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


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RATINGS: 1359   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 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirkbreedveld (289) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2007
Very malty aromas from draft. Good steady foam, off white creamy apperance. To sweet to make it drinkable, to heavy in alcohol. For me to overpowering due to the alcohol. Can be a good beer to rest for a few years, and see how it develops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarkBarnes (414) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2007 Nov. 25, 2007; 1/9.4 bottle. Dark, porter-like appearance. Spicy, fig/alcohol aroma. Sugary-sweet malt & fruit flavors dominate the taste. The sweetness is nearly-overpowering -- the only obvious flaw of this beer. With a little more hop profile, this would make a decent Quadrupel. Very much a dessert/apertif-type brew that would be a good substitute for the obligatory port after a fine European-style meal.. And, at 11%, itll put the lights out for you too. ;-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
Cola brun klar l uden skum. Duft: Meget vinis, let karamel og let gr. Egetr. Metalisk. Smag: Kraftig, strk, varm, meget sd. Samg af malt og mrke br. Sirup agtig. Tr varm eftersmag. Meget alcohol - flad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Very sweet as Kastel beers are but a bit too sweet for my palate. Decent job of covering the alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5951) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 17, 2007
A nice sweet aroma. A crazy flavor too, almost so sweet that it covers all the alcohol. If you can get past the sweetness this is quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (8359) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2007
(Bottle, Akkurat, Stockholm, 17 Nov 2007) Dark brown colour with ruby hints, brief beige head. Malty nose with dark bread, brown sugar and hints of berries (blueberries or black-currant). Malty taste with notes of dark danish rye bread, chocolate, black-currant and marzipan. Full body. Fairly sweet and with an obvious alcohol bite, but still in good balance. Nice, hearty and warming.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Redish brown body with very little head. Smooth with flavors and acidity reminiscent of red wine like cherrie, but still has tons of malt flavor.

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