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Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

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634 Ratings

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 59 | 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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4.47/5  rDev +9%

2003 bottle drank out of a Kasteel chalice obtained out of a gift set.

Color varies from a black in the center to a deep orangish brown on the edges of the glass, body is completely opaque. Head is not overwhelming large and has an offwhite, slightly beige brown color to it. Aroma is extremely bready, covers up the alcohol smell, and has numerous candy-like sugar notes. A fig scent is somewhere in there--all in all its fairly complex. Taste is extremely sweet and centered on figgy, buttery, and slightly sour notes. Some prune-like qualities are in there. I know I havent used the most appetising words and comparisons to describe taste but dont worry, its actually pretty damn good. The beer finishes with a semi sweet aftertaste. Drinkability is there though I caution against taking up on it. This is no baby beer, packing 11% it will make the biggest man sway if he gets careless. Other than that the taste is extremely entertaining and unique which makes for quite a drinkable brew.

11-21-2003 22:39:06 | More by allboutbierge
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-04-2014 16:13:47 | More by monkeybeerbelly
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

01-05-2014 02:59:46 | More by rmehughes
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3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured dark brown, with ruby highlights, medium tan head, gorgeous lacing. Aroma of raisins, chocolate, rum, sweetness and more alcohol. Taste was rich, wine-like, and extremely sweet. Dark flavours of chocolate, ripe fruit, yeast, spices, wine. Extremely complex flavours. Smooth, full bodied. It was just a bit too sweet for my tastes. Made it hard to finish. It's definitely a sipper.

03-06-2005 05:24:35 | More by baiser
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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%

Paid $5.99 for an 11.2oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. It was bottled 080407 and I am tasting in Sep11. I pour into a chalice to review.

An aggressive pour yields a very small head that dissipates quickly leaving little retention behind. Dark, dark brown in color. Opaque and nearly black, except when held to a bright light. Some strings of lacing.

Dark fruits like raisin, plum, prune and fig dominate, but there is a good malt backing. I also noted molasses, brown sugar, alcohol and Belgian yeast in the nose.

The taste is also dark fruit dominated and quite sweet.

The mouth needs more carbonation, but I recon the aging may have toned this department down a bit too much. I don't think cellaring this one helped it much. Medium body and not as smooth going down as the best I've had in this style.

09-17-2011 01:49:51 | More by ibbjamin
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-16-2013 02:43:06 | More by Jeeb
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-23-2014 03:05:38 | More by valianes
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

04-16-2013 04:06:34 | More by Huffaroma
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-18-2013 15:54:15 | More by athomasPSU
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a bottle into chalice style glass.

Pours a syrupy dark brown to near black, very small head that diminishes to a rather dense short layers of off-white foam. Light lacing.

Lots of dark fruit and hints of alcohol. Heavy sweet malts come to mind as you inhale.

I was a bit surprised by the sweetness that envelops the tongue on the first swig. I know this is considered a strong dark ale but it seemed more like a very sweet barley wine. Very sweet and heavy in the mouth, with the strong flavor of fig most present.

This is quite a brew. Rather a bit syrupy for my taste but it doesn't necessarily taste bad. As for the style of a strong dark Belgian ale, I suppose, but it's closer to cough syrup. I did enjoy it overall though and if you are feeling adventurous, give it a shot.

12-09-2009 01:19:14 | More by SIRIUS2
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-31-2014 19:32:21 | More by rredshift
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

02-13-2013 02:23:29 | More by djcira
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4.6/5  rDev +12.2%

750ml bottle. You need to peel off the tear strip to get the paper off the top to expose the wired-down cork.

Pours dark brown into my Duvel glass with a 2 1/2 finger head leaving light lacing.

Aroma of tart citrus at first, but then I noticed some sweet maltiness as well.

Oh, wow!! After the tart aroma, I didn't expect it to be so sweet. Taste of dark bitter chocolate and burnt malt with a bit of cherry. Or, perhaps dark dried fruit soaked in rum. Almost candy sweet.

To me it felt a bit lighter than other BSDAs I've tried (except for Mad Elf). This was a good thing, considering the extra sweetness. I think the sweetness, more than the mouthfeel, is what makes it seem almost syrupy. Not cloying.

Excellent sippability. The sweetness definitely slow you down. I think I like this even more than Corsendonk Christmas Ale.

The 11% ABV really fried me!!

02-28-2010 07:16:15 | More by obywan59
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

This beer poured a reddish/brown color with an off-white head almost a light brown.

The aroma was sweet with a dark fruit presence, raisins, figs, dates. Very enticing to say the least.

The flavor follows the nose, there is some malty sweetness with the presence of dark fruit again, dates, figs, raisins and such. There is also some alcohol warming in the end.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer but is 11ABV so be carefull and don't hurt yourself.

07-19-2006 04:58:07 | More by Brian700
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-20-2013 03:05:38 | More by RichardMNixon
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3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

poured a dark reddish brown in a tulip

Smell is some caramel with a good bit of alcohol hitting you on the finish

Taste is very sweet, maple, with a little nutty flavors. Alcohol is pretty prominent, not as well masked as other Belgian 11-12% beers. Overall it's a nice beer but not a fave for the style

Rich mouthfeel and pretty long lasting sweet finish

04-27-2009 01:08:37 | More by benclimbs
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev 0%

A dark brown pour with a medium tan head. Semi sweet nose. Molasses, grapes & black currant. Light roasted notes as well. Taste wise this brew was ru\ich and sweet...deacdent w/ a port-like grape sweetness. Underlying burnt sugars. Alcohol warmth. Nice lingering flavors. Great combo of fruit and alcohol. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy, sticky and sweet, thick n syrupy. This was quite the decadent, dessert beer. A great cold weather sipper, however, a little too sweet to have several.

12-01-2004 19:42:01 | More by Popsinc
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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

05-26-2013 05:21:10 | More by Waveoff
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3.2/5  rDev -22%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into two pint glasses. Very mixed feelings about this beer. Pours an opaque dark brown color that looks like murky pond water. Nose is sugar, candy, dried fruit. Taste is VERY sweet. Unfortunately, I could only handle a few sips of this beer. This beer is so sweet, it's nearly undrinkable. I've tried giving this beer a chance two times now, and both times, it's just too alcoholic and too sweet to finish. Not my favorite quad - too sweet to be truly enjoyable.

05-05-2008 02:41:02 | More by jdubjacket
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

05-10-2013 22:59:39 | More by RWACKO
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

750 mL corked & caged. Button mushroom cork marked "04/2008." The third of three gift beers with matching glasses my wife gave me for Christmas.

Pours a milk chocolate-brown with very little head (even with great effort). What little bubbles there are leave a thick lace on the glass, but there is very little carbonation in this guy.

Soft and sweet aroma - it's a little cold right now, but it should open up more.

First taste almost has the consistency of cold cocoa - smooth and rich. Hint of chocolate, with caramelized fruits and maple syrup. So very soft on the palette - really a unique mouthfeel, just velvety smooth. As it warms a touch, the depth of sweetness comes through - this is a caramelized, rich custard in a glass. Despite the 11% ABV, there is nary a hint of abrasiveness from the alcohol.

A fine sipper, and would make an excellent dessert all on its own.

12-26-2009 23:09:13 | More by RockyTopHeel
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

07-01-2014 16:43:20 | More by fisherbray
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-16-2012 02:25:18 | More by JSkone09
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-08-2014 00:18:01 | More by groleau
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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