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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

297 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

boqonx, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

srgj88, Mar 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

MacStinson, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

vermilcj, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

duceswild, Feb 15, 2014
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3.98/5  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.

ONovoMexicano, Feb 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

TypsiYpsi, Feb 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

soxandbeer, Feb 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

sfore8, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Marshall_ofmcap, Jan 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

johndavidfitzgerald, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TheSleepyMonkey, Jan 27, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Altrurian, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Ainjyll, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

ZinFanDave, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jn84, Dec 26, 2013
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2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

falloutsnow, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pooter, Dec 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

vhmf1978, Dec 07, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

jonb5, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

NickThePyro, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

brandonld23, Nov 17, 2013
Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.