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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

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556 Ratings

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 14.91%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Reviews by Everydayoff:
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

Mysterious dark ruddy brown with likely clear texture, thin beige foam forms on top and quickly collapses into some patches of bubble, almost no lacing.

Smell of good malty, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, a bit tea leaves, chocolate, coffee, dough and some phenolic spiciness.

Mellowing fruitiness and sweetness, phenol and spice are inserted as leverage. In its sweet and fruity note, there are varieties of flavor wandering together; plums, raisins, sugar, caramel malt. Subtle hop bitterness fades in at the end also with a long tail of tangy sweetness and fruit.

Full-bodied, a bit syrupy, good and lively carbonation enwraps a palate then scattering and yields silky smooth mouthfeel.

Alcohol is well concealed, don’t feel it much in both aroma and flavor, indeed a worthy pick.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 17:21:03 | More by Everydayoff
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

04-19-2014 14:40:50 | More by braican
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4.54/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Drinking this one out of a Chimay chalice. Hazy dark brown with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing holds the side nicely when you swirl the glass. Medium thickness, I would not say syrupy but in the ballpark. Very inviting when held up to the light.

S- Maple syrup, assorted dried fruits (figs, dates and prunes in a good way), brown sugar and a very light touch of cinnamon.

T- Taste follows the nose. Pleasantly sweet ,but not cloyingly so, with lots of those dried fruits and a bit of brown sugar and maple syrup. Really reminds me of the fall going into winter with the dried fruit preserves or even a bit like apple butter. Wow!!! I really love this stuff! As it warms the flavors become more pronounced. Light but very pleasant burn on the back end.

M- Smooth and a bit syrupy with that hint of burn on the way down. The alcohol is nicely hidden with just enough to let you know that it is there. Light to medium carbonation. Overall very pleasant.

O- This bottle was aged for 3 yrs. and I must say, I reeeally love this stuff. I've had other bottles of varying years/age and this one was the best. Simply outstanding as a stand alone or a dessert beer. I would not say that this is a "whole bottle in one sitting" beer. Best shared with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:50:33 | More by monketeeth
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-11-2014 13:23:01 | More by byronic
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Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.25

Appearance – Hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel/molasses, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/molasses, and some yeast. There is also some cola like sweetness and a hint of dark fruits.

Overall – ABV is well hidden and it tastes a little like a barley wine in some ways.. I'd like a little more dark fruit flavour rather than the cola notes, but this is still an excellent brew. Just a little one dimensional. Curious to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:20:38 | More by spinrsx
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-08-2014 20:39:36 | More by afsdan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-06-2014 11:56:46 | More by KevinSP
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

04-05-2014 19:17:48 | More by jskireid
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Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO 330ml bottle for $3.25. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opened very well. Nice head, very dark

S- Malty. Metallic smell is pretty harsh

T- Pretty good. Very hot though. To be expected at 11%. roasted malt, almost quadly goodness.

M- Excellent! Very creamy and smooth even with the high ABV.

O- Very good. Will need years and years to simmer down but doubt highly it will ever lose it's hotness.

Food Pairing

This wonderful Donker paired well with... roast beef. Nice root veggies and you have a dinner.


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 05:25:15 | More by DaveBar
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle to a chalice.

A: pours a deep brown with red highlights. There is a thin one finger head that breaks quickly and leaves a thin ring of bubbles. Small lacing with a swirl.

S: sweet dark fruits such as figs and prunes are up front. Brown sugar, malts and some yeasts are also present. Very pleasant.

T: much of the nose follows onto the palate. Those dark fruits are dominant but the sweet of brown sugar or candy comes through a bit more too. The malts and yeasts round this out nicely. Alcohol is there but not invasive.

M: medium carbonation with a full body. Very smooth and enjoyable.

O: I would say this beer was a sleeper for me. I wasn't expecting what I got at all. While I know some would call it a touch sweet, I liked the dark fruit profile a great deal. If you like big Belgians I think you will like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 21:48:44 | More by polloenfuego
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-04-2014 18:36:55 | More by kevinlater
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-26-2014 23:08:05 | More by hansavijaticar
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-26-2014 20:12:55 | More by theRooster
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Hong Kong

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

03-20-2014 13:38:34 | More by GarthT
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Hong Kong

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-15-2014 03:58:27 | More by boqonx
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-11-2014 04:58:06 | More by deschutes_fan
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

03-01-2014 14:47:57 | More by jmtpi
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-28-2014 03:54:44 | More by jwps214
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

02-26-2014 01:20:45 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-20-2014 20:19:13 | More by leitmotif
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-18-2014 23:54:40 | More by Craigale
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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New York

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glowing chestnut with steady clingy finger of cappuccino foam that trails.
Deep nose of cinnamon raisin toast, brandy butter, and toffee apples.
Golden sultana and soft caramel up front, some almost-ripe figs, vanilla tones, clove sneaking through with some bruised pears, and a hint of herbal hops at the end.
Slight ginger + bubblegum end and long wood spice linger.
Medium headed towards full, chewy, slight heat.

Huge - loads of residual (candy?) sugar make for a big body, and the fruit-and-sweets flavor notes enhance that. Not far from Backwoods Bastard in terms of big, round, sweetness - fruits are all yellow rather than dark. Yeast and fizz save it from cloying, but only just. Nice to sip slow like some honey-soaked pastry that hurts your teeth, but I wanted something to lift this a bit.

The top of the 2nd tier of quads.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 22:14:40 | More by StJamesGate
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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