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

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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (779) - BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2015
En ce jour de printemps au climat complètement hivernal (pour rester poli …), je prends cette Winter pour relever un peu le niveau du mercure. En effet avec 11 % abv au compteur, elle devrait contribuer à réchauffer ce climat qui n’en finit pas de se refroidir …(suivez mon regard les bobos). Couleur noir intense opaque. Mousse beige moyen bien crémeuse, nappante à 2 mm. Arômes de café remarquable, malt noir, pointe du fourré praliné de l’intérieur du chocolat Lindor de chez Lindt (mmmmhh). 1ère bouche soyeuse sur le café, malt, point légère d’anis et réglisse en fond de bouche. Arrière-bouche très agréable, douce. 2ème crémeuse, à l’ensemble superbe malt/café, avec une fine pointe d’armagnac (Je connais la marque, mais c’est difficile à trouver …). Arrière-bouche plus complexe que la 1ère, avec un fond de fruits noirs. 3ème au fabuleux ensemble café et chocolat. Arrière-bouche de plus en plus longue et affinée. Longueur vraiment centrée sur la finesse. Jambes denses et bien marquées. Levure fine et douce parfaitement adaptée. Alcool qui paraît moindre que sa valeur nominale, mais il soutient l’ensemble. Finale qui se savoure, comme du petit lait. CONCLUSION : une bière bien typée sur la spéciale hiver. En ce jour de marées à coefficient 119 et 118, c’était aussi les grandes marées dans mon verre. Quel plaisir !!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Reconqvista (90) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 21, 2015
Deep brown color witha tanned small head. Liquorice, toffee, rasisins and chocolate aroma: spectacular. Flavor is malty, chocolated and sweet. Slightly oily with a lasting good crispy and sticky end. Average carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SlimHabib (263) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle pour. Dark brown with a small tan head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium body. Light bitter and sweet taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nihtila (1016) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
23.12.2013. Tuoksussa makeaa mallasta ja voimakasta kahvia ja suklaata. Maussa tulee myös esiin ensin kahvi ja sitten suklaa. Hyvin täyteläinen. Ei tämä varsinaisesti huono ole, mutta keinotekoisuus hieman ällöttää. Maut ja tuoksut tulevat esansseista.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DJoer (889) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2015
Mokka head, black coloured body with some chestnut glow, nutty coffee liquior chestnut smell, medium carbonation and bitter nutty coffee taste very suprising from the ’kasteel’ brews!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pour on tap, dark reddish brown pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruit, cherry, some rum into a bit of cocoa, toast, some earth into big cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, slight herbal note. Taste was heavy spice, with cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg into some cocoa, orange, cherry into big caramel, toffee, slight yeast, finishing sweet, spiced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3381) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle pour into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. The aroma has raisins, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate. Taste is sweet and chocolaty with spice coming through as well. Delicious beer. Big body and medium carbonation.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
waldemarsto (8) - BRAZIL - MAR 2, 2015 does not count
Incrível, nem parece cerveja, é muito, muito boa. Eu degustei ela com uma Panna Cotta de Baileys, com calda feita a base dessa cerveja com chocolate belga 70% cacau, e com um brownie de chocolate com geleia de frutas vermelhas e cobertura de chocolate amargo, ficou espetacular. A cerveja deve ser servida em sua própria taça, (tipo vinho bordeaux) ou num snifter, cabeça de creme pequena, cerca de 1cm de espessura que logo se dissipa, cerveja com coloração marrom bem escura. Logo no Aroma você é surpreendido por notas de toffee e/ou mocaccino. No sabor, é ainda mais espetacular, primeiro notas inequívocas de café expresso, seguidas paulatinamente de chocolate amargo, doce lembrando caramelo, um toque de baunilha, seguido de marzipan, frutas secas como ameixas e passas, e um sabor que me faz lembrar licores como o Mozart e o Baileys. No retrogosto é evidente uma mistura de café com chocolate lembrando a capuccino. O álcool está presente no paladar, mas nada que incomode, final, a cerveja tem respeitáveis 11,0% ABV. A cerveja tem excelente drinkability, ainda mais se for bebida numa noite mais fria, ou acompanhada de sobremesas, realmente recomendo. O incrível de tudo é saber que essa maravilha é feita apenas com água, maltes, lúpulos, leveduras, e acrescida de açúcar durante a maturação. Os belgas realmente mandaram bem ao fazer essa cerveja.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchill (2552) - 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 (522) - 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.


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