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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%
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 12C (54F) (Translation by Martinus)

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (2291) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 12, 2017
Tap at Mad for Beer in Rome-Italy. Dark brown-caramel pour, ivory Belgian foam. Nose: cocoa, dates, raisins. Mouth: sweet molasses, more residual sugar, mild bitter end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chris__hartley (442) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2017
It pours opaque mahogany; the head is off beige and foamy. The aroma has notes of: Belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, plums, toffee, bubblegum, butterscotch, and raisins. The taste is heavy sweet. The palate is full bodied, and oily; the carbonation is medium; the finish is long. Overall, its a little cloying, but definitely a good sipper.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
portwood (264) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2017 Dried figs, raisins, caramel, rum soaked cherries. Flat carbonation, thick syrupy mouth feel. Very sweet, caramel, toffee, dried fruits. (bottle bb Jun 2020) Bottle bb Sep 2021: more lively and less sweet, half point better

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zarrach76 (216) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 10, 2017
Aprs une Vzelay Ginger Beer Bio plate et dcevante, on change de braquet dans la foule avec cette Kasteel Donker, et pas quun peu ! En voici une bire qui est taille pour gravir la pente ( moins que ce ne soit la descendre trop vite !). Belle verse brune transparente avec des reflets rubis profonds absolument sublimes, jai rarement vu une aussi belle teinte pourpre dans mon verre ! Petite mousse de circonstance, ivoire tendance beige, avec des bulles bien fines. Nez envoutant sur les malts chocolat, un alcool de haute ligne, les fruits rouges, la pche de vigne, la banane, lananas, labricot bien mr, le pruneau, la cerise noire, lorange, la goyave, le poivre, la mlasse, le caramel, la vanille, le coing, le miel, la datte... Que de beaux armes, avec un quilibre, un arrondi et une sorte de malice trs agrable et suave. En bouche, texture ultra souple et liquoreuse, alcool bien chaud qui soutient les armes et leur laisse toute la latitude pour quils sexpriment, sucres bien prsents et organiques (mme si on sent en arrire bouche un ct dulcorant pas du meilleur effet), carbonatation correct et amertume douce, propre au style, donc jamais en force mme si sur le final elle sexprime vritablement. Le final justement, bois, rond, sur des saveurs de sirop drable, de cuir, de rsineux, cette amertume qui contrebalance parfaitement les malts, le cacao, la levure, la noix et bien entendu lalcool. A ce propos, on dirait presque un Barley Wine dans le ct trs liquoreux ce qui ne manque de piquer ma curiosit (et mon plaisir !). Une grande bire qui possde de superbes armes (en plus de lapparence), une attaque ronde qui frle la perfection mais ne latteint (malheureusement ) pas, et ce qui mon sens est LE point fort de cette bire, un sublime final riche et long. Presque un sans faute ! Bouteille 75cl, V&B Grenoble.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evilman (210) - Taverny, FRANCE - JAN 21, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2017 That?s what I?m talking about. Perfect for my taste. A splendid beer, strong character and alcohol level, deep taste, and a pleasant bitterness overall. Alcohol is present in mouth, but in a good way, giving the aftertaste even more personality. Somewhat similar to Gulden Draak, which is definitely not a bad thing, and makes a perfect combination for strong beer lovers. Mandatory! APPROVED BY TAVERNY?S BLACK METAL CREW!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
buddybutch (96) - Nantes, FRANCE - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color. Fruity aroma, light caramel. Really sweet, some cherry taste. The flavour you could have eating a black forest/fort noir cake. Really like it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RaduPopovici (20) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - JAN 7, 2017
Nice dark-brown color, with a ruby hue when kept in light. The head is small and not persistent. Aroma is mostly on the sweet side with hints of caramel, dark bread, dark fruits (raisins, dried figs and plums), chocolate and spices, maybe vanilla and cloves; also very moderate acid and alcoholic hints. Taste is also on the sweet side, with just a little bitterness but enough to make a balance and not let the sweetness to become overwhelming. Same hints of dark bread, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and spices. Low carbonation and full body, creamy, warm and velvety in the mouth. Besides the sweetness, the beer is thirst quenching and easy to drink. It is a robust beer, but nevertheless a complex and refined one. Its tasty and aromatic, with a well integrated alcohol, great when paired with food and desserts. What else could you ask from a beer?

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
basjansen14 (256) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2017
Bier ruikt zeer en zeer zoet. Smaak is wederom zeer zoet, smaakt alsof er 20 suikerklontjes inzitten. Zo zoet dat het niet meer lekker is.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (617) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2016 9 jaar oude fles (75 cl) gedronken. Mooi donkerbruin bier. Bijna geen schuimkraag en carbonatie meer. Mooi dik robuust aroma en volle smaak van porto, noten, hout, cognac, pruimen, rozijntjes. Warme lange afdronk. Zeer soepel in de mond. Zacht voor zijn 11 %. Zeer lekker degustatiebier.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rumore (383) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 20, 2016
From the tap at FOB, Rimini, Italy. Pours almost completely black, worth irregular white foam. Aroma is relatively intense of licorice, fruits under spirits. Body is dense, with lots of stickiness and some carbonation tickling the tongue. Taste starts sweet, very sweet, but with bitterness emerging later. Finish is long and sweet, with some more carbonation.


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