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

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 27
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

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Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010

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Photo of beast4534
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was a complete shock, and I mean that in the best way. I've found a great bar in where tap beers are available in 6-rack samples at 7 ounces each. I somewhat randomly selected this beer because I happen to like high-alcohol, Belgian beers.

The appearance was dark with a nice, thick head. Of course, 7-oz sample glasses don't do the appearance of any beer particular justice. But for a Belgian, this one looked exceptional.

The smell was a blissful mix of fruits blended with the odor of wet oak, like the woods after a night of rain (sans mosquitos). In a word...inviting.

Taste. Wow. I can't believe I wasted my time ordering the other five beers in this rack. I should have order six of the Cuvee. The inviting scent has in no way be let down by the actual taste. Is that carmel? Am I drinking brandy? What kind of fruits are in here? No adjectives can do this taste justice.

Mouthfeel...savor it. The taste does not fade. The flavors swirl around, fighting for total control, but thankfully, no single flavor wins. Great aftertaste.

Drinkabity? If this is really 11% then I will have to execute extreme moderation because all I want is another.

In Field of Dreams, Shoeless Joe asked "Is this heaven?"

No, brother, it's Kasteel Cuvee.

Photo of jneiswender
4.97/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Ebenezer's Pub. Served in a chalice.

A-black body

S-very vinous smell, some sweet grain smell.

T-sugar, black pepper, grapes, plums and spice

M-medium

D-world class beer. Just one of the best beers I have ever had. I would drink this beer again.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia. Poured deep reddish black into a tulip with a thick creamy head. Absolutely beautiful, color of a dark red wine. Smell was equally impressive, fruity and malty, bitter cherry and caramel notes. Taste starts sweet and fruity, malty with some vanilla too, finish is tart cherry and Belgian hops. Mild carbonation. Fantastic beer, 10 years of aging has done this one well.

Photo of tomordonez
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG. Open the bottle and the aroma hits you in the face. Don’t pour inclined into the glass. Pour it like a wine. Nice head becomes a thin film but it doesn’t fade. Dark brown, almost black, see through. Aroma of a giant chunky banana, raisins, some chocolate, liquid bread, a tiny bit floral. Medium body, low carbonation, fruity on top, explosion of flavors in the middle, alcoholic at the end.

Photo of beyah
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this beer at Ebenezer's Pub, it was a blend of the 10, 3 & 1 year old Kasteel.
This dark brown rich brew with a heavy light brown head.Nice Lacing.

The taste is amazing, similar to a port, can detect the Belgian yeast. This is an especially sweet and malty beer. It ends dry, and you can't barely detect the alcohol.

Heavenly beer.

Photo of ccrida
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 7/14/2010. Poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, Cuvée Du Chateau is dark brown with a small tan head leaving light, foamy lace.

Smell is big esters, loads of grape, strawberry, bubblegum. Clean, spicy alcohol.

Taste is absolutely amazing. Wow. What a killer quad. Such a clan, pure fruitness, nice little spiciness and clean phenols to cut it, super smooth.

Mouthfeel is slippery and light, the epitome of digestible.

Drinkability is dangerously high. This is a fantastic beer. Absolutely world class; it may have equals, but is unsurpassable.

Photo of Mll777
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love it, only "issue" is the narrow foam, which quickly disappears.

I'll probably buy the special glass this beer deserves:) And see what it does to the foam.

Photo of D9sus4
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%

I tasted this last week on draft at a local pub that has 55 mostly great beers on tap. It tasted like a cross between a Trappistes Rochefort 10 and the Kasteel Rouge brewed by the same brewery. Nice heavy bodied dark Belgian beer with a sour cherry backbone. If it weren't 11 %ABV, I could easily drink it all night. 2012 brew date on draft.

I tasted it again last night from a bottle dated May, 2010. Didn't like it as much when I first opened and tasted it. Neither did my wife who had also enjoyed the draft version with me last week. However, while we were sitting and talking and not in a rush to drink the disappointing beer, it warmed up a bit. When I finally took a second sip, it tasted like the draft version we had both loved. My wife thought the same.

So the point of my long winded review is, don't serve this beer too cold! 50-60 degrees is what I would recommend.

Photo of zelig
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

There's a lot going on in this one... it's almost overwhelming. Yet somehow the various flavor elements "play nicely" instead of fighting each other.

Photo of Dentist666
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into trappist glass.
Pours dark brown beer with 0.5 finger tan head, leaving some bubbles on the top in a couple of minutes. Smell is complex and sweet - intense dark fruits (prunes, raisin, etc), candy sugar, yeasts, caramel.
Flavour is not very alcoholic, rather sweet, correlating with the smell, fantastic balance of the beer, surprising drinkability, considering ABV. Aftertaste is not very long, but actually good in those pleasant moments.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kasteel Cuvee' des Chateau
brewed to replicate the taste of an aged bottle of Donker (formerly Bruin)…how they do that, I don't know, but that what they accomplish, that's what we want to see.

Plum-brown appearance, firmly opaque, under a slim, cocoa-toned ring of foam.

Aroma: raisins, plum, port, chocolate and spice. Mild molasses, treacle, brown sugar. Big, rich, and ever-flavorful, powerful, yet mellowing.

Hitting the lips, the dark fruit, rich malt, and hugely complex flavors barge on board, with an early trace of the high alcohol content. Magnificent. Not too harsh, not too sweet. Utterly well-rounded, even-handed, with caramel and toffee rising in prominence in the flavor. Lays very softly and elegantly on the palate. One common criticism of Kasteel Donker is an over-sweetness, and this glass has that conquered. What more can I say beyond "very, very mellow."

The plum, the raisin, the toffee and cocoa is all in attendance, but plays it very cool, calm, and coalescent. No cloying sweetness, just extra groovy. Super beautiful. Extra yum. And here and then again, the alcohol sting rises up and coats the brain for a minute. Slicks the tongue, treats the senses.

When I heard of this, that it is brewed to resemble the flavor of an aged Kasteel Donker, I wondered first how you would do that, and then, if you could, why not make that the original beer? I don't have answers for any of those questions, all I can say is that they did it, and it's wonderful. A lovely, spiked plum pudding of a brew, a laced liquid licorice whip, and a toasty, tasty, caramel and toffee confection rolling happily in the mouth, all in one. And all very mellow, very groovy...

Photo of ajm5108
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has strong notes of Apple purée & plum. Slick mouthfeel, a tad oily,with lots of apple cider notes (just a bit of vinegar tart) accented by dark fruit, mostly the plum with some raisin / dark fruit as well. Good, complex flavor & pretty smooth, an underrated Quad.

Photo of Kuaff
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%

Sturdy, crown-emblazoned cage unwound, stout cork popped without incident, I decant this quadruple into my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Quite a pretty ale indeed. A deep garnet or blood ruby with a two-finger tan head that settles into a carbonation-fed layer of fine froth that never really goes away.

It smells very enticing as well. Great vinous sorta character, with complementary assorted dark fruits. A little caramel and chocolate makes things even more interesting, and there's also this intriguing floral but kinda musty (in a pleasant way) yeasty earthiness. Might have something to do with this bottle being a year and a month old. Lovely bouquet!

The flavor profile is Belgian in every aspect. A burst of fruity red grapes, raisins, figs, and cherries, followed by sweet, yeasty bread, and finished with tingling spiciness like cinnamon and ginger, and a nice little (welcome) booziness.

A full body lets all the complexities swim around on my palate nicely.

Killer quad.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Bernardus Chalice.

A - Pours a darl Mahogany colour with a nice off White two fingered head that retains well and laces.

S - Sweet spicey aromas and some quite heavy stewed cherries on the nose. Raisin and dark fruits plentiful.

T - Sweet up front with some nice spiciness that follows. The dark fruits are plentiful, with raisns and stewed cherries the most prominant. The boozyness is quite warming on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O - Kasteel just doesn't make any bad beers and this is pick of the bunch.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kasteel Cuv'ee Du Chateau

2010 edition. Corked and caged bottle, opens with a resounding pop. Poured into oversized wine glasses, a rich deep amber/mahogony hue with an off white dense head that recedes away over time. Aroma is fruity, bready, a touch of alcohol, dark fruits and brown sugar. In the taste, ripe grape, raisen, and plum but mostly grape. Alcohol is well in check and stays in the background. Pleasing dark fruits, some malt body lending caramel and brown sugar notes. Damn tasty. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and effervescent, semi-dry on the finish. Overall, a really nice beer, great flavors, clean and has the potential to age quite well.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a very dark brown, though still slightly translucent. Poured this into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice to produce about a half inch head. Nice tan, frothy head tops this, with good retention and ample lacing.

A lively and invigorating aroma, smells of dark malt, raisins and dark fruit, candi/brown sugar, and spices--I'm getting some anise, coriander, and ginger. Also some nutty, cashew notes.

Tastes of sweet dark fruit--raisins, prunes, caramelized apples, brown sugar, and the aforementioned spices. The licorice/anise element seems strongest, but that is well-balanced by the sweetness. There is also some espresso coffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts in the background. The alcohol is evident enough to suggest a liqueur (like Kahlua), but it is held in reign by the complex flavors and is not overdone. The finish is peppery, and light, with just a hint of ash.

For all the flavor this packs, the body is rather light, and the carbonation is round, enough to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an interesting, complexly flavored Belgian quad that is light in body and pleasant to drink. At 11% ABV, this is a beer that requires sipping and/or some food pairing.

Photo of timobkg
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, it was a dark maroon red, with a thin head.

The aroma was fruity and sweet, with cherries being the most prominent fruit.

The taste rich with dark fruits and belgian yeast. Again, cherries were the most noticeable, and there was a pleasant sweetness to accompany the ripe fruit flavor.

Overall, this was a very good strong dark ale, and I would happily drink it again.

Photo of Muchosnachos
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a highly drinkable Belgian Strong. It comes in at a pancreatic femur bone crushing 11% but it won't make gag if yer thirsty. It is a little thin in its mouthfeel but the flavors are nice. The aroma is also nice (rich but crisp). Delicious I will drink this daily until my market runs out. Buy it for God's sake it only costs 8.99.

Photo of SaintBenedict
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July, 14, 2010. Tasted on November 28, 2012 from a 330 ml bottle.

Cuvée Du Chateau pours a warm and murky plum-tinged chocolate brown with an inch-tall frothy beige head. The foam, however, is soon reduced to a thin yet solid cap of fine soapy bubbles across the surface of the beer. As the contents of the glass are emptied, the head creates a lovely dot matrix pattern of lacing on the walls of the Duvel tulip.

Not surprisingly, the nose is sweet and bready highlighting bracing citrusy notes, a spicy alcohol tincture of clove and anise, and dark juicy stone fruit. There is also significant vinous maltiness, which reminds me of bubblegum at times, as well as a notable Belgian yeast character and rock candi sweetness. Not sure how Kasteel did it, but the brewers managed to shoehorn some plump raisins, sugar-coated dates and fresh figs in there, too.

The palate follows through on the aroma, as sweet bready malt —with highlights of molasses, caramel and cacao bean— makes way for tangy citrus, faintly sour dark berries and crisp orchard fruit. Mild spicing and a hint of alcohol warmth is thrown in for good measure. The finish is tart with only the slightest bit of dryness, along with a modest suggestion of bitterness.

The body is full, although the smooth and silky velvet-like texture makes it drink quite easily. This quad goes down a heckuva lot more smoothly than the double-digit alcohol percentage might have you believe.

The sharp, bright and zesty citrus-like qualities of Cuvée Du Chateau make this a memorable quadrupel in my book. Just when I thought I had this style figured out, I get thrown a curveball…and a uniquely delicious one at that.

Photo of psuKinger
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "100714" (whatever that means), poured into my New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep deep dark brown with a lively off-white head full of large bubbles that dissipated quickly.

S: Lots of malt sweetness and candied sugars in the nose. Maybe a hint of raisin and prunes as well.

T: Lots of light creamy sweetness here. This beer is reminding me a lot of Rochefort 10. Dark fruits arrive here, before the candied sugars move in towards the middle. The beer then finishes with a nice touch of belgian spice and maybe just a touch of alcohal heat. At 11%, it's mostly hidden here, and only presents itself in a manner that is warm and enjoyable for the flavor profile.

M: Light and lively in the mouth, this beer creams up nicely, the spices tingle the tongue, and carbonation shines through at an appropriate volume, to make the mouthfeel of this beer quite remarkable.

D/O: Drinkability is reasonably good, here. It's just a touch too sweet to be "exceptional", for my taste. Overall a very good beer, though. I really like the beers that this brewery puts out.

Photo of bruachan
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

attractive heavy garnet color

from distance this smells like oaky wine (and maybe something fortified like marsala). cork

ooh yeah, that's vinous: wine-like heat and corky. leather and winey fruits. tart, yeasty flavors. strong bitterness holds everything afloat, yet manages not to really diminish the strength of the wine metaphor. i suppose up until the finish my mouth can pretend the bitterness is part of the alcohol experience

minimal malt-type flavors (you know, nutty or caramel), in favor of some complex esters. blackcurrant

Photo of Cylinsier
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

300 ml from 2010

Pours a cloudy nutty brown with a yellowish white lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, cloves, red wine and cinnamon.

Tastes of cinnamon and caramel with some figs and molasses sweetness. Also, mild toasted buttered bread malts and some nutty bitterness.

Thick body with prickly carbonation and some booze numbness and warmth in the back of the throat.

Delicious dark Belgian ale, good balance of flavors. The strength makes it a sipper. Very enjoyable, though, and I could have this again and again.

Photo of Proteus93
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this in the store and noted that the description was merely a "Belgian Ale." Intrigued, I was curious as to what kind it would be... the 11% ABV suggested that perhaps it would be a quad. I chose to not look it up first and simply picked it up, as $8.49 for a bottle seemed acceptable compared to others flanking it.

A: Very dark mahogany... some ruby highlights that struggle to sneak out of the darkness... remarkably deep. Head is somewhat modest, but retains quite nicely. Somewhat creamy, leaving a bit of a clumpy sheet over the beer.

S: Dark fruit, though not quite like what you might find in a dubbel or quad, really. It's a bit plum-like, with perhaps some hints of raisin, but there are aspects of other ripe fruits that kind of give it a unique nose as far as the fruity esters go... like fresh apple and pear. I almost want to go so far as to say that imagining all of them in one mutant fruitball might be accurate, but that just sounds gross. Malts and sweet candi sugars are notable... a hint of toffee or caramel.

T: Quite similar to the aroma, and rather sweet, but it's a very positive experience. It manages to have a robust flavour which finishes remarkably dry, which makes for a very nice drinking experience. Finishes with just a little bit of bitterness that doesn't linger. Carbonation is beautiful... crisp, sparkling, and then it gives way to the dryness to finish. Alcohol is there, with a touch of pleasant warmth through the throat, and just enough to make each sip quite enjoyable. Very nicely done, and well worth every penny.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle. 2010 vintage, 5/27/10.

appears a murky chesnutt brown. thin off-white head. lacing clings to the glass. mild aroma of Belgian yeast and complex maltiness. earthy notes and a touch of alcohol, very nice. taste is complex, yet so easy to drink, flavors are melded together. herbal. good balance of dry and sweetness. medium body. soft subtle carbonation. extremely smooth to drink.
overall - excellent

Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the liquor store down the road.

From a 750 into a snifter. Cool looking bottle that I will try to get a photo up of.

Note: This is their quadrupel, or donker, brewed to be like it's ten years old. Read: This beer is NOT 10 years old. It is a recent brew, but the brewer artificially aged it to be like it was ten years old.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking an head with very good retention. Dark bistre brown in color with medium carbonation evident. head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A good carp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malt, dark malt, and lots of dark fruits. Raisins and dates come through in the aroma. Some spicy notes, cloves and coriander, as well as some brown sugar.

TASTE: Definitely could've fooled me. Tastes exactly what I would expect a ten year old briun to taste like. Caramel malt with lots of dark fruits; raisins, dates, and dark grapes perhaps. Lots of spicy, yeasty notes or coriander, cloves, pepper, and some spicy alcohol there as well. Big, sweet and spicy aftertaste is bold but quick. Flavors are very smooth and blend together extremely well.

PALATE: Very soft. Medium body and carbonation, and very smooth and soft on the palate. Light on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Definitely feels like it's been aged in a cellar somewhere.

OVERALL: What the hell? This was a brewing experiment gone right. I would absolutely love to find an actual 10 year old bottle to compare to the magic con-artist that is the Cuvee du Chateau. I quite enjoy their regular bruin, but this freak of a brewing fast-one really got the best of me. I've had a few aged Belgian brews, and this one tastes and feels exactly like what I would expect from an aged Kasteel Bruin. Liked it so much I went back a grabbed a few more. Wonder if other breweries would be willing to try this with some of their age-friendly beers? A unique and enjoyable drinking experience. One to check out if you get the chance.

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