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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

643 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 60
Gots: 63 | 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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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

750ml bottle. Cork dated 11/2003. Best by 11/2008.

Pours a hazy brown with hints of red. Thin tan head. Lots of sheeting lace. Smells fruity. Rich caramel and vinous aromas.

Rich and fruity flavor. Alcohol still present in this nearly three year old sample. Sweetish and candy sugar flavore. Hints of plum and notes of port. Big beer, thick and sticky mouth although the low level of alcohol taste dries it out, keeps the sweetness in check. This is some nice brew. Some more for the cellar is in order.

ViveLaChouffe, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a darker shade of borwn with a real nice sticky head thats seems to dissapte quickly,great aroma of raisins and light chocolate with some definent alcohol notes.The raisin seems to be the dominant flavor I get with some syrupy flavors as well.A touch of nuttiness and alcohol makes this a nice warmer,I have alot of bottle to drink yet wish me luck.

oberon, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into a Chimay challice from a stubby fire plug looking bottle. A mirky muddy brown with a light tan collar with some very tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass barely visible.Leves somes nice webs of lace down the glass

Sweet dark fruityness lots of prune and currants,carmell candy,butterscotch,earthy with a vinious sweetness. Vey malty and complex

Very sweet overripe dark fruit tastes upfront, some nice boozy tastes with a warming feel.candy sugaryness throughout with some burnt carmell flavors near the finish.Mouthwatering bitterness fading out the end of the taste.

Cloying,with some stickyness yet smooth and suprizing drinkability.

jcdiflorio, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

750 mL corked & caged. Button mushroom cork marked "04/2008." The third of three gift beers with matching glasses my wife gave me for Christmas.

Pours a milk chocolate-brown with very little head (even with great effort). What little bubbles there are leave a thick lace on the glass, but there is very little carbonation in this guy.

Soft and sweet aroma - it's a little cold right now, but it should open up more.

First taste almost has the consistency of cold cocoa - smooth and rich. Hint of chocolate, with caramelized fruits and maple syrup. So very soft on the palette - really a unique mouthfeel, just velvety smooth. As it warms a touch, the depth of sweetness comes through - this is a caramelized, rich custard in a glass. Despite the 11% ABV, there is nary a hint of abrasiveness from the alcohol.

A fine sipper, and would make an excellent dessert all on its own.

RockyTopHeel, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

11.2oz stub, post-mussels at dr granville moores

cell phone notes

appearance: very dark mahogany with moderate garnet tint. maybe a faux purple shade. almost no head to speak of

smell: big and sweet - booze soaked plum, fig, hot caramel, big candied sugars

taste: pretty original belgian dark - big emphasis on brown sugar, alcohol infused plum, sugar coated raisin, caramel swirls, peppery alcohol.

mouthfeel: sweet and smooth, on the full end of the body scale

drinkability: good enuff

dirtylou, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of TLove
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

The appearance is a medium brown, with a light, subtle head and a beautiful consistency all the way though.

Smell is very fruity and strong, reminiscent of a strong dark ale or a quad. The taste rolls over dark fruits, birch wood, and fig on the palate, though the 11% ABV presence is seemingly overwhelming to the initial taste. The complexity of the body is not engulfed by the high ABV and the beer eventually comes into its own after a few more sips.

The mouthfeel is well-laced with a balance of hops, fruit, alcohol, and a wood-induced earthiness. The drinkability and finish are not as well-rounded as I have come to expect from most Belgians, but the complexity and taste speak for themselves.

TLove, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of crazynipple
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottle: 750ml
Served at 50 degrees F in a goblet.
Not much carbonation, and it poured a dark brown w/red ruby-like color. The alcohol hits you right away, but it has a fantastic burnt caramel taste. I find it to be very heavy and filling. For me, it's powerful stuff and not to be taken lightly. I've had several bottles, and some are better than others, but most are very very good.

crazynipple, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Evocatus
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Has a dark color, like a coke but with a hint of read. Head was a dark beige that dissipated into a ring rather quickly. Smelled of dark fruits. Tasted like a light rum; a mix of sugarcane and a little bit of spices were there. Alcohol taste started to become prevalent after it warmed. Mouthfeel was thick but not too bubble. Overall pretty good. I was worried that it would be too heavy for an 11%, but there wasn't a strong alcohol kick at all, instead just a subtle feeling in the aftertaste.

Evocatus, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Brabander
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

I got two of this bottles, each 75 centiliter, from my beerbuddy Apophis666, thanks Sietse!!!

This is a beer which has been bottled in 1999. vintage beer! Poured in my Struise glass on the first day of Christmas the beer looks very good. The head tsays for quit a while. Darkred to brown fluid with no carbonation, that's a pity.

Great taste, sweet smell and sweet in the mouth. This is a well balanced top fermented beer. Dark sugars.

Brabander, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of macster
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

Bottled 01/2004. Best by 05/2009. Yeah, indeed this is one to quench a sweet tooth, but still a unique, well crafted Belgian Ale.

Pours a fairly clear maroonish-brown hue displaying a thin, patchy head with spotty lacing.

Complex, but somewhat reserved aromas of brandy-soaked plums, figs, black cherries and orange slices with some caramel and malt lingering in the background.

A quite intense sweetness is the initial impression on the first sip; almost reminiscent of Myer's Dark Rum. Body is full and chewy. Dark, ripe fruit flavors nicely mimic the aromas, but much more rich and muscular. The 11% alcohol is definitely a necessity here to cut through the sugary sweetness and it comes real close to doing its job and rendering some respectable balance here.

This baby would certainly make an excellent dessert after a hearty dinner.

macster, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of keithmurray
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice

appearance - dark mahogany color with thin lacing of khaki head

smell - red wine, purple grapes, malt, brown sugar, cinnamon

taste - plums, raisins, red wine, malt, brown sugar

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation,rich, sweet upfront and in the finish, slight detection of alcohol - warming but not overwhelming

overall - this is a really good Quad,on the sweeter side, but if you see it, be sure to try it

Price Point - $4.79/11.2 oz bottle

keithmurray, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Doomcifer, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JakerLou, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of Tarks
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Tarks, May 17, 2012
Photo of Ryanm1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 22 ounce cage and cork into a glass. Poured really brown dark in color. Moderate amount of white lacing.

Sweet smell, typical of Belgian quads, tastes of dried dark fruit such as plums, raisins and dates. Thick and syrupy that is a beer that takes a lot of time to finish. The 11 percent abv is noticeable with the smell of alcohol. Also the taste of alcohol is present at the finish similar to a glass of wine. Otherwise the finish was excellent. You can also notice the legs on the glass when finished.

Ryanm1, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of ForesterMatt
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ForesterMatt, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

twowheelssoar, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

750ml bottle
Bottled on 03/05/2009

A- Pours a dark cherry red with some dark brown color as well with a light tan colored head that turns into a ring of lace.

S- The aroma is definitely dominated by the malt. Dark fruits (most notably raisin and plum), dark candied sugar, caramel, cherries and a yeasty spiciness. The aroma is very complex, really liking this one so far.

T- The taste like the aroma is full of sweet malt with lots of raisin and hints of cherry flavor with some alcohol soaked plums in the finish. The alcohol is definitely present in the taste, but is remarkably hidden for a 11% ABV beer.

M- The mouthfeel is full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. This is a world-class beer without question. I think it is a little underrated here on BA. Definitely worth seeking out!

cjgator3, Apr 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
Photo of Gerasimos
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Gerasimos, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of JGooden
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

JGooden, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of mlhyatt
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mlhyatt, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Flyer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Might be the best example of this style I've come across. Pours a deep brown with a good head. Has wonderful raisin and plum notes, very boozy tasting (in a good way). The mouthfeel is rich and thick without ever being sticky. Some wine-like flavors come through late. Highly recommended.

Flyer, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Sweenz
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Sweenz, Jul 12, 2014
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.