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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

620 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 620
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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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-14-2014 14:53:57 | More by kingjohnh
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark brown, clear body; mocha head fades out quick, but it was poured in a chalice

Aroma: rye bread, tin, caramel, roast malt, dates, banana

Taste & Mouthfeel: super sweet and syrupy, a feel which is accentuated by the low carbonation - it really is like drinking American "maple" syrup; banana, dates, candy sugar dominate, and a whisper of chocolate, breath of alcohol, appear in the finish; kind of like coke or root beer, but without the carbonation

Overall: only barely avoids being cloying, the lack of suds or balance to provide a break from the sweetness hurts the beer's potential - teetering on the edge of being a very good brew; it's difficult to finish the bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 12:03:45 | More by BGDrock
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seedyone

New York

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. I admit it. I go for the sweet and this has all the angles going for it...as long as you're 'on the sweet'. Not white sugar sweet, but that raisiny sweet...dates sweet...kind of, but not really that dried fruity sweet. I'm on that in a minute...as long as there is of depth of flavor. I don't want to tarnish or enhance the experience with words that may be misinterperted so I'll just say if you like deep, serious flavors & have the time to savour...make this the one. So stop reading this & order the damn thing already...

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2014 01:16:24 | More by seedyone
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ckollias

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-09-2014 22:00:32 | More by ckollias
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FLima

Brazil

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown color with practically no head which disappeared in a blink.
Malty pleasant aroma of cinnamon and raisins bagel, vinous liquor, prunes, figs and hard candy.
Delightful and liquorish flavor pineapples, maple syrup, strawberries, molasses, red apples, yellow fruits, cola, bananas, figs, muscatel grapes, anise, desert wine, yeast and licorice. Low in spices, relatively to style. Dry aftertaste with a fruity lingering note.
Medium to full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 11% abv is unexpectedly absent at first and it has a sticky feeling.
Very complex and also sweet quad. This seems to age well and it works perfectly as a dessert beer (you wouldn’t drink a second bottle...). Call it a sleeping pill or night cap.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 00:57:55 | More by FLima
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-07-2014 02:39:07 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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atrocity

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

06-06-2014 12:11:36 | More by atrocity
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-05-2014 21:13:00 | More by Canada_Dan
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

06-03-2014 19:23:17 | More by ramrod666
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koladiola

Belgium

5/5  rDev +22%

06-02-2014 21:11:02 | More by koladiola
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-01-2014 23:15:56 | More by Molson2000
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Big_Beers

Idaho

4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a brown .750 from homebrew store.

smell: ripe fruit, baking spice, heavy on the candy

Taste: sugar coated fruit, candied goodness. I really like this interpretation of a quad. Very sweet like a fine dessert wine.

Mouthfeel: interesting twist between a very wet yet feels dry when the mouth closes. perfect

Overall: I am only saddened that I have not bought this sooner. Makes my fav list for sure

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 03:32:36 | More by Big_Beers
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rredshift

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-31-2014 19:32:21 | More by rredshift
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andrewdanks

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-30-2014 15:37:07 | More by andrewdanks
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Bf_89

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-28-2014 03:01:46 | More by Bf_89
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-26-2014 22:05:01 | More by Latarnik
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-23-2014 03:05:38 | More by valianes
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JDizzle

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

05-23-2014 00:12:24 | More by JDizzle
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-22-2014 12:19:16 | More by liamt07
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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
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.