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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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610 Ratings

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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 54
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

02-17-2014 17:55:32 | More by eonbluekarma
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New York

4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 22:14:40 | More by StJamesGate
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

02-11-2014 21:14:03 | More by BJSmit
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-08-2014 00:18:01 | More by groleau
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

02-05-2014 17:14:38 | More by sfore8
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-13-2014 21:51:31 | More by mattmarka1
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2.25/5  rDev -45.1%

01-07-2014 15:15:28 | More by vfedetz
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2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

01-06-2014 11:55:27 | More by Saind
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-05-2014 02:59:46 | More by rmehughes
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-04-2014 20:05:08 | More by pipinmalikonj
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Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-01-2014 20:36:54 | More by NightINgale
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-31-2013 12:02:39 | More by tard24
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-29-2013 19:16:51 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-20-2013 03:05:38 | More by RichardMNixon
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: BInny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Bottled 2012-01-25
Glass: Founders snifter

Though a bit strong with its ethanol presentation, I found myself really enjoying this beer's heavy caramel sweetness and interesting anise and dried fruit mixtures. The mouthfeel was fairly heavy, yet effortlessly foamy and smooth thanks to well-executed carbonation. Overall, a very good, somewhat unique Belgian Quad that hit most of my flavor pleasure zones, a good one to seek out again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of tan colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles that yield a frothy-looking appearance. Foam retention is average, around one minute, fading to a thick ring around the glass and a medium-sized island of thin foam that remains atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is very good, with some large blotches and lines, with smaller dots clinging with some fairly high density to the walls of the glass. Beer's body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out orange hues around the perimeter of the beer. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of sweet, deep caramel and burnt sugar, with strong raisin characters.

Overall flavor of dense caramel sweetness, burnt sugar, anise, prunes, and ethanol; the anise and other(?) phenols I can't describe products of the Belgian yeast, which give this its characteristic flavors. Front of palate picks up heavy caramel sweetness, prunes, moderate anise, mild ethanol, and a hint of roasted barley. Mid-palate of caramel, burnt sugar, cola, prune, anise, and ethanol, all fairly equally well-expressed. Back of palate of slight grape, prune, anise, caramel, cola, mild ethanol Aftertaste of caramel and burnt sugar, slight raisin and prune, faint anise.

Beer is heavy-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (1/3) and otherwise foamy (2/3) mouthfeel that suits the beer and the style quite well. Ethanol felt as heat in the nostrils and low burn on the palate and back of throat, not surprising for an 11% ABV beer, fairly well-integrated into the overall package. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 06:57:36 | More by falloutsnow
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: brownish red, silty, faintly transparent; fluffy initial tan head, fades to a centimeter ring and covering surface film; spotty lacing
S: sweet, malt, raisin
T: sweet, dark fruit, sugar, alcohol
M: smooth, full-bodied
O: Perhaps too sweet and cloying.. There are fascinating notes of apple peel, raisin, and prune, but you wouldn't want to drink too much of it quickly.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:39:18 | More by RandomExile
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-13-2013 19:39:17 | More by 21Maestro8
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4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled in 08-2004, says the cork. Emptied into an Orval chalice.

No head. None. There was a small hiss when the cork eased out, but no evidence in the glass. The color is a murky reddish mahogany. Looks difficult. 1.75

Vinous dark fruits. Rum raisin, date, fig, dark bread, black cherry, fermented grape, candi sugar, dryness, some buttery maltiness. Effectively aromatic, especially without a head. 4.25

Sweet raisiny malt sugar, fig and date, grape, plum, spicy booze with mellowness, aged malts, candi sugar, and dark honey. Aged gracefully, I must say. 4.25

Feels flat and bruised. No carbonation, practically. Body is a little fuller than medium. Mellow booziness, which I like. 2.25

Held up great for flavor and aroma, but I miss the bubbles. 3.75


Bottled on 12-30-10. 11.2oz stubby poured into an elegant Kasteel stemmed goblet.

Dark and murky mahogany with red hues. A quaint ring of foam formed and stuck. Looks nice. 4

Fig and raisin esters with dark bread and candi sugar. Nice rich maltiness. Deep plum and grape notes. Somewhat sweet. 4

Rich, sweet, fruity, and boozy. Raisin, grape, fig, some date, and a nice heap of sweet quad breadiness. Optimally phenolic with some medicinal flavors that I like. Quite the tasty ale. 4.25

Feels royally big and boozy. Spicy and playful with a tempered carbonation level. Good mouthfeel. 3.75

I love this beer. Phenomenal for its own level of sweetness. Always a good choice. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 21:10:01 | More by thecheapies
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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