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


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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Enjoyed from a 750ml champagne-style bottle in a stemless wine glass. The beer pours a medium to nearly deep brown, with a low light tan head. The nose shows fairly rich aromas of molasses and raisin. An underlying yeast note comes through, reminiscent of Duvel’s strain, as does an interesting subtle lactic note. The palate shows assertive carbonation up front, before more molasses/toffee, assertive bitterness (perhaps from the alcohol?), and a note of alcohol toward the finish. Again, underlying yeast notes come through, adding an almost cooling tropical fruit ester toward the finish of the beer. The finish lingers for a moment, showing slight alcohol and residual sweetness. Overall, a strong dark that moves away from the norm with underlying lactic character, but in a way that shows complexity, finesse, and restraint, rather than a simple desire for uniqueness for the sake of itself.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Joelly3d (40) - Kentucky, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Had a 4 year old bottled in 2010. Dumped the entire thing it was essentially a terrible version of champagne. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingstoni (1492) - FINLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber color with a thin frothy off-white head. Aroma of sugar, vanilla and caramel. Sweet taste with a medium bitter, very sweet finish.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (966) - BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
Special version of Kasteelbier Bruin, since 2009, intended to taste like a regular Kasteelbier at ten years old without effectively being old. Yellowish beige, creamy, relatively stable head, colour dark burgundy. Aroma of brown sugar, dried plums, cloves, pear syrup, bourbon, fresh thyme, sherry, sage, fondant, biscuit, gingerbread. Quite complex and rich malt taste, chocolatey, dried citrus peel, noticeable less cloying than the regular version and in that sense a lot better, finishing with herbal hoppiness and port- to bourbon-like, warming alcohol, as well as agreeable spicy notes. What a difference with the regular version and doubtlessly a beer with great aging potential - wonder what this will taste like if it will actually be ten years old.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
TtV (55) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Dark almost black with a little light head that diminishes very quickly. Heavy sweet aroma like extra sugar was added. The taste is less sweet then expected. It has bitterness in the (aftertaste). Not very impressive at all. It’s not a cohesive experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
In short: An unpalatable booze and sweetness monster brown color ale.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed with some age on it (over one year probably).
The look: Muddy ugly brown body with almost no head.
In long: The powerful nose is a bit scary, very estery, fruits puree, booze, toasted caramelized dessert. In mouth the beer feels heavy and the minimal carbonation doesn’t help in that regard. A monstrous mountain of sweetness. Lots of sticky caramel. Sticky sweetened fruits puree with no freshness. Stale water. Earth,dirty wet wood and some other dirty stuff. Alcohol is not well hidden, if anything it feels even more than its already high 11%. This is a bottle I brought with me at a bring-your-own alcohol steakhouse, way to ruin my dinner Kasteel. A bottle I opened in a byow restaurant, it almost ruined my dinner. I was feeling as depressed as a chinese worker wearing his old worn out jeans when working at the sweat shop textile factory cutting holes in new designer jeans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (3078) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
Draught @ Bier- & Eetcafé Gollem, Antwerp. Pours clear dark ruby with stable beige head. Clear, vinous aroma with notes of caramel malt and yeast. Sweet flavour of fruit and caramel malt, with pronounced vinous notes and estery touches. Hints of hops towards the end. Bitter and vinous aftertaste with sweetish hints. Warming alcohol presence. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (493) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2014
Brune aux reflets rouge. Sucré. Caramel. Boisé. Fruité. Framboise/cerise. Vanille. Anisé. Levure. Banane. Légèrement chocolaté. Très bien.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SteC (135) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2014
When pouring into the glass, this beer is dark reddish and reveals a fast-disappearing head not leaving much lace on the glass. The flavour is not so strong and reveals malty caramel. I think I initially drank this one too cold. The taste is rather strong but lacks a bit in palate. It is slightly acidic, with the acidity increasing with increasing temperature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaxiDriver (1472) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle. A strong aromatic malty smell, roasted bread. The body is black, the medium large head is beige and creamy with a normal duration. A strong malty taste, some liquorice. A soft touch of bitter chocolate, not much alcohol in the taste. The body is strong and creamy with a normal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ppils (133) - - JUN 28, 2014
On tap. Pours a dark chocolate beer. Aroma is raisin and caramel and a bit of coffee. Taste is sweet, caramel and apple. A good beer.

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