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

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Kasteel Cuvée Du ChateauKasteel Cuvée Du Chateau

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Ebenezer's. Apparently this is also called by the less appealing name "Donker."

Pours medium-dark brown and somewhat opaque with a nicely formed off-white head.

The aroma is nice with caramel, brown sugar, Belgian yeast, and dark fruits.

The flavor is somewhat fruity with plum and raisin notes, nuts, sweet caramel malt, mild roast, and Belgian yeast.

Medium-full bodied with average carbonation.

Not boozy at all - the 11% ABV really hides itself, making this a dangerous beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter

A : very dark chocolate brown color with 100% opacity. No head but that may be from the tap.

S : plum, fig, raisin, sweet cocoa nibs, and a yeast zing at the nose.

T : rich, dark fig. Mixed with chocolate covered plums. It's particularly decadent and antiquated, super fine with yeast zing and baked dark pumpernickel. Lovely flavor. The end is with black globe grape and a hint of black licorice.

M : medium bodied, semi-creamy, ends semi dry with a bright pop from carbonation.

O : fantastic beer. I'd have it again, the word "dark ambrosia" comes to mind. Very nice.

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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 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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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 silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

deep mahogany brown with a smallish tan head that quickly recedes to a spattering of film with some decent lacing left behind.

very fruity with raisin and some dark stone fruits and a strong malt presence.

sweetened dark fruits (figs and raisins) open up the palate for some sweet maltiness that is of caramel, toffee, and light molasses flavors. some slightly tart dark cherry finishes this off nicely.

silky with soft carbonation and thick bodied with a pretty hot finish.

drinks surprisingly well for being so strong. booze never lets go of this one, but it is integrated nicely and makes for a nice sipping beer.

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Photo of drmeto
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-pours a dark brown with faint ruby tinges and a small,frothy,beige head
-caramel,tart wine,cherry,slight banana
-Follows the nose plus a bready finish
-medium carbonation
-medium to full body
-slightly boozy
good but slightly dissapointing for an aged beer

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

Bottled May 27, 2010, two days shy of one year ago.

The pour (into a big Gulden Draak tulip) produces a robust head of tan foam, sitting on top of the blackest brown, or brownest black, I've ever seen. Lots of lace left behind as the head slowly diminishes (a head that never totally goes away).

Aroma is a welcoming mixture of dark fruit; chocolate cake/cookies; intensely herbal, um, herbs; alcohol; mineral. Alcohol is quite prominent, which isn't a surprise considering its age and ABV, but it has yet to resemble gas fumes or anything.

Taste isn't any deviation from what the aroma says it will be. The alcohol acts as a bed for the other flavors to do their thing upon. Prominent dark fruits are grape and juicy plum. Chocolate cake comes in just underneath, and there's a hard-to-define spiciness that complements the alcohol warmth nicely. Fairly sweet, but deftly balanced with everything else. Slick and airy in the mouth, it's a more subtle texture for an otherwise up-front beer; not lacking in any way, texturally, although not a heavier-than-hell monster or anything.

A big Belgian bruiser, to be sure, but as long as it's sipped slowly, this well-balanced beer is just as much beauty as beast. But I'm glad I opened it when I did, as I wonder if the alcohol would overwhelm given another year or two...?

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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 StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a quad with cherries, this might be my favorite beer in the kasteel range to date, its outstanding, and for once, its not a sugar bomb like so much of the other ones they do. looks like a brown ale, nice deep malt colors to it, with great carbonation and a classically belgian head on it, tall and expansive and holding from the tap. smells great too, there is a tartness to the cherries, almost like dried instead of fresh fruit, and its not overdosed, an accent flavor with the complimentary darker grains, not a main flavor agent, which i think is a good call. they do enough fruity stuff. sort of reminds me of three philosophers from ommegang, which is a major compliment, but its similar in the flavor and intensity of the cherry. there is a nice dark candy sugar flavor in here, and a more subtle belgian yeast strain than expected, but an efficient one, as this is quite dry and well carbonated. tastes mature and well integrated, and seems to be of much higher quality than i have found a lot of their other beers to be. no trace at all of its alcohol strength, which is hard to do in this style, especially in a beer without a ton of body for what it is. amazingly well carbonated too, very lively on the tongue. excellent take on the quad style, i enjoyed this a whole lot.

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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 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 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 fishyakLA
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bottled with a steamed mussel dinner at Bardot's in Las Vegas. I would love to match this beer with a good pork roast or veal marsala. High ABV, but still sippable But the "Al" is there and could sneak up on you if you are not careful. Its got that quad taste/smell/feel of dried fruits and toasted bread. Good complexity. I had my bottle served chilled to start with and it seemed a little restrained; tasting like a boozy cola. As the serving temperature rose, so did the complexity of the flavors. Hidden away on the bottle was a small little note that the recommended serving temp. was 46 degrees. I would concur. Do not serve this one too cold. My bottle was labeled as vintage 2013. If you are a fan of the Belgium quad style, you'll enjoy this one but will not put it at the very top of your list. Solid, but not exceptional.

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Photo of jonb5
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Very dark in colour, opaque, tiny disappearing tanned head, some lacing.

S: Tawny port like, plum, booze and fruity esters.

T: More bitter than the "Kasteel Donker" mellowed throughout, hints of plum, brown sugar, fudge. Finish dominated by boozy burn.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation, medium to thick body.

O: I would say, aside from the bitterness, it was barely distinguishable from the "Donker". If it qualifies as a Quadrupel, it doesn’t quite hit the heights others do.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage.

Nice color. Antiquated dark brown with a churned beige head. Insane lace coat. 5.0

Tart dates and oxidized apple flesh. Rich toffee and light golden raisin. Muscled yeast with desserty bread aromas. Medium booze level is a constant. 4.0

Apple cider, dates, raisin, toffee, alcohol, bread pudding, big booze, and a rum finish. Yeast is almost overactive in the taste. Moderately hot. 4.0

Slick and sticky with very light carbonation. Much booze, after it's all said and done. 3.5

Nice quad. Very smooth. Colorful flavor. Enjoyed this vintage immensely. 4.0

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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 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 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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Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
4.06 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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