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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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 25, 2001
I have to admit, I fell in love with this beer after my first sip, what a beautiful dark, sweet, beer. At first I thought the sweetness would be too much, I just couldnt stop drinking it, and the aroma was beautiful, only wish I had more.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrbeakersalesman99 (17) - USA - MAR 11, 2001

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slayer66699 (16) - Heemstede, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2002
Very good dark beer. Much taste and alcohol

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerohen (2222) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2011 Rating reflects aged bottle. Cloyingly sweet when fresh, but aged this one of the best in the world. Aged bottle, 0.7 liter from 2002, sampled in 2007. Dark brown coloured, lasting brown head (after all these years). Strong port-like aroma and flavour, vinous notes, raisins, really complex. Great aging material. Thanks to a friend (Arjen) for this great present. Another re-rate: Bottle from 1999, sampled 2010. Eleven years old and still not at its peak. This stuff is just magnificent. May be the best beer i know. Too bad it requires so much patience,

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gierasch (1) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2003 does not count
I had this for the first time after visiting Kasteel De Harr - there just aren't enough 'o's in smooth to describe this beer! I am looking frantically for it here in the States

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7288) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Simply one of the finest beers made anywhere. I am reminded each time that I have it that I am hard pressed to come up with a more pleasing and satisfying beer than this one. Mathches up well with the Oerbier as my favorites in this style +++ Sampled from a 25 oz green bottle this beer pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. There is a moderate sweet, sour, fruity and spicy aroma. The flavor is strong with fruit and a hint of spice and is quite sugary. There are elements of plum, cherry and apricot in the flavor. There is a really pleasant fruity aftertaste that lingers. A classic and a favorite.

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Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 A true contender for the best beer in the world. Deep, sharp, mellifluous. About the best thing you could drink before bed--heaven in a glass.

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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.

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corkyrory66 (1714) - BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2012
Kasteel brune, un vritable mythe, une gloire du brassage. Un incontestable fleuron de la bire belge dans tout son savoir-faire. The top level know-how for all the breweries. Cette bire ne supporte aucune critique ngative, tant elle est complte symbolique de la complexit maximale quune bire puisse atteindre (en dehors des trappistes, bien entendu...). Donc lanalyse nest quun pis aller pour exprimer avec des mots des sensations qui relvent du sublime. La couleur noire opaque est dj une pure merveille. La mousse beige du style de la Guinness est un vrai phnomne. Le niveau de 11 %abv fait partie du trs haut de gamme. Les armes sont de charbon de bois, de rglisse et de whisky dIslay. La texture est soyeuse et pure. Lentre en matire est celle dun Bourgogne grand cru avec des prunes mres et des dattes. La 2me bouche enclenche sur des abricots confits, de la noix du Prigord et de larmagnac du Bas-Armagnac limite Landes et Gers. La 3me bouche touche aux splendeurs des tropiques avec du fruit de la passion et de la mangue. La longueur dveloppe tout cela avec un norme quilibre et un passage en revue de toutes les saveurs prcdentes. La levure est douce et intgrale. Lalcool soutient le tout merveilleusement. La finale est dune finesse exceptionnelle, voquant les tout grands crus du Mdoc, avec un velours divin. Nhsitez pas boire cette bire temprature ambiante (sauf si vous tes au milieu du Texas, bien sr !!). Elle nen rvlera que mieux son potentiel. En conclusion, nous touchons ici au Graal, et la cote de cette bire ne peut tre infrieure 300 sur 100 ...

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Vedran (12) - CROATIA - SEP 5, 2014
Caramel aroma, exuisit apperance, sweet taste, extra strong pleasent. experiance. Obligatory to try.


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