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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ingelmunster, Belgium

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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An unequalled beer, at the top of the Kasteel spectrum.The aroma and flavour of Cuvée are those of a Kasteel Donker, that aged 10 years in the cellars of the castle, noble and strong.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
note666 (1167) - Eindhoven, - NOV 17, 2012
2012 - 11 - 17 330ml bottle. medium brown colour. small, creme head. complex aroma... hints of nuts, chocolate, dark fruits. taste is light bitter, bit sour.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1157) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
6.12.2014. Dark brown appearance. Aroma has warmth of alcohol, dark fruits, spices, sweet malts, raisin. Taste is very malty, sweet, raisin. Decent. Alcohol comes through though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aenima (288) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2015
Fruity and plummy aroma. Similar taste. Dry and slightly bitter finish. Warming alcohol in the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PauloAG (98) - BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2015
330cc bottle. Pours reddish brown clear. Great complexity of aromas. In the mouth is full. Plums, molasses, brown sugar. Also som banana and spices. Just great. Alcool very well hidden

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (934) - - MAR 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown. Aroma and taste are sweet with dark fruits and malty goodness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3070) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2015
330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/29/2013. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, date, red grape, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Outstanding aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, red grape, date, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, red grape, date, cherry, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, pepper, clove, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a small-moderate warming lingering after the finish; but not boozy at all. Overall this is an outstanding quadrupel style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rayaron (487) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle 330ml. Clear deep amber with medium beige head, quite fizzy. Sweetish aroma with notes of milk chocolate and caramel, yeasty, faint notes of salted fish. Sweet flavor with notes of caramel and prune, slightly salty, notes of black pepper, very boozy, spicy sticky finish. Lively carbonation, medium to full-bodied. Quite hard to drink.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gangstergafje (53) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
Beautiful black beer. Almost no foam, and little carbonation. However, this compliments the softness of the beer. The beer has a nice soft sweetness that is very pleasant in your mouth. The finish is nice, not long and not short. The glas it was served in completes the sensation. It looked like a wineglass, but it was a special Cuvée du Chateau glass.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bosskie (496) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2015
Black transparent beer, weak head, light carbonation. Smell is banana, coriander (almost like a weisen??) mixed with caramel and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet bitter sour. Alcohol dominates too much. It kills the taste and the balance. Raisins, some hoppiness, but it all degenerates into sour alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
XCaellaX (14) - Bramois, SWITZERLAND - FEB 27, 2015
33 cl bottle from Drink d’Annevoie, BE - Cuvée 2012. Clear medium to dark amber color with a very small short lasting head. Aroma: roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate. Flavor: moderate to heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter with a long finish of warming alcohol. A nice one!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (675) - , Idaho, USA - FEB 26, 2015
tubby 11.2 oz bottle picked up at Brewer’s Haven.. Bottled on 5/29/13... Enjoyed about 21 months later from a large bulb goblet.. 1 finger head rises up and dies back pretty quickly leaving no lacing and no real cap.. the brew is deep dark walnut. Thick malty nose leans heavily on the dark raisins.. boozy with warmth, burns the eyes a bit.. Spicy yeasty phenols make me think clove first and pepper second.. Esters are raisin with dark cherries.. a bit of oxidation. Flavor is hot and a little thin, the beer drops off the tongue quickly.. leaving fizzy raisin alcohol.. Okay.. The carbonation scrubs the flavor very fast, but if you try, there is some fruity esters and plenty of spicy phenols.. Very burpy.. Sharp alcohol... Seems a pretty big mess at this point IMO.


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