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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Not Rated.
Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

612 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 54
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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TheSarge

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kasteel Bruin pours with a minimal amount of dark tan head. After a vigorous pour, there was only about a half an inch thick head, and seemed to dissipate rather quickly. The body is deep dark ruby red, when held up to sunlight, and seems to be will filtered.

The smell is of dark over ripe cherries, a hint of vanilla, and a finish of sweet bready malts.

In the taste, the cherry character is certainly there, with a cola like quality as well.

The detection of alcohol is a little too much. I know this is a higher ABV brew, but I think the alcohol is too much in the mouth feel. This is also a little syrupy and almost more than full bodied.

I think this is an overall good beer, and probably should've waited until colder times to sample this bruin.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 12:44:04 | More by TheSarge
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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

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Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.