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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001)
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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

BeerBuilder, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is described as a quad at the place I had it and it seems more like a quad to me than a dubbel so I am reviewing it against that expectation.

Pours a murky, deep chestnut brown with a very thin tan head.

Smell is dominated by raisins and malt sweetness with a bit of bittersweet chocolate as well.

Taste is delicious. A very strong caramel sweetness throughout that never becomes cloying or tiresome. Sweet dark fruit and chocolate mix in the flavor profile. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

This is an easy drinking beer. I am rarely inclined to have more than one of this style and with an 11% ABV, I would certainly stop at one. But I would enjoy a second.


sholland119, Aug 22, 2008
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a bit of light tan head.
S: It smelled like bready yeast and prune and molasses, with banana and a bit of cocoa powder.
T: It tasted like very sweet caramel and a blend of dark fruits, with bready yeast and a bit of banana. It had a lasting sweet aftertaste with a bit of alcohol.
M: It was fairly thick with smooth and subtle carbonation.
D: This was a solid dark Belgian ale with a very sweet character. It had great body, and the alcohol wasn't bad (even though it was noticeable), so it was easy to drink. Great candidate for aging, but also enjoyable fresh.

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Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.