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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

690 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 690
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 67
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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 ujsplace
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a deep, dark near-black colored brew that has a once finger thick off white, almost tan colored head that quickly fades. Has some nice lacing.

Smells of candied malts, yeasts, dark fruits - raisins, figs, over-ripened cherries and plums; a faint spiciness and a hint of dark chocolate.

Tastes of big, sweet candied malts up front, dark fruits and spicey yeast - leaves a nice cherry aftertaste with generous alcohol warmth that makes it's presence known, but is done deftly. This brew almost has a burgundy-like quality.

Thick and creamy.

This is my kind of brew - especially for this time of year where it is currently 32 degrees outside. This definitely will warm you up a bit. A nice steady drinking brew - not one to be sessioned, but rather enjoyed with a chill in the air.

ujsplace, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

brutalist, Jan 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Stoffel, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

yankees27, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

rderedin, Jan 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.3%

Jerreve, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

tclapper, Jan 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

antique, Jan 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Kuromaru, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

GentlemanJoel, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

CelticAleMan, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A dark brown fluid with some reddish hints. The foam is more beige than off white and transforms quickly till a thin layer.

S - A sweet malty scent mixed with a little yeast.

T - Again a sweet malty flavor with a nice deepness. One can taste this beer is great for aging. There is already some port like tones coming through.

M - A soft to medium carbonation with some alcohol warmth and bitterness in the end. There is noway one can this is a 11% ABV!.

O - An excellent beer! Always good to have a few on you're shelf.

Mar02x, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

ceetee26, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

stevoj, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

bpattt, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of ikantspel
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottled on 5-6-10

served into a duvel tulip

pours a dark brown with a super small head and the slightest of lacing.

dark fruit, plums, and medicinal nose.

candy, dark fruits, phenolic to the max.

not too much carbonation to this bad boy. but its almost everything ive ever wanted in a quad. finishes quite smooth and not too dry. maybe a tad too sweet, but sometimes, it just works.

i picked mine up at the total wine and more about 20 miles away for 14.99 (4 12oz)... but ill be back for more and more

ikantspel, Dec 06, 2011
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rekel, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

duracell, Nov 24, 2011
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
92 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.