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


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RATINGS: 1343   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 12°C (54°F) (Translation by Martinus)

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Maria (10211) - 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 isn’t very obvious. A really nice and complex one.

dirkbreedveld (289) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2007
Very malty aroma’s 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.

MarkBarnes (419) - 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%, it’ll put the lights out for you too. ;-)

tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
Cola brun klar øl uden skum. Duft: Meget viniøs, let karamel og let gær. Egetræ. Metalisk. Smag: Kraftig, stærk, varm, meget sød. Samg af malt og mørke bær. Sirup agtig. Tør varm eftersmag. Meget alcohol - flad.

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

dwyerpg (6410) - 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.

Svesse (8786) - Hässelby, 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.

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.

DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2015 Re-rate 1/15: Bottle shared at a mini-tasting in Yuvalim. As "Kasteel Brune". 2008 bottle. Dark brown with no head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, a chocolate note and oxidation. Sweet flavor with dark fruits, sherry, cardboard and alcohol. Medium-bodied. Too sweet and boozy. 5/3/5/3/10=2.6

Re-rate 3/4/09: Bottle. Sweet, alcoholic, plenty or dark fruits and caramel. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5

Bottle sample as "Kasteel Brune" at a beer festival in Kibbutz Ma’abarot. Deep red color. Nose of malt, dark fruits, some yeast and notes of alcohol. Sweet malt flavor with dark fruits and a spicy finish. Medium to full-bodied. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Nice. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7

EKGoldings (668) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Yuk. Way too sweet for me. Nice malt and toffee aroma, but the taste made me gag.

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