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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1368   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)

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3.3
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
big dark malts, very sweet, nose, chestnut brown colour, spicy, caremel taste, raisins and brown sugar. nice winter beer

3.2
BelgianBeerGal (4039) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2007
33cL bottle. I thought it was a good brown but much too sweet for my palate. Not bad, I’m just not a big fan of sweet.

3.1
rickgordon (3874) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2007
[Bottled. 2 yrs old.] Muddy brown colour. Plum nose, bit sourish and sugary. Sticky mouthfeel with notes of white sugar and marzipan. Alcohol is clearly evident. Bit too sweet overall, which makes it hard to define the mouthfeel anything but cloying.

3.2
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2007
(Bottle) Pours brown with red notes. Earthy, dark fruit, raisin aroma with some dark cherries and notes of funky chocolate. Very sweet and sugary. Caramel to candy. Thick mouthfeel. Very sweet flavour with raisins and brown sugar in the finish. Maybe some dark fruits. Big body with some alcohol.

3.8
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2007
very dark murky brown with a small off white head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, and spices. Taste is caramel, toffee, alot of fruit notes, sweet, almost to the point of being cloying but not quite. Sweet finish with spices. as with most belgians, better and more complex as it warms.

4
Arayaga2 (2190) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2007 Dark brown with a nice appley malty aroma, which comes through in the taste. It is quite smooth, nicely carbonated, and works well with the high alcohol. This deliciousness of this product made my grandma smile $8/750ml

3.8
ABUSEDGOAT (2733) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Dark brownish red with a small head, good lacing, average retention. Aroma is plums, dark sugars, chocolate, caramel, berries. Flavor brings this all with a slight alcohol burn that lingers, but you’d never guess 11%. Extremely delicate smoothness for a beer like this. Quite sweet, but very enjoyable. Man, it’s been too long since I’ve had a nice Belgian.

3.8
larsga (7509) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2006
Small light beige head. Dark red translucent body. Tight vinuous peppery aroma of licorice and alcohol with notes of chocolate. Quite harmonic. Taste is deep, sweet licorice and chocolate, with strong spicy notes, and a cardamom finish. Very harmonic, and hard to analyze, but very, very nice. Quite a bit of alcohol heat, and you can taste a little alcohol as well. (0.33l bottle.)

3.7
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2006
Gentle nose of light sweet malt with some spiced fruit. Pours muddy dark brown with a quickly thinning head and some lace. Flavour is rich toffee malt with a lingering plum pudding finish with brandy notes and figs.

3.6
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2004 Bottle from Big C Liquors in WInter Park, FL. <P> The dark brown body of this beer is murky and holds a thumb thick, creamy tan head that diminishes slowly. <P> Has a brown sugar laden, sweet bread and raisin accented aroma. Very sweet and cake/bread-like aroma. <P> Fore is brown sugar, sweet malt, some mild bitter toastiness, raisin, all spice. Warming alcohol is quite present through the middle and into the finish. A bit dusty in the far finish. Carbonation is soft, but noticeable. Overall a touch too sweet, but not terribly so. The alcohol is a bit hot.


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