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

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RATINGS: 1299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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)


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Dark with red tinge, not much head. As a pleasant surprise, the alcohol isn’t really noticable in the flavor, although it does pack a kick that is noticed as the glass nears empty. Some notes of caramel, and raisins. Overall, not bad, would go well with Scottish Christmas pudding.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
bottle. aroma is nutty, malty, along with some caramel. colour is a very dark mahogany with a small-ish off-white head. flavour is almost excessively sweet, notes of dark fruit. alcohol provides a good warming feel for a cool winter’s day like today.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2004
Would have rated this one a 14 overall, but one small bottle has got me plastered. That’s not what beer’s all about for us connosieurs, but man is this a wallop of a beer. Smells nice - malty and even a hint of popcorn in the aroma. Looks like flat coke with a drop of red dye, taste is too sweet, but it is warming. The sweetness lingers a bit too long, but man what a punch this beer has. If your wife says you can only have one beer... make it this one. Wow!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2005
Pours a syrupy reddish brown nectar. Little head and no retention. Pruny sweetness. Port and caramal notes. No counterpoint to the sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and zippy after taste. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cartoonkhaki (1246) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Had it as Kasteel Brune ... Clean brown hue light very sweet maple syrup aroma honey with alcoholic hints Flavour is very sweet brown sugar malty flavours sticky palate...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown in colour. Aroma of figs, raisins, prunes and dark chocolate malts. Assertive alcohol up-front, then some light chocolate malt, dark fruits and some spices. Slightly sweet medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a long alcohol burn. This needs some time to age.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15171) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle. Aroma is OK malty, though not very powerful. Almost black colour, very small head. Very malty flavour, and very peppery. Not excactly thick mouthfeel, but it does give the impression. Caramelly aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
The cork says 01-2004, so I’m assuming this is from January 04, but you never know with the metric system. Opens with a pop and glugs out of the bottle uninterestingly, leaving a dark russet beer with almost no head, which is odd for a Belgian. Very sweet, fruity aroma of fig, plum, and dates with a fairly hefty alcohol backing. Light yeasty and candi-sugary notes. The flavor falls short of the great aroma with overpowering sweetness up front and some alcohol on the dry finish. The middle is fruity and slightly phenolic. The alcohol is forgivable, with this one weighing in at 11%, but you’d think with all the sweetness they could hide it a little bit better. Decent thick mouthfeel. Somewhat over-carbonated; it hurts the tongue after a while.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle via trade with radiomgb - Thanks Jeff! - Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head that settles back to a film and laces in layers from there. Aroma is big of candi sugar, raisin, some corriander, and maple syrup. Flavor is very sweet, raisins, candi sugar, syrup, plums, molasses. This and syrupy on the palate. A sweet lovers delight. A little over the top sweet for me though. Not much alcohol found til the warmth on the finish though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hamirubi (547) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2015
Aroma van karamel en chocolade, en ietwat vanille. Kleur is rood, bruin, met geel schuim en wazige gladheid. Smaak: zwaar zoet, licht bitter. De body is zwaar, met olietextuur, zacht koolzurig palet en lange afdronk. Lekker bier!


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