Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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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
4/5 rDev -1.5%
A: The beer is extremely cloudy (nearly opaque) brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet very dense beige colored head. The head consistently left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a coating down the sides.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of rum.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits—cherries and plums stand out in particular—and becomes more complex as the beer warms up. No sweetness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, the alcohol is very well hidden, but the taste is complex enough to make it a nice beer to sip.
Note: 2010 vintage
03-30-2012 02:23:09 | More by metter98
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and Belgian malt with light fruity ester is quite nice. Taste is also a generous mix between some candi sugar with balanced Belgian malt and notes of fruity ester. Body is quite full with nice bottle conditioning and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though a bit heavy for everyday drinking.
07-27-2011 19:28:00 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
From the depths of the castle's cellars, Honsebrouck pulls these well vintaged Donkers with the added complexities that only maturity provides.
Dark brown in color with timid tawny red highlights emitting, the yeast-hazy beer releases a delicate coffee-like creme that skirts the surface of the beer with low lacing on the glass.
The strong presence of malt rise to the olfactories with aromas of hard candies, pound cake, and light chocolate. But the fruit quickly becomes the story, taking precedence over the malt. Grapes become the obvious culprit while savory vinous wine notes follow closely behind. Raisins, dates, figs, plumbs, and prunes round out the estery display. Lighter spice notes rise from a rum-like alcohol scent with subtle notes of peppercorn, clove, and allspice.
Flavors are candy-sweet and startle the taste buds at first. But a quick follow of dry malt taste, evaporation sugar-like malts, alcohol, and mild hop bitterness keeps the beer tasting like candy, but without the associated sweetness. Still the flavor of grape hard candies stick with the palate even while complementing tastes of red wine, port wine, chocolate, plumb, prune juice, black licorice, and a dash of soy sauce waft the palate with wave after wave. Instead of relying on the balance of spice, the beer allows its sheer complexity to round the beer and provided the much needed procession of taste from sip to finish. Still, a backdrop of hop bitterness, clove, and peppercorn rise slightly in finish for the slightest sentiment of closure.
Richly textured, especially for the normally expansive carbonation of typical Belgian ales. But the beer revels in its unresolved sweetness and provides a succulent and savory mouthfeel, drawing favorable comparisons to desert wines and digestive. Wavering slightly as the beer finishes, the dryness of hops, alcohol, and receding malt sweetness allows for an indefinite linger of malt in aftertaste.
Getting past the notion that Belgian ales must provide the effervescent champagne-like dryness and evaporating candish sweetness; a savory sipping beer can be every bit as complex and satisfying to the stomach and taste buds. Honsebrouck has proved this with their time honored Kasteel Donker, but really showcases the phenomenon with Cuvee du Chateau.
07-28-2012 18:21:44 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
On-tap at Stone
A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head.
S: The nose has a definite sugary, sweet note to it. Plenty of caramel malt and brown sugar, along with ripened dark fruits.
T: As the nose would indicate, there's a lot of sweet, bready malts, brown sugar, plums, and raisins. Pretty standard flavors with a bit of a dry finish.
M: The body is fairly full with a soft, low carbonation and the aforementioned dryness.
D: A bit sweet for me, but not bad. The flavors are good, but considering what this beer "is", I was expecting a bit more.
03-29-2010 07:00:08 | More by womencantsail
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
2010 bottle consumed on Thanksgiving 2012.
A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It receded to leave sticky trails of lace on the glass.
S - Aroma is dried dark fruits. A good bit of maltiness and bread crust.
T - Lots of dried fruit - plum, fig and raisin. Sweet caramel and maltiness with a touch of toastiness.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied quad with a dry finish.
O - This is a good beer and a big beer. Went well with Thanksgiving dinner.
12-01-2012 01:20:09 | More by zeff80
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Bottle from Jeffo. 2010 vintage, served in a Bell's tulip.
A - Dark tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and splotchy lace. Dark brown body with some reddish highlights to it.
S - A nice mix of candi sugar, bread, spicy Belgian yeast, raisins and rum-soaked dark fruits, a touch of caramel, and a mild aged quality. Perhaps a hint of alcohol as this warms, but nothing excessive.
T - Taste is fairly similar, with honey-dipped bread, dark fruits, candi sugar, port, and spicy notes of clove and anise. Alcohol is a tad better concealed here.
M - Full-bodied, with lower carbonation and a creamy texture. Quite mellow and fairly easy to drink for the style.
D - Nice stuff, but not particularly mind-blowing or distinct from a number of other quads. I like the 'pre-aged' element of this beer as it cuts out some of the harsh alcohol and phenols I get from fresh quads - not sure how this is done, but it's a nifty idea. Easily the best thing I've had from Van Honsebrouck, but that's kind of faint praise.
08-29-2012 01:15:18 | More by MasterSki
4.58/5 rDev +12.8%
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...
09-11-2011 09:31:23 | More by feloniousmonk
3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Very light fizzy head fades fairly quickly to pretty much nothing, over super dark brown colored beer with hints of ruby maroon light coming through the thinner bottom part.
Nose is interesting, mostly dark malts, a madeira like sauce as well that adds a hint of Worcestershire sauce or BBQ with vinegar or something. Dark fruit, like fig, prune juice, again a vinegary like base that reminds me of BBQ sauce or Ketchup or something similar. A bit of candi sugar and brown sugar, molasses, etc.
Taste is more typical for a quad, dark malts, candi, fruits, booze. Dark fruits come though with fig, prune, date, etc, and hint of brandy soaked raisin. Dark malts, but more like Belgian special B or dark syrupy malts, with a light buttered coconut like taste as well which is kinda weird. Syrups bring candi sugar, brown sugar, molasses, and syrup in general. Booze brings light esters, and not quite as boozy as I expected, but there is some tingly warming booze. The juicy fruits and malts fade to a drier finish with a bit of lingering booze, fruits, and syrups. Later on the finish light phenols come out from the booze and Belgian yeast.
Mouth is bigger bodied, some warming booze, decent but lighter carb.
Overall not bad, there are plenty better Belgian quads out there, but this is decent all things considered. Most other Kasteel beers I've had were also better.
01-29-2012 03:28:23 | More by jlindros
3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA
Poured a dark mahogany color with a small cap of off-white head. Caramel and brown sugar in the nose, lots of dark, dried fruit; decent aroma but not too pronounced. The taste follows the nose for the most part, with dark caramel, honey, brown sugar, plums, raisins, figs, black cherries, and a subtle hint of cocoa in the background. Actually a bit similar to Kasteel Rouge in some ways, but a bit more complex array of flavors. Thick in the mouth, heavy-medium body, kind of syrupy, low carbonation, and a definite alcohol warmth that balances out the thickness a bit. Quite enjoyable, and I'd like to sample it again.
11-04-2011 00:13:42 | More by Rifugium
3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
The beer arrives with a slightly browned, amber tinged, tan colored head that has a nice creamy texture to it. The beer is clear, with an almost burnt amber color that shows a bright, rich amber hue when held up to the faint light of the window. The aroma is malt dominated with notes of dark caramel, a bit toasted malt character, notes of dark plum / prune as well as some date like notes. As the beer warms up it picks up some nutty notes that are reminiscent of an aged, slightly oxidized beer (which this isn't).
The beer is rich, sweet, viscous, a touch effervescent and has lots of fruitiness to it in the middle / finish. The fruitiness has notes of raisin and dates most prominently to it. The finish has a spiciness to it from some warm alcohol as well as an earthy spiciness and some black pepper character to it. A really rich, caramelized malt character makes me think of rum, dark candi syrup, brown sugar and even some notes of molasses. This actually does do a good job of simulating an aged malt character; it is almost nutty and even has a sort of sherry like note to it. The texture is nice and rich, with works quite well with the faux aged character and rich malt character; this is most certainly a beer to be savored and sipped slowly. This beer is quite nice, it is more enjoyable than I expected. Definitely drink this one slowly and allow it to warm up as it becomes much more expressive and interesting as it warms.
12-23-2010 15:48:20 | More by Gueuzedude
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
03-16-2010 21:16:51 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.28/5 rDev +5.4%
Drank a 0.75 2010 bottle a while ago and still have another: this review however is from an on-tap glass I had in the Antwerp Gollem on Sunday 16 Dec 2012.
Deep, dark brown with ruby red hints: on top a tan coloured crown of foam that hung around for the whole tasting.
Sweet malty molasses with Port like strength and flavours fill the nose and mouth; this is one tasty beer.
Small sips are the order of the day, don't want to rush this or take huge gulps, let it slip down the throat in minute quantities and savour the moment.
Really enjoyed it: this sort of brew is one of the reasons I love going to Belgium so much!
07-01-2013 11:54:25 | More by BlackHaddock
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
12-07-2011 05:58:15 | More by corby112
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
Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.