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

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RATINGS: 1078   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xstream (155) - - OCT 10, 2013
Quite a sweet brown beer. Not uncommon to "Kasteel" since their popular "Rouge" is tooth breaking sweet as well. But this one has a better balance to it. I like the syrupy feel and flavor with raisins, dark fruits like figs & dates. Tofee, caramel and brown sugar rule the flavor, but are the flavors i typically enjoy. Good for desert too. Has a mild bitter to balance it out. I just really enjoy this one :)


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frothmeister (524) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby with a thin tan head. Aromas of dried dark fruits, dark bread crust, light earthy notes. Lighter bodied than I was expecting, and pretty darn sweet. More or less a showcase for the various sugars in the family of all things sweet. Alcohol, caramel, dark raisins, dates, dark maple syrup, and brown sugar that leads into light dark bread notes, very light metallic hops, and light cherry. VERY one sided.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thompson (299) - - APR 16, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Dark brown color....rich taste, lots of flavors in this beer....little bit warming alcohol in the finish

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hohops (126) - Kent, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2014
75cl bottle into Kasteel chalice. Pours very dark, almost black, a fizzy beige head which quickly diminishes. Aromas of sweet sugar, caramel, dark malt, brown bread, vanilla, honey glaze. Taste- lots of sweetness, almost cloying, full mouthfeel, a bit oily, burnt treacle, candied fruits, sugar covered raisins, toffee, molasses, maltiness. Nice and intense, a little on the sweet side though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shaynsawchuk (360) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
330 mL bottle. Pours dark mahogany brown with a tight off white head. Rich butterscotch, ripe dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla and baking spice. Sweet and malty, balanced by a good bit of booze. Smooth and creamy with moderate plus carbonation. Delicious.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
probstblueribbon (2744) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
330 ml bottle from LCBO, served cool in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep clear mahogany with a smallish tan head. Aroma: Quite sweet, malty, rich, fruity, lots of brown sugar, dark dried fruits, esters, light minty herbals, acetone/solvent and booze come through (yikes), a little melanoidin. Palate: Medium+ body, fine, full, smooth effervescence. Flav.: Much like the nose, a very sweet, rich and malty beer, a little less fruity, still has some alcohol heat and solvent/acetone; sweet with limited bitterness and a very boozy/solvent finish.

They cranked the abv up too high and got distortion. Tastes like a headache.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HipHopOpotamus (210) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
Very sweet beer, at first it was a wow factor taste. So delicious. But becomes a bit to much after a bit, good in small quantities. Good to enjoy one of these, but I wouldn’t be drinking it all night.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Toomio (122) - Joensuu, FINLAND - APR 3, 2014
Hyvä ja makea. Tummaa omintakeista muttei liian makea. Voisi pari juoda iltaan. Päähän menee.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (521) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 2, 2014
Tomadas un montón de botellas durante barios años, de las favoritas de la etapa belga. Para tomar de nuevo sin ninguna duda. La ultima en agosto de 2013. botella de 75 cl elaborada en 2007 y caducada en 09-2012. Casi un año después de su consumo preferente y mantiene todos sus sabores dulces y su potencia alcohólica. Una maravilla. ---- una reliquia cortesía de cimmeria y lúpulo ,,, Botella de 75 cl elaborada en el año 1995 según etiqueta de la botella, abierta en febrero de 2014. en el lúpulo. Notas muy dulces de pasas añejadas y viejas como si estuvieran en barril, se aprecian pequeños toques de madera. Color ámbar miel bastante oscuro. Es una Kasteel???? Si pero ha cambiado todo el sabor y todo el color quedando como resultado algo distinto, original, y muy bueno que mas bien parece una barley wine. -------3.7 - ----

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (5467) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 2, 2014
Trübes dunkel bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig süß, überreife Früchte, hefig, würzig, Karamell. Geschmack malzig fruchtig, reife Früchte, leicht alkoholisch, würzig.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (201) - CROATIA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle, dark amber pour with a tan head, tastes sweet with caramel and yeast, sweet aftertaste. Might be a little too sweet for some but I like it.


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