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Kasteel Tripel

Kasteel
Tripel

An old acquaintance, never formally noted on the site, about 20 years overdue! Classic golden, utterly clear body, with a resplendent, bone-white ice-cream like head. Perfect appearance, the etched Kasteel glass works beautifully here. Head retention enhanced by it. Nose offers more 'normal' Tripel character than the tastes do for me. Nose has white pepper and clean lines, whilst the tastes have a maltier, less well-defined edge at least in terms of classic Tripels for me. There's a decent...

St. Louis Fond Tradition Gueuze Lambic

St. Louis Fond Tradition
Gueuze Lambic

375 mL bottle, black foiled and capped. Lovely color with a copper, clear bond underneath a foamy, wispy head. Obviously an aggressive pour was required, and it's gone quickly, No lace, no retention. Nose gives a light ethanoic acid whiff and a slightly phenolic, band-aid element that I'm not sure should be there! Tastes are not quite as acidic as the nose would suggest, but are also quite dry. The chlorophenol is replaced with a woodiness that again I was not anticipating. Tartness is as one...

Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau

Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau

Updated notes 10/31/21 This is the bottled pictured. Best Before 24/11/2025. Just about 11 years since I made the original notes below. I’ve drunk this beer a few times in between, but without additional notes. Pour looks more black, and the head and retention are both better than the original notes. Again, not quite as sweet as one might think, and it does maintain that burned, almost licorice element. In fact, the licorice notes are strong here. Smooth, still very drinkable, the beer warms...

Bacchus

Bacchus

12.7 oz, mini-champagne bottle, complete with green glass and dimpled bottom. Very different to the current picture in the BA db. Thick glass with black foiled neck and neck label. Bottle has a confusing date. It literally says "Bottled On", 090414 which would suggest the 9th of April 2014, i.e about four years FROM now! I guess it must mean "Best Before" unless this beer WAS actually bottled 96 years ago!! Mid-brown pour with some good clarity and plenty of persistent, fine carbonation. A...

Bacchus

St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition

Mini-champagne, green glass, dimpled bottom and gold foiled neck. Green's on Buford, Atlanta, GA, USA. Light, honey colored body with some nice dense head and some pretty good retention and even a touch of lace. Some spotty head on the surface. Nose is a standard, lightly sinus clearing acidity with green apples. Obviously a pretty acidic profile with a lively, highly carbonate mouthfeel which adds to the experience. Finish is fairly short, clean and shows some sodium hydrogen carbonate....

Kasteel Rouge

Kasteel Rouge

Pictured 06/09/24 Definitely black cherries, and this doesn't seem anywhere as sweet as it has in the past to me. Changing palates I suppose. Original notes 10/26/07 I've enjoyed the Kasteel range in the past because they have been really quite sweet and I enjoy that characteristic, so I thought this would be the same. I was not disappointed. 750mL bottle, corked & caged from Green's, Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA. $6.99 (I think). Green bottle, with black foil on the neck. Nice looking...

Kasteel Donker

Kasteel Donker

Additional notes 06/09/24 Pictured I always compare this beer to the Cuvée, and although I think I prefer the latter, this one is definitely a beer that I have turned to over the years when a sweet, high ABQ Quad is what I'm seeking. The Cuvée offer a drier, more licorice-like experience. For me there's a certain, brown ale nuttiness about the beer, with plenty of requisite caramel. Sweetness runs through the beer with brown sugar elements all oer the place, and the 11% ABV still well-hidden...

Bacchus

St. Louis Framboise

My guess is lots of people will not like this much. First off this is a VERY sweet beer. I like that, many will not. I like this type of beer for an occasional change of pace. Truth be known, it's really a girly beer, but every once in a while I don't mind something like it. I'm giving it a 5.0 for drinkability, BUT only on the understanding that even for me, in the wrong circumstances it could also be a 2.0! Pour is certainly red, but it goes from a dark red when the oversized wineglass is...

Bacchus

Kasteel Blond

Additional notes 01/08 New presentation with a black foiled neck and a new, updated label. Still in the corked & caged, dimple-bottomed, champagne style, heavy green glass bottle. Cork says bottled 06/2007. Beer seems a tad less aggressive. Still listed as 11.0%, but much less obvious. Also not so sweet, and not so alcoholic. A more subtle experience than before, not sure I like it quite as much. Original notes 09/05 Nice presentation in the large 750 mL green bottle with the corked, caged...