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

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rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 28
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

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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. (2,262 characters)

Photo of jonb5
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark in colour, opaque, tiny disappearing tanned head, some lacing.

S: Tawny port like, plum, booze and fruity esters.

T: More bitter than the "Kasteel Donker" mellowed throughout, hints of plum, brown sugar, fudge. Finish dominated by boozy burn.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation, medium to thick body.

O: I would say, aside from the bitterness, it was barely distinguishable from the "Donker". If it qualifies as a Quadrupel, it doesn’t quite hit the heights others do. (533 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
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. (1,508 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark hazy brown. Good carbonation but held no head. A flare up of fizz bubbled up after pouring it into a tulip, reminiscent of a soda.

S: Rich and leathery. There's a distinct sweetness of red raspberry syrup. Hints of wet oak.

T: A thick rich maltiness starts first with dark roasted walnut and charred (not burnt) wood. Raisin and black cherry. Tangy bitter sourness overpowers from the back of the palette rushing forward. The bitterness is a little acidic like a balsamic. In my opinion, I would have liked it slightly less bitter and less oaky to let the other sweet and sour fruitiness shine forward. A final sweetness finishes the flavor profile. Fortunately the acidity softened a little as it rested in the glass, much like a nice wine.

M: Medium consistency. Fairly dry finish at the back of the tongue.

O: This one didn't completely work for me. It was just too vinegary. I found that sour alkaline finish acrid. It did soften up a bit as it sat and I liked many of the other qualities of the flavor profile like the thick prune notes, but I won't be rushing back to cuvée du chateau. (1,113 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked and caged bottle. 2010 vintage, 5/27/10.

appears a murky chesnutt brown. thin off-white head. lacing clings to the glass. mild aroma of Belgian yeast and complex maltiness. earthy notes and a touch of alcohol, very nice. taste is complex, yet so easy to drink, flavors are melded together. herbal. good balance of dry and sweetness. medium body. soft subtle carbonation. extremely smooth to drink.
overall - excellent (433 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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! (625 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. This is the 2010 cuvée.

Appearance: dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Body seems to be haze-free with a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of fizzy tan foam which subsides relatively quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a very big raisin component, backed up by a nice pear and date bouquet. Not dramatically complex for the style, but I really like the composition. Mmmm.

Taste: very much like the aroma, with an emphasis on raisin, date and pear; there's also a pretty strong alcohol component here, which I suppose is not surprising. Quite a bit of sweetness features here, but that's acceptable for the style and works with the darker fruits.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess. Satisfying enough for me, although for a big Belgian quad I expect a whole lot. Still, quite good indeed.

Overall: this beer is a bit on the hot side, at least in the aftertaste, but I like the dark fruit composition. Beers of this style don't have to work too hard to be pretty tasty to me; still, this guy is worth a shot if you like the style. (1,171 characters)

Photo of beyah
4.84/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tried this beer at Ebenezer's Pub, it was a blend of the 10, 3 & 1 year old Kasteel.
This dark brown rich brew with a heavy light brown head.Nice Lacing.

The taste is amazing, similar to a port, can detect the Belgian yeast. This is an especially sweet and malty beer. It ends dry, and you can't barely detect the alcohol.

Heavenly beer. (339 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
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. (570 characters)

Photo of OF001
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL champagne top served at just under cellar temp, 8C, in a tulip with etching.

Very dark ruby-amber pour that is almost black with a nice sedated head that is super find and tops out at about 3 finger with a careful pour. Gentile carbonation maintains head at a dense and resilient 1cm.

Nose of boozy caramel and a touch of toffee, sugary cooked dark fruits: plum and raisin.; and a slight citrus note to elevate it from just deep and dark.

Smooth cooked sugars dominate a base of sweated plums and mulled pears, some dried figs and raisins. Lemon peel and alcohol give some levity and brightness to it all.

Mouth feel medium-heavy bodied and is smooth on the initial taste but quickly carbonates and combines with the citrus and alcohol (broken record i know, but the counter balance is persistent) before it comes to a juicy peak and medium dry finish.

Over all a nice Cuvee/cru, hits all the right notes but lacks a little body and that thick heavy malt base I expect. It looks fine but I want the fluffy wafting head a belgian should always have. Nose is balanced and is in line with the taste and body, but a bit boozy. As it warms the taste does deepen but at the expense of alcohol domination, which I normally like but here it's a little much.
some more residual sugars would have helped a lot, the finish is just too much on the dry side for a dark, fruity belgian. (1,384 characters)

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

Poured from 33cl bottle into Westvleteren Chalice. 2012 vintage.

A. Poured about a half a finger of head, that disappeared prett quickly. Very little retention. Little lacing. Color is very dark amber brown.

S. Smells pretty dry. Dark fruit, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, a bit of grape. As expected more complex aromas come out as it warms.

T. Dark fruit, raisins, candi sugar, belgian yeast. Taste is more on the sweet side. Missing some of the complexity of flavor of other top quads. ABV is very well hidden. Has a little bit of hop punch in the way back. Has an interesting way of going back and forth from sweet to dry that is unique.

M. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes dry.

O. Not the best of the style, but the style is the best of beer. Good aroma, Good flavor, average mouthfeel. Just nothing that reallys stands up and makes you say Wow. (864 characters)

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. (945 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottling. Poured into a Leffe goblet. The beer pours out dark brown with ruby highlights. Very little in the way of carbonation or head. Very classic quad nose on this one. Sweet notes of raisins, figs, cake batter, and port wine. Oh yes!

Luscious full body and a nice firm feel. It could probably use more carbonation, but I prefer quads to be a little flat so I can get more of the subtle flavors. This one rocks! Lots of ruby port flavors all over the palate punctuated by sweet raisins, dates, sarsaparilla, and brown sugar. The finish has a nice warming touch of alcohol which adds even more richness to the flavor. An enjoyable sipper that goes down much too quickly.

Gosh I love a good quad, and this is a good quad. For big, robust, complex flavors, they just cannot be beat. This one has all the attributes I look for: sweet dark fruit, big bready malt, that Belgian yeast flavor that always reminds me of puff pastry, and port-like on the palate. It's not the best quad I've ever had, but it is awfully good. It's like munching on spiced holiday cookies that have been soaked in mulled wine. Recommended. (1,122 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (527 characters)

Photo of SaintBenedict
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July, 14, 2010. Tasted on November 28, 2012 from a 330 ml bottle.

Cuvée Du Chateau pours a warm and murky plum-tinged chocolate brown with an inch-tall frothy beige head. The foam, however, is soon reduced to a thin yet solid cap of fine soapy bubbles across the surface of the beer. As the contents of the glass are emptied, the head creates a lovely dot matrix pattern of lacing on the walls of the Duvel tulip.

Not surprisingly, the nose is sweet and bready highlighting bracing citrusy notes, a spicy alcohol tincture of clove and anise, and dark juicy stone fruit. There is also significant vinous maltiness, which reminds me of bubblegum at times, as well as a notable Belgian yeast character and rock candi sweetness. Not sure how Kasteel did it, but the brewers managed to shoehorn some plump raisins, sugar-coated dates and fresh figs in there, too.

The palate follows through on the aroma, as sweet bready malt —with highlights of molasses, caramel and cacao bean— makes way for tangy citrus, faintly sour dark berries and crisp orchard fruit. Mild spicing and a hint of alcohol warmth is thrown in for good measure. The finish is tart with only the slightest bit of dryness, along with a modest suggestion of bitterness.

The body is full, although the smooth and silky velvet-like texture makes it drink quite easily. This quad goes down a heckuva lot more smoothly than the double-digit alcohol percentage might have you believe.

The sharp, bright and zesty citrus-like qualities of Cuvée Du Chateau make this a memorable quadrupel in my book. Just when I thought I had this style figured out, I get thrown a curveball…and a uniquely delicious one at that. (1,692 characters)

Photo of Douberd
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle of 330 ml, at home. Poured into a snifter.
Light brown colour, with a small beige head, fainting too quickly.Aroma of red grapes/port wine, alcohol, molasses.
Flavours of caramel and chocolate at first, with a porto wine flavour on the finish.
Nice creamy body with the right carbonation. Gives a nice alcohol warmth,without the high ABV being much notable.
Really great beer. (389 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
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. (521 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Foil and cork capped bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. 2010 vintage on label; 4/2010 stamped on cork.

A: Hazy, cola-colored brown body; a bit murky but not opaque. Tan foamy head quickly settles to a thick ring and some thin 'islands', leaving splotchy lace on the glass.

S: An appealing and sweet mix of brown sugar, dark bread, raisins, prunes and other dark fruits, caramel, and some spicy Belgian yeast. Some alcohol tones and a hint of molasses or sorghum syrup.

T: Taste is also quite rich and complex, and has a similar character, although not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. An exceptionally well-integrated mix of flavors featuring dark fruits, and dark bread. Hints of brandy and yeast. It has a moderately spicy finish with hints of nutmeg and anise. Alcohol is even more hidden than in the nose.

M: Full-bodied, with low+ carbonation; smooth. Only a very slight harshness from the high ABV but, of course, warming when swallowed. [3.75]

Overall: An outstanding quad. Sold 'pre-aged' but may well also have benefited from some further aging in my cellar. Mellow and easy to drink for the style, despite the 11% ABV, yet plenty rich and complex. Highly recommended.

{revised with March 2013 tasting of 2011 bottle} (1,245 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Stubbies in Gainesville. Pours very dark with slight head. Heavy alcohol smell mixed in with plums and raisins. Maybe some pear. Definitely lets you know it is 11%, but this does not overpower the complex prune-chocolate combo that bursts on the palate. Nice sweetness, molasses, candy sugar. Felt it going to my head after just one. A must try for Quad fans. This one should be talked about more. (407 characters)

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... (511 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 7/14/2010. Poured into my St. Feuillien goblet, Cuvée Du Chateau is dark brown with a small tan head leaving light, foamy lace.

Smell is big esters, loads of grape, strawberry, bubblegum. Clean, spicy alcohol.

Taste is absolutely amazing. Wow. What a killer quad. Such a clan, pure fruitness, nice little spiciness and clean phenols to cut it, super smooth.

Mouthfeel is slippery and light, the epitome of digestible.

Drinkability is dangerously high. This is a fantastic beer. Absolutely world class; it may have equals, but is unsurpassable. (560 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A big aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted of chocolate (just enough), some malt, a bit of yeast, and dark fruit (raisins, plums, etc.). Boozy, but in a good way. A powerful, complex, well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely not a beer wimps. It's big, strong and forceful. It's also well made and totally drinkable. (591 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a solid quarter inch tan head that dissipates into a ring of foam.

Aromas of dark fruit, cherry, plum, and belgian yeast are supported by a slightly sweet, dark malt backbone.

Flavor is fairly cherry/vinous dominant, with belgian yeast and lightly toasted malt carrying into a somewhat peppery finish. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and alcohol add complexity. Candy sugar sweetness emerges as it warms.

Body is fairly thick with moderately high carbonation and a light finish. Significant alcohol warmth is present.

Overall, a nice quad that hides the alcohol flavor fairly well. Not as complex as I had figured but the vinous character is interesting and helps the body not seem so heavy. (724 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (2,297 characters)

Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.