Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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3.35/5 rDev -18.3%
Appearance: dark brown, clear body; mocha head fades out quick, but it was poured in a chalice
Aroma: rye bread, tin, caramel, roast malt, dates, banana
Taste & Mouthfeel: super sweet and syrupy, a feel which is accentuated by the low carbonation - it really is like drinking American "maple" syrup; banana, dates, candy sugar dominate, and a whisper of chocolate, breath of alcohol, appear in the finish; kind of like coke or root beer, but without the carbonation
Overall: only barely avoids being cloying, the lack of suds or balance to provide a break from the sweetness hurts the beer's potential - teetering on the edge of being a very good brew; it's difficult to finish the bottle
06-14-2014 12:03:45 | More by BGDrock
4.06/5 rDev -1%
On tap. I admit it. I go for the sweet and this has all the angles going for it...as long as you're 'on the sweet'. Not white sugar sweet, but that raisiny sweet...dates sweet...kind of, but not really that dried fruity sweet. I'm on that in a minute...as long as there is of depth of flavor. I don't want to tarnish or enhance the experience with words that may be misinterperted so I'll just say if you like deep, serious flavors & have the time to savour...make this the one. So stop reading this & order the damn thing already...
06-12-2014 01:16:24 | More by seedyone
4/5 rDev -2.4%
Murky brown color with practically no head which disappeared in a blink.
Malty pleasant aroma of cinnamon and raisins bagel, vinous liquor, prunes, figs and hard candy.
Delightful and liquorish flavor pineapples, maple syrup, strawberries, molasses, red apples, yellow fruits, cola, bananas, figs, muscatel grapes, anise, desert wine, yeast and licorice. Low in spices, relatively to style. Dry aftertaste with a fruity lingering note.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11% abv is unexpectedly absent at first and it has a sticky feeling.
Very complex and also sweet quad. This seems to age well and it works perfectly as a dessert beer (you wouldn’t drink a second bottle...). Call it a sleeping pill or night cap.
06-09-2014 00:57:55 | More by FLima
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.