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


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RATINGS: 1333   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 12C (54F) (Translation by Martinus)

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1768) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 11.2 oz bottle. Pours to a curious depleted brown, with a caramelly tan head. The aroma brings to mind almond and brown sugar. Immediately apparent is the unmistakeable flavor of Chardonnay - buttery, dry, and sweet, followed by cashew, more brown sugar, and maple syrup. Delicious and surprising, to say the least. This could be the beer-lovers wedding champagne.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
ArendH (7) - BRUCHEM, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2006 does not count
This is a very tastefull beer. Very dark. I have several in my basement. You can keep them there for a long time and when its time to whipe of the dust... sante!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2006
750ml bottle. Cork dated 11/2003. Best by 11/2008. Pours a hazy brown with hints of red. Thin tan head. Lots of sheeting lace. Smells fruity. Rich caramel and vinous aromas. Rich and fruity flavor. Alcohol still present in this nearly three year old sample. Sweetish and candy sugar flavore. Hints of plum and notes of port. Big beer, thick and sticky mouth although the low level of alcohol taste dries it out, keeps the sweetness in check. This is some nice brew. Some more for the cellar is in order.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (17225) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Decent head with medium duration. Color is brown. Heavy aroma of fruits and spices. Taste is sweet and fruity with some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3626) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2006
750 thanks to Vyvvy for sharing. plum hue with a soff off-white soapy head. nose of vineous red grapes, like a red wine, dark fruit, musty leather quality and plums. wow, this is a sweet one. lots of dark fruit with a hard candy note as well. body is medium with a cloying sweetness. red grape skins on the finish. way too much sweetness here-needs some dryness to round out the brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (6058) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Cork date 08-2004. Pours dark brown with garnet tint - there didnt 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dkoonce (911) - Peoples Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pours dark brown with a thin head. The aroma is alcohol and raisins. Sweet and smooth, with a good bit of raisin and licorice in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUL 30, 2006
750ml bottle, cork is dated Mar. 2004. Malty, sweet and fruity aroma, toffeeish, sugary and lightly bready with notes of red grape, black cherry, plum and raisin. Deep mahogany color, initial pour is clear with a fine, uneven, light tan head and sheets of fine lace. Flavor profile is predominantly malty, full of brown sugary sweetness with vinous and lightly musty accents, finishing with a noticeably alcoholic, spicy tinge. Palate is smooth, sticky and warming, low in effervescence with a body that is quite full. Interesting but not a lot of complexity noted here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3618) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a huge moslty lasting light brown head. Aroma and taste of sweet malts caramel, fruits and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rederic (3293) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
Anno 2005, dark brown mahogany color, with some reddish highlights, with a beige head, but falling quickly, fruity nose of plums, raisins, dates, hint of molasses, brown sugar, toasted malt, with a port cherryish accent, sweet malty aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a smooth sweet malty, syrupy, fruity character of plums, raisins, dates, with some roasted, caramelized malts, with a nice port-like flavor, hint of molasses, brown sugar,leading towards a sweet alcoholic warmth malty finish.

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