Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by objectivemonkey:
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The first time I had this beer, its was preceded by several monster imperial stouts. Did not go over well. That said...
Into my Duvel glass, pours a dark burgundy through a light but for the most part appears vague brownish color. The head starts off nice, about one inch of off white fluffy topping hat recedes to a ring and center spot. Lacing is bounteous. The aroma is fairly typical, if a little weak... Fruits, a nice yeastiness, some spices, pretty stock.
The taste is fairly nice, but isn't spectacular. And the mediocre mouth drags it down a little more. There is a nice variety of hints, plums and dates, anise, lots of candied sugars I'm sure. It suffers from too much sweetness really, like they were trying too hard to juice this thing up. And juiced up it gets, much too thick, too little carbonation, it doesn't get to the point of being difficult to drink, but if just a little better, I feel this could have been quite nice.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2009 02:38:21 | More by objectivemonkey
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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.