Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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4.54/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
04-16-2014 03:50:33 | More by monketeeth
3.89/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
04-10-2014 03:20:38 | More by spinrsx
3.89/5 rDev -5.1%
Purchased at the LCBO 330ml bottle for $3.25. Served at 8deg C in a tulip
A- Opened very well. Nice head, very dark
S- Malty. Metallic smell is pretty harsh
T- Pretty good. Very hot though. To be expected at 11%. roasted malt, almost quadly goodness.
M- Excellent! Very creamy and smooth even with the high ABV.
O- Very good. Will need years and years to simmer down but doubt highly it will ever lose it's hotness.
This wonderful Donker paired well with... roast beef. Nice root veggies and you have a dinner.
04-05-2014 05:25:15 | More by DaveBar
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
From a 330 ml bottle to a chalice.
A: pours a deep brown with red highlights. There is a thin one finger head that breaks quickly and leaves a thin ring of bubbles. Small lacing with a swirl.
S: sweet dark fruits such as figs and prunes are up front. Brown sugar, malts and some yeasts are also present. Very pleasant.
T: much of the nose follows onto the palate. Those dark fruits are dominant but the sweet of brown sugar or candy comes through a bit more too. The malts and yeasts round this out nicely. Alcohol is there but not invasive.
M: medium carbonation with a full body. Very smooth and enjoyable.
O: I would say this beer was a sleeper for me. I wasn't expecting what I got at all. While I know some would call it a touch sweet, I liked the dark fruit profile a great deal. If you like big Belgians I think you will like this.
04-04-2014 21:48:44 | More by polloenfuego
4.09/5 rDev -0.2%
Glowing chestnut with steady clingy finger of cappuccino foam that trails.
Deep nose of cinnamon raisin toast, brandy butter, and toffee apples.
Golden sultana and soft caramel up front, some almost-ripe figs, vanilla tones, clove sneaking through with some bruised pears, and a hint of herbal hops at the end.
Slight ginger + bubblegum end and long wood spice linger.
Medium headed towards full, chewy, slight heat.
Huge - loads of residual (candy?) sugar make for a big body, and the fruit-and-sweets flavor notes enhance that. Not far from Backwoods Bastard in terms of big, round, sweetness - fruits are all yellow rather than dark. Yeast and fizz save it from cloying, but only just. Nice to sip slow like some honey-soaked pastry that hurts your teeth, but I wanted something to lift this a bit.
The top of the 2nd tier of quads.
02-11-2014 22:14:40 | More by StJamesGate
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 632 ratings.