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

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%


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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010)
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thierrynantes

France

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased in La Cervoiserie, and tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : roasted malt and chocolate aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet malty flavoured.
Drinkabiliy : good beer in the belgian style; but too sweet for my taste

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 19:03:23 | More by thierrynantes
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mclaughlindw4

Maine

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a thin head. A steady slow moving stream of carbonation keeps a layer of head only aroung the edge of the glass.

S-Roasted and figgy and other dark fruits. As I am drinking it the aroma has turned to a sweet and fresh.

T-Its rich tasting and medium bodied, flavors are complex, fig and raison and whatever else. The alcohol is well disguised, but some hints are there.

M-Full and creamy and pleasant.

O-For the price this is not a bad beer, I will drink it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 21:40:49 | More by mclaughlindw4
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bogus564

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz, poured into a tulip glass.

The Rams are getting pummelled by the Eagles, and the Ravens are whipping up on the Rams. Can't say I care too much, except that they're both losing me in my spread pool. Time for more beer...

A: Surprise, surprise, surprise - it's dark, and real dark at that. It's the color of a Pepsi, with a dark wheat-colored 2 cm head that doesn't last very long before dissolving into lace. This could be interesting...

S: I can smell this from 18" away, but let's get it to my nose for giggles. I smell citrus fruit, dark fruit, and something slightly burnt. Even more interesting.

T: Wow, it's really sweet. There's the banana that you'd expect from a belgian ale, there's also a dark fruit, like prunes, there's a caramel note, there's a slight spiciness, kind of like cloves, there's the yeast - there's a lot going on with this. Makes you go all Sherlock Holmes with the clues.

M: It's good, halfway to very good. Medium-bodied, carbonation is right, you can taste the alcohol, it washes fairly well over the palate, and there's a sweet finish. Most people prefer a dry finish, but I don't think that it detracts from the general mouthfeel.

O: A decent beer to have with dark meat, like burgers, steak, ribs, that kind of thing. I'm going to have a cheese steak in an hour, and I probably should have cooked it earlier; it would have paired nicely. Good health to you.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 20:00:15 | More by bogus564
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kasteel Cuvee' des Chateau
brewed to replicate the taste of an aged bottle of Donker (formerly Bruin)…how they do that, I don't know, but that what they accomplish, that's what we want to see.

Plum-brown appearance, firmly opaque, under a slim, cocoa-toned ring of foam.

Aroma: raisins, plum, port, chocolate and spice. Mild molasses, treacle, brown sugar. Big, rich, and ever-flavorful, powerful, yet mellowing.

Hitting the lips, the dark fruit, rich malt, and hugely complex flavors barge on board, with an early trace of the high alcohol content. Magnificent. Not too harsh, not too sweet. Utterly well-rounded, even-handed, with caramel and toffee rising in prominence in the flavor. Lays very softly and elegantly on the palate. One common criticism of Kasteel Donker is an over-sweetness, and this glass has that conquered. What more can I say beyond "very, very mellow."

The plum, the raisin, the toffee and cocoa is all in attendance, but plays it very cool, calm, and coalescent. No cloying sweetness, just extra groovy. Super beautiful. Extra yum. And here and then again, the alcohol sting rises up and coats the brain for a minute. Slicks the tongue, treats the senses.

When I heard of this, that it is brewed to resemble the flavor of an aged Kasteel Donker, I wondered first how you would do that, and then, if you could, why not make that the original beer? I don't have answers for any of those questions, all I can say is that they did it, and it's wonderful. A lovely, spiked plum pudding of a brew, a laced liquid licorice whip, and a toasty, tasty, caramel and toffee confection rolling happily in the mouth, all in one. And all very mellow, very groovy...

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 09:31:23 | More by feloniousmonk
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kasteel Cuv'ee Du Chateau

2010 edition. Corked and caged bottle, opens with a resounding pop. Poured into oversized wine glasses, a rich deep amber/mahogony hue with an off white dense head that recedes away over time. Aroma is fruity, bready, a touch of alcohol, dark fruits and brown sugar. In the taste, ripe grape, raisen, and plum but mostly grape. Alcohol is well in check and stays in the background. Pleasing dark fruits, some malt body lending caramel and brown sugar notes. Damn tasty. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and effervescent, semi-dry on the finish. Overall, a really nice beer, great flavors, clean and has the potential to age quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 13:48:36 | More by Stinkypuss
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "100714" (whatever that means), poured into my New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep deep dark brown with a lively off-white head full of large bubbles that dissipated quickly.

S: Lots of malt sweetness and candied sugars in the nose. Maybe a hint of raisin and prunes as well.

T: Lots of light creamy sweetness here. This beer is reminding me a lot of Rochefort 10. Dark fruits arrive here, before the candied sugars move in towards the middle. The beer then finishes with a nice touch of belgian spice and maybe just a touch of alcohal heat. At 11%, it's mostly hidden here, and only presents itself in a manner that is warm and enjoyable for the flavor profile.

M: Light and lively in the mouth, this beer creams up nicely, the spices tingle the tongue, and carbonation shines through at an appropriate volume, to make the mouthfeel of this beer quite remarkable.

D/O: Drinkability is reasonably good, here. It's just a touch too sweet to be "exceptional", for my taste. Overall a very good beer, though. I really like the beers that this brewery puts out.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:56:51 | More by psuKinger
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and Belgian malt with light fruity ester is quite nice. Taste is also a generous mix between some candi sugar with balanced Belgian malt and notes of fruity ester. Body is quite full with nice bottle conditioning and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though a bit heavy for everyday drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 19:28:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is brewed to mimick the regular kasteel donker that is aged for 10 years.
Look: The beer pours a dark-amber color with a nice head
Smell: Sweet malts, sugar, dried dark fruits
Taste: Follows the nose; sweet malts, molasses, dark sugar, dark fruits and some spicy sharp aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, Medium bodied
Overall: Not so bad, but it is supposed to be compared with aged kasteel and having real aged kasteel and this one side by side, this one is very very disappointing. Much sharper and less soft than the aged version.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 14:52:33 | More by rvdoorn
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Bernardus Chalice.

A - Pours a darl Mahogany colour with a nice off White two fingered head that retains well and laces.

S - Sweet spicey aromas and some quite heavy stewed cherries on the nose. Raisin and dark fruits plentiful.

T - Sweet up front with some nice spiciness that follows. The dark fruits are plentiful, with raisns and stewed cherries the most prominant. The boozyness is quite warming on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O - Kasteel just doesn't make any bad beers and this is pick of the bunch.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 14:15:38 | More by eric5bellies
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown/eggplant skin body. No head or lacing present.

S - Aromas of tangy fruit with some acidity and tartness.

T - Evaporating alcohol up front, with mild hop notes and bitter fruit skin. A slight malt sweetness in the background keeps the balance. Nice spice notes.

M - A mild medium body with a smooth finish. The alcohol warms the mouth and evaporates into the roof of the mouth and sinuses.

O - A nice warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 20:56:39 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hefty dark Belgian ale with a pleasing aged sense.

Presentation: 750 ml brown foiled and corked bottle. Sober and slightly old fashion label in dark and old colors with the name of the brew and branding. emblem Back offers notes with serving suggestions, bottling date (100527, whereas the cork says 04/2010) 11% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Amber brown to brown pour, fair frothy head, medium to low retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Sweet nose full of caramel and dark fruits.

T - Taste follows with a nice coherence: sweet, malty, plenty of fruity touches of figs, prunes… Some black cherry. Nice compact range.

M - Medium/full body with medium to low carbonation, and a softy smooth touch.

O - Nice sweet sipper, quite compact.

Notes: A nice take in what I remember as the dark Belgian Cuvée range. While nothing mind blowing this tops the decent Scaldis version, and sure enough is miles away from the Leffe offering. Not something to actively look for but a brew that I would have gladly again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:01:47 | More by Daniellobo
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Maroon brown with a slight head. The body of the beer reflects color very well.
S: It has a sweet and sour aroma with some nice malty aroma that really comes off as slightly sour and fruity.
T: Sour and bready with an almost wine character though slightly smoother. It feels like a strong red wine character that would pair well with meat.
M/O: Very crisp and carbonated with some nice sensations on the nose. Very much masks the strong alcohol content but still delivers some very strong flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 20:30:32 | More by pzrhsau
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ThaCreep

Belgium

3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, almost opaque. Aromas of chocolate, dried fruit and bread on the nose but with a look and smell much more winey. However, in the tasting, vinous character, it enhances the lubricity, does not add acidity and leaves near the potion Kasteel Brune, sugar and less. A small taste of Puerto complements the taste by adding creaminess to the finish syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 19:43:54 | More by ThaCreep
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 27, 2010, two days shy of one year ago.

The pour (into a big Gulden Draak tulip) produces a robust head of tan foam, sitting on top of the blackest brown, or brownest black, I've ever seen. Lots of lace left behind as the head slowly diminishes (a head that never totally goes away).

Aroma is a welcoming mixture of dark fruit; chocolate cake/cookies; intensely herbal, um, herbs; alcohol; mineral. Alcohol is quite prominent, which isn't a surprise considering its age and ABV, but it has yet to resemble gas fumes or anything.

Taste isn't any deviation from what the aroma says it will be. The alcohol acts as a bed for the other flavors to do their thing upon. Prominent dark fruits are grape and juicy plum. Chocolate cake comes in just underneath, and there's a hard-to-define spiciness that complements the alcohol warmth nicely. Fairly sweet, but deftly balanced with everything else. Slick and airy in the mouth, it's a more subtle texture for an otherwise up-front beer; not lacking in any way, texturally, although not a heavier-than-hell monster or anything.

A big Belgian bruiser, to be sure, but as long as it's sipped slowly, this well-balanced beer is just as much beauty as beast. But I'm glad I opened it when I did, as I wonder if the alcohol would overwhelm given another year or two...?

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 22:16:21 | More by Metalmonk
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This offering from Kasteel is a goody.

Nice head and big egg shell, yellow cake colored lace bubbles.

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and some bready notes.

It drinks more like a brown ale than a quad in terms of mouthfeel. Well carbonated with a creamy texture that lingers for some time.

The taste is rather complex with some wood-like characters, raisins, and a fruit cake sweetness that is somewhat muddled into the rich character of the brew. I do get a slight boozy burn but only slightly in the back of the throat.

Very drinkable and very nice. I'll take this any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 19:49:40 | More by Patrickbrusil
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seand

California

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark garnet color, which is slightly translucent if you hold it up to a light. It's topped with a dense bubbly tan head, which leaves fairly nice webs of lacing.

S: Sweet, with some wood-like notes, and dried fruit, particularly raisin. There's also a small note of booze and brown sugar.

T: Sweet again, though it's a somewhat subdued sweetness. Raisin is also quite noticeable. There's a slight boozy burn, but it blends well. It's apparently supposed to emulate an aged beer, and it does actually seem to capture some aspects in the more subdued sweetness; the burn from the booze feels a little bit harsher than I'd expect from an aged beer, though.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Pretty nice overall, certainly different from the average quad, though I expect not quite the same as a truly aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 03:48:50 | More by seand
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Beerenauslese

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a very dark brown, though still slightly translucent. Poured this into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice to produce about a half inch head. Nice tan, frothy head tops this, with good retention and ample lacing.

A lively and invigorating aroma, smells of dark malt, raisins and dark fruit, candi/brown sugar, and spices--I'm getting some anise, coriander, and ginger. Also some nutty, cashew notes.

Tastes of sweet dark fruit--raisins, prunes, caramelized apples, brown sugar, and the aforementioned spices. The licorice/anise element seems strongest, but that is well-balanced by the sweetness. There is also some espresso coffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts in the background. The alcohol is evident enough to suggest a liqueur (like Kahlua), but it is held in reign by the complex flavors and is not overdone. The finish is peppery, and light, with just a hint of ash.

For all the flavor this packs, the body is rather light, and the carbonation is round, enough to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an interesting, complexly flavored Belgian quad that is light in body and pleasant to drink. At 11% ABV, this is a beer that requires sipping and/or some food pairing.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:16:54 | More by Beerenauslese
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 2 wine glasses. Bottled 5-27-2010.

A- Pours a blood red hue. A crispy bubbly head forms before quickly receding. Sits dark and still.

S- Mild tones. Sweet cherry juice, a slight tart tang. Rather basic in nose.

T- Tangy and sweet cherries. Some mild zesty tartness. A strong malty body with some solid undertones keeps this from being one dimensional. Sweetness is strong but not overbearing.

M- Tangy on front of tongue, lingers well. Starts wet and has a smooth mild drying action. Medium bodied.

O- Quite drinkable for such a cherry forward beer that isn't a sour. Easy to split a 750mL. The alc isn't noticeable. good.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 13:31:11 | More by busterthecat
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau

Appearance: brown, medium-small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: malts, dark fruits, and spices.

Taste: dark fruit, nice malts, and a subtle sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a nice cuvee. There is plenty of flavor. The alcohol is tasted near the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:18:23 | More by megahurts4
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber body in tulip, one finger cream-tan head.

Nose is of vinous alcohol, not much else obvious.

Taste is standard dark fruit, raisiny and malt, with some alcohol dryness. Leaves an aftertaste, but dry enough to counter the sweetness. Very faint banana on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very good; enough carbonation to offset the sweetness and avoid the alcohol being overpowering.

Overall a good offering. Drinkable for 11%, but one to share, being that it comes in 750s.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 02:17:04 | More by zaphodchak
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timobkg

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, it was a dark maroon red, with a thin head.

The aroma was fruity and sweet, with cherries being the most prominent fruit.

The taste rich with dark fruits and belgian yeast. Again, cherries were the most noticeable, and there was a pleasant sweetness to accompany the ripe fruit flavor.

Overall, this was a very good strong dark ale, and I would happily drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 13:42:49 | More by timobkg
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DaveHS

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aim of Cuvee De Chateau is to recreate the experience of drinking a ten year old bottle of the Kasteel Donker, their standard Quad. Though it is not much of a success in this regard, it manages to reproduce a few characteristics of a vintage beer. In fact, the brewer has had to defend his beer against allegations he has simply released a ten year old batch of Donker.
A few months ago, I was lucky enough to sample a ten year old bottle of Kasteel Donker. It had held up very well over the years. Though the body had thinned a bit, there were fantastic musty stewed fruit flavors and an overall character that was reminiscent of a great vintage port wine. The finish had dried out considerably, compared to the sticky sweet back end of fresh Donker. Some of these characteristics exist in the Cuvee.

A-Pours a hazy mahogany with over an inch of frothy off white head. As it recedes, it leaves thick sheets of lacing, with an inner layer of sticky, spidery lace and a small cap of foam.

S-Aromas of dark rum, biscuity malts, raisins, candied cherries and brown sugar.

T/M-The flavor profile manages to be fairly complex, without ever getting too sweet. The body is significantly drier than fresh bottles of the Donker, and has the same muted carbonation as a vintage bottle. All the flavors you'd expect from a quad are present (dark fruits, candi sugar, roasted nuts, etc.) but there is also a liqueur quality to the Cuvee that I cannot attribute to many other fresh quads. A thin, focused sweetness that never gets too big, but feigns the maturity of a vintage beer.

O- Good stuff. I'd be interested to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 18:37:27 | More by DaveHS
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Muchosnachos

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a highly drinkable Belgian Strong. It comes in at a pancreatic femur bone crushing 11% but it won't make gag if yer thirsty. It is a little thin in its mouthfeel but the flavors are nice. The aroma is also nice (rich but crisp). Delicious I will drink this daily until my market runs out. Buy it for God's sake it only costs 8.99.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:58:16 | More by Muchosnachos
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quine

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia

A: Poured into a flute glass. Color is deep mahogany brown, topped with a thin, tan head. Very nice looking.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, raisins, malts, and a little alcohol.

T: Strong flavors of dark fruits and raisins, along with notes of sweet caramel malts. Actually somewhat earthy. Can detect a little bit of the alcohol, but notes of tartness and bitterness towards the end works nicely to cover it up.

M: Thick and full bodied, with nice carbonation. The alcohol, while not as noticeable in taste, tingles slightly in the throat. Goes down very smoothly.

D: For 11% ABV, this is incredibly drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden by the balance of flavors, and it sweetens even more as it warms up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 22:03:08 | More by quine
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an ornate Kasteel goblet. 2010 vintage.

3.5 A: Pours a dark brown color. I couldn't get much of a head going on this. Managed maybe half a finger, which fell pretty rapidly. I was a little lenient given the high ABV, but this could have been better.

3.5 S: Mainly dark fruits in this one. Plum, prune, purple grape, raisin, and date. There's some crystal in there as well. The nose is pleasant through and through, but needs more strength.

2.0 T: I'm somewhat shocked at how boozy and raisiny the taste is. This seems a bit unrefined in that regard. Anyway, this has a plentiful bready yeastiness. Prune, fig, and date are back in the taste. Lots of crystal malts. A little sweeter than I like, but acceptable.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. This is the best part about the brew, but this isn't even that great.

2.5 D: This isn't a terrible beer, but it is a bad one and it's definitely too pricey given the quality. Anyway, I can't say I recommend it unless you like booze and raisins a lot.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 06:06:30 | More by DavoleBomb
Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.