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

Kasteel Cuvée Du ChateauKasteel Cuvée Du Chateau
BA SCORE
4.07/5
461 Ratings
Kasteel Cuvée Du ChateauKasteel Cuvée Du Chateau
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,746
Reviews:
157
Ratings:
461
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
107
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 461 |  Reviews: 157
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
11% ABV, Bottled on: 2013/05/29

A - Under photography lights this beer pours a pretty gross pond water-like muddy brown that's cloudy through and through but give it a swirl and red dark cherry skin colors bring the beer to life, reviving its fleeting and fizzy tan head.

S - Rich in dark fruit aromas, this beer boasts big Sun-Maid raisin aromatics, candied plum, and black currants and cherries with a suggestion of Fig Newton before sweet candi sugar ushers in a smooth malt background. Both yeast spice and hops are absent from aroma but it's time spend in wood does offer a balance of earthy oak on the finish.

T - This quad remains dark fruit forward but the flavor doesn't mirror the aroma if at all. Sherry-soaked raisins and red grape skin provide an interesting alcohol/tartness combo that helps to keep the beer's sweetness at bay. Hints of chocolate emerge before agreeable suggestions of charred oak make an appearance on the back end, trailing off into warming alcohol.

M - The aromatic perception of this quad tricks your brain into thinking it will be a sweet, heavy beer but, because there's little alcohol passing through the nose, it's just that; a trick. The beer is the least sweet of any Kasteel I've encountered, crossing the palate with tart cherry and red grape skin tannins and finishing out quite thin on account of the warming, near solvent-like alcohol.

O - After many opportunities to experience Kasteel beers I've found, time and time again, they're cloyingly sweet so, when the owners of Alcoholmanac and I started tasting through quads for an upcoming issue, I looked less than favorably upon this beer (after having already tried the Donker, once again). Kasteel's Cuvée du Chateau was a surprise that quickly changed my opinion on their beers, as did their Barista - though this came first. This voluptuous quad morphs through just about ever different aspect of the beer, quite literally changing your perceived expectations with every sniff and sip. I may not like all Kasteel brews but I can most definitely get down with this.

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Photo of Pencible
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
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 rderedin
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice quad. I've had 2 bottles of this. It's ages amazingly gracefully. Very nice offering from a great brewery.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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 KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Sludgeman
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of BdM
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cuvée Du Chateau has a thin, big-bubbled, cream-colored head, a standard, shoe-leather brown appearance, with lots of beige yeast chunks, and a few lacing splotches left on the glass. The aroma is of raisin, spiced bread, prunes, walnuts, and possibly brownies. Tastes is of spiced brown bread, a touch of lemon, some very low-level, balancing hop bitterness, caramel, and even white rice (which, this beer does not contain, to my knowledge). Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, and there is a bit of an unpleasant chalky under-taste. Cuvée Du Chateau finishes just a bit on the drying side. Booze predominates, here.

RJT

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Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jeffo
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at the liquor store down the road.

From a 750 into a snifter. Cool looking bottle that I will try to get a photo up of.

Note: This is their quadrupel, or donker, brewed to be like it's ten years old. Read: This beer is NOT 10 years old. It is a recent brew, but the brewer artificially aged it to be like it was ten years old.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking an head with very good retention. Dark bistre brown in color with medium carbonation evident. head slowly fades to a good foam cap. A good carp remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Caramel malt, dark malt, and lots of dark fruits. Raisins and dates come through in the aroma. Some spicy notes, cloves and coriander, as well as some brown sugar.

TASTE: Definitely could've fooled me. Tastes exactly what I would expect a ten year old briun to taste like. Caramel malt with lots of dark fruits; raisins, dates, and dark grapes perhaps. Lots of spicy, yeasty notes or coriander, cloves, pepper, and some spicy alcohol there as well. Big, sweet and spicy aftertaste is bold but quick. Flavors are very smooth and blend together extremely well.

PALATE: Very soft. Medium body and carbonation, and very smooth and soft on the palate. Light on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Definitely feels like it's been aged in a cellar somewhere.

OVERALL: What the hell? This was a brewing experiment gone right. I would absolutely love to find an actual 10 year old bottle to compare to the magic con-artist that is the Cuvee du Chateau. I quite enjoy their regular bruin, but this freak of a brewing fast-one really got the best of me. I've had a few aged Belgian brews, and this one tastes and feels exactly like what I would expect from an aged Kasteel Bruin. Liked it so much I went back a grabbed a few more. Wonder if other breweries would be willing to try this with some of their age-friendly beers? A unique and enjoyable drinking experience. One to check out if you get the chance.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
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 Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had a 0.33l glass from draft at Gollem in Antwerp on 27SEP16. Cost was €5.30.

It was a very dark, opaque brown color, with a highly creamy, beige head. The foam started at 1/2" and lasted well, with solid lacing. It had some dark fruit action in the aroma, though it was not overly strong. Body was a touch less than medium, though it was a smooth brew.

Had a touch of brown sugar sweetness with some raisins and dates. The dark fruits are there but somewhat muted. Though I think this was a rather pedestrian quad, I did like it more as it warmed and I consumed more. Prosit!

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

1857

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of vermilcj
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaymo18
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 461 ratings
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