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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

631 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 56
Gots: 57 | 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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wattershed

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-01-2012 06:08:14 | More by wattershed
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TobinMitnick

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-30-2012 21:50:23 | More by TobinMitnick
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afoltz2

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

This beer rates well for me because of the experience that went along with it, which was "Beer School," one Sunday afternoon at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, Ky. I say that not because it reminds me of a good experience, but part of Beer School is learning about the beers you sample, how they are crafted, what distinct flavors, smells, and feels should be, and you get to compare samples from the same class of beer side by side.

I went to Beer School with my cousin Tony, another beer lover, whose taste differs from mine. I prefer stouts and lagers, he prefers witbiers and hefeweizens. We agreed that both the Kasteel Donker had the best flavor and feel among the six that were sampled that day, all of which were bock beers. I brought home several of the ones I liked to increase my sample size, and reconfirmed that the Kasteel was best in class.

For having a high ABV, this brew does not have a strong alcohol taste to it. It was surprisingly smooth, and the roasted malt flavor was strong but not overpowering beginning and end of taste. I drank from the bottle, like a heathen, so I cannot comment on the pour or the color, sadly, and I will drink from proper glassware next time I try one so I can update my review.

In short, if you like bock-style beers, this is definintely one to try and enjoy!

01-30-2012 17:55:26 | More by afoltz2
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-27-2012 16:08:56 | More by Beertracker
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cowboy83

New York

5/5  rDev +22%

01-26-2012 19:44:23 | More by cowboy83
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-21-2012 21:30:27 | More by samEBC
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep, dark near-black colored brew that has a once finger thick off white, almost tan colored head that quickly fades. Has some nice lacing.

Smells of candied malts, yeasts, dark fruits - raisins, figs, over-ripened cherries and plums; a faint spiciness and a hint of dark chocolate.

Tastes of big, sweet candied malts up front, dark fruits and spicey yeast - leaves a nice cherry aftertaste with generous alcohol warmth that makes it's presence known, but is done deftly. This brew almost has a burgundy-like quality.

Thick and creamy.

This is my kind of brew - especially for this time of year where it is currently 32 degrees outside. This definitely will warm you up a bit. A nice steady drinking brew - not one to be sessioned, but rather enjoyed with a chill in the air.

01-20-2012 01:15:36 | More by ujsplace
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-19-2012 20:31:23 | More by brutalist
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UnknownKoger

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-19-2012 18:35:10 | More by UnknownKoger
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SageO

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-14-2012 05:13:28 | More by SageO
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-13-2012 03:11:11 | More by Stoffel
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yankees27

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-08-2012 05:15:22 | More by yankees27
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rderedin

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-07-2012 00:51:13 | More by rderedin
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Jerreve

Belgium

2/5  rDev -51.2%

01-04-2012 12:33:09 | More by Jerreve
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-04-2012 03:24:40 | More by tclapper
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antique

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22%

01-03-2012 01:11:55 | More by antique
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

01-02-2012 17:41:50 | More by JAHMUR
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Kuromaru

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-31-2011 23:21:52 | More by Kuromaru
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GentlemanJoel

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22%

12-24-2011 17:28:03 | More by GentlemanJoel
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-24-2011 07:07:44 | More by jophish17
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-21-2011 05:40:00 | More by CelticAleMan
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev +2%

A - A dark brown fluid with some reddish hints. The foam is more beige than off white and transforms quickly till a thin layer.

S - A sweet malty scent mixed with a little yeast.

T - Again a sweet malty flavor with a nice deepness. One can taste this beer is great for aging. There is already some port like tones coming through.

M - A soft to medium carbonation with some alcohol warmth and bitterness in the end. There is noway one can this is a 11% ABV!.

O - An excellent beer! Always good to have a few on you're shelf.

12-19-2011 18:25:12 | More by Mar02x
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ceetee26

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-18-2011 20:02:30 | More by ceetee26
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stevoj

Germany

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-15-2011 19:36:58 | More by stevoj
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ROGUE16

Delaware

5/5  rDev +22%

12-07-2011 22:26:34 | More by ROGUE16
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.