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


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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mrnoluv (302) - long beach, California, USA - SEP 25, 2016
I had the chocolate quad version and was there any question this would be a great beer? Dirty brown color, smell is cocoa, chocolate, malt, Belgian. The taste is sweetness, coffee, chocolate, and to be honest a nicotine kind of flavor that gets you hooked. That burn is more than the 11% ABV, I swear is nicotine. This is a highly rated beer!.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3695) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. grenade bottle poured to small snifters showing a black/brown hue, with a frothy layer of brownish tan foam, and dots & dashes of clingy lacing. The nose was quite roasted, with pronounced espresso notes, with cocoa on the edge. Medium+ bodied, with soft carbonation, and somewhat similar notes as the aroma, the taste added subtle dark fruit that wasn’t readily available in the nose, moderate roasted & earthy bitterness, a touch of toffee sweetness, and a bit of warmth, but mainly hidden alcohol. Very robust & tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gehbe (223) - Vilnius, LITHUANIA - SEP 21, 2016
Pours deep chestnut-brown with a medium light tan head, little lacing. Strong aroma of toffee, coffee, unrefined molasses sugar, chocolate, some hints of spice. Tastes sweet, a bit of roasty bitterness and carbonation sourness to back it up. Medium to full body, medium carbonation, sticky finish. It’s very nice, but lacks complexity compared to better quads - coffee/toffee aroma overwhelms all else.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darioklc (705) - Karlovac, CROATIA - SEP 15, 2016
Piva crne boje sa ni malo pjene. Zapjeni se kao Coca Cola i brzo nestane. Mirisom podsjeća na tamnu čokoladu sa primjesom voća. Jako intenzivan miris, malo i alkohol zapeče nos. Okus je isto jak, nešto čokolade, voće i alkohol. Malo vuče na one Griotte. Iako je jako alkoholna, ipak se tako jako ne osjeti alkohol. Piva za lagano pijuckanje u hladnim danima.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (354) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 14, 2016
From bottle to tulip. Pour is a dark brown, thin off white head. Nose is coffee, caramel, dried fruits. Taste is medium-heavy bodied, sweet. Finishes super silky with a thick mouthfeel. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (2816) - SPAIN - SEP 11, 2016
As "Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad". Bottle 33cl @ Cervezas Diferentes, Coslada, Spain. A: Brown. T: Roasted malt, sweet, coffee, chocolate, yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andniz (152) - POLAND - SEP 6, 2016
I dont think the aliast is correct, but whatever; i drank it as kasteel barista chocolate quad. first smells of dark bread, then chocolate, with some fruity and nutty notes in the background. Would be great, but it was not very intense, and after warming up had alcohol aroma. Rather sweet in taste, but has a medium herbal bitterness providing a good counter. Pretty nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3706) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Weird, not the same label as the alias brought me here, but hey, alright, well, tickers gotta tick, right? Ok, fair enough, here’s the rest. This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark brown color with a thin white to off white foamy head. Moderate lace wove around the glass. The aroma starts off with the milk chocolate up front and bold (coming through pretty dry and sweet). Quad qualities takes a good a minute before displaying themselves. The flavor is pretty sweet through the chocolate, Belgian sugars and dark fruits. Bold Belgian spices make a good effort to balance. Nice sweet Belgian sugar to chocolate aftertaste with the same finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Low carbonation. Stickiness is almost cloying but dryness from milk chocolate seems to contain nicely. Overall, the quad concept almost gets lost in the beginning but if properly warmed in correct glass, I think most of you will get it. I think I could have this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fujimo2000 (96) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Pours almost black. Nose indicates Christmas smells of nutmeg and cinnamon. Has a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1803) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
Draft to taster Consummation: Holy shit coffee and chocolate; is this a quad? Adjunct: Black with a creamy tan head; chocolate, coffee, cherry and a hint of yeast

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