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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1333   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xik (16) - FRANCE - OCT 3, 2016
Trs belle robe brune reflets rouge, une mousse lgre avec une couleur "fume". Le nez est magnifique, on sent certes lalcool et le sucre mais il flotte au dessus du verre une apptissante odeur de pain dpice. Le nez de la Kasteel Donker est un must, peu de bires ont un arme aussi riche et agrable. Niveau got nous sommes sur une bire sucre, lamertume est subtile et narrive quen toute fin de bouche, et encore, trs lgre. on trouve en bouche une pointe de rglisse peine suggre, et un gout de prune trop mres. La carbonation est presque parfaite. La texture trs crmeuse et son got fruit sucr en font une bire trs gourmande. Bref une rfrence absolue en matire de bire sucre.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LLeitao (2) - Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2016 does not count
Pours smoothly with little head. Excellent aroma and taste. Strong ABV of 11% with very little IBUS. Nice mouthfeel and taste improves as it warms.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
puboflyons (3233) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2016
From the corked, caged 2011 750 ml bottle. Beautiful looking mahogany brown with a small head that fades quickly. But despite being as dark as it is the clarity is excellent. The aroma is an inviting caramel malt sweetness, brown sugar, molasses, and bread but little to no hop profile and zero booze for 11%. Smooth medium to full body. The sweetness overtakes all of the tasting experiences in this beer but there is also a keen warming at the end. So mellow and soft. A great beer for my 3,100th RB review.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10763) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Big head on this Belgianesque brown ale. Almost a gusher. Big carbonation, earthy and malty notes, caramel and chocolate with some zesty Belgian yeast. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kittenbieer (132) - LYON, FRANCE - SEP 26, 2016
Belle robe brune avec des reflets rouges carmin,lgrement trouble , une petite mousse ivoire peu persistante et une bonne carbonatation.De cette bire schappent des armes de malt ,de prunes et sucre candi.Larrive en bouche est extraordinaire avec cette douceur et ce velout tout en ayant un lger ct "piquant.Le sucre et lalcool se font sentir mais trs subtilement.En fin de bouche,nous restons sur une douce amertume mle cet ensemble harmonieux.Excellente Kasteel !!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
appiantiqua (132) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 26, 2016
Gote dans un verre Kasteel. Dbut de dgustation aux environs de 10. Trs belle robe brun sombre rubis, mousse beige peu persistante et carbonatation faible. Le nez entre sur des touches vineuses puis arrivent des armes furtifs et subtils qui imposeront dautres dgustations.... Le got est trs doux avec des saveurs chocolates et de pruneau mais aussi une belle et agrable amertume. La finale est longue et douce sur un alcool chaleureux et bienvenu. Cette bire dmontre avant tout que le sucre mme trs prsent nest pas un problme et devient mme un atout lorsquil est NATUREL! Une excellente quadruple : agrable, riche et complexe. 17,5/20

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1531) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Aroma is booze, butterscotch, slight bubblegum, slight wood, caramel, fruity, spice. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head, somewhat clear. Taste is sweet, booze, candy, almost cloying, caramel, dark fruit, spices, wood, eh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light crisp carbonation, really sweet woody booze aftertaste. Overall, not as good as Chateau, but still drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Piw (941) - Rsselsheim, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2016
330ml Flasche. Klar und schwarz mit durchschnittlicher Schaumkrone. Maziges und wrziges Aroma. Intensiver Geschmack. Voller Krper.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaserov (367) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 5, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2016 Color negro, opaco, con capa de espuma blanca de dos dedos de grosor (retencin decente). No mucha carbonatacin. Aroma a fruta, azcar, caramelo y algo de alcohol (muy dulzn). Sabor dulzn de nuevo, con presencia de alguna fruta, caramelo y de algo de malta tostada. Todo muy dulzn. Aparte de la apariencia y de la posibilidad de que esta birra mejore con el paso del tiempo, lo mejor que puedo decir de Kasteel Donker es que sus 11 estn increblemente disimulados. Se bebe sola, pero no aporta mucho. Una clsica Belgian Strong Ale que me cuesta entender.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Andrew196 (1624) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle to glass - murky cola colour, light beige head, spritzy. Aroma of grape/raisin, some yeast. Taste is weird, grape taffy, some earthiness, notes of spearmint, bubblegum. Well masked ABV, not boozy at all. Didnt come across as a beer in clamoring to finish... To much sweet grape for me.


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