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


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RATINGS: 1145   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xstream (166) - - 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 :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markoijelena (483) - SERBIA - OCT 27, 2014
Bottle 0.33l from Delhaize supermarket Ghent Belgium.Pour it dark brown color with small white head.Taste and aroma of dark fruits, caramel, malty, yeasty.Ok drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
16th October 2014
Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and semi dry. Light fine carbonation. Very sweet malts, caramel. Candy fruits and sweet bubblegum ester. Little spice. Touch of ripe fruits. Light semi dry finish. Some alcohol heat and spice. Comes together well but it’s a fairly sweet beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (2965) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). Reddish brown with a small bubbly beige head and little lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, alcohol, vinous notes, light spiciness and dark fruits/plums. Taste is sweet but it’s mostly the alcohol that is (almost) cloying. There’s also plums, chocolate, light spiciness and raisins. Medium/full body. Moderate carbonation. A tad vinous & syrupy mouthfeel. Warming finish. Not the kind of beer that I like very much, but this isn’t bad. Tasty with a nice vinous aspect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2186) - BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2014
The one and only, original ’castle beer’ since 1989, modelled after Westvleteren 12 the way it tasted back then - that is, way too sweet. Anyway, this beer is a classic among Belgian abts (so incorrectly classified here) outside the trappist and abbey worlds. After having had this several times in the past twenty years, it is time for an objective analysis. I pour it into its own glass - a wide, firm and perhaps not very subtle chalice - in which it displays a light beige, crackling, thin but dense head which retains quite good in spite of its ABV but still all but disappears in the end; and a very dark wine-red colour which seemingly approaches black without being black and which remains clear even after adding the deposit (in other words: filtered). Aroma less strong than expected from this type of beer, impressions of overripe pear, brown sugar, maple syrup, candi syrup (which is probably actually used), chocolate liqueur, liquorice, caramel candy, raisins, bourbon, brown bread, chicken broth, molasses, coriander seed and a very faint hint of cooked broccoli. Creamy and full palate, sweet from the start with thick, syrupy candi sweetness, in a cloying and sickly way, candied fruits and strong liquorice, sugary and caramelly, medium carbo, thick but superficial caramelly malt sweetness, chocolate, satiating and slick, finishing with the same cloying, sickly, syrupy sweetness from the beginning, like the kind of chocolate sauce you would pour over a dame blanche, which the poor grassy hops can never win from - they are present, but in a David against Goliath kind of way; needless to say, a liqueur-like warming alcohol effect is also present. When swallowing this, I can almost feel the sticky syrup going down my throat. It’s still the same as it ever was: unrefined, boorish and way too sweet, to the extent that I almost came to hate it. Give me that Cuvée du Chateau version, but keep this syrup monster away from me. I was craving for something salted (meat or cheese) after finishing this... That being said, I am convinced it ages well - and then probably gets even sweeter when the last of the ’bittering’ hops, already weak in the beginning, fade away - so if you are into thick, syrupy, sweet ales, this is a must try. I also believe it goes quite well with the saltiness of a blue cheese. Tasting it without that kind if support, however, is unfair; I still hold a kind of grudge against beers which are uncompromisingly sweet, and I will now stay away from this forever. Historically speaking, though, I do imagine Westvleteren 12 ever having been this sweet. Thank God (almost litterally, since we’re talking trappist ales here) it has changed a lot in 25 years - wish this Kasteelbier had followed the same evolution.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solvaris (106) - - OCT 5, 2014
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappis**d (18) - Dorset, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2014
A fine Belgique, with solid castle foundations, pours very dark brown impenetrable to all light, quick head, fairly high fizz, but calms, taste is chocolate truffles,sweet and sticky, cola,spices ,slight bitterness, and creamy, glad I bought six more bottles! Superb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MagicB (7) - - SEP 27, 2014 does not count
Yesterday I tried Kasteel Donker for the first time. I liked the creamy texture of the beer, its appearance and aroma. This beer has a promosing complex taste, but the touches of sweetness and alcohol dominate other flavours too much. An ok beer, but not my type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tandembrauer (166) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2014
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours dark brown. Aroma of plums, ripe bananas, nuts. Very sweet taste; caramel, plums, dried fruits, alcohol. Complex taste, but drowns in sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
digopossobon (295) - MACAE, BRAZIL - SEP 20, 2014
Negra opaca. Creme pouco formado. Aroma médio. Defumado. Licorosa, muito doce. Frutas vermelhas. Cerejas. Alcool bem presente. Tem um pouco de baunilha. Retrogosto doce e intenso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZodiacM (99) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2014
Mooi donkerbruin bier, met witte schuimkraag. Zoetige moutgeur, caramel. Zoete smaak, caramel, mout, pruimen. Als je van zoet bier houdt is dit een heerlijk biertje met een prettige zoetige nasmaak. Mooie donkere Belg!

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