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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 510   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2013
March 2013. From a 750 ml. bottle vintage 2010. Poured dark brown with a tan head. Aromas are dried fruit, brown sugar and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2013
Tap at Gollem. It pours deep brown with a large beige head. The nose is earth, berry, dark fruit, candyfloss, faint tartness, caramel and wood. The taste is dark fruit, berry, subtle, tartness, earth, wood, dust, caramel, farmyard and light mouldiness with a dry finish. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Good depth of flavour, smooth and well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (8853) - Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
Totally slays the donker. Comes off not as sweet and with an oud bruin aspect?

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PriorL (2490) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2013
75cl bottle. Appearance: dark brown beer, unstable beige head. Nose: port, madeira, caramel, all factors indicating an aged beer. Taste: caramel, malts, somewhat fruits as well. Once tasted this next to a 7 year old Kasteelbier Donker, and it’s true what they claim! This beer is a very nice representation of an aged beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (7135) - Albertslund, DENMARK - APR 1, 2013
Bottle from Metro, Glostrup. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of spice, caramel, dried fruit and burnt brown sugar.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle. Hazy nut brown body with a fairly anemic head. Aroma is very bready, which I absolutely love. Bready yeast permeates a palate full of brown sugar, dates, molasses cake, and a subtle rummy note. Smooth, soft mouthfeel, sweet but not cloying. The ABV is not at all intrusive, but is instead warming and pleasant. I liked this much more than I’d anticipated.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2013
marked 2011, pours clear dark brown with tan fizzy foam. Aroma of bubblegum, candied date, prune, plum. Lighter in body than anticipated, and also lighter in carbonation. Flavor is sweet dark fruit, with warm oak notes. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4725) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
(750ml bottle) Courtesy of Donald from Tree Brewing. Deep brown body and a thin, white dissipating head. Good burnt brown sugar and flowers. Some good bubble gum and vanilla front. Likable. 7/4/8/4/15

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1401) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Sample at the Secret Stash Bash. Dark brown color, with a medium, tan head. Caramel and oak aroma, with some cherries and dark fruits. Very sweet flavor, and a little tart. Medium body, silky feel, and a little sticky. Overall, this is a nice, complex ale, but lacks complexity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6565) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2013
750, corked, baled, foiled, and collared. 2010, opened in 2013. Very attractive presentation. Pours a murky, grainy dark brown with a dense and creamy but very short-lived light tan head. Big sweet graham cracker, molasses, and light prune nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Graham crackers, prunes, and molasses on the mid palate. Long sweetish finish.


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