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

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RATINGS: 1333   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Pours dark brown with light brown quick head. Nose is a typical brown belgian; brown sugar, syrup, spice, light hops, and booze. Flavor hits hard on fruit and earthy notes, finishing lighter. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Finish is sweet and long. Decent ale.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
buddybutch (72) - Nantes, FRANCE - JAN 8, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown color. Fruity aroma, light caramel. Really sweet, some cherry taste. The flavour you could have eating a black forest/fort noir cake. Really like it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RaduPopovici (20) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - JAN 7, 2017
Nice dark-brown color, with a ruby hue when kept in light. The head is small and not persistent. Aroma is mostly on the sweet side with hints of caramel, dark bread, dark fruits (raisins, dried figs and plums), chocolate and spices, maybe vanilla and cloves; also very moderate acid and alcoholic hints. Taste is also on the sweet side, with just a little bitterness but enough to make a balance and not let the sweetness to become overwhelming. Same hints of dark bread, dark fruits, caramel, chocolate and spices. Low carbonation and full body, creamy, warm and velvety in the mouth. Besides the sweetness, the beer is thirst quenching and easy to drink. It is a robust beer, but nevertheless a complex and refined one. Its tasty and aromatic, with a well integrated alcohol, great when paired with food and desserts. What else could you ask from a beer?

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
basjansen14 (87) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2017
Bier ruikt zeer en zeer zoet. Smaak is wederom zeer zoet, smaakt alsof er 20 suikerklontjes inzitten. Zo zoet dat het niet meer lekker is.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vincentvega72 (502) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2016 9 jaar oude fles (75 cl) gedronken. Mooi donkerbruin bier. Bijna geen schuimkraag en carbonatie meer. Mooi dik robuust aroma en volle smaak van porto, noten, hout, cognac, pruimen, rozijntjes. Warme lange afdronk. Zeer soepel in de mond. Zacht voor zijn 11 %. Zeer lekker degustatiebier.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rumore (184) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 20, 2016
From the tap at FOB, Rimini, Italy. Pours almost completely black, worth irregular white foam. Aroma is relatively intense of licorice, fruits under spirits. Body is dense, with lots of stickiness and some carbonation tickling the tongue. Taste starts sweet, very sweet, but with bitterness emerging later. Finish is long and sweet, with some more carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sam22 (3) - FRANCE - DEC 13, 2016 does not count
Une bire qui de prime abord ne paye pas de mine, oui elle est forte mais cel ne se ressent pas en bouche immediatement. De nombreux aromes sexpriment et cest plaisant

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (3288) - SPAIN - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle 33cl @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. A: Dark brown. T: Malt, caramel, raisins.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rotaldinho (177) - Paris, FRANCE - NOV 28, 2016
Dark brown, ruby red, malt, dried/candied fruit, alcohol, yeast, plum, slight raisin, Oily, pleasant aftertaste

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JamesMcGowan (2) - KINGSTON UPON THAMES, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2016 does not count
This is, and remains, one of my absolute favourite beers for the winter months. I can taste caramel, dates, sherry, molasses and a hint of dark malt with an aftertaste thats intensely sweet but never cloying. Not at all viscous, and with very little head. I had this on tap once and it was absolutely exceptional. Highly recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (935) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2016
33cl bottle enjoyed at home in a snifter glass on 15-Nov-2016. Dark brown with a thick beige coloured head, which settles down quickly leaving nice lacing. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, cocoa, spices and caramel. Full body and medium carbonation. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt and dark berries - tart, light sweetness but surprisingly smooth for 11% ABV.


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