Kasteel Donker | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Kasteel DonkerKasteel Donker
BA SCORE
81.2%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 897 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:
#1,871
Reviews:
395
Ratings:
897
Liked:
728
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
13.59%
Alströms:
4.8
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
169
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 897 |  Reviews: 395
Photo of Heeenrik
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AxlSkull
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Reminded me of pouring a Coke - black with minimal head but when held to the light, garnet. Clear. Nice lacing with continuous bubbles. Not as sweet as Coke but it is sweet. I like sweet, this one is fine for me. I won't drink these in succession but it is a nice diversion. Phenol, molasses, dates, figs. Prune finish. The alcohol is evident at 11%. Mouthfeel is silky with a lingering effervescence. Luxurious with mild but evident carbonation. I like this quad a lot.

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Photo of xxlxx0327
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kabirmarwah
3.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's your typical Belgian quad, except for it's approximately 100x sweeter. Pours nice and dark (hence the name), but upon my first sip...holy sweetness! Cloyingly sweet, almost to the point that it's hard to drink. It's almost syrupy. Nice raisin, caramel and brown sugar flavors, but not enough to cover up all the alcohol (11%!!). Not my favorite Belgian quad by a long shot, probably won't try it again. I'd rather go with a trappist-brewed quad which can be equally strong but the flavors are more balanced to mask the alcohol, and it doesn't feel like having dessert.

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Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bruno74200
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer is good, quite complex between the dark fruits, the toffee, and some estery notes. Too bad it's overly sweet. It makes the beer less enjoyable and more of a sipper

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Photo of Rick778
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of safphoto
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of adamranders
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dithyramben
2.7/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Lacks complexity. Does it earn a 91-mark by having an 11% ABV?

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HoosierGaijin
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of podge_34
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ant777uk
2.67/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

11%..? Nice

Look is kind of dark red, still see through though. Froth goes down very fast.

Aroma is fruity,kind of different and complex.

Taste? OMFG wow. Intense. This is almost like someone has mixed vodka with my Chimay Blue...

No way is it worth 100 as a score. It is not a complex, highly balanced, beautiful taste. But if you value a beer by how strong it is, there are not many more than this...

Chimay Blue is much better than this, give it a try. This reminds me of the extra strong canned beer that we have all tried on the occasion...

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Photo of 123321123321
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antyk
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged, corked, and black foiled bottle. Y'know, 'donker' just plain sounds better than 'dark', doesn't it?

This beer pours a clear, dark (sigh) red-brick brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and yet fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of thick promontory lace in places around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, phenolic yeast, dark (Christ, there I go again!) middle-eastern fruit (figs, dates, raisins etc), an indistinct earthy mustiness, ethereal savoury spice, and a certainly perfumed floral and slightly herbal bitterness. The taste is rather sweet caramel and toffee malt, some separate Belgian candi sugar, middling yeast, a more robust black (hah!) orchard fruitiness (plum, prune, red grapes and dates), sedate musty measures, and a boozed-up floral, herbal, and weedy bitterness equal to that in the nose.

The bubbles are pretty low-key in their lilting and caressing frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and generally smooth and creamy, only the hovering, yet benevolent alcohol having any truck here, it would seem. It finishes still fairly sweet, but not overly cloying or tongue-scrapingly so.

Yep, it's 'donker', and sweet, but in a deftly moderated sense, which you tend to get from the better purveyors of these upper-end Belgian offerings. While not standing right beside the pinnacle of said hallmarks, Kasteel Donker is at least playing in the same ballpark, just waiting for its (maybe long overdue) call-up.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kasteel Donker from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 81.2% out of 100 with 897 ratings
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