Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by IchLiebeBier:
4.25/5 rDev +3.7%
Appearance: Dark chestnut; small, cream-colored head, dissipates quickly
Aroma: Peppery; spicy; cloves
Taste: Very sweet, warming start; honey-meade like body; well balanced with bitterness; very good flavor
Remarks: Very, very enjoyable beer
Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores
06-15-2013 14:15:29 | More by IchLiebeBier
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a darker shade of borwn with a real nice sticky head thats seems to dissapte quickly,great aroma of raisins and light chocolate with some definent alcohol notes.The raisin seems to be the dominant flavor I get with some syrupy flavors as well.A touch of nuttiness and alcohol makes this a nice warmer,I have alot of bottle to drink yet wish me luck.
11-14-2003 23:27:20 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev 0%
A dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Semi sweet nose. Molasses, grapes & black currant. Light roasted notes as well. Taste wise this brew was ru\ich and sweet...deacdent w/ a port-like grape sweetness. Underlying burnt sugars. Alcohol warmth. Nice lingering flavors. Great combo of fruit and alcohol. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, sticky and sweet, thick n syrupy. This was quite the decadent, dessert beer. A great cold weather sipper, however, a little too sweet to have several.
12-01-2004 19:42:01 | More by Popsinc
3.95/5 rDev -3.7%
Poured from a bottle into chalice style glass.
Pours a syrupy dark brown to near black, very small head that diminishes to a rather dense short layers of off-white foam. Light lacing.
Lots of dark fruit and hints of alcohol. Heavy sweet malts come to mind as you inhale.
I was a bit surprised by the sweetness that envelops the tongue on the first swig. I know this is considered a strong dark ale but it seemed more like a very sweet barley wine. Very sweet and heavy in the mouth, with the strong flavor of fig most present.
This is quite a brew. Rather a bit syrupy for my taste but it doesn't necessarily taste bad. As for the style of a strong dark Belgian ale, I suppose, but it's closer to cough syrup. I did enjoy it overall though and if you are feeling adventurous, give it a shot.
12-09-2009 01:19:14 | More by SIRIUS2
4.83/5 rDev +17.8%
A "donker" beer, brewed in 1999 (mine was). A dark brown brew. Very rich and malty with a port-like finish. Sweet bliss in a bottle with a shelf life of over 25 years. One of my favourite of the sweet dark beers that I tried when in Belgium (March 2000).
10-14-2001 12:33:58 | More by Todd
1.83/5 rDev -55.4%
750ml bottle, bottled on 070924 (9/24/07?). Pours a murky brown with a small head that quickly goes to a tiny collar.
The aroma is subdued. It has some sweet caramel and toffee malts, some oak, a little dark fruit, and a bit of oxidization and alcohol.
The flavor is very sweet sugary malts and molasses, a little cola and fruit with a big sugary finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy.
Overall, this is way overly sweet. It's a bit of a treacly mess. As it warms and I get accustomed to the sweetness a little nutty malt and banana come out. So there's some complexity, but the sweetness overwhelms everything and makes it rather unpleasant.
03-31-2010 04:34:14 | More by Beaver13
4.43/5 rDev +8%
From a growler purchased at Half Time, pours dark mahogony, seems to be pretty low in carbonation, mellow head, with just minor lacing observed. Nose is nicely glowing with cola, vanilla, bourbon and spice. Strong late night sipper kind of brew. Plenty of dark candi sugars, cola, alcohol, complexity etc to please all the strong beer/quad lovers out there. Character, boldness obviously evident, well worth a try if you like the style, not for everybody, but certaintly for me! A treat and in nice shape on tap/growler.
06-07-2007 04:06:33 | More by Billolick
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured into a Chimay challice from a stubby fire plug looking bottle. A mirky muddy brown with a light tan collar with some very tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass barely visible.Leves somes nice webs of lace down the glass
Sweet dark fruityness lots of prune and currants,carmell candy,butterscotch,earthy with a vinious sweetness. Vey malty and complex
Very sweet overripe dark fruit tastes upfront, some nice boozy tastes with a warming feel.candy sugaryness throughout with some burnt carmell flavors near the finish.Mouthwatering bitterness fading out the end of the taste.
Cloying,with some stickyness yet smooth and suprizing drinkability.
09-10-2008 03:01:45 | More by jcdiflorio
4.6/5 rDev +12.2%
This beer rates well for me because of the experience that went along with it, which was "Beer School," one Sunday afternoon at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, Ky. I say that not because it reminds me of a good experience, but part of Beer School is learning about the beers you sample, how they are crafted, what distinct flavors, smells, and feels should be, and you get to compare samples from the same class of beer side by side.
I went to Beer School with my cousin Tony, another beer lover, whose taste differs from mine. I prefer stouts and lagers, he prefers witbiers and hefeweizens. We agreed that both the Kasteel Donker had the best flavor and feel among the six that were sampled that day, all of which were bock beers. I brought home several of the ones I liked to increase my sample size, and reconfirmed that the Kasteel was best in class.
For having a high ABV, this brew does not have a strong alcohol taste to it. It was surprisingly smooth, and the roasted malt flavor was strong but not overpowering beginning and end of taste. I drank from the bottle, like a heathen, so I cannot comment on the pour or the color, sadly, and I will drink from proper glassware next time I try one so I can update my review.
In short, if you like bock-style beers, this is definintely one to try and enjoy!
01-30-2012 17:55:26 | More by afoltz2
4.98/5 rDev +21.5%
Very dark. There was a little foam, but it quickly went away
Dominated by dark, dried fruit.
A little fruity. It was sweeter than I expected, but incredible. There's a little coffee or red wine note as well
Smooth with very light carbonation
This is one of the best beers I've ever had. The one I had was part of a Belgian sampler and I went out the next day and bought a whole case.
03-12-2012 18:45:09 | More by MrMichael
3.35/5 rDev -18.3%
Appearance: dark brown, clear body; mocha head fades out quick, but it was poured in a chalice
Aroma: rye bread, tin, caramel, roast malt, dates, banana
Taste & Mouthfeel: super sweet and syrupy, a feel which is accentuated by the low carbonation - it really is like drinking American "maple" syrup; banana, dates, candy sugar dominate, and a whisper of chocolate, breath of alcohol, appear in the finish; kind of like coke or root beer, but without the carbonation
Overall: only barely avoids being cloying, the lack of suds or balance to provide a break from the sweetness hurts the beer's potential - teetering on the edge of being a very good brew; it's difficult to finish the bottle
06-14-2014 12:03:45 | More by BGDrock
3.3/5 rDev -19.5%
12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. Had this once before three years ago at a private tasting. I'll admit right away that I remembered a different beer than the one I had last night.
A: Nice, dark brown color, but weak, barely-there head.
S: You can tell right away that this one's going to be sweet. Heavy commingling of brown sugar and raisin.
T: Overwhelmingly sweet at first, which threatens to ruin the beer from the get-go. After I got past that, I could appreciate some of the other elements, especially a pleasant, champagne-like effervescence.
M: For all it's sweetness, it's not an overly thick beer. Nice and rich, and the carbonation is pleasant.
D: On the plus side, the alcohol presence isn't too powerful. But that sweetness makes this hard going down.
I can see this going well with a rich cheesecake or something equally bold and sweet, and maybe it mellows over time. That said, I won't drink this again as a stand-alone beer, and don't think I could get through a 750ml. Not bad, but I'm not likely to revisit this (again).
06-26-2010 17:05:20 | More by rwathree
4.68/5 rDev +14.1%
This is a great expression of the style. The pour from the 750ml bottom produced a great foamy head that was quite peresistent and left a classic Belgian lace. Very dark with ruby hints, the aroma was there but not as strong as I might have imagined, mostly sweet and raisiny. Mostly a sweetish malt flavor with some raisin taste with a drying burlap finish. Shae a bottle for desert and you will make a friend, drink it alone and you will be asleep early.
11-14-2003 19:42:23 | More by DarrellK
4.47/5 rDev +9%
(Served in an long stemmed chalice)
A- This beer has a smooth creamy head on a dark dense brown thick body. I couldn't tell if there was any visible carbonation but it was low light in the bar.
S- Nice smell of dark sweet malts with notes of prunes and other dried fruit. A hint of molasses in the finish also.
T- This is deep complex flavors but hints of apples and prunes stuck out the most. As it warmed it became more of an apple juice flavor. However there were lots of other flavors like port and brown sugar with some prunes and red wine hints also.
M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol but it doesn't feel like 11 %
D- This is a good complex malty beer that has great complexity. I happen to meet the brewer after I wrote my review and he said the kegs are all pasteurized but the bottles are still alive and kicking so I will have to try those next.
10-12-2005 23:46:06 | More by rhoadsrage
3.6/5 rDev -12.2%
11.2oz. stubby 'Duvel' style brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a chalice.
A: Deep shoe leather pour that's completely opaque. A short fluffy head forms and holds for a bit before falling to a chunky skim. Decent lacing throughout.
S: Alcohol soaked dark fruits dominate most of the aroma. Some sweet caramel malts and maybe a touch of meatiness in the back.
T/M: Alcohol is very present and meets nicely with the dark, plump, pulpy fruits. More of the sweet caramel and light meaty flavor. Has a touch of sour/tart fruit flavor to it but very much an undertone. Still, it's not quite what I want. Body is nearly full but a syrupy feel to it. Lighter carbonation makes for a vinous feel.
D: This would be a very tasty brew if it weren't for that little bit of sour fruit in the back. Still, not terrible, and seems reasonably drinkable for a Quad.
05-21-2008 23:52:26 | More by pwoods
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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