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


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RATINGS: 659   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - 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 (5273) - Sřnderborg, 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 (888) - 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 (140) - 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 (1775) - 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 (143) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium head. Very rich, flavorful and STRONG (11% alcohol). I detected some malt and raisin aromas, with some earthiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1811) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Dark red brown pour some tan head. Aroma sour aspect of the cherry, raisins malt caramel slight leather. Tastes like alcohol from fermented fruit. big brown flavors. Dough. brown sugar A bit too much boozy burn here

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heavy (2808) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 18, 2014
Feb. ’14. A 0.33 l bottle, 2012 vintage, from Ivana trgovina, Split. It poured hazy darker amber body with big head. Belgian ale aroma, malty, somewhat yeasty with lot of vanilla and cinnamon. Fruity as well, even more so in the flavor which was generally sweet and not so alcoholic as one might expect. Fine, relatively complex with not only fruity malt flavors, there is also caramel and toffee, some wood and ginger/lemon notes from somewhere. Full bodiy, long warming, but creamy finish which only reflects the fine flavor. Very nice beer fr the special occasion, about the best this brewery can have.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
delorian (85) - budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 11, 2014
A Kasteel-ek közül próbálkoztam már párral, de egyik sem okozott ilyen élményt, mint ez a sör. Ha mindenáron hasonlítanom kellene valamihez, akkor a trappista Rochefortokat illetve némi képzavarra az aszús desszert borokat hoznám fel példaként. Illatában max az alkohol ereje bódít, habja így nem is sok, viszont a szinte minden kortynál más ízvilág mindjárt helyretesz abban, hogy rendkivül összetett, pompás itallal van dolgunk. Az aszús, mézesen selymes édesség végig ott bújkál a mazsolás, tejcsokis, kakaós, aszalt gyümölcsös alaphangulatban, bizonyos mustos hangulatot oltva a már önmagában sem egyszerű kavalkádba. Testes, likörös jellegű, mégis megnyerően lágyan kiegyensúlyozott sör. Igazán pompás darab !

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