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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
453
Reviews:
154
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
41
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103
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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Photo of DavisEdwards
1.12/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Much too sweet.
One of the worst beers I have ever drunk in my entire life.
Beer is not Coca Cola.

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Photo of AZbelgian
2.16/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dark cloudy brown with no real head to speak of.

S - Has a bitter somewhat phenolic aroma

T - Strong taste of alcohol up front, more mild taste of plums follows, a bit acidic. I got a flavor like brown bread but it might just be the other flavors mixing together. The flavors here really don't seem to work to complement each other.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a bit heavier than I expected

O - I had decently high hopes for this when I found it at my specialty liquor store. I was more than disappointed. I'm not impressed with it, especially because it's a quadrupel. The flavors don't seem to harmonize with each other. It's not awful, but I can't find a lot of redeeming qualities in it. Quads are one of my favorite styles and I was disappointed in it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.43/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From: Whole Foods, Omaha, NE
Date: Bottled 2010-05-27
Glass: Founders snifter

While I enjoyed Kasteel's Donker, the Cuvee du Chateau is a near-total miss, the ethanol being far, far too prominent in taste and feel (even with three years of age in the bottle). What's strange is that I enjoyed a bottle of this in Belgium and found it much more mellow and sweeter with less obvious ethanol, closer to the brewery's Donker in overall flavor profile - I'm unable to remember what vintage that Cuvee was, though. I don't think I'd go out of my way to purchase a bottle of this again, perhaps I might to see if age contributed the ethanol bomb that this was.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of off-white colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles that yield a frothy-looking appearance. Foam retention is average, around one minute, fading to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is modest, a few larger lines and patterns clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer's body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out orange hues around the perimeter of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of raisin, prune, caramel-like sweetness, slight grape ester, and mildly notable ethanol. Not particularly memorable, fairly standard for the style.

This bottle was very ethanol heavy. Overall flavor of ethanol with undertones of dark caramel-like sweetness, prunes, cola, and hints of rum. Front of palate picks up ethanol, anise, and dark caramel malt sweetness. Mid-palate of prominent ethanol that obscures what is a notable caramel malt base with burnt sugar, a touch of roasted barley, anise, and prunes. Back of palate detects ethanol, with anise, prunes, and dark caramel-like sweetness in the background. Aftertaste of ethanol, caramel-like sweetness, and a touch of anise.

Beer is medium-heavy to heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2) mouthfeel that's a bit underwhelming for the beer; for the style it's in an acceptable place. Ethanol is readily felt on the palate and back of throat as fairly obvious burning, and in the nostrils as a notable warming sensation: not subtle or pleasant. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
2.68/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

eh, its "a'ight". not amazing.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of Anatole
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.8/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This 2010 vintage was had in a tulip glass.

Appearance- The body is an opaque coffee bean brown with rich mahogany highlights. The head is a little less impressive. The fiizzy storm only mustered a finger's width before becoming a very small, filmy, and bubbly lid, milk chocolate in color.

Smell- It is a little faint, but a dark licorice, leathery scent is most prominent. A combo of sweet and alcoholic flavors impart a blackberry-like scent as well. Incredibly whacky, but in a good way.

Taste- Whoa, man is the alcohol present in this one. The finish just keeps building with a caustic and powerful cognac / vodka flavor. Man that finish is really drawing away from the other flavors.

Before that finish sets in, there is the dark fruit flavor, and it is still blackberries and currants. There is a little bit of earthiness that was not as present on the nose. It even has a little bit of concentrated grape juice flavor.

Mouth feel- The feel is light to medium bodied and has a good creaminess factor. However, that caustic finish is really hurting this one.

Overall- I think there could have been a much better effort at concealing the alcohol in this beer. You can taste every bit of that eleven percent, and it is not appealing.

If this beer tasted more like it smelled, it would be a much better offering. Maybe a year or two of aging would really work wonders for this one.

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Photo of Tone
2.94/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, brown. 1/6 inch head of an off-white color. Poor lacing and poor retention. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Quadruple. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a high level of astringency. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, strong yeast, hint of toffee, and slight metallic. Overall, poor appearance, and the astringency and metallic notes are unpleasant.

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Photo of wejohnsn
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RD1163
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of nicoga3000
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of joaombj
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of 6string
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of korene84
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of GarthT
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of GlennWB
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heygeebee
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hmmmm, overall a good looking beer, with the usual molasses on nose for style. However, at the really high ABV the taste is quite hollow in mid palate and the mouthfeel a contradiction - high alcohol but also watery. Go figure. Taste wise lots of molasses , dark fruits and sherry.

An ok beer it not an easy drink.

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Photo of fankhauserg
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice but very different. Think flat, sweet liquor.

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