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

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91
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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of AZbelgian
2.2/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

AZbelgian, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

falloutsnow, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

ygtbsm94, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.63/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

DavoleBomb, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Pintofbrown, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Anatole
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Anatole, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Sludgeman, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of RD1163
3/5  rDev -26.1%

RD1163, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of nicoga3000
3/5  rDev -26.1%

nicoga3000, May 22, 2012
Photo of 6string
3/5  rDev -26.1%

6string, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of korene84
3/5  rDev -26.1%

korene84, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -26.1%

GarthT, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -26.1%

t0rin0, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -26.1%

rderedin, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Hayley_86, May 24, 2014
Photo of ThaCreep
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

ThaCreep, May 28, 2011
Photo of einar85
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

einar85, May 04, 2012
Photo of ehsieh02
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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...

ehsieh02, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Fattmatt73, Aug 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jpajpajeff, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

AgentZero, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Lee_Hancock
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Lee_Hancock, May 03, 2012
Photo of Ainjyll
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Ainjyll, Jan 22, 2014
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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.