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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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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/29/2013. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, date, red grape, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Outstanding aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, red grape, date, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, red grape, date, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small-moderate warming lingering after the finish; but not boozy at all. Overall this is an outstanding quadrupel style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head.

S: The nose has a definite sugary, sweet note to it. Plenty of caramel malt and brown sugar, along with ripened dark fruits.

T: As the nose would indicate, there's a lot of sweet, bready malts, brown sugar, plums, and raisins. Pretty standard flavors with a bit of a dry finish.

M: The body is fairly full with a soft, low carbonation and the aforementioned dryness.

D: A bit sweet for me, but not bad. The flavors are good, but considering what this beer "is", I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a dark mahogany color with a small cap of off-white head. Caramel and brown sugar in the nose, lots of dark, dried fruit; decent aroma but not too pronounced. The taste follows the nose for the most part, with dark caramel, honey, brown sugar, plums, raisins, figs, black cherries, and a subtle hint of cocoa in the background. Actually a bit similar to Kasteel Rouge in some ways, but a bit more complex array of flavors. Thick in the mouth, heavy-medium body, kind of syrupy, low carbonation, and a definite alcohol warmth that balances out the thickness a bit. Quite enjoyable, and I'd like to sample it again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Kasteel Cuvee' des Chateau
brewed to replicate the taste of an aged bottle of Donker (formerly Bruin)…how they do that, I don't know, but that what they accomplish, that's what we want to see.

Plum-brown appearance, firmly opaque, under a slim, cocoa-toned ring of foam.

Aroma: raisins, plum, port, chocolate and spice. Mild molasses, treacle, brown sugar. Big, rich, and ever-flavorful, powerful, yet mellowing.

Hitting the lips, the dark fruit, rich malt, and hugely complex flavors barge on board, with an early trace of the high alcohol content. Magnificent. Not too harsh, not too sweet. Utterly well-rounded, even-handed, with caramel and toffee rising in prominence in the flavor. Lays very softly and elegantly on the palate. One common criticism of Kasteel Donker is an over-sweetness, and this glass has that conquered. What more can I say beyond "very, very mellow."

The plum, the raisin, the toffee and cocoa is all in attendance, but plays it very cool, calm, and coalescent. No cloying sweetness, just extra groovy. Super beautiful. Extra yum. And here and then again, the alcohol sting rises up and coats the brain for a minute. Slicks the tongue, treats the senses.

When I heard of this, that it is brewed to resemble the flavor of an aged Kasteel Donker, I wondered first how you would do that, and then, if you could, why not make that the original beer? I don't have answers for any of those questions, all I can say is that they did it, and it's wonderful. A lovely, spiked plum pudding of a brew, a laced liquid licorice whip, and a toasty, tasty, caramel and toffee confection rolling happily in the mouth, all in one. And all very mellow, very groovy...

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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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 DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Closing out the night with a Belgian ale. This is a 2010 Cuvee du Chateau, which is corked, caged, and covered tightly in paper. On to the beer:

Into a Kasteel chalice it goes, the beer's color is chocolate brown with a small head forming on the pour, quickly fizzing away to a thin lace around the glass. The nose is strong, sweet, and very alcoholic. Red grapes and red wine come to mind first. Touch of licorice and Good & Plenty. Lots of alcohol is present, and it smells like some medical ointment. Let's drink...

The aroma comes off aggresive, but the taste is more comforting to approach. Sweet with a slight semi-tartness. The flavors of cherries, red grapes, dates, and bread crust make their mark. A moderate dose of alcohol makes its presence, especially when the beer goes down and warms your throat and tummy. Its a full bodied beer with low-medium carbonation, drinks slow but steady, and is an adequte example of the quadruppel.

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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 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 Stinkypuss
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kasteel Cuv'ee Du Chateau

2010 edition. Corked and caged bottle, opens with a resounding pop. Poured into oversized wine glasses, a rich deep amber/mahogony hue with an off white dense head that recedes away over time. Aroma is fruity, bready, a touch of alcohol, dark fruits and brown sugar. In the taste, ripe grape, raisen, and plum but mostly grape. Alcohol is well in check and stays in the background. Pleasing dark fruits, some malt body lending caramel and brown sugar notes. Damn tasty. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and effervescent, semi-dry on the finish. Overall, a really nice beer, great flavors, clean and has the potential to age quite well.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stubby 11.2 oz bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven.. Bottled on 5/29/13... Enjoyed about 21 months later from a large bulb goblet.. 1 finger head rises up and dies back pretty quickly leaving no lacing and no real cap.. the brew is deep dark walnut.

Thick malty nose leans heavily on the dark raisins.. boozy with warmth, burns the eyes a bit.. Spicy yeasty phenols make me think clove first and pepper second.. Esters are raisin with dark cherries.. a bit of oxidation.

Flavor is hot and a little thin, the beer drops off the tongue quickly.. leaving fizzy raisin alcohol.. Okay.. The carbonation scrubs the flavor very fast, but if you try, there is some fruity esters and plenty of spicy phenols..

Very burpy.. Sharp alcohol... Seems a pretty big mess at this point IMO.

3.5/3.75/3.25/3.25/3.25

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, the Donker aged in steel for 10 years, so vintage 2000,

A: Pours brown with a soft white head into a goblet, nice lace.

S: Surprisingly light, but some notes of malt and molasses, very sugary.

T: Clearly drier than the Brune, but still is a bit sweet. Moderate notes of residual sugar. Dark malt, raisin, but really didn't add any complexity over the 10 years. It tastes good, but that's about it.

M: Off-dry, creamy, very soft carbonation. Not as thick and cloying sweet as the Brune.

D: I think it's cool that this beer was brewed when I was in high school. That being said, I didn't really get anything except a drier version of the Donker. That's fine, I guess I just expected more.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 John_M
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This rating is for the 2011 edition. Dark brown (almost black) brew, some hints of ruby red in the light. Powerful wine-like aroma exposes the high alcohol content. Flavors of prunes, figs, dried fruit and some alcohol burn. A good beer for a chilly evening...

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Photo of jdhilt
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving no lace. Dark brown color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose, and flavor is dark fruit and caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $6.99 for a 330ml bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage, bottled 5-27-2010.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with slight purplish hues and a half finger beige head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy aroma with dark malts and estery dark fruit. Slight earthy and funky with some pepper and a slight medicinal presence. Nice roasted malt character with hints of cocoa and coffee countered by plum, raisin and fig.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a strong zesty spice presence up front that lingers over a chewy, roasted malt character and estery dark fruits into a slightly dry finish. There's a nice balance of pepper, medicinal syrup, chocolate cake, lightly roasted coffee, plum, raisin and grape. Fuller bodied with a much stronger malt presence than I expected. Also, the high ABV is excellently masked resulting in a flavorful beer that's easy to put down.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked 2013/05/09. I am drinking it on December 23, 2014 more than 18 months after it was bottled.

Beautiful slightly murky brown pour with ruby red highlights and a modest tan head.

The aroma has toasted Belgian malts, yeast, and cherry notes. No booze at all for 11%.

The body is medium to full.

Those the toasted malts arrive in the taste punctuated by a vibrant but tart cherry flavor. Mellow on the palate. Lingers dryly at the finish but like a wine sort of dry. Easy to drink. I would have more of these.

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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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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a solid quarter inch tan head that dissipates into a ring of foam.

Aromas of dark fruit, cherry, plum, and belgian yeast are supported by a slightly sweet, dark malt backbone.

Flavor is fairly cherry/vinous dominant, with belgian yeast and lightly toasted malt carrying into a somewhat peppery finish. Notes of chocolate, caramel, and alcohol add complexity. Candy sugar sweetness emerges as it warms.

Body is fairly thick with moderately high carbonation and a light finish. Significant alcohol warmth is present.

Overall, a nice quad that hides the alcohol flavor fairly well. Not as complex as I had figured but the vinous character is interesting and helps the body not seem so heavy.

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Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
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 rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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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