Will admit to not realising this was a Kasteel beer. Even with the famililar logo on the very front of the bottle…
So yeah here we have Cuvee du Chateau from Kasteel standing at 11%.
For me, the taste is similar to Kasteel’s Donker but nowhere near to its epic level, but this does have its own pieces to talk about. The aroma has a strong alcohol to it, with dark sugar sweet notes and dark fruits like raisins. The texture is a little thin with low carbonation. The finish is very brief with a smidgen of alcohol on the tip of your tongue. The taste starts sweet then dissapates to let that alcohol strength through, with a taste of raisin, malts and even though its hidden there is the slightest of spice. Yet it is not that much of a warming drink.
Now this will sounds nuts, it finally clicked, but it also reminds me a bit of red wine.
Now this one I cheated ever so slightly. Kasteel Donker was the best from last years advent calendar and became my favourite favourite beer. But I was to curious about the what the smeg the Rouge bit was about.
So here we have Kasteel Rouge by Castle brewery/Van honsebrouck brewery standing at 8%. Upon opening the aroma I expected was replaced by a wedge of cranberries being shoved up my nose. Same goes for the taste, I can barely get a hint of what the kasteel donker tastes like, in place of the cranberry kick. Its very much like drinking a ocean spray cranberry juice, with some other berries mixed in. Then with a little added medicine, like the syrupy cough medicine you can get. Quite strange. The texture is not oily, heavy or clingy, I found myself drinking it rather quickly though. The 8% is hidden completely as well, up to you if you like that kind of thing.
Strange, it was by no means a bad drink, just nothing in comparison to other Kasteel’s.
Side note, that design of coheed and cambria on the glass that you cant see very well, I did that.
Oh yeah, the second I opened the bottle and got that first bit of aroma I thought to myself, ‘This is why I’m doing this’.
Sweet, dark, malt, hint of coffee maybe, more likely liquorice and also real dark treacle smells filled my senses. The visual is what I imagined being nice, dark and heavy looking. While the taste is just a bit better than the smell. Smooth, I’ve learnt to use the word oily texture in drink and I must use it in this case, really nice. Pleasantly creamy, sweet during and aftertaste. In fact it is really sweet so I can see why some wouldn’t like it as much, but I have a sweet tooth and it is a welcome change to the pallet.
The 11% strength is hidden incredibly well, rather than taste the alcohol it gives you more of a warmth while drinking.
This near love letter of a review is for Kasteel Donker by Brouwerji van honsebrouck and I say good job, good job.
I want this again with chocolate buscuits.