Kasteel Donker
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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From:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #49
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,331
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 13.35%
Ratings:
965
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 27, 2022
Added:
Oct 14, 2001
Wants:
  111
Gots:
  188
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: None
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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by misteil from Ireland

man i am getting lazy with the reviews these days… oh well. carnaval festivities are in full swing, haven’t exactly been drinking the finest beers over the last few days, but this one is pretty good. super milk chocolatey, really quite sweet, some dark fruit also, typical spicy belgian flavours (although somewhat subdued), could do with some heavy malt flavour to cut through the sweetness, the chocolatey flavours and thick creamy body reallt makes it seem as if you’re drinking liquid chocolate, there is some alcohol warming but the 11% is pretty well concealed, no real bitterness to report, medium carbonation, all in all for me it is a little too monotone and lacking in depth, but it’s a pleasant beer for sure.

Feb 27, 2022
 
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 22, 2022
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4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Absolutely one of my all-time faves, full of dark ripe fruit flavors, sweet sugars like plums. If only it were distributed in my state which oddly carries other Kasteel brews.

Feb 12, 2022
 
 
4.2 by marcrech from Brazil on Sep 18, 2021
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1.38/5  rDev -66.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
by hank_and_als_beer_reviews

7/11/2021 11:57pm EST
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a weizen glass

Look: Dark as a midwinter night; hold a torch up to reveal its true medium garnet color. SRM 40+. Some lacing and head retention.

Smell: Malt-soaked dark fruits and molasses. It's syrupy in the nose, even from a strong distance.

Taste: Intrusive sweetness saturates the experience. The only redemption here is the escape from the matiness. Black fruits drown in a lake of sweetness, likened to a dinosaur in a tarpit. Surprisingly, neither boozy nor warm--simply syrupy.

Feel: It's physical labor to get this down your throat. Heavy bodied.

Overall: Every beer needs to arrive on the shelf in a drinkable state. This beer needs another year or more to ferment and cut down the sweetness so it can start tasting like a beer.

Jul 12, 2021
 
4.71 by KarlHvK from New York on Apr 18, 2021
 
4.23 by eagles22 from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2021
 
3.8 by ZombiePlus from California on Mar 19, 2021
 
4.11 by Daniel_Mott from Sweden on Feb 03, 2021
 
4 by cozmo from New York on Nov 15, 2020
 
2.75 by BdM from Netherlands on Aug 20, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Captain68 from Russian Federation

92,5

Aug 13, 2020
 
4.12 by beerrat from Virginia on Jun 14, 2020
 
3.35 by gwydno from Spain on Apr 21, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Dark chestnut red, clear, pours with 3mm small-bubble pale tan head. No visible sediment left in bottle.
S- Pungent, roasty-toasty, a hint of smoke.
T- Meaty with some pungency, rich deep stewed fruits, a distinct sweet note which perhaps masks the remains of a noticable ABV% zing. After a while I notice some spices showing through the rich+sweet wall.
F- Very rich and additionally pretty sweet, one for winter time and slow-sipping.
O- Interesting, slightly different, notably high ABV% but mostly masks it behind a high rich+sweetness. The latter is proving just a bit OTT for me, so likely not one I'd try again.
330ml bottle. BB: Jan-2025. Ingredients include 'Sugar' perhaps for bottle refermentation.
Bought online from: BelgiumInABox for import/home delivery to the UK.

Apr 12, 2020
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4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by matuka123 from Finland

I'm glad I finally tried this beer. I had a fresh one, the best before date was 2024. It's a delicious beer, the taste and aroma was dark fruits, plums, raisins, malts, vanilla, spice cake etc. It was quite syrupy. The flavour was very strong and coated my mouth. It had a good body but the alcohol was there to strengthen the flavour and body instead of making it attack you. I will be buying more of these, maybe I'll age for some months or years. But even fresh it's delicious and in my TOP 5. A great dessert or special occasion beer.

Mar 06, 2020
 
4.06 by arzt from Russian Federation on Feb 04, 2020
 
4.18 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jan 05, 2020
 
4.22 by pioppo from Italy on Dec 30, 2019
 
4.6 by Lanas from Greece on Nov 18, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by KooVee from Finland

33cl bottle, bb in 4y, so still very young.

Colour is beautiful, somewhere between dark mahogany and dark chestnut. Very clear. Thick beige head that leaves a persistent lace.

Aroma is molasses and dark fruit. Spices of the clove/cinnamon/nutmeg type, alcohol at the back, reminding of sweeter types of port or sherry.

Taste is very sweet, but to balance it, the mouthfeel is very light, and there is a slight tartness (from the yeast, as I have brewed with this one and it always comes through), combining with the spices and the lively carbonation. For a moment before the middle it actually feels like there's Dr. Pepper mixed in. Bitter caramel stays relatively thickly on the tongue, fading into a Creme Brulee crust. Alcohol is well hidden.

A somewhat unique example of a quad... in being so sweet, yet up to a point balanced. Still too sweet for my personal tastes, satisfies but does not make one want for more. If you use this yeast for a drier quad, the result is still as smooth, with a bit more pronounced tartness... and much less tiring. Yet, this is a very good iconic example of a substyle. I have a vintage bottle I am yet to taste. Will be interesting to see how this ages. There is enough sugar and alcohol, but I wonder if this will become a bit hollow.

Nov 17, 2019
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4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by josanguapo from Spain

16 Nov 2019. De cervezasbelgas, Almuñecar. En copa Kasteel. Viendo Rick & Morty 4x01 y La Materia Oscura 1x02. Abv en oculto en sabor pero se sube a la cabeza. Rico perfil tipicamente belga, bien azucarado y acaramelado, sin excesos. AVG 4.

28 Marzo 2020. En copa Kasteel. De Hipercor. Jugando a Ori and the Blind Forest. Dulzor sublime que te hace relamerte en cada trago y beber poco a poco cuando que poco para que no acabe. Feel suave y abv muy bien oculto

Nov 16, 2019
 
4.5 by jsgodfrey from Netherlands on Oct 03, 2019
 
3.85 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Sep 09, 2019
 
4 by RayCannata from Louisiana on Jul 06, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by maltdoesmore from Massachusetts

Drink it out of Kasteel glasses. Buy a couple of cases every 5-6 years. Had a 2002 bottle last month. Still wonderful.

We don't serve it because not many are appreciative of a great abbey ale.

Jun 23, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by osheamatth from New York

Beautiful chestnut hue with lots of dark fruit on the nose with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg too. Very strong caramel malty sweetness that's not at all cloying even though there is a syrupy characteristic.

Jun 01, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Daniel473 from Netherlands

Absolutely marvelous

May 29, 2019
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4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by edhardy22 from England

Very very prominent honey notes accompanied with fig, plums, and raisins.

Would be perfect if it was very *slightly* less sweet

May 11, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Rich, beautiful dark brown; purple when held to the light.

No head or lacing.

Cherries and gingerbread in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel, bordering on thin.

Cherries and gingerbread in the taste; hints of cinnamon.

This beer is supposed to have a shelf life of 25 years; this was brewed in 2002 and I enjoyed it in 2012. Blown away by how well this has aged (not syrup-y like most); blown away by how delicious it is.

Highest recommendation.

Apr 28, 2019
 
4.54 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Feb 13, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a dark brown color with a medium top of beige head that dissolves quickly and leaves some sticky lacings. Aroma is of dark malts ,bread, caramel, raisins, prunes, cherries, sugar and spices.
The flavour is very sweet with notes of dark and dried fruits, while the background has notes of toasted malts, bread and caramel. It then gets more spices in flavour, before finishing of with a slight bitterness. Even if the flavour is to sweet for how I prefer a quadruple, the sweetness is balanced nicely with the other flavours, and it works very well.. The 11% and is quite hidden in the flavours.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium carbonation and medium body.
A very good and enjoyable quadruple.

Feb 10, 2019
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3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Zet from Netherlands

Pretty dark brown colour, but the lack of a decent foam layer makes it look to much like a coke. Smell of dark fruits, chocolate and alcohol. These flavours return in the taste, but there is little time to shine due to the sweetness of this beer, which ruins its complexity and balance. Now it's way to straightforward for a beer with this abv.

Feb 04, 2019
 
3.89 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jan 27, 2019
 
4.75 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin on Jan 19, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lucular from Maryland

This is a really, really sweet beer. It has nice Belgian quadrupel characteristics of dark fruit, slight spice, and dark malts, but the sweetness is the defining characteristic for me.

Dec 31, 2018
 
4.19 by SpaethJam from New York on Dec 25, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Martin194 from Iowa

Look: Clear reddish-brown with a light-tan head that lasts a while before dissipating.

Smell: Dark fruit, sugar, some bready notes, spices, dark chocolate.

Taste: Sweet with a slightly tart sting - again, similar to dark fruits - with the chocolate and sugar mixing in, along with notes of alcohol (though it certainly doesn't taste like 11%, it's smooth). Some hints of banana in there too.

Feel: Full body, normal carbonation, leaves a slightly warm mouthfeel.

Dec 14, 2018
 
4.18 by Eltrandos from France on Oct 24, 2018
Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 965 ratings