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Brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ingelmunster, Belgium

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Kasteel Winter is a unique departure from the standard Christmas ales known for their potpourri of cinnamon and clove. In fact, it stands alone as one of the most decadent and elegant Quadruples of Belgium in its own right. This 11% ABV beer pours a Chestnut brown with an off-white head. The nose is rich, with a warming scent of Coffee, Toffee, and Dried Fruits. The mouthfeel is rich and sweet like that of melted candy. The key ingredients to this delicacy is Belgian Chocolate and Coffee...noteworthy phrases in any brewers handbook. All of these elements come together to provide an after taste reminiscent of a tootsie roll.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchill (2446) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Large bottle served at about 58F in a Belgian snifter. Bottled in July 2013. Seems like just the right thing on a cold winter’s eve with snow in the forecast. Pours clear, chestnut brown with a decent off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma: rich, with hints of toffee, vanilla, port, and dark dried Fruits. Mouthfeel: full and smooth - excellent for 11%ABV. Good soft, medium-light carbonation. Warming. Taste: rich; lots nad lots of chocolate with relatively faint roasted grain, coffee, and dark fruit flavors. Lots of chocolate in the finish, with an aftertaste reminiscent of a Tootsie Roll but better.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Icedwarf (496) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Zwart bier met schuim.Smaak is niet sterk en licht bitter met iets van koffie en chokolade. Heb niet het gevoel een dergelijk zwaar bier te drinken. Is zelfs iets waterig. Valt tegen.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2499) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2015
On draft at Monkey. Nice notes of dark chocolate, creamy expresso, and dark fruit, berry, toffee. Very good

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maakun (964) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2015
Tap at de Paas as Chocolate quad. Very dark brown with small beige head. Coffee candies (Haagse hopjes), coffee liquor, brown sugar, instant coffee, pasted malts, alcohol. Very sugary with coffee bitter finish. Not bad, but it’s not really beer. Meh.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Ulysse (239) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Strong coffee aroma. Tastes like spirit made of coffee liquorice. It?s more like a cocktail than a beer. Update: Tried to drink a bottle of this. Struggled one hour to get a third down. Eventually poured the rest down the loo. Felt like poison for my body.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
florent.janssens (176) - - FEB 8, 2015
Bière à l’arôme et au goût de liqueur de café. Crémeuse. Les 11% d’alcool sont bien masqué. Très originale

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
GSAP (539) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
After eight chocolade die intreedt na paar seconden. Een beetje is ok, maar dit is ronduit goor. 11% alcohol, doet ook denken aan koffie met whiskey. Aroma van koffie en cacao. Zelfde elementen in smaak, maar te licht op een manier. Donkerbruin. Tap @ de Klep Venlo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11788) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
750 c&c from Healthy Spirits. Pours with a slight beige head. Aroma is very coffee. Med body. Flavor is light treacle, coffee and low quality chocolate. Otherwise a damn nice drink. Highly recommended as a sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6974) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a tiny beige head and a coffee and treacle aroma. There is a complex dark malt flavor that includes coffee, chocolate and spices.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (5969) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2015
Draft at De Paas. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Big cocoa and dark chocolate hit to the aroma up front with strong Belgian ale dark fruits, yeast, caramel, dried fruits and sweet malts coming up the slightly boozy rear. Flavour is heavy sweet with that massive sticky sweet thick cocoa palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation. A decent winter warmer but wouldn’t want more than one glass in a sitting.


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