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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Belgium

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 DavisEdwards
1.12/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Much too sweet.
One of the worst beers I have ever drunk in my entire life.
Beer is not Coca Cola.

Photo of AZbelgian
2.16/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dark cloudy brown with no real head to speak of.

S - Has a bitter somewhat phenolic aroma

T - Strong taste of alcohol up front, more mild taste of plums follows, a bit acidic. I got a flavor like brown bread but it might just be the other flavors mixing together. The flavors here really don't seem to work to complement each other.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit heavier than I expected

O - I had decently high hopes for this when I found it at my specialty liquor store. I was more than disappointed. I'm not impressed with it, especially because it's a quadrupel. The flavors don't seem to harmonize with each other. It's not awful, but I can't find a lot of redeeming qualities in it. Quads are one of my favorite styles and I was disappointed in it.

Photo of falloutsnow
2.43/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From: Whole Foods, Omaha, NE
Date: Bottled 2010-05-27
Glass: Founders snifter

While I enjoyed Kasteel's Donker, the Cuvee du Chateau is a near-total miss, the ethanol being far, far too prominent in taste and feel (even with three years of age in the bottle). What's strange is that I enjoyed a bottle of this in Belgium and found it much more mellow and sweeter with less obvious ethanol, closer to the brewery's Donker in overall flavor profile - I'm unable to remember what vintage that Cuvee was, though. I don't think I'd go out of my way to purchase a bottle of this again, perhaps I might to see if age contributed the ethanol bomb that this was.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of off-white colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles that yield a frothy-looking appearance. Foam retention is average, around one minute, fading to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is modest, a few larger lines and patterns clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out orange hues around the perimeter of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of raisin, prune, caramel-like sweetness, slight grape ester, and mildly notable ethanol. Not particularly memorable, fairly standard for the style.

This bottle was very ethanol heavy. Overall flavor of ethanol with undertones of dark caramel-like sweetness, prunes, cola, and hints of rum. Front of palate picks up ethanol, anise, and dark caramel malt sweetness. Mid-palate of prominent ethanol that obscures what is a notable caramel malt base with burnt sugar, a touch of roasted barley, anise, and prunes. Back of palate detects ethanol, with anise, prunes, and dark caramel-like sweetness in the background. Aftertaste of ethanol, caramel-like sweetness, and a touch of anise.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2) mouthfeel that's a bit underwhelming for the beer; for the style it's in an acceptable place. Ethanol is readily felt on the palate and back of throat as fairly obvious burning, and in the nostrils as a notable warming sensation: not subtle or pleasant. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

Photo of XsoldoutX
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

eh, its "a'ight". not amazing.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an ornate Kasteel goblet. 2010 vintage.

3.5 A: Pours a dark brown color. I couldn't get much of a head going on this. Managed maybe half a finger, which fell pretty rapidly. I was a little lenient given the high ABV, but this could have been better.

3.5 S: Mainly dark fruits in this one. Plum, prune, purple grape, raisin, and date. There's some crystal in there as well. The nose is pleasant through and through, but needs more strength.

2.0 T: I'm somewhat shocked at how boozy and raisiny the taste is. This seems a bit unrefined in that regard. Anyway, this has a plentiful bready yeastiness. Prune, fig, and date are back in the taste. Lots of crystal malts. A little sweeter than I like, but acceptable.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. This is the best part about the brew, but this isn't even that great.

2.5 D: This isn't a terrible beer, but it is a bad one and it's definitely too pricey given the quality. Anyway, I can't say I recommend it unless you like booze and raisins a lot.

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This 2010 vintage was had in a tulip glass.

Appearance- The body is an opaque coffee bean brown with rich mahogany highlights. The head is a little less impressive. The fiizzy storm only mustered a finger's width before becoming a very small, filmy, and bubbly lid, milk chocolate in color.

Smell- It is a little faint, but a dark licorice, leathery scent is most prominent. A combo of sweet and alcoholic flavors impart a blackberry-like scent as well. Incredibly whacky, but in a good way.

Taste- Whoa, man is the alcohol present in this one. The finish just keeps building with a caustic and powerful cognac / vodka flavor. Man that finish is really drawing away from the other flavors.

Before that finish sets in, there is the dark fruit flavor, and it is still blackberries and currants. There is a little bit of earthiness that was not as present on the nose. It even has a little bit of concentrated grape juice flavor.

Mouth feel- The feel is light to medium bodied and has a good creaminess factor. However, that caustic finish is really hurting this one.

Overall- I think there could have been a much better effort at concealing the alcohol in this beer. You can taste every bit of that eleven percent, and it is not appealing.

If this beer tasted more like it smelled, it would be a much better offering. Maybe a year or two of aging would really work wonders for this one.

Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, brown. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor lacing and poor retention. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a high level of astringency. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, strong yeast, hint of toffee, and slight metallic. Overall, poor appearance, and the astringency and metallic notes are unpleasant.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of fankhauserg
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice but very different. Think flat, sweet liquor.

Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boozy and not enough carbonation for my liking.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stubby 11.2 oz bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven.. Bottled on 5/29/13... Enjoyed about 21 months later from a large bulb goblet.. 1 finger head rises up and dies back pretty quickly leaving no lacing and no real cap.. the brew is deep dark walnut.

Thick malty nose leans heavily on the dark raisins.. boozy with warmth, burns the eyes a bit.. Spicy yeasty phenols make me think clove first and pepper second.. Esters are raisin with dark cherries.. a bit of oxidation.

Flavor is hot and a little thin, the beer drops off the tongue quickly.. leaving fizzy raisin alcohol.. Okay.. The carbonation scrubs the flavor very fast, but if you try, there is some fruity esters and plenty of spicy phenols..

Very burpy.. Sharp alcohol... Seems a pretty big mess at this point IMO.

3.5/3.75/3.25/3.25/3.25

Photo of ThaCreep
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, almost opaque. Aromas of chocolate, dried fruit and bread on the nose but with a look and smell much more winey. However, in the tasting, vinous character, it enhances the lubricity, does not add acidity and leaves near the potion Kasteel Brune, sugar and less. A small taste of Puerto complements the taste by adding creaminess to the finish syrupy.

Photo of tlema1
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 2010, murky brown, bready with a winey quality to it

Photo of einar85
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown color with light brown foam - low head retention.
S: Raisins, dried plums, and caramel. An intense and "dark" smell, but still quite fruity. Pleasant.
T: The alcohol is highly recognizable with a sweet burnt malt flavor. The licorice in the aftertaste is a little overpowering.
M: Nice carbonation. A medium plus body.
O: Pleasant aromas, but it could be better balanced.

Photo of ehsieh02
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A quadrupel from Kasteel line, ABV up to 11%, quite overpowering!

The color shows deep dark brown, with beautiful and delicate foam.

Smell: burnt malt, dark cherry, roasted dark sugar smell.

Taste: medium plus mouthfeel, extremely smooth with strong burnt malt, dark cherry, chocolate, with licorice undernote. However, it is a very sweet beer overall, winey finish.

A: For me, this is overly sweet though complicated that I can hardly finish a bottle myself! It's more like personal preference I suppose...

Photo of DARIVA
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a very dark beer with a small head.

S: The scents of almonds and a little bit of caramel.

T: Slightly sour and also sweet with a bitter aftertaste.

M: Decent carbonation and a nice mouthfeel.

O: Heavy not easily drinkable beer, but tasteful and fairly complex.

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Track 84 on 5.4.2010. Served in a tulip. Poured an opaque mahogany with burgundy highlights when backlit. A half inch, creamy, off-white head quickly receded into a thin consistent skim - no lacing present during the tasting. Nose was very subdued - some malt and a slightly vinous quality. Taste follows nose - dark fruit dominates, but not particularly malty, sweet or complex. Flavor profile is lacking the big malty, sugary quality I've come to associate with the style. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a subtle carbonation - somewhat thin for the style, with a slightly dry finish. I have to say that I was a little disappointed. Not really style consistent; closer to a Belgian Strong Dark in my opinion. Alcohol was well-hidden, but I was a bit disappointed by this beer.

Photo of busterthecat
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 2 wine glasses. Bottled 5-27-2010.

A- Pours a blood red hue. A crispy bubbly head forms before quickly receding. Sits dark and still.

S- Mild tones. Sweet cherry juice, a slight tart tang. Rather basic in nose.

T- Tangy and sweet cherries. Some mild zesty tartness. A strong malty body with some solid undertones keeps this from being one dimensional. Sweetness is strong but not overbearing.

M- Tangy on front of tongue, lingers well. Starts wet and has a smooth mild drying action. Medium bodied.

O- Quite drinkable for such a cherry forward beer that isn't a sour. Easy to split a 750mL. The alc isn't noticeable. good.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is brewed to mimick the regular kasteel donker that is aged for 10 years.
Look: The beer pours a dark-amber color with a nice head
Smell: Sweet malts, sugar, dried dark fruits
Taste: Follows the nose; sweet malts, molasses, dark sugar, dark fruits and some spicy sharp aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, Medium bodied
Overall: Not so bad, but it is supposed to be compared with aged kasteel and having real aged kasteel and this one side by side, this one is very very disappointing. Much sharper and less soft than the aged version.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, the Donker aged in steel for 10 years, so vintage 2000,

A: Pours brown with a soft white head into a goblet, nice lace.

S: Surprisingly light, but some notes of malt and molasses, very sugary.

T: Clearly drier than the Brune, but still is a bit sweet. Moderate notes of residual sugar. Dark malt, raisin, but really didn't add any complexity over the 10 years. It tastes good, but that's about it.

M: Off-dry, creamy, very soft carbonation. Not as thick and cloying sweet as the Brune.

D: I think it's cool that this beer was brewed when I was in high school. That being said, I didn't really get anything except a drier version of the Donker. That's fine, I guess I just expected more.

Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Half Time poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, plum, dates and yeast. Mouthfeel was medsium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, cola, dark fruit and yeast with a smooth lingering cola finish.

Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage, bottled 5-27-2010.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with slight purplish hues and a half finger beige head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy aroma with dark malts and estery dark fruit. Slight earthy and funky with some pepper and a slight medicinal presence. Nice roasted malt character with hints of cocoa and coffee countered by plum, raisin and fig.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a strong zesty spice presence up front that lingers over a chewy, roasted malt character and estery dark fruits into a slightly dry finish. There's a nice balance of pepper, medicinal syrup, chocolate cake, lightly roasted coffee, plum, raisin and grape. Fuller bodied with a much stronger malt presence than I expected. Also, the high ABV is excellently masked resulting in a flavorful beer that's easy to put down.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased in La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and chocolate aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty flavoured.
Drinkabiliy : good beer in the belgian style; but too sweet for my taste

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour deep clear red-brown, finger and a half of light brown head that quickly drops off to a lace.

Aroma is faint and musty when cool, dominated by alcohol as it warms. Not this brews strong point.

Flavor is malt heavy with lots of fruit esters and good amount of hot alcohol. Raisin, oat and toffee are the big notes with some lingering cherry on the backend. Fairly dry for a quad with a significant alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is generally light for a quad, thinned by the big alcohol and fairly lively CO2 level.

Similar flavor profile to Kasteel Winter, with the toffee and raisin, only a lot more alcohol burn. Aroma predominantly recalls a dirty urinal, thankfully it is pretty faint and blasted by alcohol as it warms. Not a bad beer, but I can do better at this price point.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Closing out the night with a Belgian ale. This is a 2010 Cuvee du Chateau, which is corked, caged, and covered tightly in paper. On to the beer:

Into a Kasteel chalice it goes, the beer's color is chocolate brown with a small head forming on the pour, quickly fizzing away to a thin lace around the glass. The nose is strong, sweet, and very alcoholic. Red grapes and red wine come to mind first. Touch of licorice and Good & Plenty. Lots of alcohol is present, and it smells like some medical ointment. Let's drink...

The aroma comes off aggresive, but the taste is more comforting to approach. Sweet with a slight semi-tartness. The flavors of cherries, red grapes, dates, and bread crust make their mark. A moderate dose of alcohol makes its presence, especially when the beer goes down and warms your throat and tummy. Its a full bodied beer with low-medium carbonation, drinks slow but steady, and is an adequte example of the quadruppel.

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