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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

690 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 66
Gots: 74 | 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 psuKinger
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 ounce bomber, corked and caged, poured into one of my Kasteel chalices.

Bottle *pops* with a lot of force. Good carbonation here.

A: Pours a murky brown color with a thin white head on top, and carbonation readily visible, enveloping all edges of the chalice.

S: Molasses, with a hint of figs and prunes, all at a moderate volume.

T: Rich and sweet, this beer tastes like "beer brownies" to me. The molasses is prominant. Figs, prunes, and other dark fruits are present. A healthy dose of candied sugars just heap on the sweetness.

A good dry finish, with some slightly sour acidic notes on the back end that give this beer some depth.

M: A surprising amount of *heft* to this beer for such a large amount of carbonation serves as a good reminder that this beer is indeed 11% ABV. It finishes moderately dry, and sticky-sweet.

D/O: Enjoyable as "dessert beer", but it's just a shade too sweet for me to enjoy multiple pints of in one sitting.

The 11% ABV also puts an upper boundary on this beer's drinkability for me.

psuKinger, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of The_1084
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice brown color with some amber undertones.

S - Unlike any other beer I have smelled. Presents a mixed fruit aroma with the presence of cherry and raisin being easily recognized. Also, gives off the hint of a sweet wine.

T - Very sweet with a strong taste of wine that is mixed with a variety of fruits.

M - Thick and creamy with light-medium carbonation.

O - This is the first beer I have drank of this style, but overall I am impressed. For a beer with 11% ABV, aside from its high level of sweetness (almost too sweet for my personal taste), it is very easy to drink. A little added carbonation may help balance out the sweetness, but that is just a small note to make in comparison to the many qualities this beer contains.

The_1084, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

WDJersey, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Jose9e
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of JessPrice
5/5  rDev +21.7%

JessPrice, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of kayrex
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

kayrex, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of laurastradford
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on my Belgian beer tour at a little bar in Bruge,recommended by a local. It poured a dark rich color with a minimal head and very little lace. I tend to prefer golden beers but this was a delicious dark beer. It had a lightness and sweetness to it that I was not expecting.

laurastradford, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of phaedrusovchaos
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

phaedrusovchaos, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of kurgan3
5/5  rDev +21.7%

kurgan3, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -27%

Marius, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Hyhat
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Hyhat, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Snellgg5
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Snellgg5, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Tribis
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Tribis, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of jethroe
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

jethroe, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 090901. Pours fairly clear super dark brown color with a small off white head that recedes quickly to a ring of lace. Small amounts of spotty glass lacing; with slight carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big raisin, grape, prune, molasses, caramel, candi sugar, red wine, bread, and slight yeast spiciness. Some nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big raisin, grape, prune, caramel, molasses, pear, apple, toffee, candi sugar, bread, red wine, earth, and slight yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, molasses, caramel, bread, toffee, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very sweet with minimal spiciness; but it is not cloying at all. Fantastic flavor balance and good complexity. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a nice creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a very slight warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian quad! Big flavors with good balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on for being 11%. Loved this one, and will get it again sometime.

superspak, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Wamba
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
Photo of RudyD
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

RudyD, May 23, 2012
Photo of Tumble
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Tumble, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Chadster1975, May 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

cfinch2, May 19, 2012
Photo of Tarks
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Tarks, May 17, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours an opaque, slightly ruddy, deep mahogany tone with a finger of beige/off-white head that quickly lapses into a thin collar; middling, spotty lacing.

aroma is right there with what i look for in a BSDA: nice bouquet of caramel malts, dark fruits, brown sugar, belgian yeast, and maybe some candied sugar. i'm suddenly pretty jazzed about this beer. flavor, unfortunately, doesn't build off that momentum. it largely follows the nose but with a much greater, almost cloying degree of sweetness... dark fruits up front with a big caramal malt wallop emerging in full mid-palate(ish); packs a boozy punch in the finish.

medium-plus/borderline full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. if the sweetness was dialed back a bit this could be a great beer... still very good, but IMO just a bit too sweet. would absolutely be game for another glass in the future, but i won't be gunning for it either.

originally reviewed: 11-01-2010

BostonHops, May 17, 2012
Photo of petluo
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

petluo, May 08, 2012
Photo of Lee_Hancock
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Lee_Hancock, May 07, 2012
Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Brushkanna, May 07, 2012
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.