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

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Kasteel Cuvée Du ChateauKasteel Cuvée Du Chateau
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Deep brown colour with a tan head that gives way to a bit of a sticky lacing. Smells of dark fruit, prunes, raisins, cherry liquor. Tastes like caramel, dark fruit, black chocolate, raisins, plums and cherry liquor again. Smooth mouthfeel and a nice balance in the taste, with a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 10/7/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, grape jelly, earth, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit, grape juice, grape jelly, spice, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid aromas and great flavors that make this one easy to drink despite its fairly high ABV.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of janubio
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Kasteel glass. Deep brown colour, small beige head with a rich lace. Aroma of dark and dried fruits, plums, cherries, brown sugar, "oloroso" xerry, wood. Medium to full body, creamy and thin palate, good carbonation. Taste of plums, cherries, dried fruits, chocolate, xerry, oak. alcohol is noticeable. Just like an aged Kasteel bruin: Extraordinary.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
11% ABV, Bottled on: 2013/05/29

A - Under photography lights this beer pours a pretty gross pond water-like muddy brown that's cloudy through and through but give it a swirl and red dark cherry skin colors bring the beer to life, reviving its fleeting and fizzy tan head.

S - Rich in dark fruit aromas, this beer boasts big Sun-Maid raisin aromatics, candied plum, and black currants and cherries with a suggestion of Fig Newton before sweet candi sugar ushers in a smooth malt background. Both yeast spice and hops are absent from aroma but it's time spend in wood does offer a balance of earthy oak on the finish.

T - This quad remains dark fruit forward but the flavor doesn't mirror the aroma if at all. Sherry-soaked raisins and red grape skin provide an interesting alcohol/tartness combo that helps to keep the beer's sweetness at bay. Hints of chocolate emerge before agreeable suggestions of charred oak make an appearance on the back end, trailing off into warming alcohol.

M - The aromatic perception of this quad tricks your brain into thinking it will be a sweet, heavy beer but, because there's little alcohol passing through the nose, it's just that; a trick. The beer is the least sweet of any Kasteel I've encountered, crossing the palate with tart cherry and red grape skin tannins and finishing out quite thin on account of the warming, near solvent-like alcohol.

O - After many opportunities to experience Kasteel beers I've found, time and time again, they're cloyingly sweet so, when the owners of Alcoholmanac and I started tasting through quads for an upcoming issue, I looked less than favorably upon this beer (after having already tried the Donker, once again). Kasteel's Cuvée du Chateau was a surprise that quickly changed my opinion on their beers, as did their Barista - though this came first. This voluptuous quad morphs through just about ever different aspect of the beer, quite literally changing your perceived expectations with every sniff and sip. I may not like all Kasteel brews but I can most definitely get down with this.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2013-10-03. Almost as good as Donker, I’d passed by this on the shelves too many times. Pours a murky brown-garnet.with minimal brown foam, not the raging froth typical of the style. Aroma is plentiful of cooked sugar, raisin, and a tinge of a vinous note. Flavor is sweet over-ripe fruit - plums and raisins, and some yeasty esters. Finish has a slight lingering pleasant sweetness. Great stuff.

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Photo of Quonmisc
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011. Pours cloudy dark brown color. Lacy carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, date, molasses and yeast. Taste of raisin, prune, date, cherry, molasses, dark chocolate. Bitter and not as sweet as other quads. Broad complexity and robustness of fruity/dark yeasty, malt flavors. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; phenols with a smooth fairly crisp, aftertaste of red apples and cherry, slightly astringent with a lingering bitterness and almost a mild sourness. Alcohol is not overpowering but evident and at 11%, that's somewhat expected. Overall this is a fair quadrupel style but not a "go to" favorite.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, caged, corked, and black foiled bottle, the 2015 edition - a rather wine-ish sounding name, eh?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some undulating snowy hill lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of bready, lightly yeasty caramel malt, bruised apples and pears, musty middle-eastern fruit (yer typical figs, dates, and oxidized red grapes), an indistinct earthy spiciness, and a poking and prodding booze astringency. The taste is grainy, gritty pale and caramel malt, bready toffee, slightly phenolic yeast, mildly tart cherry, red apple, and plum fruitiness, more fig and date exoticism, a twinge of dry, powdery chocolate and vanilla nougat, ethereal anise root, and a burgeoning, less than benevolent alcohol heat.

The carbonation is quite understated in its coy and hard to track down at times frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of yeast and alcohol acridity dropping by unexpectedly and staying too long. It finishes on the sweet side, but moderated well enough by those same jokers still hanging around from the mouthfeel phase.

Overall, not a bad Quadrupel, the full maltiness, mustiness, and sedate, but complex fruitiness all under the yoke of a hovering big-ass booze quotient. That seems about right, though maybe they could have gone with a smaller bottle size? Given the cost, both to my bank account and my liver, I doubt I'll be revisiting this one, as promising as it is for spending some quality time in a cellar.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2 year old bottle in a Teku

L: Very dark with nice dark ruby when held to the light, minimal beige head
S: Figs, sweet fruit, the promise of high ABV
T: Plums, raisins, malt, low bitterness
M: Playful on the tongue with a good bit of heat, creamy but a tad thin
O: Very good quad, but prefer the Donker

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Photo of fishyakLA
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bottled with a steamed mussel dinner at Bardot's in Las Vegas. I would love to match this beer with a good pork roast or veal marsala. High ABV, but still sippable But the "Al" is there and could sneak up on you if you are not careful. Its got that quad taste/smell/feel of dried fruits and toasted bread. Good complexity. I had my bottle served chilled to start with and it seemed a little restrained; tasting like a boozy cola. As the serving temperature rose, so did the complexity of the flavors. Hidden away on the bottle was a small little note that the recommended serving temp. was 46 degrees. I would concur. Do not serve this one too cold. My bottle was labeled as vintage 2013. If you are a fan of the Belgium quad style, you'll enjoy this one but will not put it at the very top of your list. Solid, but not exceptional.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter

A : very dark chocolate brown color with 100% opacity. No head but that may be from the tap.

S : plum, fig, raisin, sweet cocoa nibs, and a yeast zing at the nose.

T : rich, dark fig. Mixed with chocolate covered plums. It's particularly decadent and antiquated, super fine with yeast zing and baked dark pumpernickel. Lovely flavor. The end is with black globe grape and a hint of black licorice.

M : medium bodied, semi-creamy, ends semi dry with a bright pop from carbonation.

O : fantastic beer. I'd have it again, the word "dark ambrosia" comes to mind. Very nice.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma has strong notes of Apple purée & plum. Slick mouthfeel, a tad oily,with lots of apple cider notes (just a bit of vinegar tart) accented by dark fruit, mostly the plum with some raisin / dark fruit as well. Good, complex flavor & pretty smooth, an underrated Quad.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-05-10
Bottle code is 01-2019 KACU0115A. Label says it's 2012; 330ml bottle served in a tulip at the Restaurant Taverne An Den Linden in some town in Belgium.

Pours dark, translucent, slight head, little carbonation. Smells likea dubbel. Tart, dark fruit. Dates and plums.

Taste is like a dubbel. More like the smell -- plus overripe cherry.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Light. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of Mll777
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love it, only "issue" is the narrow foam, which quickly disappears.

I'll probably buy the special glass this beer deserves:) And see what it does to the foam.

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Photo of drmeto
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a dark brown with faint ruby tinges and a small,frothy,beige head
S:
-caramel,tart wine,cherry,slight banana
T:
-Follows the nose plus a bready finish
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-slightly boozy
O:
good but slightly dissapointing for an aged beer

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Photo of Dentist666
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into trappist glass.
Pours dark brown beer with 0.5 finger tan head, leaving some bubbles on the top in a couple of minutes. Smell is complex and sweet - intense dark fruits (prunes, raisin, etc), candy sugar, yeasts, caramel.
Flavour is not very alcoholic, rather sweet, correlating with the smell, fantastic balance of the beer, surprising drinkability, considering ABV. Aftertaste is not very long, but actually good in those pleasant moments.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/29/2013. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, date, red grape, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Outstanding aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, red grape, date, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, red grape, date, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small-moderate warming lingering after the finish; but not boozy at all. Overall this is an outstanding quadrupel style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stubby 11.2 oz bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven.. Bottled on 5/29/13... Enjoyed about 21 months later from a large bulb goblet.. 1 finger head rises up and dies back pretty quickly leaving no lacing and no real cap.. the brew is deep dark walnut.

Thick malty nose leans heavily on the dark raisins.. boozy with warmth, burns the eyes a bit.. Spicy yeasty phenols make me think clove first and pepper second.. Esters are raisin with dark cherries.. a bit of oxidation.

Flavor is hot and a little thin, the beer drops off the tongue quickly.. leaving fizzy raisin alcohol.. Okay.. The carbonation scrubs the flavor very fast, but if you try, there is some fruity esters and plenty of spicy phenols..

Very burpy.. Sharp alcohol... Seems a pretty big mess at this point IMO.

3.5/3.75/3.25/3.25/3.25

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour deep clear red-brown, finger and a half of light brown head that quickly drops off to a lace.

Aroma is faint and musty when cool, dominated by alcohol as it warms. Not this brews strong point.

Flavor is malt heavy with lots of fruit esters and good amount of hot alcohol. Raisin, oat and toffee are the big notes with some lingering cherry on the backend. Fairly dry for a quad with a significant alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is generally light for a quad, thinned by the big alcohol and fairly lively CO2 level.

Similar flavor profile to Kasteel Winter, with the toffee and raisin, only a lot more alcohol burn. Aroma predominantly recalls a dirty urinal, thankfully it is pretty faint and blasted by alcohol as it warms. Not a bad beer, but I can do better at this price point.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked 2013/05/09. I am drinking it on December 23, 2014 more than 18 months after it was bottled.

Beautiful slightly murky brown pour with ruby red highlights and a modest tan head.

The aroma has toasted Belgian malts, yeast, and cherry notes. No booze at all for 11%.

The body is medium to full.

Those the toasted malts arrive in the taste punctuated by a vibrant but tart cherry flavor. Mellow on the palate. Lingers dryly at the finish but like a wine sort of dry. Easy to drink. I would have more of these.

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Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, brown. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor lacing and poor retention. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a high level of astringency. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, strong yeast, hint of toffee, and slight metallic. Overall, poor appearance, and the astringency and metallic notes are unpleasant.

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Photo of D9sus4
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%

I tasted this last week on draft at a local pub that has 55 mostly great beers on tap. It tasted like a cross between a Trappistes Rochefort 10 and the Kasteel Rouge brewed by the same brewery. Nice heavy bodied dark Belgian beer with a sour cherry backbone. If it weren't 11 %ABV, I could easily drink it all night. 2012 brew date on draft.

I tasted it again last night from a bottle dated May, 2010. Didn't like it as much when I first opened and tasted it. Neither did my wife who had also enjoyed the draft version with me last week. However, while we were sitting and talking and not in a rush to drink the disappointing beer, it warmed up a bit. When I finally took a second sip, it tasted like the draft version we had both loved. My wife thought the same.

So the point of my long winded review is, don't serve this beer too cold! 50-60 degrees is what I would recommend.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%

Sturdy, crown-emblazoned cage unwound, stout cork popped without incident, I decant this quadruple into my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Quite a pretty ale indeed. A deep garnet or blood ruby with a two-finger tan head that settles into a carbonation-fed layer of fine froth that never really goes away.

It smells very enticing as well. Great vinous sorta character, with complementary assorted dark fruits. A little caramel and chocolate makes things even more interesting, and there's also this intriguing floral but kinda musty (in a pleasant way) yeasty earthiness. Might have something to do with this bottle being a year and a month old. Lovely bouquet!

The flavor profile is Belgian in every aspect. A burst of fruity red grapes, raisins, figs, and cherries, followed by sweet, yeasty bread, and finished with tingling spiciness like cinnamon and ginger, and a nice little (welcome) booziness.

A full body lets all the complexities swim around on my palate nicely.

Killer quad.

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Photo of badgustav
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%

Darker than expected with an appealing nose. Rich in the tongue, with afternotes of fruit and molasses. Incredibly smooth for a quad, this beer goes down too easily. A pleasure to drink, and I look forward to the next visit.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

400th beer... And we'll worth it. One of the best beers I've had in a while. Lovely appearance and nose and a taste that I could go back to over and over again.

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Photo of tomordonez
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG. Open the bottle and the aroma hits you in the face. Don’t pour inclined into the glass. Pour it like a wine. Nice head becomes a thin film but it doesn’t fade. Dark brown, almost black, see through. Aroma of a giant chunky banana, raisins, some chocolate, liquid bread, a tiny bit floral. Medium body, low carbonation, fruity on top, explosion of flavors in the middle, alcoholic at the end.

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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.