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


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RATINGS: 1365   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (6104) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a semi-opaque softly carbonated dark ruby red brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was brown malt sweet and Irish Red malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of mildly vinous brown malt wheat and mild candy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 30, 2008
Dark red-brown color, not a foamy, minimal head (huge alcohol percentage...). The aroma is like a mountain of chocolate, a river of alcohol and a cloud of fruits. And the taste. Picturesce, like the aroma. Sweet, syrupy liquid with chocolate, raisins and cherries. The big alcohol percentage is hidden behind the complex flavour. You can feel the roasted malt on the tongue with the sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a dark brown with minimal light brown head. Smells of fruity alcohol, almost wine-like. Tastes pleasantly sweet, with a syrupy mouthfeel and after-taste. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste. Overall...a nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (9011) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 Bottle thanks to the Champion. Pours a dark brown with a thin light brown head. The aroma is mostly dark fruits with some candy and sugary qualities. The taste is really sweet and syrupy; dark fruits, melted candies and chocolate, dark sweet cherries, molasses and some malt. Just like the description; a Belgian brown ale. Interesting, really sweet but good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2117) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Aroma of sweet malts and some grains. Amber color with a small brown head. Sweet flavor throughout with a light amount of bitterness developing in the middle and a little alcohol in the finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BlackOut (43) - East End, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2008
Great beer, got myself a 0.7L ($8.99 from MGM-not cheap) big boy today, wow, what a break! Totally love the richness of it, will go nicely with a meat dinner. Although rich in alcohol but cant taste it straight away, it kinda comes in later and not with a bang but very smoothly, will drink again and recommend to anyone!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jaminjimmy (6) - Clayton, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
Great richness with malty and roasted barley flavors, slightly sweet with toasty flavor. may go well with a touch of goat or lamb. Over all I just think alone it may be OK but to drink an 11% beer and this is all I get I would be a bit let down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3650) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
This one is pretty high powered and and subtle in its power. First impression is of a spicy malty drink. Slowly the sweetness comes through with some purple fruit flavors. There is a cordial liquor sort of quality to this beer that is unique. On tap at the brickstore. Poured a reddish brown with a big off white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Deep amber, slight head, part of BJCP training session courtesy of maniac. Aroma was raisin, a hint of perfume, and bread. Flavor matched, definitely malt accented. Seemed simplistic in comparison to the Rochefort and Gouden Carolus we had previously, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (9140) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a light tan head. Fig, raisin, yeast, light roast aroma. Rich caramel, light sweetness, fig, raisin flavor with molasses and brown sugar. Full bodied. Lingering caramel, fruit (plum, raisin), and slight sweetness. Nicely done - not overly complex, but good. Alcohol slightly present.

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