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


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RATINGS: 636   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (5484) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Tap at Max’s. Pours cola brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready malts, raisins, dates, figs, faint cocoa, faint floral notes, faint mixed nuts, and light toffee. Flavor is rich malt base with notes of flavorful dark fruit, toffee, and light floral notes; dry finish with lingering dark fruit sweetness. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sureshpa (387) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2014
Aroma: Red forrest fruit(cranberry), light wood, bit wine Appearance: Dark brown, red, clear, off white light dense head, light lace, soft carbonation Taste: Bit of porto, light alcoholic, bit of an dry finish, nothing special about body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WingdSoldier (72) - BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2014
Strong dark beer with an earthen taste and hints of chocolate, caramel and liquorice. Strong alcoholic scent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (1008) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2014
Drank with Rik and Marijn at Cafe Hoegaarden 30-1-2014. Sweet beer. Caramel, brown sugar. Alcohol is also very present.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (3538) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2014
0,33L bottle, 2012 vintage. Aroma: intense dark fruits, malt, alcohol. Pours dark brown with small head. The head disappears quickly. Flavor: sweetness, dark fruits, raisins, caramel, spices, strong alcohol. Finish is slightly bitter and tart with noticeable alcohol burn. Overall: alcohol is dominating a little bit too much for me to really enjoy it, but considering the ABV it goes down surprisingly well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (4131) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 30, 2014
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 Vintage 2010. Bottle 75cl from April and taste in april 2015. Five years old Belgian Ale. Bardzo dobre do starzenia, wspaniale pachnace owocami lesnymi, jagodami, wanilia. W smaku powidla sliwkowe nieco slodyczy oraz winny posmak octu winnego. Nuty debowe i alkoholowe lekko dominowaly na jezyku, smak super. Piwo ciezkie nie dla kazdego i nie w calosci, w koncowce kakao i czekolada. Ciemne, bardzo nawet o sporej brazowej barwie osadu, niewielka, a praktycznie minimalna bezowa pianka. Vintage 2011. Bottle 75cl. Kolejne mocne i ciezkie piwo dzisiaj. Wspanialy aromat domowej nalewki, sliwki w rumie, Rodzynki. Mala piana, ale kolor czarno brazowy z refleksami czerwonymi. Tak mocny aromat wogole niewyczuwalny. Tresciwe lekko slodkie ale finisz wytrawny i to zdecydowanie, zblizony do wina polwytrawnego. Suszone owoce jakby wspolgraly z porto lub rumem. Elegandzka rocznicowa butelka w szampanowym stylu, firmowy i wypalany naturalny korek. Polecam odkryc starzona wersje.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
StoutHead (952) - DENMARK - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a deep red color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty and Belgian. Taste is of malt, fruits - grapes, berries, raisins, nuts, caramel and earthiness‎. The aftertaste s a bit sour and stays a while, but not in a bad way. Carbonation is above medium abd body is about what you can expect from an 11% Belgian ale. Pretty damn good, but the sourness detracts a bit from the overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2010, almost 4 years, pours cloudy brown with beige head. Nice aroma of red grape juice with some sweetness and grainy Belgianness. The flavor starts smooth with a grape dark berry fruit. The Belgian yeast is rich but with the sweet brown grains it makes quite a smooth beer. The carbonation is moderate for a Belgian, it has held up well to aging but probably not too much longer. Very good and not very warming for 11%, nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Thanks to Hopswagger for this little gem! 11.2oz Belgian style bottle. 2010 Vintage A - A hard pour reveals a ruddy dark brown colored body with little to no head. A jumbo bubbled collar forms with small whisps of islands in the middle. S - Soured red figs, tart and sugary, cold sticky dates, Belgian candy syrup, brown sugar, sugary caramel, dirty cardboard sweetness. A tartness keeps coming up and envelops the fruity aroma mid drink, but the deep malt base overtakes everything in the end. T - Spicy caramel malts, dark bread fresh out of the oven, brown sugar, molasses, not as much fruit as the nose describes, somewhat fruity though, figs are the dominate fruit along side raisins, and dates. Oxidation is present in the form of dry caramel. There’s grape and raisin flavor that melds together very well. Old and deep sugary malts. Strong spicy components really kick in middle to end, creating a dry finish to to a sugary malted base. M - Thick and viscous feel, (like a thickened prune juice), low carbonation with a small and tight stingy feel on the tongue. Very dense and caramelized flavors with a thick and sugary body. This drinks very elegant. The finish really shines due to the swift and spicy dryness. I haven’t had this fresh but this is drinking excellent for the year. Lots of spicy malt laced with sugary fruit. I picture myself drinking this in a tux with a cuban cigar after dinner. Really glad I cracked this. I just wish I had another one to hold onto for a few more years. Serving type: bottle 08-10-2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2982) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Malty aroma with caramel and dark dried fruits with hints of alcohol and spices. Sweet, malty and fruity with warming alcohol and a lightly spicy and bitter finish. Decent, but to much on the sweet side for my taste.

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