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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%


Brewed by:
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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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
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish tinted brown color with khaki colored head that dicipates quickly. Scent is bold, yet refined... rasisin, burnt carmel, rum, slightly oxidized wine and some prune and fig. While the whiffs hinted at strength, the taste brings all the components of scent together in an ultra smooth beverage, not one flavor overpowers the other. Medium bodied, smooth, good moderate carbonation. A nice, in control and sophisticated BSDA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2011 14:00:44 | More by rfgetz
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color w/ a thin one finger head that quickly disappears. The smell is caramel, fruit and malt- and a little on the weak side in my opinion. Ok, the taste is better than the smell- plum, caramel, malt, spice, and alcohol are all accounted for here. Reminds me of a Grand Cru I recently had. Mouthfeel is good, not much going on though. A pretty major plum/alcohol aftertaste that quickly goes away. The plum lingers longer than the alcohol. This is a pretty easy beer to drink, but at 11%- you wouldn't want more than a couple a these in a sitting. Glad I got to experience this one for the first time!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:42:06 | More by jayhawk73
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, $9 and change at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Caged/corked/foiled, the whole deal including bottled on dating (100527), and a dated cork (Mis en bouteille 04/2010)

Pours darkest of browns, moderate darker tan head, going to a splotchy film, and leaves some dense bands of sheeting and bigger blobs of lacing.

Love the rum raisin nose of a quality BSDA, with some sugary fruit added to the party.

Complex, large and flavorful. Rum, raisins, dark figs, dense and tasty stuff. On the moderate side bodywise, equals dangerously drinkable.

Mighty fine stuff-Belgian lovers rejoice and go get some.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:38:38 | More by Billolick
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly while leaving a thick, oily coating on the glass. The smell is strong with dark stone fruits and soft, ripe raisins. There is a slight booziness which mixes well with the sweetness of the dark fruits. The dark, sweet fruits come through quickly while the alcohol lingers on the back end. There is not much bitterness, just malty sweetness. A great example of a BSDA. The mouthfeel is smooth from the tight carbonation and the drinkability is insane for an 11% beer. Great representation of the style and a great drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 05:24:10 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep mahogany brown with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes to a spattering of film with some decent lacing left behind.

very fruity with raisin and some dark stone fruits and a strong malt presence.

sweetened dark fruits (figs and raisins) open up the palate for some sweet maltiness that is of caramel, toffee, and light molasses flavors. some slightly tart dark cherry finishes this off nicely.

silky with soft carbonation and thick bodied with a pretty hot finish.

drinks surprisingly well for being so strong. booze never lets go of this one, but it is integrated nicely and makes for a nice sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 05:01:11 | More by silentjay
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a frothy, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of rum soaked raisins with other roasted notes behind it.

Tastes of sweet fruits with some dark malt. Fruits are characterized by raisins and plum with perhaps some bruised pear in the background. Sweetness is pleasant and not overly done. Dark malt notes roll in to add some brown sugar and a touch of chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable, but does not detract and gives the fruits added depth as well as warming the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly creamy amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 03:12:10 | More by ocelot2500
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit, figs and raisins, and a small alcohol note. In the taste, dark fruit, raisin stands out and a caramel like sweetness and a pinch of alcohol. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit like aftertaste. Kind of somewhere between a barleywine and the Donker, nice nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 21:30:03 | More by OWSLEY069
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark ruby brown with a light tan head

S-really dark, sweet belgian sugars. surprisingly does not smell boozy at all

T-just a dark mouthfull of dark belgian sugars...just tasty! the after-taste is a great quality of belgian sugars with a hint of cherries. this is just wonderful! there's not a lot of booziness at all for the abv. its very sweet as well. the burnt taste is there and appreciated.

M-medium carbonation with a sharp, dry finish

D-i do love this beer. this is one of the best non-fruity belgians i've had. the taste diminishes a bit but i truly hope to have this one again a couple times! i was very pleased, especially after having many disappointing beligians over the past weeks.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 07:54:39 | More by AdamBear
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
The beer arrives with a slightly browned, amber tinged, tan colored head that has a nice creamy texture to it. The beer is clear, with an almost burnt amber color that shows a bright, rich amber hue when held up to the faint light of the window. The aroma is malt dominated with notes of dark caramel, a bit toasted malt character, notes of dark plum / prune as well as some date like notes. As the beer warms up it picks up some nutty notes that are reminiscent of an aged, slightly oxidized beer (which this isn't).

The beer is rich, sweet, viscous, a touch effervescent and has lots of fruitiness to it in the middle / finish. The fruitiness has notes of raisin and dates most prominently to it. The finish has a spiciness to it from some warm alcohol as well as an earthy spiciness and some black pepper character to it. A really rich, caramelized malt character makes me think of rum, dark candi syrup, brown sugar and even some notes of molasses. This actually does do a good job of simulating an aged malt character; it is almost nutty and even has a sort of sherry like note to it. The texture is nice and rich, with works quite well with the faux aged character and rich malt character; this is most certainly a beer to be savored and sipped slowly. This beer is quite nice, it is more enjoyable than I expected. Definitely drink this one slowly and allow it to warm up as it becomes much more expressive and interesting as it warms.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 15:48:20 | More by Gueuzedude
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AARomanov

California

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

0.33 cL from Groton Connivence store. Served in a brandy snifter.

A - Pours an incredibly dark brown, almost black. Head is a light copper. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Ar - Rich and sweet, almost like a liquor (brandy?) but with dried plum hints.

T - Very nice strong dark ale. On the sweeter side with very well balanced malts. Sweet dark fruit follows through in the finish with a tad bit of tart/sourness in the aftertaste.

D - Definitely worth drinking/sipping slowly as flavors become more pronounced as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 21:15:07 | More by AARomanov
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: So, looking at this in the dark lighting provided by Monk's Cafe, I see a truly gorgeous mahogany-hued body, replete with soft and slow carbonation, capped by a small and short-lived but significant head. Using my phone as a flashlight to really get in to things, however, shows the body to be much muddier, dirtier, cloudy ... essentially far less attractive. So I'll take an average. Either way, there's only the faintest hint of a collar and no side or surface lace.

Aroma: Warm sugars greet the nose immediately, but they're followed very closely by tons of warm fruit sugars - strong white grapes, black cherry, and raisins are prominent among them.

Taste: The 10 years of age on this beauty shows. Tons of sweet, glassy malts wash over the tongue - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and dried, dark toffee balances perfectly with some medicinal Belgian phenolic spices, vaugely reminiscent of coriander. The fruit notes shine through in spades, though, with a slew of macerated cherries and raisins as well as a few more unexpected notes like prunes (that definite telltale tartness), figs, pear, and slight green oakiness.

Mouthfeel: An amazing smooth, well rounded, and mature mouth. Tons of smooth, soft, definitively Belgian carbonation in a thick, sweet, malty body make for the perfect balance of lift and smoothness. Immaculate.

Drinkability: An expertly crafted brew. A fantastic drinking beer that had no hint of alcohol at all - I was shocked to read that this one was 11% ... between the mild tartness and maltiness, its completely buried. If you like malty Belgian's, this is one for you - worth seeking out, even at the (somewhat) steep price.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2010 19:51:27 | More by CrellMoset
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Decided to try a little bottle on advice from Dave at House of 1000 Beers, who I am now going to fondly refer to as my "dealer" or "enabler" or "personal savior".

Poured into a Chimay goblet. (hint - someone should get me some new glassware for my birthday) Dark, almost opaque Burnt Umber. Head is minimal but dissipates nicely into some remaining delicate swirling lacing.

Aroma isn't strong when right from the fridge. Smells right for a quad, fruity and robust. As always I wait a few moments before drinking for it to warm a little.

Starts off boozy and strong flavored. Vapory, with lots of dark fruit taste. Currants, maybe some plummy/figgy even a hint of grape.

There's moments of Rochefort 10, but it goes sweeter quicker and develops out as fruity vapor sooner. Also feels bozzier.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. It is a delightful feel. Perfect carbonation balance.

Overall - too strong to drink all night, but definitely a capper of the evening. A star, not a supporting act. Don't bother with food pairings, unless maybe some barely sweetened chocolate.

Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:19:52 | More by radioscooter
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impending

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-

La Trappe. Poured into a Kasteel glass, a deep dark brown with red copper highlights. Decent head but little retention or lacing.

Aroma is a treat. A quad, of this there is no doubt. The aroma is thick, weighty.

Full bodied mouthfeel. The taste confirms, Quadish. A figgy rum spice cake in all it's glory, surely an old recipe. Phenols are mild but pleasant. Alcohol is restrained and warms appropriately as it hits room temp. Inhaling before the sip hits the back of your throat and you taste the aroma.
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 02:06:27 | More by impending
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dstc

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint. Tan head falls to about nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Aroma is of sweet malts with hints of plums and raisin.

Big sweet malts up front. Big booze is next and you just can't help but notice it. Nice sweet fruits in there but alcohol is the prominent flavor.

Medium bodied and biting. Very warming.

Good brew. I love a strong, boozy beer but this is too much. Only 11% and it does not hide it well

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 14:09:00 | More by dstc
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Pencible

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a very dark mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and sulfur, with underlying rich caramel and brown sugar and raisin, and lots of sour Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy caramel and rich brown sugar and powdered sugar and raisin, with sour Belgian yeast and a bit of floral hops and sulfur. It had a very mellow sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was slick and oily with moderate smooth natural carbonation.
D: This had great delicate complexity leading to delicious taste. It had great body too, and hid the alcohol amazingly well, so it was super easy to drink. But it was also good enough to sip and savor. However, there was a very unpleasant sulfur element to the scent (dominant) and taste (subtle). I'm not sure what's causing that, or if age would help that or make it worse. That's the only thing keeping this from being a top BSDA.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 15:30:27 | More by Pencible
Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.