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

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 367
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 30
Gots: 54 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of D9sus4
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%

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. (880 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%

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. (994 characters)

Photo of badgustav
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%

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. (224 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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. (161 characters)

Photo of tomordonez
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown cola colour with 1 finger of sudsy head which quickly dissipates to a thin layer without any lacing.

S: Dark dried cherries, plums, raisons, fig and almonds with hints of dank wet wood. Middle notes of sweet dark malts with mild rum notes on the finish.

T: Cherry cola upfront followed by soaked dried fruit of plums, raisons and plums. Middle of rum, vanilla and wet wood that leads in to a dark rum finish.

M: Medium bodied with snappy carbonation and a dry finish.

O: The most fruity quad I've had, with lots of cherries and dark dried fruit. Less alcohol in both the nose and mouth than what I expected. While less complex than other quads, this is extremely enjoyable and I would definitely seek out again. (737 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has big notes of fruit bread, dark cherries, plums, and dates in the front. There's then a caramel and sweet over ripen banana. There are hints of alcohol and lots of winter spice.

The flavor on the finish is a bit lacking with a lighter medium mouthfeel. (266 characters)

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

Pomegranate-brown with creamy parchment head.
Fruit cake, glace cherry, cherry and straight booze on the nose – big and sweet.
Toffee cake, dried cherry, some yellow apple, a clove hit, and a spicy end with a sarsaparilla comeback.
Dark candy sugar end and sweet linger.
Med, well chewy, round.

Doesn’t throw like 11% at all. Deep, faceted, BSDA. Sweetness kept in check by spice. A blue cheese beer. (408 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

750ML bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance - murky brown liquid with tan head

Smell - raisins, brown sugar, grapes, plums, prunes

Taste - prunes, raisins, grapes, brown sugar

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, sweetness upfront and a bit tangy in the finish

Overall - not quite as good as Kasteel Donker, but a decent beer within its style.

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle (406 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Pours what looks like a murky mud puddle. Quickly fading airy taupe head that congregates to the sides like air bubbles from an aquatic beast lurking in the dark depths.

S: Aged fruit roll ups, prune juice, banana baby food, clove, cheap leather, spiced rum soaked plums, raw brown sugar, cinnamon, and spice cake.

T/M: Lots of fruit, apples, plums, prunes all coated with near burnt brown sugar drizzle. Warming spiced booze, bready malt, pecan praline and slight bitterness from the spices. Full lush body that is slightly sticky and gentle carbonation that numbs the mouth toward the end.

O: Top notch! Lush and full of aged fruit flavors. Natural essence to balance the sweetness. I want another! (709 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
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. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Encountered this delicacy on draft at Philadelphia's Monk's Cafe. It's a deep, deep ruby red, translucent only at the edges, capped by a rich, but thin, layer of foam. Attractive, viscous cling. There's an undeniable blast of alcohol at the first sip, but it recedes into a mellow medley of dark fruits and roasted grains, long on raIsins and dates. This is a substantial and rewarding elixir, its sweetness and enveloping texture balanced by a volatile finish and slight alcohol sting. It lasts. (496 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a dark, deep brown. Really more of a black with brown highlights. Absolutely NO HEAD whatsoever. Zip. Nada. No lacing, either.

Smell 4.0: Great nose on this brew. Deep gravity of the scent as well: almost burnt caramel mixed with noble hops and a light smokiness. Lovely.

Taste 4.50: Front is slightly sweet and all in the front of the mouth. The Middle is HUGE: big wave of malty, sugary goodness and a nice taste of grains, noble hops and many other elements as well: raisins, dried figs...amazing. How can the Finish compete with this???? Well, it does and what you receive is a lovely taste of...how shall I describe it? Compressed, concentrated essence of Belgian beer. It's this amazing blend of yeast, malt, light hops, phenols...hard to describe. Very hard to describe, but -nonetheless-- delicious. Reminiscent of another fabulous beer from the Kasteelbier group: Brigand. Aftertaste is long and deals with the amazing fallout from all the above. Malt, madness and Belgian infighting.

Mouthfeel 4.0: You know, originally I rated this a bit lower, but after sitting with this beer and learning to appreciate it, I believe that the low carbonation is actually a blessing rather than a hindrance.

Overall 4.25: What can I say? This is a challenging, complex beer. If you are looking for something to go with your "roasted wild boar shank with sherry reduction and Shiitake mushroom risotto" LOOK ELSEWHERE. This beer is all about sipping, enjoying and focusing on the beer. The brew, the amazing tastes that come from barley malt, hops and water, that's what this baby is all about. This beer will make you want to understand what is going on with it. To hold its "hand" and comprehend it. What does it want? What do we all want? Wow. Highly recommended. Did I mention the 11% ABV? Can't detect it. In the taste, anyway. ;) (1,904 characters)

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)

Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.