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

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RATINGS: 1186   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)


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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
paulvanpelt (359) - Reusel, - JAN 3, 2013
Heel erg zoete dubbel, maar wel met een fijn palet. Prima voor als je een keer zin hebt in een zoet, makkelijk biertje. Het hoge alcoholpercentage is nauwelijks merkbaar.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ruuurd (78) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2015
Strong, dark brown pour. A lot of caramel, maybe to much for my taste. Like it, but a little sweet

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (63) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2015 Uitgeschonken in Kasteelbier bokaal, diep donkerbruine haast zwarte kleur, met lichtbruine schuimkraag, die na enige tijd terugzakt. De geur is niet heel sterk maar heeft aroma's van Belgische gist en chocolade. Het eerste wat opvalt is de zoetheid in het smaakpallet. Tonen van karamel, donker gedroogd fruit als rozijnen, krenten en pruimen, chocolade, verder in tweede instantie ook wat nootachtige en houtige en aardachtige tonen als in rode wijn/port. De afdronk is lang en zoet, en een licht peperige finish, met verwarmende alcohol. Het is begrijpelijk dat velen dit bier te zoet vinden. Persoonlijk vind ik de heel zoete smaak erg goed bij dit Kasteelbier Donker passen, het heeft ook degelijk een functie. Als je dit bier 10 jaar laat rijpen krijg je een soort van gerstewijn als de suiker wordt omgezet in alcohol verdwijnt de sterke zoetheid, en blijft er een complex bier over met een houtig port en wijnachtig smaakpallet, zoals bij de Cuvee du Chateau al is gedaan. Toch denk ik dat bij een 10 jarige rijping van een Kasteel Donker er een nog complexer bier uit evolueert, ga ik zeker uitproberen.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Flanfl (144) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle. Dark nearly black. Tiny veuge gead. Weak aroma. Caramel and dried raisin. Some alcohol. Flavour much more powerfull. Strong caramel flavoir and the warmth of alcohol. The. Dark chocolate. Oily body, medium carbo. Short warm sweet finish. I like it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reconqvista (100) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 24, 2015
Very deep dark Brown color, almost black, with a tanned head that goes away quickly. Very strong aromas of liquorice, chocolate and caramel. Body is oily and flavor is very, very sweet, sticky and lasting. Very long end for a very well carbonated beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hnieuwlaat (2) - Alphen aan den Rijn, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2015 does not count
One of my favorites, especially when over 12 years (in 0,75 bottles). Sugar has turned into alcohol and the taste is very woody (like aged port-wines).

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlutisLt (56) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - MAR 8, 2015
geras šildantis belgiukas. jokių priekaištų. labai šauniai susigeriantis...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (86) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours dark brown/black with virtually no head - only a thin sheen of off-white. Lacing is thick and immediate. Molasses, liquorice, caramel, spice and smoke dominate the nose, joined by a hefty blast of alcohol. Slightly nutty and wooden around the edges, perhaps a little earth too. Bread and cheesy yeast can be briefly determined under the booze on occasion. Potent stuff. Very sweet taste-wise; getting mostly honey, caramel, muscavado sugar, perhaps tinges of cinnamon and vanilla. Dark fruits emerge with time. Slightly medicinal as well, probably thanks to the alcohol, which remains prominent long after the finish with a significant neck burn. Not unpleasant though. Aforementioned finish is long and sticky. Thick, oily and smooth on the palate as expected, with slight carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dreamer (134) - PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2015
[33cl thanks to ruigo] Dark brown color. Medium beige head, that kept a small lace till the end. Medium to low carbonation and a round body, oily texture. Aroma is caramel and raisins. Taste is licorice, chocolate, caramel, too much sweet, artificial and some presence of the alcohol. Aftertaste is very long and sweet. In my opinion is too much sweet, even for winter, and too much overrated.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenima (288) - Askim, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Complex belgium dark fruity aroma. The taste is similar. Dry but a little sweet finish. Nice beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3076) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2015
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 4/16/2007. Pours clear dark reddish brown color with a small fairly dense khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing fairly quickly. No glass lacing and some slight streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, molasses, light chocolate, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, brown sugar, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian Quadrupel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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