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


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RATINGS: 1363   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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fonefan (49293) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2010
Draught @ 15e Kerstbierfestival 2009, Essen, Belgium.
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, chocolate, licorice, light alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20091212]
Earlier Rating: 8/3/2006 Total Score: 4
Bottle. Dark brown with a large creamy light brown head, mostly diminishing, good lacings. Aroma heavy malty , brown fruit, light hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, light bitter, in a good balance. Medium body, soft carbonated. You feel the alcohol.

yespr (45443) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2010 33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a redish tone, head is light brown and crispy leaving some lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark malt notes and bitter/citric rounded off by a yeasty spicy note. Flavour is extremely sweet, malt notes drowning in the sugar. Warming alcohol finish with distinct yeast notes. Fullbodied. At first does the classical fruit notes that come from the yeast completely blend out by the rather brutal sweetness, but for every sip they provide a more sofisticated palate to the sweetness showing some raisin and other dried fruit notes. This is clearly a beer for slow sipping. I won’t have this as my favourite beer for that though.

Ungstrup (37574) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2003
A brown or dark red beer with an OK but fast disappearing head. The aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. The flavor is fanstastic; very sweet, fruity, and complex. It ends on an earthy note - but with a good sweetness and notes of oranges. It has no bitterness at all. A really good beer with a good palate, but a little too sweet, and not bitter enough for my liking.

joergen (28108) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2005
Draught at Ølbaren. Redbrown colour with a lacing beige head. Sweet aroma of dried fruit. Sweet flaovur of dried fruit, dark bread and chocolate. Reminds me a bit of dansih low alcohol’s (mørk hvidtøl). But this one is, of course, more powerfull.

oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2005
Bottle (Kasteel Bruin-Brune). Clean brown, little brownish head. Malty sweet aroma. Caramel/malty taste with a bit bitter finish. Good feeling in the mouth, taste of alcohol is well hidden.

omhper (25113) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2003
Bottled. Comes in a real classy shallow tulip glass. Pours dark ruby with rich head. Toffee aroma, and once it is warmed up also roasted malt and burnt sugar. Sweet vinous and very malty. In a way quite remimiscent of a full bodied red wine. The mouthfeel is soft and it is arousingly flavourful. The balanced finish contains a slight trace of hop bitterness to balance the port wine.

Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Very dark and extremely full-bodied. A pruny sweetness with loads of malt. A bit flat actually. A very complex strong ale. Try it from the beautiful Kasteel-glass at the castle grounds in Ingelmunster. 100993

madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2014
16th October 2014
Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is light and semi dry. Light fine carbonation. Very sweet malts, caramel. Candy fruits and sweet bubblegum ester. Little spice. Touch of ripe fruits. Light semi dry finish. Some alcohol heat and spice. Comes together well but it’s a fairly sweet beer.

Travlr (24755) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Maroon color, medium brown head. Aroma of butterscotch. flavor has caramel candy - very sweet.
Earlier Rating: 1/24/2010 Total Score: 4.6
Draught at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Courtesy of Nahim, thank you sir! Deep ruby red color with a 3-bubble head. Aroma of candied chocolate covered cherries and vanilla. Flavor of Christmas fruitcake and bread, with a licorice finish. Amazingly complex. A real winner.

cgarvieuk (24465) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle at home... had this one a while... thought it was about time ... deep brown ... big bubbly tan head ...sweet toffee ... brown suger ... little yeast .... very sweet sugers ... some plums ... little tart raisins ... rich smooth ... quite deep and rich ... really quite tasty

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