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

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RATINGS: 1344   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeatyPete (987) - - JUN 24, 2013
Dark brown beer with beige foam head that looks like an espresso. Wow what is this sweet. Taste like Vitamalz. Sweetness masks the high alcohol content what makes this a sneaky one.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2660) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2017
Bottle. Deep Reddish-Brown in colour. Very malty (toffee, candy sugar, lots of chocolate, roasty malts). Spicy (cinnamon, coriander, clove). Fruity (dark fruits, raisins). Yeasty in the taste (but no floaties). Warming alcohol very evident. Very sweet. Too sweet! (2008)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
simontomlinson (149) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Creamy beige head stayed well on a still, dark brown body. Dark fruits, demerara sugar & spice aroma. Thick bodied, creamy mouth feel, minimal carbonation, so smooth. Sweet, sugary tastes to the fore with blackberry, brown sugar & blackcurrant followed by a back of lighter fruits, peach & cherry. Very long fruity aft.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Michael27 (1408) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2017
Aus der Flasche getrunken (Hndlerlieferung). Dunkelbraun mit mchtig Schaum. In der Nase Malzaromen. Ziemlich s. Der Alkohol ist in dem weichen Krper gut eingebunden.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bunget (897) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark amber body, medium off white froth with good retention. Aroma of yeast, cheese, wet basement, spices and sugar. Taste of caramel, lots of sugar, yeast, molasses, spices and booze. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
PowY (435) - AUSTRIA - FEB 16, 2017
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark red-brown with a light brown head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt - caramel, hints of milk chocolate and nuts - along with some yeasty notes, ripe dark fruits. Full oily body with a low carbonation and a heavy sweetness. The flavor is very malty - molasses, brown sugar, honey - with some spices and alcohol in the finish. Very heavy; a real sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
guzgorog (799) - FRANCE - FEB 14, 2017
Robe brune, presque noire, reflets rubis, mousse beige moyenne. Nez alcool, caramel, candi. Bouche sucre, candi, caramel, pruneaux. Corps dense et liquoreux, du sucre, beaucoup de sucre, alcool qui tabasse, carbo moyenne, bonne longueur. Bire dense, trs alcoolise et sucre : coeurante.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (2103) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 12, 2017
Tap at Mad for Beer in Rome-Italy. Dark brown-caramel pour, ivory Belgian foam. Nose: cocoa, dates, raisins. Mouth: sweet molasses, more residual sugar, mild bitter end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chris__hartley (437) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2017
It pours opaque mahogany; the head is off beige and foamy. The aroma has notes of: Belgian candy sugar, brown sugar, plums, toffee, bubblegum, butterscotch, and raisins. The taste is heavy sweet. The palate is full bodied, and oily; the carbonation is medium; the finish is long. Overall, its a little cloying, but definitely a good sipper.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
portwood (248) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2017 Dried figs, raisins, caramel, rum soaked cherries. Flat carbonation, thick syrupy mouth feel. Very sweet, caramel, toffee, dried fruits. (bottle bb Jun 2020) Bottle bb Sep 2021: more lively and less sweet, half point better

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zarrach76 (163) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 10, 2017
Aprs une Vzelay Ginger Beer Bio plate et dcevante, on change de braquet dans la foule avec cette Kasteel Donker, et pas quun peu ! En voici une bire qui est taille pour gravir la pente ( moins que ce ne soit la descendre trop vite !). Belle verse brune transparente avec des reflets rubis profonds absolument sublimes, jai rarement vu une aussi belle teinte pourpre dans mon verre ! Petite mousse de circonstance, ivoire tendance beige, avec des bulles bien fines. Nez envoutant sur les malts chocolat, un alcool de haute ligne, les fruits rouges, la pche de vigne, la banane, lananas, labricot bien mr, le pruneau, la cerise noire, lorange, la goyave, le poivre, la mlasse, le caramel, la vanille, le coing, le miel, la datte... Que de beaux armes, avec un quilibre, un arrondi et une sorte de malice trs agrable et suave. En bouche, texture ultra souple et liquoreuse, alcool bien chaud qui soutient les armes et leur laisse toute la latitude pour quils sexpriment, sucres bien prsents et organiques (mme si on sent en arrire bouche un ct dulcorant pas du meilleur effet), carbonatation correct et amertume douce, propre au style, donc jamais en force mme si sur le final elle sexprime vritablement. Le final justement, bois, rond, sur des saveurs de sirop drable, de cuir, de rsineux, cette amertume qui contrebalance parfaitement les malts, le cacao, la levure, la noix et bien entendu lalcool. A ce propos, on dirait presque un Barley Wine dans le ct trs liquoreux ce qui ne manque de piquer ma curiosit (et mon plaisir !). Une grande bire qui possde de superbes armes (en plus de lapparence), une attaque ronde qui frle la perfection mais ne latteint (malheureusement ) pas, et ce qui mon sens est LE point fort de cette bire, un sublime final riche et long. Presque un sans faute ! Bouteille 75cl, V&B Grenoble.


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