Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
91 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.