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


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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlmostHome (48) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Draught in a glass. Very, very dark and heavy beer. The chocolate was very noticeable. I enjoyed it. Definitely would buy again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paulvanpelt (425) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2015
Smaakt naar ijskoffie. Zwart, bijna geen schuim. Chocolade, koffie. Zoet, Licht bitter en licht zuur. Volle body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eManu (514) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle as Barista Chocolate Quad. BBD 2020. Pours a deep dark brown to almost black, with a thin beige head with nice lacing. Aroma of strong mocha, dark coffee and chocolate, very pleasant. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee and chocolates, with hints of candy sugars and spices, with caramel more present in the end. Chocolate sweet and bitter. Medium to light carbonation with a creamy texture. Nice full body taste. Great balance of very tasty flavors, with a nice liquor finish, very much of a dessert ale. A fully delicious gastronomy beer. So pleasant I want another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boxereddy (264) - BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2015
Gelabeld als Barista Quad: Donker kastanjebruinkleurig bier nagenoeg zwart en volledig ondoorzichtig met flinke lichtbeige schuimkraag. In de neus: zoete chocolade met koffietoets en toffee. Smaak heeft de zoetheid van donker fruit met peperige toets. Rijk mondgevoel met matig koolzuur. Afdronk is kort en verdoezelt het ABV met enige zoetheid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SimonBlok (68) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2015
33 cl bottle at home. Pours chestnut brown with medium tan head. Aroma: coffee, chocolate. Taste: medium sweetness with low bitterness. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Texture is creamy. Carbonation is soft. Nice taste, but the coffee taste is so strong that there is nothing left to discover.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nie (66) - - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle pour to tulip glass. Sweet raisin and chocolate nose. Super dark cola color, almost opaque. Chocolate, rum, raisin. Smokey And slightly bitter chocolate finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3564) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2015
Bottle from Asahiya. A deep black that brings to mind a porter or stout. The nose is really nice - soft chocolate, cocoa & cinnamon. Raspy carbonation on a med-light body. The taste is chocolate syrup, cinnamon, black pepper or chilli? Sweet chocolate & spices. Light & easy drinking for 11%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (4418) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 19, 2015
Kasteel Barista. Heck... the alias should be reverse I guess, but hey. In any case, Barista appears to be tweaked Kasteel Winter. Sampel from bottle @Craft Room - thanks a lot Karlo! Daark brown body. Dry aroma of coffee and chocolate. Tastes a bit like coffee-chocolate dragées, but rounded with a teeny tiny tartness that helps drinkability. Not excessively sweet at all. Damn tasty!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
psychossiss (1) - oakland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2015 does not count
Coffee and Belgian chocolate flavors. Rich and full bodied. Beer milkshake!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that nearly black and completely opaque with a two finger, light beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Slightly spicy, medicinal dark fruit aroma with sweet chocolate, cough syrup and a subtle phenol presence. Strong tootsie roll/artificial chocolate character with peppery spice and dark fruit sweetness. Subtle smokiness with herbal medicine followed by caramel, coffee and toast. Also, I’m picking up some date, fig and raisin but the medicinal and phenolic notes hurt the aroma. Not as offensive as some other beers in this style though. On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly acrid, roasted dark malt presence that wasn’t found in the nose. Slightly dry and smokey with hints of charcoal, tobacco, burnt toast and lightly roasted coffee bean followed by lighter malt sweetness, peppery spice and vinous dark fruit. The medicinal/syrup character found in the nose is minimal and the unpleasant phenolic character is thankfully missing. Hints of sweet cocoa, toffee and caramel along with raisin, plum, fig and a touch of cough syrup. The high ABV is very well masked with slight boozy sweetness and little to no heat. The flavors clash a little bit but the alcohol presence doesn’t hurt the drinkability. I wouldn’t have guessed that this beer was 11%. Nothing too special going on here but this is a solid holiday/winter beer that I enjoyed drinking.

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