Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by granger10:
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Kasteel Donker shows where the line between beer and wine can get a little blurry. Pours a murky brown color with red highlights, practically no head but there was a good amount of lacing. Smell is really sweet and vinous. Taste is the same way. Lots of dark vinous fruits in a variety of flavors burst out from the start. Really sweet but there wasn't much of a malty sweetness. Alcohol comes in and has quite a kick with lots of flavor. There's a strong Belgian yeast element in here that melds well with the alcohol. Finish is dry and a bit weak for my liking. Becomes too syruppy sweet after a while. Needs more effervescence to offset the fruits. Decent but not the greatest Belgian I have had.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2004 19:52:58 | More by granger10
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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 541 ratings.