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


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RATINGS: 1358   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 12/20
Villyzzz (364) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours black with medium sized off-white head. Aroma is fruity with caramel and hints of booze. Taste has sweetness, malts and caramel. Okay not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
m.mahu (186) - Iasi, ROMANIA - MAR 2, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with nice beige foam. Smells like candy and plums. Taste like brown sugar, plums, raisins, sweet spices. Sweet aftertaste. Warming alcohol, well hidden. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
romshah (9) - Beaurains, FRANCE - FEB 25, 2017 does not count
On tap in Baramousse in Arras, Served in a nice glass. Nice dark beer but looks a little creamy. Taste is nice, little bitterness but goes after 2 seconds. Taste is slightly fruity and little spicy. Very nice strong beer which you cant taste the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (8814) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2017
on tap at saint-bock, mtl. unclear medium dark brown pour with a nice creamy beige head offering good retention and lacing. demerara sugars, spicy chocolate, brown caramelized belgian nutty maltiness - surprisingly leaning a bit more towards chocolate which is slightly unusual in belgian brews, some berry fruitiness, also with dried raisin notes, loads of belgian spices - cloves, coriander, cinnamon; oak wooden notes, chewy fruity belgian yeast action. bright carbonation, medium body - and surprisingly not too heavy at this abv; semi-sweet and kind of hot spicy finish. complex, tasty and authentic high-gravity brown belgian ale, but not exactly my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2986) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle. Deep Reddish-Brown in colour. Very malty (toffee, candy sugar, lots of chocolate, roasty malts). Spicy (cinnamon, coriander, clove). Fruity (dark fruits, raisins). Yeasty in the taste (but no floaties). Warming alcohol very evident. Very sweet. Too sweet! (2008)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
simontomlinson (228) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Creamy beige head stayed well on a still, dark brown body. Dark fruits, demerara sugar & spice aroma. Thick bodied, creamy mouth feel, minimal carbonation, so smooth. Sweet, sugary tastes to the fore with blackberry, brown sugar & blackcurrant followed by a back of lighter fruits, peach & cherry. Very long fruity aft.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Michael27 (1652) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2017
Aus der Flasche getrunken (Hndlerlieferung). Dunkelbraun mit mchtig Schaum. In der Nase Malzaromen. Ziemlich s. Der Alkohol ist in dem weichen Krper gut eingebunden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (928) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark amber body, medium off white froth with good retention. Aroma of yeast, cheese, wet basement, spices and sugar. Taste of caramel, lots of sugar, yeast, molasses, spices and booze. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
PowY (499) - AUSTRIA - FEB 16, 2017
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark red-brown with a light brown head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt - caramel, hints of milk chocolate and nuts - along with some yeasty notes, ripe dark fruits. Full oily body with a low carbonation and a heavy sweetness. The flavor is very malty - molasses, brown sugar, honey - with some spices and alcohol in the finish. Very heavy; a real sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
guzgorog (825) - FRANCE - FEB 14, 2017
Robe brune, presque noire, reflets rubis, mousse beige moyenne. Nez alcool, caramel, candi. Bouche sucre, candi, caramel, pruneaux. Corps dense et liquoreux, du sucre, beaucoup de sucre, alcool qui tabasse, carbo moyenne, bonne longueur. Bire dense, trs alcoolise et sucre : coeurante.

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