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

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RATINGS: 1122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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)


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dragonblaze99 (354) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2001
Interesting combination of sweet and sour body and strong, dark malty taste with a noticeable alcohol tint. The palate is lingering, thought a bit too sweetish to my taste. Certainly not a beer for all tastes!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2002
nice clear dark red colour, with fine creamy head. rich plummy smells, an drich plums and deep choc in taste. spirals out into a mouthwashesque finish. good with stinky blue cheese.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (6309) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 13, 2002
strong brown sugar taste. liked this more than i expected at 2pm on a sunny day. went well with blue cheese

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
if i'd have done my ratebeer homework and read the reviews, i'd have been prepared for the dominating sweetness of this one and chosen perhaps another time to sample this one-- like maybe when i had a small flock of hummingbirds over to brunch. this big bottle of beer is to share with folks over a late breakfast fruit salad; it's a dark plum-brown, clear, with feminine lacing. great aroma, solid malts, heavy dripping raisins and roses, some dark earth, and brown sugar sizzling on baked beans. carbonation is a team player and works quietly -- doesn't try to exaggerate or 'soda pop' the texture. some scotch ale flavors, over ripe fruits, a slight smoky aspect. marsala wine sweetness is it's undoing-- soon it feels like sucking chocolate syrup right out of the bottle. i'd try it again with waffles, but somebody else will have to buy.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 Pours brown, the VERY sweet taste however doesn't mask the high alcohol. Chocolate and very light prune/raisen taste. Drink this one last.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2003
Dark brown color with a slight greyish head. The taste is sweet with notes of caramel and alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottle at DBF 2004. Sweet, sweet, sweet! This beer is so sweet! Dark brown appearance. Fruity and sweet aroma and flavor. Very chewy. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from the LCBO. Tasted in trappist glass. Pours a deep dark red / almost black colour. Thin white head eventually leaves the glass entirely. Aroma is sweet, toffee, burnt caramel, sugar, plums, bread/yeast and malt. Smells like a rich plum pudding. Flavour is intensely sweet. Deep plum sweet taste with a syrupy mouthfeel and incredibly sweet (almost sickly sweet) aftertaste. Good warmer on a winter day.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2005
Poured a clear brown color ale with a below average head that had some pretty good retention. Aroma is exclusively comprised of roasted malt with some faint alcohol in the back.. Taste is quite simple, which was a bit surprising for this type of beer and consisted of mildly roasted malt with some warm alcohol at the end. Overall, this is not a bad beer but it is lacking complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Brown colour with a baige head. Sweet raisin fruity aroma and a sweet berry taste. Medium to full body and a sweet light alcoholic finish.


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