Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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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
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
5/5 rDev +22%
750 ml corked bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Beautiful deep reddish brown hue topped with thin foam.
Aroma of freshly baked sweet fruity pastries, with raisin, orange, and apple.
A very complex and earthy, fruity flavor with huge sweetness. Sweet, intense, complex, and delicious. It is sweet and the hop level is low, but the earthiness really balances out the sweetness.
Carbonation is low to moderate and keeps the brew lively and light, a great sipper.
Among the best tasting substances to ever come from a bottle, a perfect quad.
02-27-2012 01:00:38 | More by jsp2
4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
A: A very dark color can be seen, when against light some reddish hues are clearly detected, head is brown but not too big with medium dissipation and no many traces are left behind.
S: Malty aroma, toasted barley smell with clear alcohol, fruits may also be present.
T: Flavor is pretty intense, a full malt and robust body flavor with some toasted ingredients and a strong alcohol flavor.
M: Complex sensations that starts neutral with some sweetness that rapidly changes into bittersweetness and then bitterness at the end not too hard on the mouth but present and also the alcohol sensation hits almost at the same time.
02-16-2012 02:16:29 | More by karait95
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
330ml bottle poured into an Orval goblet.
Mysterious dark ruddy brown with likely clear texture, thin beige foam forms on top and quickly collapses into some patches of bubble, almost no lacing.
Smell of good malty, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, a bit tea leaves, chocolate, coffee, dough and some phenolic spiciness.
Mellowing fruitiness and sweetness, phenol and spice are inserted as leverage. In its sweet and fruity note, there are varieties of flavor wandering together; plums, raisins, sugar, caramel malt. Subtle hop bitterness fades in at the end also with a long tail of tangy sweetness and fruit.
Full-bodied, a bit syrupy, good and lively carbonation enwraps a palate then scattering and yields silky smooth mouthfeel.
Alcohol is well concealed, don’t feel it much in both aroma and flavor, indeed a worthy pick.
02-10-2012 17:21:03 | More by Everydayoff
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured into a goblet.
Pours a lively, bubbly dark brown near black with some ruby edging. Lots of bubbles cascading to the top of the glass. Wispy constant carbonated and moving thin island sits atop the brew. Crazy, the ever moving island of bubbles is constantly moving - looks insane. After emptying the full bottle the head now is more present and is nice and creamy and thicker atop the brew. Nice patchy lacing left behind. Good looking brew.
Brew smells of dark fruits, estery Belgian yeasts and sugars, figs, cherries, plums and booze all represented. Good nose.
Brew is very balanced; great carbonation and spice up front, then a smooth creamy middle and drying end. With each sip you crave the next. Sweet flavors; dark fruits, yeasts and mellow maltiness. Barely there booze. Wow this is a tremendous quad.
Wow - tremendous treat here. If you are even remotely interested in Belgian ales you must pick this up if you see it.
02-10-2012 01:43:26 | More by magine
4.5/5 rDev +9.8%
Served up in a tulip glass. Dark brown nearly black with some garnet highlights when held to the light. A quick beige head that was a bit sticky throughout.
The nose was a sweet malty bready with some dark fruit.
The flavors were dominated by sweet ripened dark fruits such as fig and raisin and banana nut bread. really good! Sometimes I don't care for these overly sweet dark fruit flavor profiles but this one was spot on perfect.
It was smooth and slick in the mouth with well balanced carbonation and only a slight presence of alcohol .
Overall, best quad I've tried yet. Complete package.
02-10-2012 00:16:29 | More by BelgiumBill
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
A: Ruby red to deep rich brown. Small khaki head that clears quickly since this is a high octane beer. Excellent lacing and alcohol legs that coat the glass.
S: Molasses, toffee, burnt sugar, caramel, bread, biscuit, sweetness and subtle dark fruit.
T: Caramel sweetness, sugar, molasses, burnt notes, tobacco, almost sherry like and slight belgian phenolics.
M: Rich and velvety. Coats the mouth and tongue with a slick layer. Thick, chewy with an almost taffy feel. Huge alcohol hit but not burning or warming. Just in flavor. Sherry like.
O: An excellent sipper. Can't take more than a baby sip because it's so complex and sweet. It's not something you could have a lot of (high alcohol) and incredibly unique flavor experience. Good stuff. However, I would only want one once a year. Waay to rich to be an all the time beer on hand.
02-09-2012 23:13:18 | More by JerseyKirk
4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
I am no fan, generally speaking, of quads. This quad is a bit sweet, but somehow stays in balance and is not overwhelming. Nice looking beer. The belgian yeast comes through with a smooth, light tasting nuttiness, that moves toward the cherry/plum taste. Very drinkable, not much alcohol detected. Lightly delicate with nice lacing out of the tulip. Extremely nice beer, better than I remembered it when I had it around 6 years ago.
02-05-2012 03:01:41 | More by bigdeuce
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
Great colour, deep brown-red with some bubbles visible when hold against the light. One finger beige head that quickly disappeared.
Caramel aroma. Bitter-sweet taste, it was leaving me with a taste of bubblegum after each sip. The high ABV is not at all noticeable, good. Carbonation is balanced. Medium thick on palate.
A truly great beer!
02-03-2012 23:38:34 | More by Douberd
4.4/5 rDev +7.3%
Poured in a goblet to facilitate taste and smell; it developed a nice half inch head dissipating slowly. I sniffed it for the first time getting a strong scent of caramel and detected a subtle hoppy background; I tasted this brew and my palate detected flavors of caramel, toffee and fruity complex flavors like guava, this brew is sweet…I like the after taste and honestly I want to drink more. ..and remember folks to support your local brewery DRINK BEER. HOG
02-02-2012 23:56:52 | More by hogrider
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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