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Kasteelbier Cuvée du Chateau

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


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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4962) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2015
750ml caged and corked bottle pours a deep amber almost black color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is raisins with some caramel and hints of chocolate. Taste is a raisin fruitiness and caramel and chocolate malty sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, a great depth of flavors in this brew which is quite easy to drink despite its 11% ABV. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bawelt (130) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 23, 2015
Bouteille cuvée 2012. Premier nez/première bouche : de l’alcool principalement avec un fond caramelisé... Je laisse reposer. Deuxième nez : un fond fumé apparaît derrière une dominante caramel. Bouche : toujours assez fort, de l’alcool mais rien d’anormal vu le titrage. Très caramelisée avec un fond très plaisant de raisin vieilli genre bordeaux : équilibre très agréable. Après 10-15 min d’aération : caramel toujours, fond légèrement vineux, vieilli, fumé/boisé. L’alcool n’agresse plus, ne fait que réchauffer la gorge. Un nectar ! Superbe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjuf1853 (1287) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle vintage 2010. Pours a dark mahogany color with a thin tan head. Aromas of sweet molasses and dark pitted fruit. Flavor is quite sweet up front, but rich with notes of oak and molasses and a fair amount of alcohol. A good sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (633) - Warszawa, POLAND - SEP 18, 2015
butelka, swieza warka. ciemne, z przyzwoita piana. aromaty owocowe (wisnie, szuszone sliwki), chlebowe, alkoholowe, karmelowe, sa tez nutki delikatne kawowo-czekoladowe, marcepanowe, waniliowe. w smaku dosc analogicznie, sporo slodyczy, nieco kwaskowatosci, dochodza tez jakies beczkowe posmaki. nadal alkohol lekko szczypiacy w jezyk - to dziwne, zwazywszy, ze tyle lezakowalo niby... niestety dosc malo ciala, nie ma tego fajnego, "najadliwego" uczucia w ustach. Bardzo dobre piwo, ale o dziwo - lepiej wspominam Donkera, czyli to, co bylo przed lezakowaniem... no i ten poszczypujacy alkohol?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sound67 (570) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2015
Maker: Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck, Ingelmunster, Belgium *** Beer: Kasteel Cuvée de Chateau (bottled, unfiltered, 330ml) *** Style: Belgian Strong Ale *** ALC.VOL.: 11.0% *** "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." [brewery notes] *** Colour: Dark mahogany, barely translucent. Medium, creamy beige head. *** Nose: Yeast; dark sour berries. *** Texture: Medium to full body, not really oily though. Active carbonation. *** Taste: Licorice, dark fruit, estery notes, a bit of wood. Less sour than the aroma (There is sugar in this beer!). Alcohol is present, but less cloyingly so than the massive ABV would suggest. Licorice still strong in the middle, but less sweet. A vanilla note is there, too. More of the same in the finish, aftertaste has a bit of dark cocoa and sour fruit. *** Impressions: When I ordered this beer I didn’t realize it was 11% ABV (If I had, I wouldn’t have ordered it). Still, this is a powerful, if not terribly complex beer with nice licorice and dark sour fruit flavours. But not a beer one would drink every day, or year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (657) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - SEP 8, 2015
330 ml bottle from Club de Cervezas as Kasteel Cuvée du Chateau. Pours a murky brown color with redish hues and a medium grayish-tan head that diminishes slowly leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is really enticing with those dark fruits: prunes, plums, dates, raisins, black currants. A second layers with dense nutty notes adds complexity: chestnuts, nougat, toffee and caramel. Not so different from the Kasteel Donker although clearly more "nutty". Taste is also more "nutty", sweet but not cloying, plentiful with dark fruit flavors and alcoholic punch. This does not taste too diferent from an Amarula liquor, for example. Bold, but it feels boozier and slightly less colorful than the Donker. Big body, heavy and creamy. Slight fizziness in the tongue. Woody aftertaste. Overall, this is a fine dark Belgian Strong Ale but it doesn’t feel like the treasure it was supposed to be.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2639) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2015
Flaska från Beernavigator. 2012 vintage. Riktgt mörkt mahognyfärg, sprakande kolsyra med en skum som lägger sig ganska fort. Söt, djup komplex doft som bärs av alkoholvärme. Katrinplommon, fikon, dadlar, marsipan, rostad mandel, portvin, bigarårer, körsbärsvin. Stor, djup och komplex doft och smak som dock dör lite väl fort. Söt, kraftfull och riktigt riktigt gott. Särskilt till en fin ost.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (1912) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 6, 2015
Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is woody slightly alcohol and notes of dark fruits. Taste is like aroma but a little bit more sweet, hints of plum, roasted malt and alcohol again. Low carbonation and full body with a dry sweet flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenOver (191) - SLOVENIA - SEP 4, 2015
Pours dark with medium head, aroma is very strong and resembles yeast, pungent dark character, malt. Taste is very carbonated with a sweet taste which is followed by a soir feeling leavinf yoir mouth. A good Belgium specimen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (5667) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2015
This is really excellent - just my style of beer. Lots of floral yeast aroma here with some coriander and tangerine. A hint of passion fruit. Light booze. Pours murky brown with decent head. Soft carbonation, sweet finish. Bottle.

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