fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Poured from a 2013 bomber into a snifter brown with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly.
Aroma is brown sugar banana.
Flavor is sweetly Belgium. Figgy bready Booze there more than subtly.
Balance of flavors and so well done. A way above average Belgium Strong Ale. cernjoh (188) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Poured into a sifter from a bottle dated 2013-10-3 so it is about a year old since bottling. Aroma of this beer is of banana and some dark fruits. Appearance is a clear dark burgundy with a one finger tan head that dissipated rapidly. Taste is of bananas, molasses, and dark fruits. Palate is smooth with good carbonation. Overall a great beer that you should try. If you had it prior and did not have a great experience I suggest you try again. Aging does not always make beers taste better and some reviews complained that aged bottles of this were not good. Well I can say at 1 year of age this beer is great. Cheers. Joelly3d (48) - Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Had a 4 year old bottled in 2010. Dumped the entire thing it was essentially a terrible version of champagne.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kingstoni (2149) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber color with a thin frothy off-white head. Aroma of sugar, vanilla and caramel. Sweet taste with a medium bitter, very sweet finish.Alengrin (5722) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
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UPDATED: OCT 10, 2014 Special version of Kasteelbier Bruin, since 2009, intended to taste like a regular Kasteelbier at ten years old without effectively being old. Yellowish beige, creamy, relatively stable head, colour dark burgundy. Aroma of brown sugar, dried plums, cloves, pear syrup, bourbon, fresh thyme, sherry, sage, fondant, biscuit, gingerbread. Quite complex and rich malt taste, chocolatey, dried citrus peel, noticeable less cloying than the regular version and in that sense a lot better, finishing with herbal hoppiness and port- to bourbon-like, warming alcohol, as well as agreeable spicy notes. What a difference with the regular version and doubtlessly a beer with great aging potential - wonder what this will taste like if it will actually be ten years old.
TtV (468) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Dark almost black with a little light head that diminishes very quickly. Heavy sweet aroma like extra sugar was added. The taste is less sweet then expected. It has bitterness in the (aftertaste). Not very impressive at all. It’s not a cohesive experience. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
In short: An unpalatable booze and sweetness monster brown color ale.Bamsen78 (5562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed with some age on it (over one year probably).
The look: Muddy ugly brown body with almost no head.
In long: The powerful nose is a bit scary, very estery, fruits puree, booze, toasted caramelized dessert. In mouth the beer feels heavy and the minimal carbonation doesn’t help in that regard. A monstrous mountain of sweetness. Lots of sticky caramel. Sticky sweetened fruits puree with no freshness. Stale water. Earth,dirty wet wood and some other dirty stuff. Alcohol is not well hidden, if anything it feels even more than its already high 11%. This is a bottle I brought with me at a bring-your-own alcohol steakhouse, way to ruin my dinner Kasteel. A bottle I opened in a byow restaurant, it almost ruined my dinner. I was feeling as depressed as a chinese worker wearing his old worn out jeans when working at the sweat shop textile factory cutting holes in new designer jeans.
Draught @ Bier- & Eetcafé Gollem, Antwerp. Pours clear dark ruby with stable beige head. Clear, vinous aroma with notes of caramel malt and yeast. Sweet flavour of fruit and caramel malt, with pronounced vinous notes and estery touches. Hints of hops towards the end. Bitter and vinous aftertaste with sweetish hints. Warming alcohol presence. Good. SuperTiti33 (893) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2014
Brune aux reflets rouge. Sucré. Caramel. Boisé. Fruité. Framboise/cerise. Vanille. Anisé. Levure. Banane. Légèrement chocolaté. Très bien. SteC (140) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
When pouring into the glass, this beer is dark reddish and reveals a fast-disappearing head not leaving much lace on the glass.
The flavour is not so strong and reveals malty caramel.
I think I initially drank this one too cold. The taste is rather strong but lacks a bit in palate. It is slightly acidic, with the acidity increasing with increasing temperature.