Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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707 Ratings

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 71
Gots: 83 | 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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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 Belgians I've tried, but definitely the most pungent.

T: Huge sweet flavors in this - primarily 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 some similarly situated Belgian-style beers I have tried (think Maudite, Trois Pistoles).

Like I said, this is a very potent, dark Belgian 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!

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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

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice ruby brown color with an admirable sized head. Soft peppery aroma with a mild malt note. Huge malty flavor with a moderate caramel sweetness. Very slight hop bite. Mellow dried fruit flavor. Lacks the yeasty/sulfury notes most Belgians exhibit. No trace of alcohol at 11%. Must use quite the clean yeast to ferment. Great body-has a slight creaminess to it. I find this to be a great beer, rather sweet but I like them like that. This would be a great Belgian to turn someone who has never had one on to. Might not be to style but I really like this one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Sam Adams Sensory glass. Poured the color of cola. Two inch thick, fluffy white head settled into a thin layer of foam. A sheet of belgian lacing blanketed the sides of the glass during the tasting. Strong scent of dark fruit immediately hits the nose (raisins, prunes, plums) followed by a sweet, sugary smell and a faint aroma of yeast. Taste similar to nose with a bit of alcohol astringency at the finish, which is pleasantly masked by the sweetness of the brew. Warm, full mouthfeel with a little liveliness on the tongue. This is a truly greaat Quadrupel, but definitely meant for savoring slowly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice mohagany color with a creamy tan head. It has a good level of carbonation, but note quite as much as other Belgians. The aroma is semi-sweet, malty, and caramel-like. It has a fresh, herbal aroma as well. There is some fruitiness in the aroma too. The flavor is sweet...way more sweetness than I was expecting. The flavor is way malty, with caramel and dark fruits toward the finish. Oh, and coming in at 11%, there is the alcohol in the finish. It is full-bodied, with a creamy texture. The alcohol is definitly there, but not as boozing as one might expect from a high-octane brew such as this. It is a very nice brew. The maltiness is a big surprise for me; different than most belgians I've had. I will drink this one again.

Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.