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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
80 94 62 4 7 1
Kasteelbier Bruin-Brune (Biere Du Chateau Donker) by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
0.00 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 10/01/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 19 4 8 2010
On-tap at the Blue Nile: A browned, dark cherrywood color with a firm capping of off-white foam that lasts a short while. Once the foam has drifted off it keeps a web thin collar and a slight whisp of topical foam residue. Lacing is slick and glaring with some soft spots and stringy patches sticking to the Kasteel chalice in which it was served.

Sweetly scented aroma with a good load of toffee and caramel intertwined with some fig and raisin fruityness. A tone of unique Belgian lambic-like sourness and spicy yeast adds a queer funkyness over the top of its sweetness adding a bit of strangely acceptable earthy, nose hair grabbing, spunk.

Taste is wonderfully sweet and mellow. Very well rounded toffee flavors and caramel stickyness is allowed to settle right in on the palate. It sinks off from there merging into a dark fruity melange of raisiny, plummy, dark cherry syrup and/or jam. Little tropical nuances of apricot and pineapple seep in as it really warms up with a port-like, alcoholic laced, big malt back splash of the toffee and caramel stickyness. Wow, what a ride of sweet candyness. Very nice!

Feel is super silky smooth and fairly full with the malts. Slighty sticky, yet, soft and quite warming on the back end staying smooth and candy soaked with just a nudge of some yeasty spice peppering the edges.

A sweet, sweet treat. Very sensitive and smooth. A carefully crafted sipper that'll keep you planted in one place for a while as it takes hold of your senses. A very nice brew and highly recommended.

Served In: Goblet

Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 7 18 4 8 2010
Old Review
750ml bottle that was recommended to me by AKBelgianBeast. Tracked this down at Green's off Ponce in Atlanta, GA. Served up in a goblet.

A: Pours a really nice, dark, rich brown. On the pour just so much activity in the glass. This wave of lighter brown to white swirls throughout the glass as you pour and as it rests. Just so much movement. The pour yielded a really nice, almost finger of cream colored head that has some really good retention and has some sticky ass lacing. This glass is just saturated with sticky ass lace all over it. Really nice.

S: Smell is mostly just some belgian yeast, heavy, dark malts and some dark fruits. Nothing too mind blowing but solid for sure. There might also be a touch of cinnamon in there as well.

T: Taste is damned good. Yet again heavy belgian yeast presence. Dark, rich, sugary malt comes in next. In the middle you find some dark fruits such as plum and plum skin, raisins, and a touch of banana. These fruits are just full of candied goodnessPancake syrup flavors come out in the end with just a thick but reasonable sweetness. Through all this sweetness comes just a nice and quite beautiful, buttery bready backbone. Just great.

M: Medium to full in body with some nice thickness. Syrupy and slick feel on the palate. ABV is just incredibly well hidden. It is there and quite noticable, but the ABV does not feel at all like it is as high as 11%. Pretty smooth going down. Carbonation is perfect for this beer by adding a bubbly crispness but not taking away from the thickness of the brew. Everything is well represented.

D: This beer goes down pretty damned easy. I kept catching myself taking bigger and bigger "sips" as I went on. I didn't want to get trashed, so I slowed myself about. All categories are solid or higher. This beer is damned good and I have to thank Frank for telling me about it. The price at just $7.50, further helps the drinkability because it doesn't break the bank. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-12-2009 04:23:33

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 09/25/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 8 11 3 6 2009
Iron curtain anyone? An aged beer brought from a friends cellar. Pours a mostly hazy dark amber to brown color. The pour was flowing at the start but need help as we went along. Big fizzy head that quickly dissipated and no real lace to speak of.

The nose is sweet with some noticeable Belgian characteristics. Some lighter caramel and melanodian malt aromas. Some very noticeable sugar notes. The yeast is very present with some alcohol heat and some minor yeast. Some plums, figs and rose but also some dank and slight butyric notes as well.

The taste is noticeable sweet and has that noticeable boarder line under attenuated feel. To start the malt has a strong sugary flavor that really is off. Some malt backing with a more kettle caramel flavor/Special B taste. Very muttled malt profile that is just off. The yeast comes out but not as harsh as the nose. A good ester profile with raisins and plums. Some minor butyric notes as well, but not as bad.

The body is a bit cloying with the sweetness. The lack of carbonation might be effecting this. Overall, this is way too sweet for a quad, not even throwing a Belgium quad into the mix. Some off notes in the nose and continue into the taste. Maybe it's some cup of quad, but there are better US version out there.

Served In: Bottle

Review by feloniousmonk on 08/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 2008
(notes: Feb, 2003, draft at Bryant-Lake Bowl. since enjoyed many times on tap at the Blue Nile.)
A rich dark brown color, more reddish in light, below a large creamy head. Nose is very sweet, with notes of toffee, cream, nuts, and a particular toasty character. Hints of spices, cloves, anise. Soft, spicy, and warm on the palate, with a lush and lasting finish. ABV unknown to me, but it's starting to deliver now. Perfect consolation on this freezing cold late January Minnesota afternoon. Full-bodied, tangy, hugely characterful, and an ever-unfolding delight to drink. Much like a hybrid of brandy and a candy bar!

Served In: Tulip

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