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

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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

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154
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449
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4.06
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
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Photo of kitschiguy
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vertical tasting between 2012 vintage with 01/18 BB and non-vintage with 2/20 BB.

Poured a dark coffee brown - neither poured with much head or left much lacing.

Notes of coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit with the Vintage version exhibiting notes of cherry, prunes and a vinous note.

Light bodied with a light mouth.

2012 has less alcohol and is much mellower than the NV which is a little warm and not as good as I remember it.

Definitely one to age a couple of years.

Rating given for NV

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged 2015 bottle into tulip 11/2/17

A reddish cola when held to the light, large and loose brown foam has decent retention leaving some random patches

S brewers candy, faint anise, fennel, molasses, root beer, some hard to place vinous notes, raisins, brown sugar, smells pretty good

T cola and brewers candy work well together, dried dark fruit, a little cocoa, not far from the nose

M soft from the bubbles, not as heavy as I expected, booze is well hidden, licorice and spice linger

O mellow for the strength with plenty going on, I rather enjoyed this stuff and could see it doing well with some age

I didn't know what to expect from this one and it turned out great for the money, I'll grab this one again for sure...

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/29/13

A: Perhaps I didn't pour this vigorously enough but I got basically no head, chocolate brown, thin strip of foam around the edge of the glass and no lacing to speak of
S: Chocolate and raisin, a tannic, sharp wine-like quality, a bit of the umami, soy sauce/savory note, a touch of an earthy, vienna like malt quality with some roastiness and a certain nutty quality to it as well
T: Immediate malt and chocolate, there is a certain semi-sweetness here and an overt (though not forceful) boozy quality, the raisin is there too, backed by the booziness and malt body
M: Dry, but not overly so
O: Independent of context it's an excellent beer, but there are many in the style that are far better. This beer does have it's distinctions (though they are few), if you are looking for a quad with a bit of a more noticeable chocolate note you can find it here. It is not really a statement beer, not bold or different from the trappings of it's style, but nonetheless quite enjoyable and if you are look for a quad that you haven't already had you could do a hell of a lot worse.

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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 Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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 ksimons
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 05/29/2013
A-pours a cloudy rich dark brown with a thin layer of light tan head

S-smells of dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and light rum

T-taste is of dark fruits and tart cherries, light chocolate, caramel, and Belgian yeast. Light alcohol warming in the taste.

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall very smooth drinking for a high ABV. Overall a pretty decent Quad.

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Photo of mkh012
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a very short-lived tan head. Smells pruney, yeasty, sweet, and tastes of medicinal cherry, anise, dark chocolate, and prunes. Mouthfeel is a little slick but nicely carbonated. A solid Quad. I actually prefer the Kasteel Barista I think, even though that one is less of a traditional quad. This one's pretty good but a bit less balanced than the real classics like Rochefort 10, Saint Bernardus 12, or Gulden Draak. B+ from me.

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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 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 edward_boumil
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Opaque, a tinge of ruby red on the edges of the glass. Thin mocha head. Touch of lace on the glass
S: Interesting aroma. There is dark fruit sweetness, think raisin and black cherry, as well as sweet chocolately notes. Also hints of vanilla. However there is also a sharpness to the aroma, think tangy fruit. Also getting some leather and oak in there. Interesting contrast, very challenging.
T: There is a touch of heat from the alcohol here. However the beer is still smooth. There are sharp notes and sweet notes, just as in the aroma.
F: Considering the ABV, it drinks really smooth. Pretty high carb level, heavy body, a little alcohol heat but not so much as to be unpleasant.
O: Highly enjoyed drinking this. Something to sit back and really think about while you are drinking it.

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Photo of jcruelty
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

YUM. A good quad. It's got the standard raisins - toasted malt - plums - cherries thing going on. I liked it a lot, but then I like most quads, so take it with a grain of salt.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on: 10/7/14.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, grape jelly, earth, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit, grape juice, grape jelly, spice, and Belgian yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid aromas and great flavors that make this one easy to drink despite its fairly high ABV.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of janubio
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Kasteel glass. Deep brown colour, small beige head with a rich lace. Aroma of dark and dried fruits, plums, cherries, brown sugar, "oloroso" xerry, wood. Medium to full body, creamy and thin palate, good carbonation. Taste of plums, cherries, dried fruits, chocolate, xerry, oak. alcohol is noticeable. Just like an aged Kasteel bruin: Extraordinary.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 Quonmisc
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011. Pours cloudy dark brown color. Lacy carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, date, molasses and yeast. Taste of raisin, prune, date, cherry, molasses, dark chocolate. Bitter and not as sweet as other quads. Broad complexity and robustness of fruity/dark yeasty, malt flavors. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; phenols with a smooth fairly crisp, aftertaste of red apples and cherry, slightly astringent with a lingering bitterness and almost a mild sourness. Alcohol is not overpowering but evident and at 11%, that's somewhat expected. Overall this is a fair quadrupel style but not a "go to" favorite.

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

750ml, caged, corked, and black foiled bottle, the 2015 edition - a rather wine-ish sounding name, eh?

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some undulating snowy hill lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of bready, lightly yeasty caramel malt, bruised apples and pears, musty middle-eastern fruit (yer typical figs, dates, and oxidized red grapes), an indistinct earthy spiciness, and a poking and prodding booze astringency. The taste is grainy, gritty pale and caramel malt, bready toffee, slightly phenolic yeast, mildly tart cherry, red apple, and plum fruitiness, more fig and date exoticism, a twinge of dry, powdery chocolate and vanilla nougat, ethereal anise root, and a burgeoning, less than benevolent alcohol heat.

The carbonation is quite understated in its coy and hard to track down at times frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, just a wee bit of yeast and alcohol acridity dropping by unexpectedly and staying too long. It finishes on the sweet side, but moderated well enough by those same jokers still hanging around from the mouthfeel phase.

Overall, not a bad Quadrupel, the full maltiness, mustiness, and sedate, but complex fruitiness all under the yoke of a hovering big-ass booze quotient. That seems about right, though maybe they could have gone with a smaller bottle size? Given the cost, both to my bank account and my liver, I doubt I'll be revisiting this one, as promising as it is for spending some quality time in a cellar.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2 year old bottle in a Teku

L: Very dark with nice dark ruby when held to the light, minimal beige head
S: Figs, sweet fruit, the promise of high ABV
T: Plums, raisins, malt, low bitterness
M: Playful on the tongue with a good bit of heat, creamy but a tad thin
O: Very good quad, but prefer the Donker

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