Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.98/5 rDev -2%
A- 2010 vintage poured into my Samichlaus tulip. Deep, dark, and brooding, with a 1.5 inch head and excellent retention and lacing.
S- Heaps and piles of rotting stone fruits, berries, and sugar. Also, an odd petrol like phenolic quality, not unlike certain sweet german white wines. Nice.
T- Not anywhere near as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe. There is certainly residual sugar, but nothing like their Donker or other quads out there. Some fruitiness, excellent mocha character, perhaps a touch of cinnamon, and delicious yeasty esters. On the finish, it also exhibits some nice dry sherry and woody notes. Tastes far older than it is. Pretty damn solid.
M- Thick, heavy, and coating.
O- Better than the sum of its parts. While this certainly isn't an everyday beer, it is excellent on a cold dark night. While I think it's pretty solid right now, a few years would do this beer wonders. I anticipate in another 4-6 years this will be flat out phenomenal. If you're a fan of the style, it's certainly worth trying. Especially at the excellent price of $9 for a 750 mL.
02-11-2012 00:09:33 | More by phisig137
4.1/5 rDev +1%
2010 vintage came in 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Gloomy dark brown color with a slight garnet tinge, the pour produces rich tan frothy cap with medium retention then yields plenty of sticky laces clinging on an inner wall. Once it settled, there is thin bubble film covering the partial of a surface.
Exploding a well mellow fruitiness and sweet derive from plums, prunes, grapes, molasses, treacle, barley malt, balancing by subtle phenolic note, slight creamy chocolate, some roasted trait also dough and bread.
The sweetness and fruitiness overwhelm reminiscent of dark fruits, ripe grapes, sugar, molasses, treacle and caramelized malt. Alcohol reveals itself in the middle of a taste yielding process reinforcing a sweetness portion which is a bit fusel-like, some burnt smokiness and roasted malt bitterness weight in the complex end that wrap up all sweetish, fruity and bready hints.
Thick yet a bit chewy body, rather low carbonation but well carry out in entertaining the palate, finish is rather dry.
Well done in all dimensions, not a brew for daily drink but perfect for special occasion and time.
02-03-2012 08:38:17 | More by Everydayoff
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
2.2/5 rDev -45.8%
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.
01-25-2012 03:40:57 | More by AZbelgian
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
A - A deep red/brown ale with, a hard to get, beige head. The retraction is quick.
S - The smell is a bit musty with a slight port like scent.
T - A nice port/wine like tones and a bit sweet. It is like drinking a watery port.
M - High carbonation which I didn't expect for a beer of this age. There was no bitterness anymore and the alcohol was hard to detect.
O - This is a real nice to drink evening warmer.
01-14-2012 15:22:57 | More by Mar02x
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
01-14-2012 00:09:56 | More by Ratman197
2.7/5 rDev -33.5%
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.
01-04-2012 02:30:53 | More by Pintofbrown
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Aroma: Bitter fruit, sour apples, yeast, honey, sour white grapes, alcohol (lots).
Appearance: Deep amber, difficult to see through. Pours a thin brown head that quickly dissipates leaving some bubbles around the rim of the glass. Good lacing.
Flavor: Sour grapes and apples, then moves on to sweeter grape. Some alcohol, but hard to detect through the bold sweetness. Mild phenols.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly syrupy, but porous and fluffy from the moderate carbonation. Warming from the high ABV. Overall on the oily side.
Overall: Nice and sweet for a quad. Also mildly bitter. Very easy drinking for the style. The grape flavor is unusual yet exceptional.
NOTE: Bottled on 7/14/2010
12-10-2011 17:55:14 | More by soulfly1492
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
A: brown sugar cloudy, shimmer, khaki finger head,
S: figs/dates, big malt, spices
T: plums/jam, big malt, mild spice/alcohol warmth
M: heavy/med body, smooth/chewy
O: Wonderful Belgian Quad,
nice ABV warmth. Highly recommend it.
DELICIOUS, MUST TRY!
12-09-2011 16:41:22 | More by BeerLover99
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
Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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