Tastes darker than it looks, an excellent beer.

1.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 1/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2005
i stopped rating beers but i thought i might just come back to rate this as it was so bad. overwhelmingly sweet, so much so that i couldnt drink it...sad to say all the rest of the beers character was overwhelmed by this one aspect. the alcohol content was noticiable but not overly strong.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2005
33 cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a wonderful head. Very complex and sweet aroma. Also very sweet flavour with notes of complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1472) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Brown and flat-looking in the glass. Some lacing. Aromas are light caramel and not much else. Tasting yields molasses, brown sugar, and caramel. Not much else but the malts here, though the malts are very nice. A nit one-dimensional. A bit too sugary and cloying for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 The one I had, at Belgobaren, Stockholm, was at 12% ABV. Served in proper glass (as usual when I drink :)). Aroma of red wine, figs, raisin, dark chocolate, malt and molasses. Deep, deep, deep, deep, deep red. Beige head. Extremely sweet, malty, berryish, some bitterness, sourish. Smooth, creamy and rich.


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