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

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 27
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

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Beer added by: ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010

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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.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely cloudy (nearly opaque) brown in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin yet very dense beige colored head. The head consistently left a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a coating down the sides.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of rum.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits—cherries and plums stand out in particular—and becomes more complex as the beer warms up. No sweetness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering the strength of this beer, the alcohol is very well hidden, but the taste is complex enough to make it a nice beer to sip.

Note: 2010 vintage

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

Cold 11.2 ounce bottle served in glass beer challis

A) Hazy cherry cola. The light catches very slow rising carbonation, giving off a grey-white glow

S) Though a quad, smells like a classic Belgian double: sweet caramel, baked apple pie, sour dough

T) Sticky sweet molasses, dark cherries and burnt cooked fruit, mild bitter hops. Yum.

M) Thick and delicious. Effervescent fizz and smooth.

O) Not port like, similar to most quads, but an excellent beer.

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

Reviewed from my notes. Served at the Lion's Pride, a preview of what is to come at their first annual Belgian Beer festival. The beer is basically the Donker aged for 10 years in barrels (I don't remember what kind though). It pours a very dark brown and is opaque. The thin tan head dissipated quickly to a tiny skim and one large clump of bubbles. Swirling the beer around the glass leaves a bit of a bubbly coating. It has an interesting aroma. There is a mild sweetness to it. I can pick out red grapes and a hint of alcohol. I think there may also be prunes, raisins and/or dates present as well. Like the aroma, the taste is made up of malty sweet purple fruits--plus, grapes and their dried counterparts. There is also a little bit of crystal sugar. I can taste some alcohol, especially in the finish, but the sweetness and fruit flavors linger as well. I'm not tasting some of the hearty malts typical to the style, but I'm also not getting any of the yeast flavors you find in many Belgian ales. This is a very unique beer. It has a medium body and a sugary sweet coat. I can lick my lips and taste crystal sugars that have been deposited there. Medium levels of carbonation are felt all over my mouth. There is also a slight tinge of alcohol. The beer feels very drinkable. I'm taking it slow because I enjoy the complex taste, but I could drink it faster and still enjoy it. Along the same lines I could easily drink a few glasses of this.

I should note that I feel that this beer deserves a higher overall rating than the individual scores I have given it..."sum great than the parts" and all that. This is a very good beer that fans of Belgian and English styles should seek out, as well as those who appreciate what aging in a barrel can do to improve a beer.

Photo of AARomanov
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
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.

Photo of Daniellobo
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.

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.

Photo of impending
4.01/5  rDev -1%
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

Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Nice color. Antiquated dark brown with a churned beige head. Insane lace coat. 5.0

Tart dates and oxidized apple flesh. Rich toffee and light golden raisin. Muscled yeast with desserty bread aromas. Medium booze level is a constant. 4.0

Apple cider, dates, raisin, toffee, alcohol, bread pudding, big booze, and a rum finish. Yeast is almost overactive in the taste. Moderately hot. 4.0

Slick and sticky with very light carbonation. Much booze, after it's all said and done. 3.5

Nice quad. Very smooth. Colorful flavor. Enjoyed this vintage immensely. 4.0

Photo of albertjr21
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 bottle served in a globe wine glass.

Pours a murky caramel brown color under a sparse head. Complex aroma blend of dark fruit, perhaps fig or prune, cherry, oak and dare I say, somewhat similar to that of a robust port wine. Intensely rich dark roasted bready caramel sweet mouthfeel dominates with flavors foretold in the aroma. As brew warms, flavors become more pronounced and buddy-buddy with my palate. Very nice brew...

Photo of Metalmonk
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...?

Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

Photo of seand
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.

Photo of drmeto
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

S:
-caramel,tart wine,cherry,slight banana
T:
-Follows the nose plus a bready finish
O:
good but slightly dissapointing for an oak-aged beer

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy and dark amber-brown color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin cap on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malts with hints of biscuit malt aromas. Also present are large amounts of dark fruits - plums and raisins mostly - with slight amounts of pears.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Sweet dark malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-coated dark fruits. Raisins are predominant with hints of dried plums and figs. Midway through the sip the fruit flavors lighten up a bit and then carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with fine carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without a problem.

Overall I was a fan of this beer however it wasn't quite as complex as I would have liked given the big ABV. Still, a nice sipper that's worth a shot in the colder months.

Photo of rfgetz
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.

Photo of silentjay
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.

Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Ebenezer's. Apparently this is also called by the less appealing name "Donker."

Pours medium-dark brown and somewhat opaque with a nicely formed off-white head.

The aroma is nice with caramel, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits.

The flavor is somewhat fruity with plum and raisin notes, nuts, sweet caramel malt, mild roast, and Belgian yeast.

Medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

Not boozy at all - the 11% ABV really hides itself, making this a dangerous beer.

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jeffo. 2010 vintage, served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and splotchy lace. Dark brown body with some reddish highlights to it.

S - A nice mix of candi sugar, bread, spicy Belgian yeast, raisins and rum-soaked dark fruits, a touch of caramel, and a mild aged quality. Perhaps a hint of alcohol as this warms, but nothing excessive.

T - Taste is fairly similar, with honey-dipped bread, dark fruits, candi sugar, port, and spicy notes of clove and anise. Alcohol is a tad better concealed here.

M - Full-bodied, with lower carbonation and a creamy texture. Quite mellow and fairly easy to drink for the style.

D - Nice stuff, but not particularly mind-blowing or distinct from a number of other quads. I like the 'pre-aged' element of this beer as it cuts out some of the harsh alcohol and phenols I get from fresh quads - not sure how this is done, but it's a nifty idea. Easily the best thing I've had from Van Honsebrouck, but that's kind of faint praise.

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.

Photo of DaveHS
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Everydayoff
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage came in 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A:
Gloomy dark brown color with a slight garnet tinge, the pour produces rich tan frothy cap with medium retention then yields plenty of sticky laces clinging on an inner wall. Once it settled, there is thin bubble film covering the partial of a surface.

S:
Exploding a well mellow fruitiness and sweet derive from plums, prunes, grapes, molasses, treacle, barley malt, balancing by subtle phenolic note, slight creamy chocolate, some roasted trait also dough and bread.

T:
The sweetness and fruitiness overwhelm reminiscent of dark fruits, ripe grapes, sugar, molasses, treacle and caramelized malt. Alcohol reveals itself in the middle of a taste yielding process reinforcing a sweetness portion which is a bit fusel-like, some burnt smokiness and roasted malt bitterness weight in the complex end that wrap up all sweetish, fruity and bready hints.

M:
Thick yet a bit chewy body, rather low carbonation but well carry out in entertaining the palate, finish is rather dry.

O:
Well done in all dimensions, not a brew for daily drink but perfect for special occasion and time.

Photo of bogus564
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.