Here we go with another of the heritage Belgian breweries introducing a lower ABV beer into their range, as seems to be the current trend in Belgium.
Kasteel was one of the first Belgian beers I ever tried, and the Donker remained a favourite beer for quite a while. I associate Kasteel with big flavours and high alcohol. As such this is something of a black sheep, but a welcome change-up nonetheless.
These beer styles are made to be sessionable. Crisp and light bodied, with a grainy malt profile there is just a little sweetness early on.
There is a strong Belgian yeast aroma, giving off banana, citrus and spice. The beer has a good bitterness, and with good carbonation the flavours dance quickly across your tongue, finishing with an earthy, dry and spicy bitterness that lingers.