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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

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636 Ratings

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 59 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

05-19-2012 06:33:16 | More by cfinch2
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

05-17-2012 21:41:33 | More by Tarks
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3.65/5  rDev -11%

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

05-17-2012 01:01:14 | More by BostonHops
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-08-2012 08:19:34 | More by petluo
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5/5  rDev +22%

05-07-2012 22:15:21 | More by Lee_Hancock
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-07-2012 13:21:31 | More by Brushkanna
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New York

5/5  rDev +22%

05-05-2012 19:06:19 | More by JxExM
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2.5/5  rDev -39%

04-17-2012 13:11:32 | More by ptshrdn
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-15-2012 16:34:33 | More by atone315
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Puerto Rico

5/5  rDev +22%

04-15-2012 03:04:37 | More by cornucopia
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

04-12-2012 19:16:10 | More by futurecode
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Picked up in southern Spain. 750 ml bottle with a best by date of July 2016. Poured into my wine glass and it had a minimal head. Very much a dark fruity small and taste. Not much head but it was light brown head and did lace slightly. Deep brown almost ruby color. Lots of fig cherry sweet dark fruit taste. Definitely a sipper and some warming from the alcohol. Very heavy beer and coats the mouth and throat. Overall a splendid quadruple dark Belgian and will consider packing a few when I leave Spain and will continue to stock this.

04-07-2012 16:39:57 | More by jhtipton
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

03-27-2012 03:04:06 | More by rogerthegill
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%


You gotta try this beer. Strait outta belgium, this beer makes me smile. One of my favorite types of beer, the beglian quadruple/belgian strong dark ale.

Appearance - Very dark brown with some red undertones, there was a quick head that evaporated quickly... but at 11% abv that is expected!

Smell - Wow - like falling in love with a blonde girl in lederhosen on the alps. very figgy and sweet. Some strawberries and chocolate on the back of the nose. Take me to Belgium!!!

Taste - Sweet, pruny, cherry/strawberry, tart raison, with a bite and you can feel a bit of warming from the alchohol.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth

Overall - I want to drink this alot

see you on the next one.

03-26-2012 02:57:41 | More by jcomp21
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

03-24-2012 04:36:26 | More by Kornoms
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4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

Poured to a New Belgium tulip from a small bottle which says ``bottled on 100506''. The pour is brown, clear, and very dark. Carbonation is low and there is a thin layer of foam on the beer. The nose is quite unique. I haven't encountered a beer like this one before. I get cherries and raisins, then once I start swirling I start to get a little bit of alcohol, a slight sour note, and a strong wine-like component.

The beer is full-bodied and the taste is complex, sweet, and strong. Initially, I get lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel. There is a slight touch of alcohol warmth, but the real treasure lies at mid-palate. The flavors develop there and take on port-like qualities. It is absolutely delicious. The mouthfeel is viscous and ``chewy''.

What a wonderful beer. It is like drinking a nice glass of port. It's definitely a sipper and not the easiest beer to drink, and I think it could use a bit more carbonation to help stimulate the palate, but that doesn't take away from its great qualities. I wouldn't suggest this to someone new to beers of this caliber. It has a lot of complexity and a lot of power.

03-22-2012 09:45:39 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

This could have easily been my favourite beer, but it is just too sweet.
The earlier review in which I stated this beer is on par with the Rochefort 10 I have deleted, very unfortunate.

There is so much in favour of this beer: it is so smooth (no headache or stomach ache ever), the smell is gorgeous, the taste is full and very balanced, ...but why so damn sweet?

I think I have to buy a bunch and store them for a year and come back to review them again.

Still, I cannot give this beer a lower rating than 4 for taste, because with less sweets it could have been a perfect beer.

Edit 04-14-2012
Yes I can give this beer a lower rating than 4 for taste, it is just way too sweet.

03-20-2012 18:11:45 | More by nout72
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

03-18-2012 21:47:55 | More by msh4k3
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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

a: deep brown, nearly black, with a two finger tan head which took several minutes to dissipate, nice lacing.

s: dark roasted malts, toffee, alcohol heat.

t: malts, bittersweet cocoa, butterscotch and toffee, plums, raisins, a touch of brown sugar, alcohol heat at the end. very rich and smooth. coats the tongue with its richness.

o: splendid, although somewhat sweet quad. alcohol was present but surprisingly, did not end up being a detraction. lots of complexity, and still incredibly smooth.

03-18-2012 20:15:26 | More by RodneyFarva
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-16-2012 20:34:31 | More by brinch
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over brown liquid with decent clarity.

S: Yeast, pears and figs.

T: Raisins, figs, pears, yeast, honey and barley malt. Quite sweet.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Tastes like sweet raisins. If you like that sort of thing, this might be your beer.

03-16-2012 02:48:41 | More by DaftCaskBC
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4.98/5  rDev +21.5%

Very dark. There was a little foam, but it quickly went away

Dominated by dark, dried fruit.

A little fruity. It was sweeter than I expected, but incredible. There's a little coffee or red wine note as well

Smooth with very light carbonation

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. The one I had was part of a Belgian sampler and I went out the next day and bought a whole case.

03-12-2012 18:45:09 | More by MrMichael
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-12-2012 17:41:13 | More by kaelingirl
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice

appearance - dark mahogany color with thin lacing of khaki head

smell - red wine, purple grapes, malt, brown sugar, cinnamon

taste - plums, raisins, red wine, malt, brown sugar

mouthfeel - medium bodied, ample carbonation,rich, sweet upfront and in the finish, slight detection of alcohol - warming but not overwhelming

overall - this is a really good Quad,on the sweeter side, but if you see it, be sure to try it

Price Point - $4.79/11.2 oz bottle

03-11-2012 00:16:16 | More by keithmurray
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3.65/5  rDev -11%

A beautiful and sweet dark beer with a slightly smaller head.
This beer drinks very easy way and has a slight carbonation, which I personally might be a bit more.
The taste of caramel is very present.
Furthermore, an above average beer but not really special.

03-10-2012 16:19:13 | More by DARIVA
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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