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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Bomber. Pours a very dark reddish-brown with a minuscule off-white head. Aroma is highly caramel malt with detectable chocolate and dark fruit (plum) notes. Taste is largely the same, though the beer is almost overwhelmingly sweet. Detectable alcohol burn on the finish. It’s not a bad beer by any stretch, but it’s a bit out of balance and the beer was almost impossible to finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Very dark maroon brown color. Shockingly small head and no carbonation. Either extremely high gravity or a stale beer. Chocolate and caramel smells. Malty sweet aroma and a smidge of hops to keep the sweetness from going too far. Sweet flavor goes too far as a taste though Plum sweet that dominates your tongue, way too much sugarness to enhoy much of this beer for an extended time. Palate is understandably thick. Yeah, its alcohol warm, but all the sugar and malt are too much. I will defer to much better balanced belguims.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kevd193213 (991) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bottle. Brownish amber pour with a nice tan head. Aroma of brown sugar and maple syrup. Taste of plum, yeast and brown sugar with alcohol present. Very sticky and thick, with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2008
Might be the best example of this style I’ve come across. Pours a deep brown with a good head. Has wonderful raisin and plum notes, very boozy tasting (in a good way). The mouthfeel is rich and thick without ever being sticky. Some wine-like flavors come through late. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 29, 2008
No 389
Rated: 03.05.2008
Bottle brown, 330 ml, 24.1P
Appearance: Pours deep rubby body colour, very intensive and practically black with only slight rubby reflaxes body. Body under the light seems medium to high carbonated, rather clear in body texture. Head is off - white, cappuccino like, frothy, when poured into ’Chimay’ glass initially medium slowly decreasing to small and than lasting for a long time, there is also quite nice lacing.
Aroma: Gently alcoholic warmth, good quality alcoholic drink, cognac, cherry liquor, mild aromatic herbal hops are present too in such a high alcoholic Belgian Ale, roasted grains are slightly felt too, , notes of dark chockolate, cappuccino like, slightly nutty accent, especially wallnut essence, a hint of blackcurrant, prune. Aroma is refreshing, nice and complex what makes it very pleasant and not disturbing due to high alcoholic content at all, mild chill in aroma is very present and a bit winy, especially red wine.
Flavour: Front is sweet and even sticky, than alcoholic warmth on palate being verypleasant and without any harshness, body is full with complex aromas being present during drinking, woody - nutty touch , some distinctive notes of burned barley grains, caramel malt, toffe, butterscoth, reminding a bit ’Strong Suffolk’, red wine, some accidity from mild carbonation on palate, very focused, essential, thick in its body, kind of flat, not dull though, in the aftertaste there is pleasant grainy, burned - roasty, dark bready touch than strenghtens itselfs when the beer get warmer on your palate, coffee liquor, reminding some Quadrupels or Abbey Dubbles (a bit strong). Finish duration is long.
Palate: Body is full, texture is sticky, thick, carbonation on palate is rather soft, finish feel is mildly alcoholic what makes it a great masterkraft anyway such a high alcohol content beer and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
33 cl bottle, bought in shop in Oostende. Dark reddish color, fine beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and dried fruit. Flavor is very sweet - too sweet - dried/dark fruit, malt and lots of alcohol. Unbalanced and not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Bottled. Pours dark/medium brown with a light brown head. Aroma is soggy bread, yeast, spices, and a hint of sweet cherry burried underneath it all. Flavor is very sweet with dark fruits dominating the profile. Some plum and fig both sweet with a hint of alcohol and then a even more sweet finish. Almost cloying.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Mine had a very unpleasant nose, of booze and rotten yeasty biscuits. Very unpleasant. This beer is just average in my book. The sweetness is very nice, but I don’t really care for the yeast and spice profile, which is very funky of currant and uncooked beans, as well as all the booze. This one doens’t hide its booze at all, which isn’t a bad thing if the flavors are fantastic that you want to feel them as well as taste them, but this just wasn’t it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 14, 2008
Urc la tipica birra che mi mette un po’ in difficolt: non potrei non definirla "buona", effettivamente la potrei anche consigliare... ma soggettivamente ha un elemento che mi spiazza, ed l’estrema (e dico davvero estrema) dolcezza. Non soffusa, aggressiva, proprio una botta enorme di dolce che ti spiazza ad ogni sorso e ti fa venir voglia di dire "basta" dopo poco. Per il resto notevole complessit, aroma molto particolare, sentore etilico davvero ridotto data la gradazione, aspetto fantastico (anche se la bellissima schiuma se ne scende presto).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Pours a cloudy dark rust brown color with a light brown head that doesnt last. Smells a little like a chocolate brownie. Or, actually, more like bread pudding with rum sauce. Taste is fairly like bread pudding with raisins and rum sauce as well. Bread, dark fruit, sugary sweetness, and alcohol. Slight hints of chocolate. The bready sweetness and alcohol lingers to form the finish.

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