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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

692 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 67
Gots: 75 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

likeemdark, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

dmcdede, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

leitmotif, Feb 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

JTuomi, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Shatter, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

jeremiahoden, Sep 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Mack, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of lackenhauser
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby brown color with an admirable sized head. Soft peppery aroma with a mild malt note. Huge malty flavor with a moderate caramel sweetness. Very slight hop bite. Mellow dried fruit flavor. Lacks the yeasty/sulfury notes most Belgians exhibit. No trace of alcohol at 11%. Must use quite the clean yeast to ferment. Great body-has a slight creaminess to it. I find this to be a great beer, rather sweet but I like them like that. This would be a great Belgian to turn someone who has never had one on to. Might not be to style but I really like this one.

lackenhauser, Feb 28, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

KindaFondaGoozah, Dec 29, 2013
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spycow, Mar 11, 2013
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chancy14, Aug 25, 2013
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grumpygerman, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Ristaccia, May 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Sam Adams Sensory glass. Poured the color of cola. Two inch thick, fluffy white head settled into a thin layer of foam. A sheet of belgian lacing blanketed the sides of the glass during the tasting. Strong scent of dark fruit immediately hits the nose (raisins, prunes, plums) followed by a sweet, sugary smell and a faint aroma of yeast. Taste similar to nose with a bit of alcohol astringency at the finish, which is pleasantly masked by the sweetness of the brew. Warm, full mouthfeel with a little liveliness on the tongue. This is a truly greaat Quadrupel, but definitely meant for savoring slowly.

Jwale73, Jan 18, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice mohagany color with a creamy tan head. It has a good level of carbonation, but note quite as much as other Belgians. The aroma is semi-sweet, malty, and caramel-like. It has a fresh, herbal aroma as well. There is some fruitiness in the aroma too. The flavor is sweet...way more sweetness than I was expecting. The flavor is way malty, with caramel and dark fruits toward the finish. Oh, and coming in at 11%, there is the alcohol in the finish. It is full-bodied, with a creamy texture. The alcohol is definitly there, but not as boozing as one might expect from a high-octane brew such as this. It is a very nice brew. The maltiness is a big surprise for me; different than most belgians I've had. I will drink this one again.

BeerBuilder, Nov 05, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is described as a quad at the place I had it and it seems more like a quad to me than a dubbel so I am reviewing it against that expectation.

Pours a murky, deep chestnut brown with a very thin tan head.

Smell is dominated by raisins and malt sweetness with a bit of bittersweet chocolate as well.

Taste is delicious. A very strong caramel sweetness throughout that never becomes cloying or tiresome. Sweet dark fruit and chocolate mix in the flavor profile. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

This is an easy drinking beer. I am rarely inclined to have more than one of this style and with an 11% ABV, I would certainly stop at one. But I would enjoy a second.

HV

sholland119, Aug 22, 2008
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Sirre, Feb 18, 2014
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DmanGTR, Feb 05, 2013
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eonbluekarma, Feb 17, 2014
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darren8221, Dec 01, 2012
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G_Rod, Jun 03, 2013
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.