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

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337 Ratings
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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 21
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010

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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: So, looking at this in the dark lighting provided by Monk's Cafe, I see a truly gorgeous mahogany-hued body, replete with soft and slow carbonation, capped by a small and short-lived but significant head. Using my phone as a flashlight to really get in to things, however, shows the body to be much muddier, dirtier, cloudy ... essentially far less attractive. So I'll take an average. Either way, there's only the faintest hint of a collar and no side or surface lace.

Aroma: Warm sugars greet the nose immediately, but they're followed very closely by tons of warm fruit sugars - strong white grapes, black cherry, and raisins are prominent among them.

Taste: The 10 years of age on this beauty shows. Tons of sweet, glassy malts wash over the tongue - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and dried, dark toffee balances perfectly with some medicinal Belgian phenolic spices, vaugely reminiscent of coriander. The fruit notes shine through in spades, though, with a slew of macerated cherries and raisins as well as a few more unexpected notes like prunes (that definite telltale tartness), figs, pear, and slight green oakiness.

Mouthfeel: An amazing smooth, well rounded, and mature mouth. Tons of smooth, soft, definitively Belgian carbonation in a thick, sweet, malty body make for the perfect balance of lift and smoothness. Immaculate.

Drinkability: An expertly crafted brew. A fantastic drinking beer that had no hint of alcohol at all - I was shocked to read that this one was 11% ... between the mild tartness and maltiness, its completely buried. If you like malty Belgian's, this is one for you - worth seeking out, even at the (somewhat) steep price.

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3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark brown beer with a settling head, which disappears after a while. No head is visible.

The smell is malty with a sweet and port-like sensation. The beer has a tart smell that also has some cherry and berries in the smell. LIght dark malts which are not burned or roasted.

The taste is sweet with the port taste also present. The berries and tartness remind me of lacto or brett? The beer is sweet, but light in a way, it is drinkable, and not cloying at one point. The first sip I suspected artificial sweeteners but this beer is the best beer from this brewery.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hopswagger for this little gem!
11.2oz Belgian style bottle.
2010 Vintage

A - A hard pour reveals a ruddy dark brown colored body with little to no head. A jumbo bubbled collar forms with small whisps of islands in the middle.

S - Soured red figs, tart and sugary, cold sticky dates, Belgian candy syrup, brown sugar, sugary caramel, dirty cardboard sweetness. A tartness keeps coming up and envelops the fruity aroma mid drink, but the deep malt base overtakes everything in the end.

T - Spicy caramel malts, dark bread fresh out of the oven, brown sugar, molasses, not as much fruit as the nose describes, somewhat fruity though, figs are the dominate fruit along side raisins, and dates. Oxidation is present in the form of dry caramel. There's grape and raisin flavor that melds together very well. Old and deep sugary malts. Strong spicy components really kick in middle to end, creating a dry finish to to a sugary malted base.

M - Thick and viscous feel, (like a thickened prune juice), low carbonation with a small and tight stingy feel on the tongue.

Very dense and caramelized flavors with a thick and sugary body. This drinks very elegant. The finish really shines due to the swift and spicy dryness. I haven't had this fresh but this is drinking excellent for the year. Lots of spicy malt laced with sugary fruit. I picture myself drinking this in a tux with a cuban cigar after dinner. Really glad I cracked this. I just wish I had another one to hold onto for a few more years.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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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.

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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.

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3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.