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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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688 Ratings

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 66
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of don1481
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into fancy glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Head dies down quickly with no lacing.

Smell: plums, candy sugar, brown sugar, molasses. Yummy.

Taste: very bright plums, raisins, brown sugar. Basically the nose, but with more of a bright bold hit. Catches you off guard. For 11 percent ABV, this is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel: chewy and a bit sticky. Definitely leaves a residual stickiness to it. Sweet aftertaste.

Overall: VERY impressed. I love a good quad and this is up there with the top tier.

don1481, Today at 02:49 AM
Photo of hermuli
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

hermuli, Yesterday at 04:34 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

lillitnn92, Wednesday at 04:32 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

ordybill, Wednesday at 12:28 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

threedaggers, Tuesday at 12:03 AM
Photo of DiUr
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown looking, almost black, with a thin beige head that leaves little lacing. Some yeast down there in the sniffer.

Very deep aroma of dark fruits and roasted malts, with a hint of yeast. I can smell figs, rip grapes and apples. The aroma resembles both English Ales-Porters and Port-Red Wines, as complex a blend as it may sound. You can almost smell the cork and wooden barell, and while sweet in the nose it is also slightly acidic, the kind of an old red wine. Alcohol is present.

The taste is very sweet, but delicious and somehow balanced. Dark fruits and Port wine, with alcohol again noticeable and very little hops.

Thick and sirupy mouthfeel, but with good drinkability.

I don´t like my beers to be so sweet but it was done in a good way, and i learnt to love it while sipping. Had no problem in downing 75 cl., and i would definitely have this nectar again to get deeper in it´s complexities.

DiUr, Sunday at 09:58 PM
Photo of Theoboley
4.48/5  rDev +9%

Theoboley, Sunday at 08:30 PM
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4.64/5  rDev +12.9%

rkcrozier, Nov 16, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -25.1%

Lak9ers, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

tom10101, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of Hopswagger
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Hopswagger, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Kuaff
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottled February 19th, 2013. Love the styling on the bottle, cage, and cork! Cellar temperature in my cute little tulip glass.

A respectable two to three-finger tan head diminishes to a stable, soft sheet of froth fed by carbonation bubbles, which are visibly numerous. The color is stunning. A deep, dark crimson or garnet that looks almost purple to me (and I'm fond of the color purple).

The aroma is a classic Belgian bouquet of dark fruit, caramel, fruitcake, a bit of sherry, and vinous grape-like notes. A little earthy and musty (in a good way). Magnificent.

Flavors follow the aroma's set-up perfectly. Terrifically fruity (think raisins, plums, apples, and grapes), a little spicy (cloves, cinnamon, and ginger, among others maybe), and a little bit of pleasant port-like booziness. And it has that unmistakable sweet Belgian yeastiness I love. Some caramel, nuttiness and bread hang out in the finish. Overall, quite sweet!

Its body is effervescent and substantial, as befits a quad.

An outstanding specimen of a Belgian ale.

Kuaff, Nov 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

DamageCase76, Nov 09, 2014
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4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

Cycle69, Nov 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

DJGreg, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort glass.

Deep chestnut brown and red, with a swirling top of middle carbonation. Very little head creation, and leaving a faint fine tan collar on the edges. Love this swirling effect.

Huge fig note aromas. Thick raisin, hints of dry nutmeg, and very clean sensing. Not even boozy hot. Very impressive. A bit of a one note angle, but an extremely good one on the bouquet.

Palate hits with a very nice control, but extremely syrupy feel. Thick raisin syrup and fig notes, with a mild sense of brown sugar. Big full mouth coating effect in the palate, and almost nutty aftertaste. Big on the sweetness but goes more to true fruit than something artifical and overly sugary. Hints toward purple juiced grape a bit too.

Overall a very solid off the radar quad, but just a bit too sweet for my tastes.

smakawhat, Nov 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

thufflife, Nov 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

BeerForMuscle, Nov 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

WckdVbz, Nov 03, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

jrenihan, Nov 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

MQ3867, Oct 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

uturn, Oct 30, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

capuchinpilates, Oct 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

AndyEdgar, Oct 29, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

TheyCallMeYukon, Oct 28, 2014
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Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.