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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel Cuvée Du ChateauKasteel Cuvée Du Chateau

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

265 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010)
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Reviews by albertjr21:
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albertjr21

New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Vintage 2010 bottle served in a globe wine glass.

Pours a murky caramel brown color under a sparse head. Complex aroma blend of dark fruit, perhaps fig or prune, cherry, oak and dare I say, somewhat similar to that of a robust port wine. Intensely rich dark roasted bready caramel sweet mouthfeel dominates with flavors foretold in the aroma. As brew warms, flavors become more pronounced and buddy-buddy with my palate. Very nice brew...

03-25-2012 02:09:48 | More by albertjr21
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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -75.4%

12-24-2011 22:49:12 | More by Marc33
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Satyr179

Sweden

4.75/5  rDev +17%

09-13-2012 17:24:20 | More by Satyr179
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Large bottle, $9 and change at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Caged/corked/foiled, the whole deal including bottled on dating (100527), and a dated cork (Mis en bouteille 04/2010)

Pours darkest of browns, moderate darker tan head, going to a splotchy film, and leaves some dense bands of sheeting and bigger blobs of lacing.

Love the rum raisin nose of a quality BSDA, with some sugary fruit added to the party.

Complex, large and flavorful. Rum, raisins, dark figs, dense and tasty stuff. On the moderate side bodywise, equals dangerously drinkable.

Mighty fine stuff-Belgian lovers rejoice and go get some.

03-04-2011 23:38:38 | More by Billolick
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-22-2012 04:54:22 | More by Mantooth
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%

Foil and cork capped bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. 2010 vintage on label; 4/2010 stamped on cork.

A: Hazy, cola-colored brown body; a bit murky but not opaque. Tan foamy head quickly settles to a thick ring and some thin 'islands', leaving splotchy lace on the glass.

S: An appealing and sweet mix of brown sugar, dark bread, raisins, prunes and other dark fruits, caramel, and some spicy Belgian yeast. Some alcohol tones and a hint of molasses or sorghum syrup.

T: Taste is also quite rich and complex, and has a similar character, although not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. An exceptionally well-integrated mix of flavors featuring dark fruits, and dark bread. Hints of brandy and yeast. It has a moderately spicy finish with hints of nutmeg and anise. Alcohol is even more hidden than in the nose.

M: Full-bodied, with low+ carbonation; smooth. Only a very slight harshness from the high ABV but, of course, warming when swallowed. [3.75]

Overall: An outstanding quad. Sold 'pre-aged' but may well also have benefited from some further aging in my cellar. Mellow and easy to drink for the style, despite the 11% ABV, yet plenty rich and complex. Highly recommended.

{revised with March 2013 tasting of 2011 bottle}

09-06-2012 23:04:49 | More by chinchill
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy and dark amber-brown color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin cap on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with hints of biscuit malt aromas. Also present are large amounts of dark fruits - plums and raisins mostly - with slight amounts of pears.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-coated dark fruits. Raisins are predominant with hints of dried plums and figs. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors lighten up a bit and then carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with fine carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without a problem.

Overall I was a fan of this beer however it wasn't quite as complex as I would have liked given the big ABV. Still, a nice sipper that's worth a shot in the colder months.

11-07-2010 18:13:14 | More by glid02
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -2%

2010 version poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Proof that looks aren't everything, since this beer wasn't exactly a gem to look at. Its appearance was cloudy brown with yeast particles floating near the base. It was what I'd call murky looking and the pour produced very little head and only thin lacing. This makes sense though given the nearly four years of age.

I was almost expecting to drink a Berliner Weisse or a sour based on the nose profile. The aroma was very tart, yeasty, with notes of berry and brown malt. Surprisingly, the first sip was sweeter than the nose lead me to expect. I tasted cherries and yeast, a cherry pie flavor, slight tartness, Belgian candy syrup, and an aftertaste of bread and hints of alcohol.

The beer drinks thick and malty, is tart and yeasty creating a slight mouth-puckering sensation and was still sweet, but not cloying.

It's a good beer that goes in many directions, but it's all done very tastefully. My expectations for something tart were slightly misleading, as this beer remains true to its quad roots on the tongue.

02-11-2014 17:39:08 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

Bottled May 27, 2010, two days shy of one year ago.

The pour (into a big Gulden Draak tulip) produces a robust head of tan foam, sitting on top of the blackest brown, or brownest black, I've ever seen. Lots of lace left behind as the head slowly diminishes (a head that never totally goes away).

Aroma is a welcoming mixture of dark fruit; chocolate cake/cookies; intensely herbal, um, herbs; alcohol; mineral. Alcohol is quite prominent, which isn't a surprise considering its age and ABV, but it has yet to resemble gas fumes or anything.

Taste isn't any deviation from what the aroma says it will be. The alcohol acts as a bed for the other flavors to do their thing upon. Prominent dark fruits are grape and juicy plum. Chocolate cake comes in just underneath, and there's a hard-to-define spiciness that complements the alcohol warmth nicely. Fairly sweet, but deftly balanced with everything else. Slick and airy in the mouth, it's a more subtle texture for an otherwise up-front beer; not lacking in any way, texturally, although not a heavier-than-hell monster or anything.

A big Belgian bruiser, to be sure, but as long as it's sipped slowly, this well-balanced beer is just as much beauty as beast. But I'm glad I opened it when I did, as I wonder if the alcohol would overwhelm given another year or two...?

05-25-2011 22:16:21 | More by Metalmonk
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

A - A deep red/brown ale with, a hard to get, beige head. The retraction is quick.

S - The smell is a bit musty with a slight port like scent.

T - A nice port/wine like tones and a bit sweet. It is like drinking a watery port.

M - High carbonation which I didn't expect for a beer of this age. There was no bitterness anymore and the alcohol was hard to detect.

O - This is a real nice to drink evening warmer.

01-14-2012 15:22:57 | More by Mar02x
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Bottle at Volo, served way too cold ininitally. So much better as it warmed with grapey aroma and winey rich, dark coloured body A good barleywine, and a real wine substitute. That kasteel flavour. Alcohol well hidden. Almost no retained head.Above average mouthfeel.

04-27-2012 01:34:02 | More by Sammy
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

Very dark amber body in tulip, one finger cream-tan head.

Nose is of vinous alcohol, not much else obvious.

Taste is standard dark fruit, raisiny and malt, with some alcohol dryness. Leaves an aftertaste, but dry enough to counter the sweetness. Very faint banana on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very good; enough carbonation to offset the sweetness and avoid the alcohol being overpowering.

Overall a good offering. Drinkable for 11%, but one to share, being that it comes in 750s.

04-09-2011 02:17:04 | More by zaphodchak
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mclaughlindw4

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a thin head. A steady slow moving stream of carbonation keeps a layer of head only aroung the edge of the glass.

S-Roasted and figgy and other dark fruits. As I am drinking it the aroma has turned to a sweet and fresh.

T-Its rich tasting and medium bodied, flavors are complex, fig and raison and whatever else. The alcohol is well disguised, but some hints are there.

M-Full and creamy and pleasant.

O-For the price this is not a bad beer, I will drink it again for sure.

09-16-2011 21:40:49 | More by mclaughlindw4
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dirtylou

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-27-2013 00:56:11 | More by dirtylou
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nickd717

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

Draft at Ebenezer's. Apparently this is also called by the less appealing name "Donker."

Pours medium-dark brown and somewhat opaque with a nicely formed off-white head.

The aroma is nice with caramel, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits.

The flavor is somewhat fruity with plum and raisin notes, nuts, sweet caramel malt, mild roast, and Belgian yeast.

Medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

Not boozy at all - the 11% ABV really hides itself, making this a dangerous beer.

08-19-2010 18:14:49 | More by nickd717
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astidad

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-20-2012 03:42:42 | More by astidad
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-08-2011 16:13:34 | More by Ralphs66
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collier_KC

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-10-2014 11:48:35 | More by collier_KC
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Stugotzo

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-10-2013 22:23:29 | More by Stugotzo
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scottgoblue314

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-27-2014 14:15:22 | More by scottgoblue314
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BKotch

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-29-2014 06:37:23 | More by BKotch
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-27-2012 16:08:39 | More by Beertracker
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-27-2014 05:35:09 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-08-2012 15:00:30 | More by mgbracey
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-19-2014 22:47:46 | More by GRG1313
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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.