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

bottled
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on tap
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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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3176) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
A rich fruity beer with some caramel and dark fruit flavors, looks great with its cloudy appearance. This is a real winner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3332) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a deep brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dark malts, fruit, and some toffee. Flavor is full bodied and complex with raisins, dark fruits, brown sugar, caramel, and some belgian spices with a nice warming alcohol finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2007
750ml bottle with Kasteelbier Bruin-Brune label. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown with a minimal fizzy head. Aroma has caramel, refreshing alcohol and bits of malt here and there. Flavor isnt strong... beginning is creamy and fizzy, the finish is long with lots of crisp alcohol. Even though this one doesnt mask the alcohol at all, it doesnt overpower any of the other qualities and incorporates itself nicely. A nice beer, but not the best belgian brown Ive had and certainly not in the top 20 list. Ill only come back to this one if its cheap.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15777) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2007
Deep amber brown with a fine red hew & creamy off white head. Aroma is sweet - malty caramel, bready, sugary, light alcohol & dark fruits. Soft & filling body/texture. Sweet taste - Sugar, malts & slight alcohol warmth. Very complex & well made. Light Vinous & warm with a long finish.. Very great!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12305) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle @ Samson, Nijmegen. Deep red with only a thin film head - lightly off white. Aroma is bready, dried fruits, raisins, some grapes; very nice fruity aroma all in all. Wondeful mouthfeel. Very sweet, lightly vinious, caramel, plums, raisins. Warms me up nicely. Perhaps a little too sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7660) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
as "Kasteel Bier Bruin - Brune", Bottled 06/2006. Drank today. Extremely sweet beer, with a heavy alcohol flavor. Overall it isnt bad, but extremely sweet, as it warms it becomes more difficult to drink (at least for me).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Chef Pauls. 11.2 oz bottle. Aroma of cherries and almonds, muddy brown color. First taste was overwhelming of sweetness and alcohol, gotta sip this thing to let the flavors come through. Very very sweet, wow. Did I mention the alcohol? Flavor and consistency was like a port. Some licorice. Heavy, boozy, sweet. Quite unique.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
2/8/05 330ml. Belgianshop. Dark brown with no head. Sweet caramel, stale aroma with alcohol noted. Malty sweet with a slight sharp yeasty taste. Too sweet by the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (3612) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2010 Dark, redish brown with a tiny white head. Sweet with malty tones. Malt, fruit and alcohol. Full body with a sweet finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2010 Rerated after a trip to Kulminator where they had Kaseel Cuvee on tap. Original rating 4.3. Almost black with a brown head. Aroma is spicy with eu hops and loads of dark fruits, figs and dades along with some strong porty notes. Flavor is smooth with sweet balanced fruity notes, cane suger and port like alchohol. Awsome <Thanks to Beerbiker> Served abit too cold, but took my time to warm it up, which changed the beer dramaticly. Fizzy carbonation and leads to a huge brown collapsing head. Aroma is sweet like brown sugar, full of dark fruit esters and a very intense vinouse nose. Flavor was lovely vinouse also, with a very wellbalanced warming alchohol, and a nice fruity mouth aroma. Nice.


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