Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.88/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
02-22-2013 21:35:55 | More by Absumaster
4.25/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
01-30-2013 00:13:00 | More by OF001
3.98/5 rDev -2%
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.
12-25-2012 03:49:26 | More by siradmiralnelson
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
12-03-2012 06:34:42 | More by DoubleJ
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
12-02-2012 01:56:44 | More by deadonhisfeet
4.2/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-01-2012 01:20:09 | More by zeff80
Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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