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

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 373
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 20.99%
Wants: 31
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
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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 Altrurian
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of chakadrum
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No head to the beer and very little lacing throughout the drink.

A bit of sweet dark fruit on the nose. I would have liked a little more intensity, but definitely above average. A little bit of that aged funky basement sort of smell - an appealing amount.

The taste really did it for me. Remarkably balanced. Some sweetness coming through as I'd expect for such a high gravity beer but the right level of sweetness. The taste slowly fades and leaves a little bit of bitterness which is nice.

A little thin in the body. This might be expected given that the beer was bottled just under 2 years ago (July 14, 2010). I could see this beer maturing very nicely for a couple more years.

I think I paid $4.99 (Total Wine and More) for this beer and it was worth every penny. I could easily see this going for $8-10 on tap and I'd gladly pay it.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled La Trappe goblet.

Appearance 3.75: Poured out a dark, deep brown. Really more of a black with brown highlights. Absolutely NO HEAD whatsoever. Zip. Nada. No lacing, either.

Smell 4.0: Great nose on this brew. Deep gravity of the scent as well: almost burnt caramel mixed with noble hops and a light smokiness. Lovely.

Taste 4.50: Front is slightly sweet and all in the front of the mouth. The Middle is HUGE: big wave of malty, sugary goodness and a nice taste of grains, noble hops and many other elements as well: raisins, dried figs...amazing. How can the Finish compete with this???? Well, it does and what you receive is a lovely taste of...how shall I describe it? Compressed, concentrated essence of Belgian beer. It's this amazing blend of yeast, malt, light hops, phenols...hard to describe. Very hard to describe, but -nonetheless-- delicious. Reminiscent of another fabulous beer from the Kasteelbier group: Brigand. Aftertaste is long and deals with the amazing fallout from all the above. Malt, madness and Belgian infighting.

Mouthfeel 4.0: You know, originally I rated this a bit lower, but after sitting with this beer and learning to appreciate it, I believe that the low carbonation is actually a blessing rather than a hindrance.

Overall 4.25: What can I say? This is a challenging, complex beer. If you are looking for something to go with your "roasted wild boar shank with sherry reduction and Shiitake mushroom risotto" LOOK ELSEWHERE. This beer is all about sipping, enjoying and focusing on the beer. The brew, the amazing tastes that come from barley malt, hops and water, that's what this baby is all about. This beer will make you want to understand what is going on with it. To hold its "hand" and comprehend it. What does it want? What do we all want? Wow. Highly recommended. Did I mention the 11% ABV? Can't detect it. In the taste, anyway. ;)

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Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bitter fruit, sour apples, yeast, honey, sour white grapes, alcohol (lots).

Appearance: Deep amber, difficult to see through. Pours a thin brown head that quickly dissipates leaving some bubbles around the rim of the glass. Good lacing.

Flavor: Sour grapes and apples, then moves on to sweeter grape. Some alcohol, but hard to detect through the bold sweetness. Mild phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly syrupy, but porous and fluffy from the moderate carbonation. Warming from the high ABV. Overall on the oily side.

Overall: Nice and sweet for a quad. Also mildly bitter. Very easy drinking for the style. The grape flavor is unusual yet exceptional.

NOTE: Bottled on 7/14/2010

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brown sugar cloudy, shimmer, khaki finger head,
beautiful lacing

S: figs/dates, big malt, spices

T: plums/jam, big malt, mild spice/alcohol warmth

M: heavy/med body, smooth/chewy

O: Wonderful Belgian Quad,
nice ABV warmth. Highly recommend it.


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

From the depths of the castle's cellars, Honsebrouck pulls these well vintaged Donkers with the added complexities that only maturity provides.

Dark brown in color with timid tawny red highlights emitting, the yeast-hazy beer releases a delicate coffee-like creme that skirts the surface of the beer with low lacing on the glass.

The strong presence of malt rise to the olfactories with aromas of hard candies, pound cake, and light chocolate. But the fruit quickly becomes the story, taking precedence over the malt. Grapes become the obvious culprit while savory vinous wine notes follow closely behind. Raisins, dates, figs, plumbs, and prunes round out the estery display. Lighter spice notes rise from a rum-like alcohol scent with subtle notes of peppercorn, clove, and allspice.

Flavors are candy-sweet and startle the taste buds at first. But a quick follow of dry malt taste, evaporation sugar-like malts, alcohol, and mild hop bitterness keeps the beer tasting like candy, but without the associated sweetness. Still the flavor of grape hard candies stick with the palate even while complementing tastes of red wine, port wine, chocolate, plumb, prune juice, black licorice, and a dash of soy sauce waft the palate with wave after wave. Instead of relying on the balance of spice, the beer allows its sheer complexity to round the beer and provided the much needed procession of taste from sip to finish. Still, a backdrop of hop bitterness, clove, and peppercorn rise slightly in finish for the slightest sentiment of closure.

Richly textured, especially for the normally expansive carbonation of typical Belgian ales. But the beer revels in its unresolved sweetness and provides a succulent and savory mouthfeel, drawing favorable comparisons to desert wines and digestive. Wavering slightly as the beer finishes, the dryness of hops, alcohol, and receding malt sweetness allows for an indefinite linger of malt in aftertaste.

Getting past the notion that Belgian ales must provide the effervescent champagne-like dryness and evaporating candish sweetness; a savory sipping beer can be every bit as complex and satisfying to the stomach and taste buds. Honsebrouck has proved this with their time honored Kasteel Donker, but really showcases the phenomenon with Cuvee du Chateau.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Issac Newton's in Newtown PA had on tap...stated very limited...new, and will probably never have again. Most people confuse this beer with a Belgian Brown ale, but infact...this is a Barley wine. Pours a dark brown with maroonish tinge, from tap. Brought to our table almost immediately and already no head what-so-ever, and with that said, not much lacing to speak of.

On the other hand, aroma was very pleasant...sweet, Belgian-like of raisins and other dark over-ripe fruits. Slight boozy scent, malty and Belgian yeasts. Overall, a sweet smell.

Hmmm...wow. Great taste. Sweet flavor wasn't as strong as the aroma led to believe. Still good, but more booze in the flavor to counter-balance the sweetness. Not much hops to speak of. Finished pretty dry.

Thick, full bodied...robust! Booze is definitely warming. This beer came out of nowhere! Very, very good beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Pours what looks like a murky mud puddle. Quickly fading airy taupe head that congregates to the sides like air bubbles from an aquatic beast lurking in the dark depths.

S: Aged fruit roll ups, prune juice, banana baby food, clove, cheap leather, spiced rum soaked plums, raw brown sugar, cinnamon, and spice cake.

T/M: Lots of fruit, apples, plums, prunes all coated with near burnt brown sugar drizzle. Warming spiced booze, bready malt, pecan praline and slight bitterness from the spices. Full lush body that is slightly sticky and gentle carbonation that numbs the mouth toward the end.

O: Top notch! Lush and full of aged fruit flavors. Natural essence to balance the sweetness. I want another!

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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

Drank a 0.75 2010 bottle a while ago and still have another: this review however is from an on-tap glass I had in the Antwerp Gollem on Sunday 16 Dec 2012.

Deep, dark brown with ruby red hints: on top a tan coloured crown of foam that hung around for the whole tasting.

Sweet malty molasses with Port like strength and flavours fill the nose and mouth; this is one tasty beer.

Small sips are the order of the day, don't want to rush this or take huge gulps, let it slip down the throat in minute quantities and savour the moment.

Really enjoyed it: this sort of brew is one of the reasons I love going to Belgium so much!

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

400th beer... And we'll worth it. One of the best beers I've had in a while. Lovely appearance and nose and a taste that I could go back to over and over again.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Stubbies in Gainesville. Pours very dark with slight head. Heavy alcohol smell mixed in with plums and raisins. Maybe some pear. Definitely lets you know it is 11%, but this does not overpower the complex prune-chocolate combo that bursts on the palate. Nice sweetness, molasses, candy sugar. Felt it going to my head after just one. A must try for Quad fans. This one should be talked about more.

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Photo of OF001
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Douberd
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle of 330 ml, at home. Poured into a snifter.
Light brown colour, with a small beige head, fainting too quickly.Aroma of red grapes/port wine, alcohol, molasses.
Flavours of caramel and chocolate at first, with a porto wine flavour on the finish.
Nice creamy body with the right carbonation. Gives a nice alcohol warmth,without the high ABV being much notable.
Really great beer.

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

Draft pour into a 10.5 oz tulip for $7.50. 11% ABV. Indicated as the Kasteel Bruin aged for 10 years.

A: Served with a finger and a half of light brown foamy creamy head with respectable retention. Sheet-like lacing begins to smather the glass as the firm collar and sudsy film stay alive. The body is pitch brown and seemingly opaque until it is held in front of light, where a transparent ruby body is garnered. Active streamers keep the collar alive and well throughout the course of the drink. After the head has dissipated, the body doesn't contribute any more to lacing.

S: Toasty, earthy and woody. Faint cherries add a touch of fruitiness to the nose. This brew is by no means one dimensional, but the aroma has less complexity than expected. Very good nonetheless.

T: The cherry flavor is more distinguishable on the palate. Actually, everything is more pronounced on the palate than it was on the nose. Delicious. Rounded flavors with bitter English hop undertones, very soft, with a finishing flavor of port wine. Rich and smooth. Faint spices including anise.

M: The mouthfeel is wonderfully rich, smooth and supple providing just enough mild carbonation to keep things safely distant from cloying. Long finish. Alcohol is hardly noticeable, until the brew warms, and even then, it was only noticeable on the exhale.

D: This brew has aged gracefully (or has forced-aged gracefully according to an earlier reviewer). The Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau is very much a sipper and could have just as easily been labeled a quadruple rather than a BSDA. Perfect as a digestif.

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Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A big aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, and malt.

T: Tasted of chocolate (just enough), some malt, a bit of yeast, and dark fruit (raisins, plums, etc.). Boozy, but in a good way. A powerful, complex, well done flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely not a beer wimps. It's big, strong and forceful. It's also well made and totally drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Foil and cork capped bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. 2010 vintage on label; 4/2010 stamped on cork.

A: Hazy, cola-colored brown body; a bit murky but not opaque. Tan foamy head quickly settles to a thick ring and some thin 'islands', leaving splotchy lace on the glass.

S: An appealing and sweet mix of brown sugar, dark bread, raisins, prunes and other dark fruits, caramel, and some spicy Belgian yeast. Some alcohol tones and a hint of molasses or sorghum syrup.

T: Taste is also quite rich and complex, and has a similar character, although not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. An exceptionally well-integrated mix of flavors featuring dark fruits, and dark bread. Hints of brandy and yeast. It has a moderately spicy finish with hints of nutmeg and anise. Alcohol is even more hidden than in the nose.

M: Full-bodied, with low+ carbonation; smooth. Only a very slight harshness from the high ABV but, of course, warming when swallowed. [3.75]

Overall: An outstanding quad. Sold 'pre-aged' but may well also have benefited from some further aging in my cellar. Mellow and easy to drink for the style, despite the 11% ABV, yet plenty rich and complex. Highly recommended.

{revised with March 2013 tasting of 2011 bottle}

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's next door the other day.

The beer pours a dark cola color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is also pretty attractive, showing cherry, light milk chocolate, some vanilla and a hint of ginger. This beer smells pretty good, but it still didn't prepare me for the carousel of flavors I encontered on the palate. This beer showcases a terrific array of chocolate, brown sugar, rootbeer and spice, but then on the finish that black cherry really kicks in. Yummmm!!!! The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the beer seemed to have no more then moderate sweetness. It actually finishes with a fairly light and dry finish, albeit spice infused throughout. Drinkability in this beer is sensational... the alcohol is just no where to be seen.

This decandently delicious beer is flat out dangerous.... that's how easy drinking it is. Impressive. Really hope this beer makes it down to Baltimore, as I'd like to see this around from time to time.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ebenezer's on 2/27/10. This was aged in oak barrels for 10 years!

A - The liquid possesses a deep red wine character reminiscent of a bordeaux with a sparse off-white head that reduced into a patchy, wispy veil and deposited subtle web-like lacing around the glass.

S - Subtle tart and slightly sweet cherry character with a hint of oak wood. Overall, the nose is much more tame and subdued than I was expecting (althought definitely not in a bad way). I was anticipating a much more tart cherry character with more of a pronounced wood character, especially since this was sitting on oak for ten years! There is a hint of cherry cough syrup in the background.

T - Flavor is balanced nicely with a subtle oak character. While the cherries don't impart a huge tartness, they actually blend rather artfully with the oak to provide a hint of sweetness in the midst of dry, woody and sour notes. The cherry character is definitely more prevalent in the flavor than the aroma, however.

M - Medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a syrpy texture. Finish is slightly dry with a mild sourness on the palate.

D - This provided me with a wonderful sipping experience while enjoying my visit to Ebenezer's. This wasn't as crazy and in-your-face as I was expecting. Instead, I was treated to a rare and delicious blend of cherries and oak.

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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.