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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ShadesOfGray on 02-21-2010

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151
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432
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
20.44%
 
 
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Photo of jayhawk73
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color w/ a thin one finger head that quickly disappears. The smell is caramel, fruit and malt- and a little on the weak side in my opinion. Ok, the taste is better than the smell- plum, caramel, malt, spice, and alcohol are all accounted for here. Reminds me of a Grand Cru I recently had. Mouthfeel is good, not much going on though. A pretty major plum/alcohol aftertaste that quickly goes away. The plum lingers longer than the alcohol. This is a pretty easy beer to drink, but at 11%- you wouldn't want more than a couple a these in a sitting. Glad I got to experience this one for the first time!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 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 Mar02x
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A deep red/brown ale with, a hard to get, beige head. The retraction is quick.

S - The smell is a bit musty with a slight port like scent.

T - A nice port/wine like tones and a bit sweet. It is like drinking a watery port.

M - High carbonation which I didn't expect for a beer of this age. There was no bitterness anymore and the alcohol was hard to detect.

O - This is a real nice to drink evening warmer.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dark hazy brown. Good carbonation but held no head. A flare up of fizz bubbled up after pouring it into a tulip, reminiscent of a soda.

S: Rich and leathery. There's a distinct sweetness of red raspberry syrup. Hints of wet oak.

T: A thick rich maltiness starts first with dark roasted walnut and charred (not burnt) wood. Raisin and black cherry. Tangy bitter sourness overpowers from the back of the palette rushing forward. The bitterness is a little acidic like a balsamic. In my opinion, I would have liked it slightly less bitter and less oaky to let the other sweet and sour fruitiness shine forward. A final sweetness finishes the flavor profile. Fortunately the acidity softened a little as it rested in the glass, much like a nice wine.

M: Medium consistency. Fairly dry finish at the back of the tongue.

O: This one didn't completely work for me. It was just too vinegary. I found that sour alkaline finish acrid. It did soften up a bit as it sat and I liked many of the other qualities of the flavor profile like the thick prune notes, but I won't be rushing back to cuvée du chateau.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Limited release from this Kasteel Donker, brewed in 1998, as stated on the bottle. Supplier's recommendation at my local liquor store.
6 euro for 75 cl bottle.

I'm not at all familiar with aged beers, but I was told this particular brew held well in the breweries' cellars.

Dark brown beer with a beige head. It's lightly fizzy, the head disappearing rather fast.
Smell is very fresh: clear fresh red and black fruits, like berries, strawberries, cherries. Lightly sour scent, with a hint of caramel.
Taste is very balanced and mellow. The alcohol is very well masked. It's got roasty malt notes, some coffee and nuts. Mainly though, there's sweet 'n sour notes of the fruits.

Smooth and rather easy in the mouth for it's 11 % abv. In the aftertaste there is the alcohol present.

It's ok drinkable, but the alcohol becomes rather strong toward the end of the 75 cl there's still some carbonation left, making the booze pretty active .

I have not had much experience with older bottlings, but this is surely a brew that aged well enough for my taste.
Perhaps hard to obtain, but defenately recommended if you can find it.

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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 seand
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark garnet color, which is slightly translucent if you hold it up to a light. It's topped with a dense bubbly tan head, which leaves fairly nice webs of lacing.

S: Sweet, with some wood-like notes, and dried fruit, particularly raisin. There's also a small note of booze and brown sugar.

T: Sweet again, though it's a somewhat subdued sweetness. Raisin is also quite noticeable. There's a slight boozy burn, but it blends well. It's apparently supposed to emulate an aged beer, and it does actually seem to capture some aspects in the more subdued sweetness; the burn from the booze feels a little bit harsher than I'd expect from an aged beer, though.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Pretty nice overall, certainly different from the average quad, though I expect not quite the same as a truly aged beer.

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Photo of Dzu
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown with a no foam head.
S: Smells dark fruits, sweety with a little soar.
T: Sweet with grape notes and prunes.
F: Light alcohol feel.
O: Very good example of dark quad with saturated taste!

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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 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 ThaCreep
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, almost opaque. Aromas of chocolate, dried fruit and bread on the nose but with a look and smell much more winey. However, in the tasting, vinous character, it enhances the lubricity, does not add acidity and leaves near the potion Kasteel Brune, sugar and less. A small taste of Puerto complements the taste by adding creaminess to the finish syrupy.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2013-10-03. Almost as good as Donker, I’d passed by this on the shelves too many times. Pours a murky brown-garnet.with minimal brown foam, not the raging froth typical of the style. Aroma is plentiful of cooked sugar, raisin, and a tinge of a vinous note. Flavor is sweet over-ripe fruit - plums and raisins, and some yeasty esters. Finish has a slight lingering pleasant sweetness. Great stuff.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Douberd
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the magnum bottle into a clear glass chalice. A moderate pour produces a short, but creamy, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but never disappears, leaving a thick, frothy ring and islets of lace. The beer is a deep yellowish-brown with ruby highlights, and is rather hazy. It seems clear around the edges but a strong LED light has trouble penetrating the gloom.

Pungent, phenolic fruitiness characterizes the aroma-flavor of this dank brew. Dark fruit notes suggesting black currants, plums, and raisins are prominent, but bready notes suggesting molasses cookies and dark bread are also present, along with a hint of spice and chocolate . The sweetness is perhaps more perceived than real. Boozy vapors waft through, but the alcohol is well-hidden overall.

A dangerously good ale with plenty of complexity. Excellent.

Reviewed on September 10, 2016

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Photo of quine
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia

A: Poured into a flute glass. Color is deep mahogany brown, topped with a thin, tan head. Very nice looking.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, raisins, malts, and a little alcohol.

T: Strong flavors of dark fruits and raisins, along with notes of sweet caramel malts. Actually somewhat earthy. Can detect a little bit of the alcohol, but notes of tartness and bitterness towards the end works nicely to cover it up.

M: Thick and full bodied, with nice carbonation. The alcohol, while not as noticeable in taste, tingles slightly in the throat. Goes down very smoothly.

D: For 11% ABV, this is incredibly drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden by the balance of flavors, and it sweetens even more as it warms up.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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 sokol_1993
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle 2012 vintage into a Duvel tulip.

Look: Dark brown, almost black. A good head, but dissipated quickly with some lacing lingering around the glass.
Smell: Very vinous, a viscous, lusty smell. A lot of dark fruit smell, plum and cherry, but also the alcohol smell is strongly present.
Taste: Full of taste. Again, there were a lot of dark fruit taste, as usual for a quad. There is considerable hoppiness that crept up at the end though, which balanced out the sweetness but I think was a bit too much. Maltiness was also present. One could smell the alcohol, but interestingly, it did not taste alcoholic at all.
Feel: full body. Very chewy and viscous. However, the aftertaste is not that fulfilling; not too strong.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage came in 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A:
Gloomy dark brown color with a slight garnet tinge, the pour produces rich tan frothy cap with medium retention then yields plenty of sticky laces clinging on an inner wall. Once it settled, there is thin bubble film covering the partial of a surface.

S:
Exploding a well mellow fruitiness and sweet derive from plums, prunes, grapes, molasses, treacle, barley malt, balancing by subtle phenolic note, slight creamy chocolate, some roasted trait also dough and bread.

T:
The sweetness and fruitiness overwhelm reminiscent of dark fruits, ripe grapes, sugar, molasses, treacle and caramelized malt. Alcohol reveals itself in the middle of a taste yielding process reinforcing a sweetness portion which is a bit fusel-like, some burnt smokiness and roasted malt bitterness weight in the complex end that wrap up all sweetish, fruity and bready hints.

M:
Thick yet a bit chewy body, rather low carbonation but well carry out in entertaining the palate, finish is rather dry.

O:
Well done in all dimensions, not a brew for daily drink but perfect for special occasion and time.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich, fruity, and spicy aroma. Sarsparilla like. A touch of cocoa and raisins. Root beer float. Quite sweet smelling. Graham cracker and vanilla notes as well.

Pours dark brown, nearing black with a thin off white head. Not much lacing.

Very sweet, but less rich than the aroma suggested. Burnt raisins and plums. Vanilla, clove, blueberries. A touch of spicy alcohols. Somewhat minerally. Lingering sweetness, but not cloying.

Medium light body, moderate carbonation. Clean and fruity finish.

Rich and fruit forward. Nice, but not as complex or full as some.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Maroon brown with a slight head. The body of the beer reflects color very well.
S: It has a sweet and sour aroma with some nice malty aroma that really comes off as slightly sour and fruity.
T: Sour and bready with an almost wine character though slightly smoother. It feels like a strong red wine character that would pair well with meat.
M/O: Very crisp and carbonated with some nice sensations on the nose. Very much masks the strong alcohol content but still delivers some very strong flavor.

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Photo of albertjr21
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 bottle served in a globe wine glass.

Pours a murky caramel brown color under a sparse head. Complex aroma blend of dark fruit, perhaps fig or prune, cherry, oak and dare I say, somewhat similar to that of a robust port wine. Intensely rich dark roasted bready caramel sweet mouthfeel dominates with flavors foretold in the aroma. As brew warms, flavors become more pronounced and buddy-buddy with my palate. Very nice brew...

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Photo of Kuaff
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%

Sturdy, crown-emblazoned cage unwound, stout cork popped without incident, I decant this quadruple into my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

Quite a pretty ale indeed. A deep garnet or blood ruby with a two-finger tan head that settles into a carbonation-fed layer of fine froth that never really goes away.

It smells very enticing as well. Great vinous sorta character, with complementary assorted dark fruits. A little caramel and chocolate makes things even more interesting, and there's also this intriguing floral but kinda musty (in a pleasant way) yeasty earthiness. Might have something to do with this bottle being a year and a month old. Lovely bouquet!

The flavor profile is Belgian in every aspect. A burst of fruity red grapes, raisins, figs, and cherries, followed by sweet, yeasty bread, and finished with tingling spiciness like cinnamon and ginger, and a nice little (welcome) booziness.

A full body lets all the complexities swim around on my palate nicely.

Killer quad.

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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
4.06 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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