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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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147
Ratings:
421
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4.06
pDev:
20.69%
 
 
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Photo of bogus564
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz, poured into a tulip glass.

The Rams are getting pummelled by the Eagles, and the Ravens are whipping up on the Rams. Can't say I care too much, except that they're both losing me in my spread pool. Time for more beer...

A: Surprise, surprise, surprise - it's dark, and real dark at that. It's the color of a Pepsi, with a dark wheat-colored 2 cm head that doesn't last very long before dissolving into lace. This could be interesting...

S: I can smell this from 18" away, but let's get it to my nose for giggles. I smell citrus fruit, dark fruit, and something slightly burnt. Even more interesting.

T: Wow, it's really sweet. There's the banana that you'd expect from a belgian ale, there's also a dark fruit, like prunes, there's a caramel note, there's a slight spiciness, kind of like cloves, there's the yeast - there's a lot going on with this. Makes you go all Sherlock Holmes with the clues.

M: It's good, halfway to very good. Medium-bodied, carbonation is right, you can taste the alcohol, it washes fairly well over the palate, and there's a sweet finish. Most people prefer a dry finish, but I don't think that it detracts from the general mouthfeel.

O: A decent beer to have with dark meat, like burgers, steak, ribs, that kind of thing. I'm going to have a cheese steak in an hour, and I probably should have cooked it earlier; it would have paired nicely. Good health to you.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and Belgian malt with light fruity ester is quite nice. Taste is also a generous mix between some candi sugar with balanced Belgian malt and notes of fruity ester. Body is quite full with nice bottle conditioning and great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though a bit heavy for everyday drinking.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

750ML bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance - murky brown liquid with tan head

Smell - raisins, brown sugar, grapes, plums, prunes

Taste - prunes, raisins, grapes, brown sugar

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low carbonation, sweetness upfront and a bit tangy in the finish

Overall - not quite as good as Kasteel Donker, but a decent beer within its style.

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

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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 Altrurian
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Encountered this delicacy on draft at Philadelphia's Monk's Cafe. It's a deep, deep ruby red, translucent only at the edges, capped by a rich, but thin, layer of foam. Attractive, viscous cling. There's an undeniable blast of alcohol at the first sip, but it recedes into a mellow medley of dark fruits and roasted grains, long on raIsins and dates. This is a substantial and rewarding elixir, its sweetness and enveloping texture balanced by a volatile finish and slight alcohol sting. It lasts.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle consumed on Thanksgiving 2012.

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It receded to leave sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - Aroma is dried dark fruits. A good bit of maltiness and bread crust.

T - Lots of dried fruit - plum, fig and raisin. Sweet caramel and maltiness with a touch of toastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied quad with a dry finish.

O - This is a good beer and a big beer. Went well with Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly while leaving a thick, oily coating on the glass. The smell is strong with dark stone fruits and soft, ripe raisins. There is a slight booziness which mixes well with the sweetness of the dark fruits. The dark, sweet fruits come through quickly while the alcohol lingers on the back end. There is not much bitterness, just malty sweetness. A great example of a BSDA. The mouthfeel is smooth from the tight carbonation and the drinkability is insane for an 11% beer. Great representation of the style and a great drinkable beer.

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Photo of chakadrum
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No head to the beer and very little lacing throughout the drink.

A bit of sweet dark fruit on the nose. I would have liked a little more intensity, but definitely above average. A little bit of that aged funky basement sort of smell - an appealing amount.

The taste really did it for me. Remarkably balanced. Some sweetness coming through as I'd expect for such a high gravity beer but the right level of sweetness. The taste slowly fades and leaves a little bit of bitterness which is nice.

A little thin in the body. This might be expected given that the beer was bottled just under 2 years ago (July 14, 2010). I could see this beer maturing very nicely for a couple more years.

I think I paid $4.99 (Total Wine and More) for this beer and it was worth every penny. I could easily see this going for $8-10 on tap and I'd gladly pay it.

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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 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 mclaughlindw4
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a very dark amber color with a thin head. A steady slow moving stream of carbonation keeps a layer of head only aroung the edge of the glass.

S-Roasted and figgy and other dark fruits. As I am drinking it the aroma has turned to a sweet and fresh.

T-Its rich tasting and medium bodied, flavors are complex, fig and raison and whatever else. The alcohol is well disguised, but some hints are there.

M-Full and creamy and pleasant.

O-For the price this is not a bad beer, I will drink it again for sure.

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Photo of soulfly1492
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Bitter fruit, sour apples, yeast, honey, sour white grapes, alcohol (lots).

Appearance: Deep amber, difficult to see through. Pours a thin brown head that quickly dissipates leaving some bubbles around the rim of the glass. Good lacing.

Flavor: Sour grapes and apples, then moves on to sweeter grape. Some alcohol, but hard to detect through the bold sweetness. Mild phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slightly syrupy, but porous and fluffy from the moderate carbonation. Warming from the high ABV. Overall on the oily side.

Overall: Nice and sweet for a quad. Also mildly bitter. Very easy drinking for the style. The grape flavor is unusual yet exceptional.

NOTE: Bottled on 7/14/2010

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brown sugar cloudy, shimmer, khaki finger head,
beautiful lacing

S: figs/dates, big malt, spices

T: plums/jam, big malt, mild spice/alcohol warmth

M: heavy/med body, smooth/chewy

O: Wonderful Belgian Quad,
nice ABV warmth. Highly recommend it.

DELICIOUS, MUST TRY!

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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 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 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 BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the depths of the castle's cellars, Honsebrouck pulls these well vintaged Donkers with the added complexities that only maturity provides.

Dark brown in color with timid tawny red highlights emitting, the yeast-hazy beer releases a delicate coffee-like creme that skirts the surface of the beer with low lacing on the glass.

The strong presence of malt rise to the olfactories with aromas of hard candies, pound cake, and light chocolate. But the fruit quickly becomes the story, taking precedence over the malt. Grapes become the obvious culprit while savory vinous wine notes follow closely behind. Raisins, dates, figs, plumbs, and prunes round out the estery display. Lighter spice notes rise from a rum-like alcohol scent with subtle notes of peppercorn, clove, and allspice.

Flavors are candy-sweet and startle the taste buds at first. But a quick follow of dry malt taste, evaporation sugar-like malts, alcohol, and mild hop bitterness keeps the beer tasting like candy, but without the associated sweetness. Still the flavor of grape hard candies stick with the palate even while complementing tastes of red wine, port wine, chocolate, plumb, prune juice, black licorice, and a dash of soy sauce waft the palate with wave after wave. Instead of relying on the balance of spice, the beer allows its sheer complexity to round the beer and provided the much needed procession of taste from sip to finish. Still, a backdrop of hop bitterness, clove, and peppercorn rise slightly in finish for the slightest sentiment of closure.

Richly textured, especially for the normally expansive carbonation of typical Belgian ales. But the beer revels in its unresolved sweetness and provides a succulent and savory mouthfeel, drawing favorable comparisons to desert wines and digestive. Wavering slightly as the beer finishes, the dryness of hops, alcohol, and receding malt sweetness allows for an indefinite linger of malt in aftertaste.

Getting past the notion that Belgian ales must provide the effervescent champagne-like dryness and evaporating candish sweetness; a savory sipping beer can be every bit as complex and satisfying to the stomach and taste buds. Honsebrouck has proved this with their time honored Kasteel Donker, but really showcases the phenomenon with Cuvee du Chateau.

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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 AdamBear
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark ruby brown with a light tan head

S-really dark, sweet belgian sugars. surprisingly does not smell boozy at all

T-just a dark mouthfull of dark belgian sugars...just tasty! the after-taste is a great quality of belgian sugars with a hint of cherries. this is just wonderful! there's not a lot of booziness at all for the abv. its very sweet as well. the burnt taste is there and appreciated.

M-medium carbonation with a sharp, dry finish

D-i do love this beer. this is one of the best non-fruity belgians i've had. the taste diminishes a bit but i truly hope to have this one again a couple times! i was very pleased, especially after having many disappointing beligians over the past weeks.

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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 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 ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ebony color with a frothy, off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of rum soaked raisins with other roasted notes behind it.

Tastes of sweet fruits with some dark malt. Fruits are characterized by raisins and plum with perhaps some bruised pear in the background. Sweetness is pleasant and not overly done. Dark malt notes roll in to add some brown sugar and a touch of chocolate. Alcohol is noticeable, but does not detract and gives the fruits added depth as well as warming the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly creamy amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This offering from Kasteel is a goody.

Nice head and big egg shell, yellow cake colored lace bubbles.

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits, and some bready notes.

It drinks more like a brown ale than a quad in terms of mouthfeel. Well carbonated with a creamy texture that lingers for some time.

The taste is rather complex with some wood-like characters, raisins, and a fruit cake sweetness that is somewhat muddled into the rich character of the brew. I do get a slight boozy burn but only slightly in the back of the throat.

Very drinkable and very nice. I'll take this any day.

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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 polloenfuego
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

400th beer... And we'll worth it. One of the best beers I've had in a while. Lovely appearance and nose and a taste that I could go back to over and over again.

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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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