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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 1351   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 12°C (54°F) (Translation by Martinus)

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3.7
ravidesai (979) - Bombay, INDIA - APR 25, 2002
dark woody brown colour, thin beige head. aroma of brown sugar, dark malt, burned plum. smooth body like a good souffle. the taste holds up to its aroma and hides the alcohol well. A must for fans of dark belians and anyone with a sweet tooth

3.7
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
Chestnut brown w/ generous light brown head. Port-like, strong malt aroma w/ notes of alochol. Smooth, syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet malt flavours accented w/ molasses, caramel, plums, & fruitcake. Warm finish.

3.7
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2003
Dark brown, malty sweet begining, bubbly on the palate. Finishes quick with a little alcohol lingering.

3.7
CEZ (420) - Milano, ITALY - MAR 26, 2003
[bottle, "brewed in 2000"?] Dark, opaque brown color. I managed to pour a persistent head, but only at the third try. Licorice and caramel aroma. Very rich taste, featuring malt, raisins, plums. Smooth and creamy. The aftertaste is delicious, strong and sweet, more like Porto or Marsala wine than beer. I don't know if this is what I'm really looking for in a beer, but I must admit this brew does have a character. A classy brew for those who like like to drink strong.

3.7
fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2003
Clean dark amber color (filtered beer, no longer bottle conditioned). Some malt aroma; light chocolate. Peculiar mouthfeel, difficult to evaluate; malty and very sweet; caramel and light liquorice later. Pleasant to drink, but quite poor work, many things can be improved.

3.7
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Looks like a dark pinot noir w/a nice off white head/some lace.Smells very nice(belgian characteristics/yeast/spice)lots of caramel malt.Taste is Sweet malty yeasty.11% is decently woven into this fine ale though it is very noticeable.I feel that burn on the way down.Palate is sweet smooth slightly sticky.Good but would be better if bottle conditioned.

3.7
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Tasty clove, caramel and banana from the start. Also sensed some overripe fruit. The high ABV was well masked. I really enjoyed this one.

3.7
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 19, 2004
Knock, Knock you on your butt. Aroma wasn't tempting but poured into my Kasteel glass it became more interesting. Black with a creamy head the flavor of clove, plum, and great malts were present. Sweetness and alcohol were left behind. Don't be afraid because the alcohol content is well masked. gotta have it.

3.7
haf (537) - Gijon, SPAIN - APR 27, 2004
2003 Es una cerveza muy rica y fuerte (11%) Cierto aroma a citricos. Tiene una botella como las antiguas cervezas

3.7
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, alcohol, toffee, and prunes. Body is thick and sweet with some fruityness and alcohol.


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