Kasteel Donker | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,629
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
926
pDev:
13.35%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
181
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 926 |  Reviews: 407
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Great dark brown color with barely any head, syrupy
Smell - Toasty sweet Belgian, slight raisin run scent
Taste - Sweet candied dark cherry raisin slight rum
Feel - Full body good crisp carbonation with a warming sensation
Overall - very yummy Belgium

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Photo of Commandophile
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paleoplant
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rhuggins11
4.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mike22ne
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle, aged 3.5 years since 2014.
Dark and fruity, it's more like a ruby port than most beers. Great complex fruit character of cherries and raisin and dark caramel. Syrupy slick body with little carbonation.
Definitely worth cellaring to let it grow and develop. Very nice!

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Photo of BHapeman
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with a one finger head of tight bubbles. The flavor was full of dark fruits and malt. Medium mouth feel and very smooth.
A great taste!!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very hazy dark opaque chocolate color with slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant fruity hints, mainly raisin and plums
T-The taste follows the nose with a very noticeable plum flavor
M-A medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation
O-A well made fruity beer

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sort of root beer clear brown color with a slightly creamy thick feel. Champagne like carbonation that worked perfect for this beer. Aroma was malt, candied dried fruit, some yeast. Taste was very similar, a bit sweet but again really worked well for this beer. If a fan of Belgian ales than this is definitely worth a try

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Photo of travelguy
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curiosibeer
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of quadmad
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11 c from cellar. 15 months in cellar. Pours a deep cola color. Minimal head. Verry smooth on the toungue. Wonderful taste, with underlying alcohol. Minor mouth burn. Overall great taste. \i have to buy more since I am down to my last 10 bottles.

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Photo of SFNC
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of markjknowles
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful to look at, a thick, dark reddish brown with a quarter inch of almond colored foam, then surprisingly an almost nondescript smell ( a typical Beer-shipped-from- Europe aroma) gives way to an almost syrupy yet(barely) not too sweet flavor of raisin and prune chocolate subtly carbonated. The alcohol comes through in away that perfectly counterpoints the sweetness. I drank this from a Garre glass. It definitely needs to be drank a the proper temp. Too cold the flavors won't gel. My raring is deceptively low due to the mild aroma. This is a must experience quad. So happy it came my way!

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Photo of danflux
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ikidunot
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours dark maroon red brown with a creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like red apple, grapes, pear, plum, cherry, banana, apricot, dried fruit, peppery clove spice, chocolate, toasty caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet rich toasty caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, chocolate, red apple, grapes, pear, plum, dark cherry, banana, apricot, dried fruit, peppery clove spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice quad.

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Photo of JayQue
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good Quad. Poured from a stubby 330 ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. Dense mahogany brown color with a thin cream colored head. The head faces quickly to a covering of the glass which remains for a good while. There are spots of filmy lacing on the glass. Aroma is rich, dark fruit raisins and cherries and malt. Flavor is rich, dark fruit, malt, candi sugar and Belgian yeast. Slightly sweet, malty fruit flavor. Mouthfeel is rich and fairly smooth with the alcohol presence more warming than hot. I had this beer for a year and the aging probably helped mellowing it. In all, a veary tasty Quad.

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Photo of goodbeergoodfood
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is mahogany brown nice head based on pour, lots of lacing on the glass.
Aroma is packed with an amazing dark fruits grape or vinius notes ,deep rich malt wheat notes.
Taste is huge dark fruits very right dark cherries and a nice malty finish.
Mouth feels very nice.
Overall this is a great beer has been one of my favorite for sometime. I find it very appealing in all seasons has a year-round offering. Have enjoyed this on a hot summer day just as much is drinking it today on a very very cold day.

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Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby brown bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours with very little head despite a vigorous pour, yet a durable partial coat and ring somehow appears and lingers on and on. Clear dark mahogany body.
Loads of dark dried fruit aromas. The flavor is sweet -- too sweet IMO -- but not so sweet as to impede consumption, largely because some subtle but countering bitter shows up in the finish and aftertaste. Hints of green apples with the dark dried fruits. High ABV is well hidden.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drunk-Monkey-Candyholic
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer smooth and can knock u on ur butt.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 926 ratings