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


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RATINGS: 1202   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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Draft - Poured a reddish dark brown in color with a medium tan head that held up and produced some lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty sweet with plenty of dark fruits. Flavor followed closely... plenty of dark fruit and brown sugar. A bit too sweet for my taste, but good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
handsomjan (4) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JUN 23, 2009 does not count
The color is dark brown with thin head. The palate is sweet, tasting like bitter chocolate. Medium to full bodied with in-mouth impression of rye in the finish. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2009
YEY Belgian Strong Ale me please. I am spending my Spring Semester as a study abroad student in Germany. Hmmm, how could I have forgotten that they offer a program in Belgium as well. Ah so close...guess I should pack up the imaginary BMW M6 and head on over and stock up, road-trip sans monk style. Anywho....Beer pours a dark murky brownish. Dark fruit and yeasty notes....Alcohol to kill even H1N1 that is. Lots of malts. Some hops. Taste is dark fruits, clove, sweet licorice, alcohol and lots of it. Candied malts, brown sugar, and a huge bump of molasses. Nice chocolates and some hops to bounce around. A little aged feeling with some oak influence vanilla twinges. Very sweet though thankfully not super sweet like people in the south make their tea...sugar? tea? Twilight Zone! Anyone else noticed though there are a few "here and there" off notes about this? Maybe the water used?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanEric (1108) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2009
Brown to black coloured. Pours out with a small head, beige-like. Aroma is candysugar, molasse, coffee.taste is full, bitter, chocolate-like. Alochol is slightly dominating, but not too much. Compared to the tripel-one the alcohol is not so doominating. Slightly sweety, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33873) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a redish tone, head is light brown and crispy leaving some lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark malt notes and bitter/citric rounded off by a yeasty spicy note. Flavour is extremely sweet, malt notes drowning in the sugar. Warming alcohol finish with distinct yeast notes. Fullbodied. At first does the classical fruit notes that come from the yeast completely blend out by the rather brutal sweetness, but for every sip they provide a more sofisticated palate to the sweetness showing some raisin and other dried fruit notes. This is clearly a beer for slow sipping. I won’t have this as my favourite beer for that though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear brown beer with a beige head. The aroma is sweet and so is the flavor. The palate is bold and overall a average beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark dark brown with no head. Nose has some spice notes. Lots of sweetness, some dark fruits, an a pretty good hint of the abv. Nice depth of flavor. Good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4749) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2010
On tap @ Burg, Ermelo. Aroma has raisin, caramel malts mainly. Clear, ruby-brown coloured beer with an off-white, lasting head. The taste is quite sweet, has caramel malts, dark fruits, spice and is winey/alcoholic. belly-warming winterbeer.
Earlier Rating: 8/23/2002 Total Score: 3.6
Quite a heavy one, however not overwhelming alcohol, very sweet taste. It’s a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Deep reddish-brown pour with a brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, candi sugar, spice. Taste is sweet fruit, some spices. The taste gets sweeter as it warms. The foam lasts till the end. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2010
Draught @ 15e Kerstbierfestival 2009, Essen, Belgium.
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, chocolate, licorice, light alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20091212]
Earlier Rating: 8/3/2006 Total Score: 4
Bottle. Dark brown with a large creamy light brown head, mostly diminishing, good lacings. Aroma heavy malty , brown fruit, light hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, light bitter, in a good balance. Medium body, soft carbonated. You feel the alcohol.

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