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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

621 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 55
Gots: 49 | 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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TheBeer

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

05-19-2014 22:45:25 | More by TheBeer
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GRap

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

05-17-2014 17:16:12 | More by GRap
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Ristaccia

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

05-15-2014 02:17:16 | More by Ristaccia
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-11-2014 01:41:24 | More by andrenaline
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HuntDaddy540

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

05-08-2014 14:56:37 | More by HuntDaddy540
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MSCUSN

Florida

5/5  rDev +22%

05-07-2014 14:02:39 | More by MSCUSN
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monkeybeerbelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-04-2014 16:13:47 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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frontalot

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-03-2014 21:37:43 | More by frontalot
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-02-2014 03:22:38 | More by yancot
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scottgoblue314

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-01-2014 22:00:34 | More by scottgoblue314
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AugustusRex

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

04-29-2014 03:08:11 | More by AugustusRex
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John656

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark with a reddish hue. Minimal creamy foam head.

S - Yeasty, dark fruits, paint, and prunes.

T - Raisins, molasses, prunes, and brown sugar describe the taste of this beer. The flavour is both complex and strong. There is a taste of booze but it's still smooth on the palate for 11%. Kasteel Donker reminds me of a port or dessert wine in a beer format. I'm generally not a fan of sweeter alcoholic drinks but I respect the elements of this brew.

M - Medium body with creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation with a Barley wine-ish texture.

O - This Quad is definitely on the sweeter side with a unassuming punch that finishes as strong as it starts. It may be a touch too sweet to make it an ideal Quad for my taste buds but the deep multitude of flavours still make this a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 00:58:09 | More by John656
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-28-2014 01:38:30 | More by WillAndSarah
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-28-2014 00:55:42 | More by kwjd
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dipso123

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

04-27-2014 22:09:11 | More by dipso123
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Wessel

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-27-2014 16:37:11 | More by Wessel
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RaphaelSC

Brazil

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

04-23-2014 12:58:49 | More by RaphaelSC
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $3.30 CDN. Seems like a good deal for what is supposedly a world-class Quad.

Appearance - Opaque dark brown cola color, with red hues. A finger of off-white head is poured and dissipates fairly quickly. Soapy residue left on top of this beer.

Smell - Even when quite cold significant dark fruit and candied fruit aromas. The stereotypical Belgian yeast aroma is present, although subdued. Very sweet smelling like a fresh dessert platter.

Taste - Significant cherry flavor and very sweet overall, especially compared with other Quads Belgian Yeasts and some toasted brown sugar mixed in some sort of rich mixture is also something prevalent on the tongue. Quite delicious and very flavorful even at low temperatures. Significant cola flavors in here as well.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and not boozy until the second half of any given sip, which is when you notice that enormous 11% ABV and decide this is a beer to be respected and should be consumed slowly. Bit of a spicy mixture on the back end at low temperatures.

Overall - A very fine quad, maybe not quite in the Westy 12 and Rochefort 10 league but eminently enjoyable and at all times a serious beer that is to be respected and enjoyed. Would gladly pick up another especially at the current price in Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 04:25:59 | More by DenisKolkin
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-20-2014 20:36:25 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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marleyr

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

04-19-2014 19:49:20 | More by marleyr
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braican

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

04-19-2014 14:40:50 | More by braican
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monketeeth

Florida

4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Drinking this one out of a Chimay chalice. Hazy dark brown with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing holds the side nicely when you swirl the glass. Medium thickness, I would not say syrupy but in the ballpark. Very inviting when held up to the light.

S- Maple syrup, assorted dried fruits (figs, dates and prunes in a good way), brown sugar and a very light touch of cinnamon.

T- Taste follows the nose. Pleasantly sweet ,but not cloyingly so, with lots of those dried fruits and a bit of brown sugar and maple syrup. Really reminds me of the fall going into winter with the dried fruit preserves or even a bit like apple butter. Wow!!! I really love this stuff! As it warms the flavors become more pronounced. Light but very pleasant burn on the back end.

M- Smooth and a bit syrupy with that hint of burn on the way down. The alcohol is nicely hidden with just enough to let you know that it is there. Light to medium carbonation. Overall very pleasant.

O- This bottle was aged for 3 yrs. and I must say, I reeeally love this stuff. I've had other bottles of varying years/age and this one was the best. Simply outstanding as a stand alone or a dessert beer. I would not say that this is a "whole bottle in one sitting" beer. Best shared with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 03:50:33 | More by monketeeth
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-11-2014 13:23:01 | More by byronic
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.25

Appearance – Hazy brown colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell – Malts, caramel/molasses, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/molasses, and some yeast. There is also some cola like sweetness and a hint of dark fruits.

Overall – ABV is well hidden and it tastes a little like a barley wine in some ways.. I'd like a little more dark fruit flavour rather than the cola notes, but this is still an excellent brew. Just a little one dimensional. Curious to see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:20:38 | More by spinrsx
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afsdan

Colorado

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Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.