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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: 1334   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yeah (7) - Aveiro, PORTUGAL - MAY 24, 2008 does not count
Extreme toffe taste and malty. Good appearence, small head but good color. Brown murky body. Great and lasting sweet flavor. Soft on carbonation and a creamy texture. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4143) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
330ml bottle from GM Liquors, Bakersfield; Bottled on 3/28/07; Nose of candi-sugar, caramel, and a ltlle bit of prunes; clear, dark red-brown with a medium, glass-lacing, beige head; flavor is sweet raisins, yeast, and caramel; finish is weeet and alcohol warmth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ahalloin (54) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Out of the small bottle. Pours a dark brown (almost black) with medium head and decent lacing that lingers a bit. The aroma is of cinnamon, dark fruits (namely plum), and carmelly candy sugar. The flavor is incredibly complex with the palate morphing through various flavors. The nose is of a big malty mouthfeel which gives way to a sweet unmistakably Belgian flavor and then it finishes strong with some tartness and a bit of alcohol. There also seems to be a good deal of carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Pours light amber with faint fruity aroma.dry cola flavor with plums but refreshing a d not sticky sweet. Very drinkable. Could have use just al little more butte. But ots nicely balanced . I dso it again.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - MAY 13, 2008
No. Many strong ales do a wonderful job of hiding thier especially strong alcohol content. This Donker fails miserably. Far too strong, this complex mess is undrinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle. Deep mahogany, lasting tan head, lacing. Aroma of red delicious including the skin and dark spots. Some dates too. Smooth mouthfeel, gets smoother as it warms. Sweet apple throughout the flavors: a rather simplistic profile with lots of sweet, some alcohol, and not much else. Mellow, warming, nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foodtraveller (61) - BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 I definitely like this beer, but it is a beer for after a meal almost as a dessert. Rather sweet, with freshness and complexity even if lot of caramel in there.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Geuzelambix (243) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2008
One hell of a sweet beer. Maybe it will be better in front of a fireplace after a walk in the snow - since when we had it (or my friends did) in Ghent, it was too sweet and not suited for the meal we were eating.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (3278) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - APR 23, 2008
0.33L bottle. Deep dark brown with burgundy red taintes, Small head dissapearing almost instantly. Rich malty nose upfront, later coffee notes and some yeasty notes which are a little skunky. Flavour dominated by sweet dark chocolate wiyh some friutness behind. The sweetness is to strong and a bit cloying carring into a long aftertaste which is overly sweet. Body is medium to full.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
jbuzz (817) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2008
A tasting at Three Cellars Milwaukee. I found this to be too sweet. With nice carbonation, raisin flavor, caramel, maple syrup. Still not bad.


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