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

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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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bosskie (546) - 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 (24) - 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 (735) - , 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdmmb (1184) - USA - FEB 18, 2015
Drunk from 75cl bottle bought in delhaize, Brussels. Dark spicy wonderfully flavoured beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark brown almost black with red edges in the light, head is thin light brown. Aroma is malt and fruit. Rich malts, sweetness, deep dark fermented fruits that is very subtle maybe figs, dates. Very interesting and complex.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2733) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2015
2012 bottle. Very dark brown with a beige head that’s soon at the rim. Aroma of dried fruit - prunes, figs, banana, cherries, raisins - toffee, spices. A bit Porty. Lowish carbonation, only a bit syrupy. Very sweet with complex fruit, a bit of roasty acidity keeps things more or less in check, particularly at the end. Heavy and rich but not overtly boozy. Lots of interesting dried and stewed fruit things going on, but there are beers that have that that are too easy to drink. Pretty good; like another with a couple more years on it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (823) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bomber from WIlbur’s; 2013 Vintage. Appearance: slight tan head, ruby red to brown, cloudy, alcohol, plum, light cherry, light caramel, palate: medium, thin, alcohol warming, soft. Taste: sweet plum and cherry, light caramel, very mellow sweetness, into alcohol thinness and grunt. Very smooth, alcohol is well hidden, aging has toned down sweetness significantly, very enjoyable!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (1318) - CROATIA - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle, 330 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. Pours amber brown with off-white head. Malty, roasted, caramel, dried fruits, maybe plums, spices. Sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MarkoNm (1199) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 18, 2015
Pours a clear dark brown color, topped with a rather small beige head, and not much carbonation. Malty aroma, some caramel and fruity nose. Taste starts sweet and caramel, noticeable alcohol and some yeasty notes as well. Doesn’t really work for me. Too strong and malty.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1911) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel, sugars, ripe, dried, dark fruits. Appearance: clear, dark brown, small, beige, creamy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, heavy dried, dark fruits, caramel and toffee malts, long duration, full body, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish. Overall: very nice Belgian Strong Ale, fantastic aroma and palate. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.


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