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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

608 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 54
Gots: 40 | 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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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-17-2012 18:09:34 | More by twowheelssoar
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cjgator3

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 03:22:52 | More by cjgator3
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-08-2014 14:56:37 | More by HuntDaddy540
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Gerasimos

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-23-2012 02:08:35 | More by Gerasimos
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JGooden

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-08-2012 11:33:30 | More by JGooden
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mlhyatt

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-31-2013 04:20:52 | More by mlhyatt
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Flyer

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 00:38:56 | More by Flyer
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-13-2013 02:23:29 | More by djcira
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TheBeer

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-19-2014 22:45:25 | More by TheBeer
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deschutes_fan

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-11-2014 04:58:06 | More by deschutes_fan
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-21-2012 06:35:01 | More by slowdaddy
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

06-07-2014 02:39:07 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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Maillard

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-27-2013 09:17:08 | More by Maillard
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-05-2013 03:39:29 | More by Hallertau
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-11-2014 13:23:01 | More by byronic
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-23-2014 00:12:24 | More by JDizzle
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ckollias

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

06-09-2014 22:00:32 | More by ckollias
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-26-2013 01:18:41 | More by Sspeer1
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz stubby bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a burgundy/rusty/muddy reddish brown body with no head at all; even a couple swirls of the glass only serve to produce the thinnest ring of fine khaki-colored bubbles on the surface. Lots of ruby red colored highlights streaking througout the glass - looks every bit the part of a strong dark ale.

S: Big boozy nose - huge, medicinal alcohol fumes. Some candy-sugar sweetness is present along with a dark fruitiness that appears behind the alcohol, coming in the form of raisins and prunes; or maybe booze soaked raisins and prunes! There is also a husky, musty note in the nose, maybe the calling card of the Belgian yeast. All in all, this nose packs a big alcoholic punch which overrides many of the other aromas - definitely not as complex as other BSDAs I've tried, but definitely the most pungent.

T: Huge sweet flavors in this BSDA. Alot of a candy, sugary sweetness. That dark fruitiness in the nose also manifests itself in the taste with a sweet, boozy, rum-soaked raisin flavor. Then there follows a huge blast of peppery, medicinal alcohol that dominates the palate through midsip and only recedes in the finish. Aftertaste shows of some sweet malts - a touch of honey, like sweet, fresh baked honey-wheat bread. A delicious mingling of sweet, boozy flavors.

M: Not much carb at all. Really, the mouthfeel is fluffy, and quite powdery, but there isnt much of a crispness or a tingling on the tongue which is what I've come to expect from strong dark ales.

D: 11% ABV and its quite present! The booziness in the nose and taste can be felt in the pit of the stomach as it quickly warms the insides. I could probably finish a 750 of this and be good for the entire night. Strong, and very sweet. Probably not a beer for everyone's tastes, but I quite enjoy this Belgian. Definitely sweeter than other BDSAs I have tried (i.e. Maudite, Trois Pistoles).

Like I said, this is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that I quite enjoyed, even if it is ridiculously sweet and the booze is quite powerful. Regardless, the rum-raisin notes and sugary-candy flavors pair nicely with the huge, peppery alcohol blast and finishes nicely with that sweet bready flavor on the palate. Definitely the best strong dark ale I've tried up to this point. Very surprised that there are only 11 reviews for this beer - its a definite must try!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 03:15:27 | More by Buschyfor3
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likeemdark

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-31-2012 04:12:42 | More by likeemdark
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dmcdede

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-04-2013 04:10:44 | More by dmcdede
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leitmotif

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-20-2014 20:19:13 | More by leitmotif
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JTuomi

Finland

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-26-2013 18:27:01 | More by JTuomi
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 14:15:29 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Shatter

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-01-2013 22:49:27 | More by Shatter
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.