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


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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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)

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ekstedt (6976) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2011 Bottle. Clear deep copper, large fluffy white head. Deep roasetd malty and fruity aroma, with notes of yeast and earthy hops. Thick and smooth mouthfeel. Unbalanced flavour, way too much sweetness and alcohol.

Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2007
This brown poured with small yet lively head. Left moderate lace. Black cherry and raw honeyed/candied tastes from a deep violet brown pour. Possessing watery fruit flavor and subtle sweet flavor, this prized brown was enjoyed at Concordia Ale House.

faroeviking (11208) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 27, 2007
Bottle. Kasteel Bier Bruin. Pours a clear dark red-brown with a bubbly fast disappearing off-white head. Sweet aroma of well toasted malt, alcohol and dark fruits. Flavour is quite sweet with alcohol, dark fruits, mildly roasted malt, good bitter hops. Sweet alcoholic finish with some biterness.

Brix (660) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2007
Tasted 2007-03-16. Bottle from 2005, 33cl. Clear, dark red-brown colour with a disappearing head. The colour is beautiful! Powerful aroma of plums and alcohol. Taste of fruit, caramel and burned sugar, Very complex and very enjoyable! I’ll keep a few bottles of this for cellaring.

scotty (1223) - SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2007
Thats a big brew packed with spicy roast malt and a fair hoppy acidity. The 11% alcohol warms as it goes down, but doesnt spoil the overall balance. The head is thin, although it does last well down the glass, but it loses a point for that, sorry! Fine Wine Shop, Musselburgh.

DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Pitch-like pour with ruby halo. Port sweetness with a nibble of roast. Curranty malt loaf and black cherry vinousness. Massive waft of booze- sodden barrel wood. Lick of the Marmite knife. Dandelion and burdock rootiness in there. Fruity, medicinal, malty and dryish. Much more impressive than on previous tastings. A persuasive Flemish bruiser with a heart of gold. (re-rate, 27/08/07) Marzipan, petrol, alcohol burn ....but above all, sugar. Undeniably silky, but wincingly sweet. A ladybeer. Yuk.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Pours a deep brown color with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is kind of spicy with raisins. Flavor is very malty sweet with raisins some toffee. Finish is spicy.

Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2007
On tap, Bad Habits pub, Leiden. Intensely sweet, strong beer. Butterscotch, some spices, varnish-like alcohol taste. Oily texture. Not bad.

henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 5, 2007
The 11.2 ounce bottle poured a clear, deep garnet red beverage with a small off-white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma had a nicely balanced fruity, malty and spicy character to it. There were contributions from plumbs, grape juice, caramel, coriander and orange peel that I detected. The body was medium-full with soft carbonation and a smooth slightly oily texture. The flavor starts out moderately sweet with the fruity contributions mentioned above. Then the sweetness builds toward the middle and then tails off toward the end of the long finish as the spices and a moderately intense alcohol warmth take over.

Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
Thought this beer was a little sweet and it didn’t rock my world. Have heard this is better on tap. Page 256 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 354 out of his 500 Classic Brews to go.

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