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 logicalparadox
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from single-serve bottle.

Pours an impressive deep-brown (nearly black). It is nearly opaque, almost like a stout or a porter, rather than a quad. The head is the only disappointment (there was barely any), but the Belgian lacing is exquisite.

The aromas are more evocative of a desert wine than a beer--and that is a good thing. Malts very forward, but not overwhelming, with the full panoply of dark fruits (raisins, figs, plum) followed by a distinctive cherry note providing a touch of tart brightness. Further evoking the wine comparisons are some distinct must and barrel aromas.

The taste follows the nose. Fruity sweetness, with dark fruits very forward, followed by cherry and caramel, and then just a touch of herb--I think anise. And then--the mustiness I smelled and the grainy yeasts arrive with an additional warming (but not biting) booze note at the finish to provide just the thing I wanted for balance. A desert-wine drinker should love this for its sweetness. A quad-lover should love it because of its daring. With each sip I internally ask "isn't this too sweet?" But each sip finishes with the Belgian yeast to convince me otherwise. This is courageously sweet--yet not cloying at all.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. But not heavy. The booze is detectable, but only as an element. The ABV is dangerously hidden.

This brew is far sweeter than what I normally rate highly for this style but--damn. Hats off to this brewer for pushing the line on the malts without letting it turn into a sticky mess. This is a fabulous quad.

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Photo of Shanex
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured the 12oz bottle into a teku glass.

Possibly my all time favorite Quad, Belgian quad.

Smell sugar, mellases, brown sugar. Smells very good.

Taste is mind blowing, raisins, plums and brown sugar...

Simce this is 11% Abv keep this as a dessert beer after dinner.

Overall another excellent offering from the country of beers. Highly recommended. Santé!

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

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

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.06/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

way too sweet of a beer for me

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Photo of Ealanjones
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yaron73
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Bottle dated 2011. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches, with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, plums, dates, dark cherries, light oxidation. Flavor follows with sweet caramel malt, candi syrup, plums, dates, raisins and a hint of cherries and mild oxidation. Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation. A sweet, but full flavored quad with all the dark fruit flavors expected. Rich enough to border on an aperitif. This has aged gracefully with just a touch of oxidation that melds well with the fruit and malt. ABV well covered. A great, classic tasting quadrupel.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LocusSolus
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kiro
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the corked, caged 2011 750 ml bottle. Sampled on September 28, 2016.

The pour is a gorgeous looking mahogany brown with little to no head but decent clarity despite being as dark as it is.

Oh my. Sweet malt notes on the nose along with a wooden and musty cellar character. No booze on the nose at all for 11%. Very mellow on the alcohol front.

The body is smooth as silk with a medium to full texture.

The sweet caramel malts define the flavor. Not the Belgian yeast, Belgian spice, or booze. Yet it is mellow and easy to enjoy despite its ABV size. Aging has done this one wonders.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 2013-05-06, so a bit over 3 years
A - Dark brown light head
S - Nice sweet carmel malts
T - Deliciously sweet - not too sugary, but excellent carmel and dark fruit flavor
M - Nicely smooth/thick
O - Just an excellent tasting BSDA, well worth aging

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Photo of JohnTurano
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tuesunsommiel
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brow, ruby red when held up to the light
S: Malt, dried/candied fruit, alcohol, yeast
T: Complex, candied fruit, plum, slight raisin, alcohol (not overpowering)
F: Oily, great complexity and pleasant aftertaste
O: Complex beer and definitely worth the price in Europe

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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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