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

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RATINGS: 1232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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)


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4726) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Cork date 08-2004. Pours dark brown with garnet tint - there didn’t seem to be any bottle conditioning. Lots of dark fruit on the aroma - figs, dark cherries. There is also brown sugar, sweet roasted malt and some alcohol warmth. Thick syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Taste is very sweet and cloying with some Belgium earthiness, dark fruits and brown sugar. Finish is much of the same. An okay beer, but there are much better for the style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3067) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe 27/05/06. Dark brown body with hardly lasting light tan head, a little bit thicker than the Oeral, sweet but not heavy. Slight dark fruit, caramel and vinous aroma, mouthfeel full thick and heavy, too sweet to drink to many.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (3994) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Dark brown colour. Sweetness comes through in the aroma and taste. Quite malty and sugary sweet flavour. Technically it is very good. Texture is thick, syrupy and unctuous. Overall something more than a strong sense of sweetness is expected from this beer but it doesn’t deliver.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pours brown with red edges, beige head. Aroma is alcohol / caramel / dark fruits. Taste is very sweet, with alcohol, also some spices / raisins. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomciccateri (1032) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2011 From a 33cl brown bottle labeled "Bruin-Brune". Pours a clear dark brown with lots of carbonation but no head. Medium body with big malty presence. Underlying hops bitterness but topped by malty sweetness. Slight raisiny charactger. Late alcohol warming character. A bit carbonated in the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Redish brown body with very little head. Smooth with flavors and acidity reminiscent of red wine like cherrie, but still has tons of malt flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2007
Very malty aroma’s from draft. Good steady foam, off white creamy apperance. To sweet to make it drinkable, to heavy in alcohol. For me to overpowering due to the alcohol. Can be a good beer to rest for a few years, and see how it develops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Deep amber, slight head, part of BJCP training session courtesy of maniac. Aroma was raisin, a hint of perfume, and bread. Flavor matched, definitely malt accented. Seemed simplistic in comparison to the Rochefort and Gouden Carolus we had previously, but not a bad beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Pours a deep, murky brown into the trappist glass with small sediment floating. A very malty, sweet scent with figs, raisins and spices. A syrupy sweet flavor that showed the alcohol as it warmed. Got super sweet, almost cloying in the finish. A decent strong ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - APR 8, 2008
05/04 0.33 l at Hopdevil, Zagreb. Poured dark brown body with small head that didn’t stay out half a minute. Sweet malty aroma, roasted sugar, some black cherries and berries, nice enough. Flavor also good, but too simple and ordinary, caramelized sugar hides all that alcohol in very rustical way. Nothing more. Full bodied of course. Finish is nice long and pleasant. A good beer but could be better for that what it is.


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