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

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RATINGS: 1367   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 12įC (54įF) (Translation by Martinus)

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2.8
nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
The aroma is sweet and fruity with dark fruit and yeast. The appearance is dark brown with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is OK. The beer is good.

3.9
Palidor19 (3186) - 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
Beerdedone (3401) - 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
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 isnít strong... beginning is creamy and fizzy, the finish is long with lots of crisp alcohol. Even though this one doesnít mask the alcohol at all, it doesnít overpower any of the other qualities and incorporates itself nicely. A nice beer, but not the best belgian brown Iíve had and certainly not in the top 20 list. Iíll only come back to this one if itís cheap.

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16056) - 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
thewolf (12535) - 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
radagast83 (8011) - 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 isnít bad, but extremely sweet, as it warms it becomes more difficult to drink (at least for me).

3.8
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Chef Paulís. 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
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
thomat (3830) - GŲteborg, 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.


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