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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1346   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Shared with aspidites, BeerDaveC007 and my brother. An interesting Belgian beer to say the least. Lots and lots of residual sweetness left in this ale, but it works to its advantage because what it creates is a beer that should be enjoyed for a long time (sipper) and in good company. The beer pours out a slightly cloudy chocolatey brown hue, soft red highlights with a foamy white cap. Aroma that I could first smell was the sweet malts. A bit of candy-like toffee too but mostly a pleasant sweetness. Flavors are really sweet, but never cloying in any way. Said candy-bar like toffee, maybe a little molasses and the sweet malts really are front and center with this beer. Excellent mouthfeel. Creamy and velvety thru and thru. A fantastic Belgian beer that I will be keeping an eye out for.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a clear mohogany color with some tan head and plenty of lacing. Smells of dried and candied dark fruit, fig, rasins and very earthy. Taste is very complex. The earthy notes are the backbone to a nice and sweet fig, dried fruit and almost some cherry. Gets a little medicinal taste in the finish as it warms up. Full in the mouth but ever so smoooth. Very drinkable for such a high ABV brew. A delish experience indeed that must be tried.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Appearance is ok, the head dissapates almost completely away, but holds a good sticky lacing. Smell is spicy and has a pepper smell. Very little flowery smells, with small traces of cloves, nutmeg, burnt sugar and dark fruit. Sweet and spicy, I really enjoyed the taste. Burnt sugar is thick and overpowering with flavor. Dark fruit, grape taste. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated, pretty smooth. I would love to drink more of this beer if it was in my area, I would go looking for it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep ruby with almost no head, fine lacing, but does not last very long. Aroma is sweet, and the alcohol is noticable. Flavor is very sweet with a slight alcohol burn. For some reason it is very pleasant. Raisins, plums, brown sugar, alcohol and spice. Delicious and warming. Makes a great beer for a cold winter day.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle from South Bay. Dark ruby in color upon pouring. Slightly sweet aroma with dark roasted maltiness. Somewhat vinous. Sweet dark fruit start of the flavor. Full flavored malts. Good fruitiness with a rich maltiness. Some alcohol. Bottled in March.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2007
Bottle,33cl. Pours a clear-looking, ruby brown with a medium-sized, dense, beige head leaving nice lacings. The aroma is lovely, with some alcohol to follow the dried fruits, a note of dark cherries, a little sugary note and some spicyness. Theres also some hops and a hint of coffee in the far background. I really like it, but still I fell I miss something. Dont know what though. The flavor starts quite sugary, maybe too sugary, with dried fruits playing a major part, as well as bitterness, a cherry-like note and some spices. And alcohol of course. It is quite full-bodied, but still easy to drink, but of course, the warming feeling send a warning not to drink too much of it. It finishes with alcohol, dried fruits, hints of spices and a weak bitterness. Sure a delicious beer worth repeating. Unfortunately my last bottle... (071218(

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - DEC 18, 2007
Nice dark brown, almost black, appearance, with a creamy disappearing tan head. Quite strong notes of over ripe fruits, malty sweetness, but not that clean. Slight buttery notes and ethilic waves punches nose as it warms in its horrible original glass. Very complex in mouth but way too sweet for me.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Interesting beer. Tastes like sweet dark fruit and a little bit of spices. Light, slightly alcoholic finish. Smooth, full bodied, and lightly carbonated. Tastes like a sweet port wine. Complex taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Berge (5) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2007 does not count
Pours very dark brown almost black with small off white head that lasts not quite long enough. Smells of sweet malt and a little spice and alcohol to me. Full body thats is smooth. Sweetness is definitely there as is the strong malt character which is not over powered by the alcohol (although it is strong). Very enjoyable and would be a great winter warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2007
Brown/black with a moderate head. The aroma has notes of caramel and fruit in a rather complex combination. The flavour has sweetness and notes of caramel, raisins, dates and other fruits. The alcohol isnt very obvious. A really nice and complex one.


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