1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Kasteel Donker - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Not Rated.
Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

620 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
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)
View: Beers (30) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Kasteel Donker Alström Bros
Ratings: 620 | Reviews: 344 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-16-2014 02:57:46 | More by BeerNDoggerel
Photo of SIRIUS2
SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 01:19:14 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of athomasPSU
athomasPSU

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

09-18-2013 15:54:15 | More by athomasPSU
Photo of Jeeb
Jeeb

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

08-16-2013 02:43:06 | More by Jeeb
Photo of Brian700
Brian700

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 04:58:07 | More by Brian700
Photo of obywan59
obywan59

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 07:16:15 | More by obywan59
Photo of djcira
djcira

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

02-13-2013 02:23:29 | More by djcira
Photo of rredshift
rredshift

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

05-31-2014 19:32:21 | More by rredshift
Photo of monkeybeerbelly
monkeybeerbelly

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

05-04-2014 16:13:47 | More by monkeybeerbelly
Photo of Popsinc
Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 19:42:01 | More by Popsinc
Photo of benclimbs
benclimbs

California

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 01:08:37 | More by benclimbs
Photo of RichardMNixon
RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-20-2013 03:05:38 | More by RichardMNixon
Photo of jdubjacket
jdubjacket

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:41:02 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of valianes
valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

05-23-2014 03:05:38 | More by valianes
Photo of RWACKO
RWACKO

New York

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

05-10-2013 22:59:39 | More by RWACKO
Photo of RockyTopHeel
RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 23:09:13 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of fisherbray
fisherbray

Florida

3/5  rDev -26.8%

07-01-2014 16:43:20 | More by fisherbray
Photo of Waveoff
Waveoff

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

05-26-2013 05:21:10 | More by Waveoff
Photo of JSkone09
JSkone09

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

02-16-2012 02:25:18 | More by JSkone09
Photo of TLove
TLove

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a medium brown, with a light, subtle head and a beautiful consistency all the way though.

Smell is very fruity and strong, reminiscent of a strong dark ale or a quad. The taste rolls over dark fruits, birch wood, and fig on the palate, though the 11% ABV presence is seemingly overwhelming to the initial taste. The complexity of the body is not engulfed by the high ABV and the beer eventually comes into its own after a few more sips.

The mouthfeel is well-laced with a balance of hops, fruit, alcohol, and a wood-induced earthiness. The drinkability and finish are not as well-rounded as I have come to expect from most Belgians, but the complexity and taste speak for themselves.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 19:13:44 | More by TLove
Photo of bigdaddypolite
bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -26.8%

11-17-2011 04:04:39 | More by bigdaddypolite
Photo of dreadnatty08
dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a ton of carbonation (surprising) brings forth a very dark, cloudy amber colored beer with just a half inch of off-white head that soon falls to a trace. Aromas are a mix of spicy phenolics, dark fruits, bright alcohol and a touch of toasty malt notes. On the palate, it is a very rich, thick Belgian with tons of malty flavors, minimal carbonation and a pretty sweet finish. Overall, it's a bit different than most BSDA, but I like how they presented it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 01:02:27 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-29-2013 19:16:51 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
Photo of byronic
byronic

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

04-11-2014 13:23:01 | More by byronic
Photo of pbrian
pbrian

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork dated 08-2001

Deep crimson red highlights make it through this clear, dark brown bier. The vigorous pour produced just a medium rich tan head but a thin film lasted the whole glass and left a mess. Port-like, sweet dark fruits in the aroma, with some mild spices, sweet bubblegum, and alcohol vapors. Flavor is very rich, sweet, fruity. Again, very vinous and port-like. Dark candi sugar, dark caramel malts, dark raisins and plums, everything's sweet, dark and beautiful. Low carbonation, thick, creamy sweet mouthfeel. Very warm and flavorful. Did I mention sweet? I don't know if a fresh version would receive such high numbers, but the aged version sitting in front of me is fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 03:11:50 | More by pbrian
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
91 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.