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Home / Doug's Beer Republic  /   Review: Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Cuvee du Chateau

     
Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau 
Posted: 11 October 2015  Beer Republic 6.5 
Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau from Belgium Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau has a very simple story. Kasteel's brewmasters came up with the idea that it would be a great to offer an aged beer that could appeal to wine and beer drinkers alike without having to spend a decade aging one.  Consider this Cuvee an after-dinner beer.    
Avg price/liter: USD 14.97   ABV %: 11.0  Type: Ale   
       


Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau is like a port wine.  In fact, cuvĂ©e (as it's written in French) is a term derived from the word cuve, a vat or tank. Chateau means a manor house. Hence, Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau is a take on a house wine.       

But it's not a wine, even if its 11% ABV is almost to the point where it could rival wine in alcohol content.  Coming in a 750 ml bottle and being dark ruby red like a wine and having a year stamped onto the front of the bottle, the Kasteel Du Chateau could fool anyone who can't read French that it was a wine.      

Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau has a very simple story.  Kasteel Donker, the Kasteel range's signature brew, starts to taste more like madeira and port wine after being matured for ten years.  Kasteel's brewmasters came up with the idea that it would be a great to offer an aged beer that could appeal to wine and beer drinkers alike without having to spend a decade aging a real Kasteel Donker.      

Think of this like the 16 year old girl with makeup and a fancy dress on. At the club, you think she's 26. But if you got to know her very intimately, you'd soon realize she was really a decade younger.  For a casual after dinner drink, you can fool yourself and the buddies you're drinking finely aged mechandise -- without having to pay the premium for it.     

Consider this Cuvee an after-dinner beer.  I wouldn't drink it over sausages and the latest football game on TV.  Would you waste a port wine or madeira on that?  And drink one annually.  Van Honsebrouck says that every annual 'vintage' tastes different.        

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