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


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RATINGS: 1353   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HomerJ1967 (2) - ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
Heaven in a bottle Dark, malty, sweet, bitter, huge huge flavour. Could drink it forever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011
Name: Kasteel Donker
Date: November 01, 2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Appearance: brown
Aroma: sweet malt aroma
Flavor: big sweet flavor

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: ** /4

Name: Kasteel Brune
Date: January 26, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Appearance: muddy brown, big creamy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: light chocolate aroma
Flavor: chocolate covered candied fruit flavor, nice spicy character along with lots of complex esters provides some nice interplay, warming, light bitterness adds interest rather than balance

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scanovajr (675) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - AUG 28, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 A brown beer with a nice head. Aroma is sweet and toffee. Taste is roasted malt, sweet, toffee. Very nice mouthfeel and noticeable alcohol. Notes of burnt sugar

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Pours dark brown, with a small off white head. Smells of sweet malts, caramel, and a little nuttiness. The taste was very sweet, much sweeter than expected. Huge malty, caramel sweetness just masks most everything else.I was hoping for some smoky nutty flavors, but no go here. Sweet finish and aftertaste with not much balance. I was either disappointed, or unhappy it wasnt what I was expecting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
This Belgian Strong Ale pours a deep brown color from a 33cl bottle. Medium sized white beige foamy head. Aroma is baked bread, earthy and sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are very sweet, fruity, burnt sugar, plums, molasses and brown sugar. Some yeast and fruit esters here, but mostly the sweet malts. Nice soft mouthfeel. The flavor changes somewhat as it warms, it gets a little earthier and somewhat less sweet. Nice soft carbonation as well. Mouthfeel is soft and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2007
maybe i got a shitty bottle, but this just seems over sweetened to hide the alcohol and theres really not much else about this brew

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4531) - Burgos, SPAIN - AUG 2, 2007
Dark ruby-red beer with a small disappearing beige head. Aroma is of alcohol, toffee and sweet dried fruits. Taste is very sweet, fruity. Lacks bitterness, alcohol is too present and way too sweet. Not my favourite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TaxiDriver (1775) - Stadland, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2007
Bottle. Cola, alcoholic, malt, liquor, a little bit of caramel. Small off-white fizzy head, fully dimishing. Dark brown clear body. Sweet, a hint of bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, lively / fizzy carbonation. To alcoholic, to much carbonation - there are better ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Ruddy brown, with a small white head. Fairly powerful nose hints of Brown sugar, plums, dates, red apple, golden apple, caramel, toffee and a bit of barnyard. Flavor is extremely sweet and very fruity. Honestly, I think its a pretty tasty beer. Well hidden alcohol, with a balanced flavor. This is a fairly tasty, enjoyable Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lak20 (3) - Budars, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2007 does not count
A full-bodied velvety bier with a high alcohol percentage. The Syrah of beers. This is a heavy beer, but if drunk properly the alcohol is not overwhelming, it does not dominate the taste.

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