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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%
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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3.5
caesar (7133) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2002
The Brune of the Kasteelbier series is definitely much better than the gouden triple or whatever it is called. The sweetness and the malts make this beer more balanced indeed, but still the ABV is extraordinary high, and cannot be masked by its taste.

3.5
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 (Aged 5 years) A marriage of chocolatey prunes and minty herbs...Nobility are in attendance : port wine, coffee, and caramel...And they lived happily ever after... 3.7/5

(Aged 1 year or less): Free alcohol reigns supreme and drunkenness soon demonstrates the inherent discord between a few guests...It seems that the port wine doesn’t like the sweet, dark chocolate that much, the grapes grab the booze and don’t share with the toffee family, and the prunes lose coherence a bit too soon in the evening...3.3/5 This one is a very good example of a beer that must be aged...Rating is an average of both experiences...

3.5
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - FEB 3, 2003
Held up to the light this reveals a true gem like garnet color. Moderate tan head. Aroma of dark malts, dark fruits and light alcohol. What a chewy beverage. Thick malt flavors with a near cloying sweetness and strong alcohol presence. A port wine feel. Almost like a liquer. A little thick for one sitting.

3.5
jercraigs (10365) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2005 Dec 2005 Bottle, 8-12 months old +. Dark borwn body, big creamy beige head. Aroma is quite boozey and alcoholic. Sweet malt and muted chocolate peer out beneath the noise. Sweet sugary malt up front with noticable alcohol follow up. Brown sugar and treacle in the middle. Alcohol mellows a bit as the bottle comes along. Medium to full body is quite smooth. 5/4/7/4/14<P> July 2003 Big beer at 11%, strong taste. Very warming.... can’t quite place the flavours. Sweet and alcoholy. Sort of bitter ? 5/3/6/2/12

3.5
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
Big beer. Dark brown with medium white head. All malt aroma of toffee and fruits. The taste is extra sweet. Plums, caramel, malt, grapes. Very vinous, rich and warming, alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Almost syrupy mouthfeel. It would be interesting to age, but overall I must say I expected much more.

3.5
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2004
Served bottled at St. Alexandre pub in Quebec City. This beer poured a flat deep brown/black color with a nearly non-existant head. The aroma was of a malted distilled spirit, with a strong alcohol aroma. The flavor was almost artificially sweet, and not as balanced as I'd like. Maybe this is just a liquified malted candy apple? The finish was pure and creamy - with a thick viscocity.

3.5
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
Dark with red tinge, not much head. As a pleasant surprise, the alcohol isn’t really noticable in the flavor, although it does pack a kick that is noticed as the glass nears empty. Some notes of caramel, and raisins. Overall, not bad, would go well with Scottish Christmas pudding.

3.5
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
bottle. aroma is nutty, malty, along with some caramel. colour is a very dark mahogany with a small-ish off-white head. flavour is almost excessively sweet, notes of dark fruit. alcohol provides a good warming feel for a cool winter’s day like today.

3.5
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2004
Would have rated this one a 14 overall, but one small bottle has got me plastered. That’s not what beer’s all about for us connosieurs, but man is this a wallop of a beer. Smells nice - malty and even a hint of popcorn in the aroma. Looks like flat coke with a drop of red dye, taste is too sweet, but it is warming. The sweetness lingers a bit too long, but man what a punch this beer has. If your wife says you can only have one beer... make it this one. Wow!


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