Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by flagmantho:
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. My bottle is labeled as having been bottled on 8/4/2007, so it's got a couple of years.
Appearance: very dark brown-amber which allows some red light through when held up to a light source. Head is practically nonexistent: a thin film of large tan bubbles; not surprising for a beer this size.
Smell: musty, yeasty, bready aroma with plums and alcohol. For all that, the aroma is not turned up to a very high volume, even as the beer warms. Not too bad, though.
Taste: rather a lot like the aroma, but somehow more pleasing. Nice rich malt flavor that tastes old and strong. Alcohol is definitely noticeable here, but it's not necessarily a bad thing; the natural dark fruit flavors are complemented.
Mouthfeel: rich, silky mouthfeel despite low carbonation. Body is medium but it has a great, not syrupy but not thin consistency.
Drinkability: actually, quite drinkable for its strength. I'm going to enjoy this glass a lot.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2010 07:20:45 | More by flagmantho
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4.09/5 rDev +0.2%
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
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.