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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010

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4.06
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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour with a tan head that gives way to a bit of a sticky lacing. Smells of dark fruit, prunes, raisins, cherry liquor. Tastes like caramel, dark fruit, black chocolate, raisins, plums and cherry liquor again. Smooth mouthfeel and a nice balance in the taste, with a bitter-sweet aftertaste.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of bskrtz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of AARomanov
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip. This is the 2010 cuvée.

Appearance: dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Body seems to be haze-free with a moderate effervescence. Head is a finger of fizzy tan foam which subsides relatively quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a very big raisin component, backed up by a nice pear and date bouquet. Not dramatically complex for the style, but I really like the composition. Mmmm.

Taste: very much like the aroma, with an emphasis on raisin, date and pear; there's also a pretty strong alcohol component here, which I suppose is not surprising. Quite a bit of sweetness features here, but that's acceptable for the style and works with the darker fruits.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess. Satisfying enough for me, although for a big Belgian quad I expect a whole lot. Still, quite good indeed.

Overall: this beer is a bit on the hot side, at least in the aftertaste, but I like the dark fruit composition. Beers of this style don't have to work too hard to be pretty tasty to me; still, this guy is worth a shot if you like the style.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of sureshot08
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

Appearance - pours a cola brown color with little head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: sweet, cotton candy, raisins, dark cherries

Taste: similar to smell, also some bready malt character. Not much alcohol character for an 11% beer

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, moderate thickness

Overall: A nice quad, easily drinkable. Not in my top 5 quads, but still very good.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into Westvleteren Chalice. 2012 vintage.

A. Poured about a half a finger of head, that disappeared prett quickly. Very little retention. Little lacing. Color is very dark amber brown.

S. Smells pretty dry. Dark fruit, yeast, caramel, brown sugar, a bit of grape. As expected more complex aromas come out as it warms.

T. Dark fruit, raisins, candi sugar, belgian yeast. Taste is more on the sweet side. Missing some of the complexity of flavor of other top quads. ABV is very well hidden. Has a little bit of hop punch in the way back. Has an interesting way of going back and forth from sweet to dry that is unique.

M. Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Finishes dry.

O. Not the best of the style, but the style is the best of beer. Good aroma, Good flavor, average mouthfeel. Just nothing that reallys stands up and makes you say Wow.

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Photo of phisig137
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 2010 vintage poured into my Samichlaus tulip. Deep, dark, and brooding, with a 1.5 inch head and excellent retention and lacing.

S- Heaps and piles of rotting stone fruits, berries, and sugar. Also, an odd petrol like phenolic quality, not unlike certain sweet german white wines. Nice.

T- Not anywhere near as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe. There is certainly residual sugar, but nothing like their Donker or other quads out there. Some fruitiness, excellent mocha character, perhaps a touch of cinnamon, and delicious yeasty esters. On the finish, it also exhibits some nice dry sherry and woody notes. Tastes far older than it is. Pretty damn solid.

M- Thick, heavy, and coating.

O- Better than the sum of its parts. While this certainly isn't an everyday beer, it is excellent on a cold dark night. While I think it's pretty solid right now, a few years would do this beer wonders. I anticipate in another 4-6 years this will be flat out phenomenal. If you're a fan of the style, it's certainly worth trying. Especially at the excellent price of $9 for a 750 mL.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2 year old bottle in a Teku

L: Very dark with nice dark ruby when held to the light, minimal beige head
S: Figs, sweet fruit, the promise of high ABV
T: Plums, raisins, malt, low bitterness
M: Playful on the tongue with a good bit of heat, creamy but a tad thin
O: Very good quad, but prefer the Donker

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Photo of Quonmisc
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011. Pours cloudy dark brown color. Lacy carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, date, molasses and yeast. Taste of raisin, prune, date, cherry, molasses, dark chocolate. Bitter and not as sweet as other quads. Broad complexity and robustness of fruity/dark yeasty, malt flavors. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; phenols with a smooth fairly crisp, aftertaste of red apples and cherry, slightly astringent with a lingering bitterness and almost a mild sourness. Alcohol is not overpowering but evident and at 11%, that's somewhat expected. Overall this is a fair quadrupel style but not a "go to" favorite.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, caged, corked, and black foiled bottle, the 2015 edition - a rather wine-ish sounding name, eh?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some undulating snowy hill lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of bready, lightly yeasty caramel malt, bruised apples and pears, musty middle-eastern fruit (yer typical figs, dates, and oxidized red grapes), an indistinct earthy spiciness, and a poking and prodding booze astringency. The taste is grainy, gritty pale and caramel malt, bready toffee, slightly phenolic yeast, mildly tart cherry, red apple, and plum fruitiness, more fig and date exoticism, a twinge of dry, powdery chocolate and vanilla nougat, ethereal anise root, and a burgeoning, less than benevolent alcohol heat.

The carbonation is quite understated in its coy and hard to track down at times frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of yeast and alcohol acridity dropping by unexpectedly and staying too long. It finishes on the sweet side, but moderated well enough by those same jokers still hanging around from the mouthfeel phase.

Overall, not a bad Quadrupel, the full maltiness, mustiness, and sedate, but complex fruitiness all under the yoke of a hovering big-ass booze quotient. That seems about right, though maybe they could have gone with a smaller bottle size? Given the cost, both to my bank account and my liver, I doubt I'll be revisiting this one, as promising as it is for spending some quality time in a cellar.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown in color with a tanned head that leaves a spotty lacing. Murky towards the bottom of the bottle. Nose is hard to wrap around, somewhat light. Notes of sweet, buttery molasses and candi sugar malt. The taste is still quite sweet, but tempered somewhat by a full carbonation. Candi sugar mixes with some strong dark fruits like raisin and figs. With the sweetness and high carbonation, comes off as almost like a craft root beer, with apparent herbs and spices mixed in. Super fruity as it warms. Alcohol also emerges as room temperature approaches; while not overly thick or sweet, this one does get a bit bogged down. Shy of the finest mouthfeels for the style, but still pretty damn good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015-05-10
Bottle code is 01-2019 KACU0115A. Label says it's 2012; 330ml bottle served in a tulip at the Restaurant Taverne An Den Linden in some town in Belgium.

Pours dark, translucent, slight head, little carbonation. Smells likea dubbel. Tart, dark fruit. Dates and plums.

Taste is like a dubbel. More like the smell -- plus overripe cherry.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Light. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of Pencible
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Volo, served way too cold ininitally. So much better as it warmed with grapey aroma and winey rich, dark coloured body A good barleywine, and a real wine substitute. That kasteel flavour. Alcohol well hidden. Almost no retained head.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 5-27-10

served into a duvel tulip

pours a dark chocolate brown with a small head. compared to other quads, this is probably the smalled head ive ever seen. bubbles seem to dissipate quickly.

fig, raisins, malt, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol.

follows the nose. something at the end though is killing it for me. finished with a medicinal phenol taste. not too bad

good, but id like to see how their donker is.

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Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer has big notes of fruit bread, dark cherries, plums, and dates in the front. There's then a caramel and sweet over ripen banana. There are hints of alcohol and lots of winter spice.

The flavor on the finish is a bit lacking with a lighter medium mouthfeel.

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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
90 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.
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