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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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645 Ratings

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.39%
Wants: 60
Gots: 62 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

TobinMitnick, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of afoltz2
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer rates well for me because of the experience that went along with it, which was "Beer School," one Sunday afternoon at the Beer Trappe in Lexington, Ky. I say that not because it reminds me of a good experience, but part of Beer School is learning about the beers you sample, how they are crafted, what distinct flavors, smells, and feels should be, and you get to compare samples from the same class of beer side by side.

I went to Beer School with my cousin Tony, another beer lover, whose taste differs from mine. I prefer stouts and lagers, he prefers witbiers and hefeweizens. We agreed that both the Kasteel Donker had the best flavor and feel among the six that were sampled that day, all of which were bock beers. I brought home several of the ones I liked to increase my sample size, and reconfirmed that the Kasteel was best in class.

For having a high ABV, this brew does not have a strong alcohol taste to it. It was surprisingly smooth, and the roasted malt flavor was strong but not overpowering beginning and end of taste. I drank from the bottle, like a heathen, so I cannot comment on the pour or the color, sadly, and I will drink from proper glassware next time I try one so I can update my review.

In short, if you like bock-style beers, this is definintely one to try and enjoy!

afoltz2, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Beertracker, Jan 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22%

cowboy83, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

samEBC, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ujsplace
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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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brutalist, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

SageO, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Stoffel, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

yankees27, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

rderedin, Jan 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Kuromaru, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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Photo of Mar02x
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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 +9.8%

ceetee26, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

stevoj, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22%

bpattt, Dec 06, 2011
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.