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Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Donker 
Posted: 17 October 2015  Beer Republic 6.0 
Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Donker from Belgium There is a difference between the 'aged' Cuvee Du Chataeu and the original Kasteel Donker. Were I snacking on corn chips and salsa, the Kasteel Donker and Cuvee are virtually the same beer.  The former tastes a bit richer and filled out, but the overall taste is similar. My advice:  savor it once to try the full Kasteel range.  Then make up your mind if you look your beer 'aged' or unaged.
Avg price/liter: USD 14.97   ABV %: 11.0  Type: Ale   
       


11% ABV beers really aren't my cup of tea.  In fact, I'd probably prefer tea over most.  On a drunken evening less than two weeks ago, I had friends over and one of the beers I featured was the 11%  Kasteel Cuvee Du Chateau in a very impressive looking 750 ml wine bottle.  The Cuvee is a beer brewed to taste like Kasteel Donker aged for a decade, and you drink it like a port wine or madeira.       

Normally, you'd probably drink the unaged version first, right?  But Kasteel Donker doesn't come in impressive looking 750 ml bottles.  Or if it does, they're not available here in Thailand.  So I wound up trying the Cuvee first in a very inebriated state. 

There is a difference between the 'aged' Cuvee Du Chataeu and the original Kasteel Donker.  The former tastes a bit richer and filled out, but the overall taste is similar.  It reminds me of a winery I visited in Chianti (Italy) over the summer.  They had tastings of their balsamic vinegars.  There was only one variety but it came unaged, aged 3 years, and aged 9 years, with the price steadily going up as the vinegar matured.  The 9 year was certainly better than the 3 year or unaged version, but if you were mixing it into a salad dressing or adding it to a pasta sauce, the differences weren't pronounced enough to notice.     

The same here.  My wife usually doesn't drink beer unless it's accompanied with some kind of food.  Were I snacking on corn chips and salsa, the Kasteel Donker and Cuvee are virtually the same beer.  But in this case, I knew my wife wouldn't touch an 11% beer so I drank this little morsel all to myself without any food. 

My advice:  savor it once to try the full Kasteel range.  Then make up your mind if you look your beer 'aged' or unaged. Kasteel charges the same price per ml for the Cuvee as they do the Donker -- in Thailand anyway -- that I might as well go "up scale" with Cuvee whenever the desire arises.  Bon appetit!      

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