Kasteel Donker | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker
BA SCORE
4.12/5
900 Ratings
Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker
BEER INFO

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

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,874
Reviews:
395
Ratings:
900
pDev:
13.59%
Bros Score:
4.8
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
172
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 900 |  Reviews: 395
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Donker poured a dark brown with a quarter inch foam head that dissipated quickly. It had a tight bubble pattern that clung to the outside of the drink next to the glass. The lacing was fairly sticky and was wall like.

The smell was fruity and of brown sugar. The fruits were definitely apple dominated with a tinge of sourness. The taste was sweet then sour. You got a good malt taste up front then it was dominated by a fruity apple-nation. The abv is pretty well hidden and isn't too apparent till it hits the throat and leaves a burn. Overall it is a pretty good BSDA.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of tillmac62
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

BOD 2/6/13. Pours a dark garnet that is almost black unless held to light. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention...considering it's 11% ABV.

Outstanding rich nose of plum, raisin and fig over a solid caramel malt base. Light alcohol notes are present.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. Light carbonation with just a touch of effervescence in the middle and finish.

The flavor profile is almost world class. Reasonable intensity, quite complex and very well balanced. The only flaws are the body is a bit light and the alcohol is not quite covered. The fruits of the nose predominate with sweetness upfront that flows through plum, fig and raisin. The middle brings an alcohol note that intensifies into the finish and also provides a bit of heat. The flavor shifts from the sweet dark fruits noted earlier into a prune that is slightly astringent. Prune and alcohol linger.

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Photo of Bf_89
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of samEBC
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of groleau
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dcdarko
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of rmehughes
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of pkenkman
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Screper
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of meganelizabeth86
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of lilnicky068
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Tone2467
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of tlema1
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 2011
L: murky brown, with a thin but long lasting head
S: I get a plum wine almost sake quality
T: absolutely delicious, so easy drinking, muted dark fruit and a definite sweetness
F: silky, not boozy at all, goes down really easy
O: I'll probably never have an almost 5 year old beer again, this is excellent

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Photo of wesleyhighley
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tough to rate as this is the first barleywine that I've ever had. I don't know if it was the style or just the alcohol in this beer, but it was really tough to swallow at times. I enjoyed everything about this except for the acidic, bitter surge that came to me when I swallowed. other than that, this is a great "sit down and watch a movie" beer

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

A:
Mysterious dark ruddy brown with likely clear texture, thin beige foam forms on top and quickly collapses into some patches of bubble, almost no lacing.

S:
Smell of good malty, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, a bit tea leaves, chocolate, coffee, dough and some phenolic spiciness.

T:
Mellowing fruitiness and sweetness, phenol and spice are inserted as leverage. In its sweet and fruity note, there are varieties of flavor wandering together; plums, raisins, sugar, caramel malt. Subtle hop bitterness fades in at the end also with a long tail of tangy sweetness and fruit.

M:
Full-bodied, a bit syrupy, good and lively carbonation enwraps a palate then scattering and yields silky smooth mouthfeel.

O:
Alcohol is well concealed, don’t feel it much in both aroma and flavor, indeed a worthy pick.

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

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep joy, another beer presented to me to pour by my daughter at her Belgian beer and food night.

Poured into the lovely correct goblet style glass with the castle design on the base of the glass stem. The glass really sets it off nicely.

Very dark, almost forbodingly dark, with a rich biege head, wonderful. Held up to the light you can see it is clear and clean, even though it is so dark in apperance.

The whole experience was good, the aroma was a dark chocolate cake mix with currents, the taste not far off the same.

Rich and smooth feel to it, very drinkable even at 11%, we polished off 4 (small) bottles on the night.

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Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 900 ratings
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