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

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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
azzie (377) - - APR 7, 2015
Bottle 0.75l from Pivoljub (Ljubljana). Hazy dark mahogany liquid with tan average head. Cappuccino cake. Sweet and full. Dessert. A bit sour. Geat.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kampfar (8) - Münster, GERMANY - APR 2, 2015 does not count
0,33 L bottle; aroma of roasted malt, heavily coffee and definitely dark chocolate with hints of spices. Dark brown relatively clear beer with a light brown medium size head. Light sweet flavor with an acidic, light bitter and long lasting flavor. Full mouthtaste with lively carbonation. Strong coffee flavor hides the high alcohol percentage very well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2459) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 2, 2015
Found back quite some tasting notes, among them, this one. APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, nice stable beige head. NOSE: coffee, toffee, caramel, some mocha. TASTE: coffee, toffee, caramel, some mocha, quite decent! Like the coffee in this

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1634) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2015
Butelka 33cl. Barista Chocolate Quad. OCZY : piwo jest mętne o kolorze brązowym. Piana jest średniej wielkości, szara i średnio trwała. NOS : w zapachy dominuje czekolada i bakalie. Po wstrząśnięciu piwo aromatem przypomina troszeczkę coca cole. Do tego wanilia bourbon i piernik. USTA : piwo ma średnio gęstą konsystencję i jest mocno nasycone. Po pierwsze szokującym jest to jak dobrze alkohol się ułożył. Po kilku łykach rozgrzewa. Nuty czekolady są wyraźne i razem z alkoholem nadają piwu ciepła. Piwo wciąż jest bardzo łatwe w piciu i nawet dosyć wytrawne o lekkiej cierpkości na styl goździków. Ale tylko w tle bo głównym smakiem jest przyprawowa słodycz. Faktycznie jest to quad z czekoladą. ODCZUCIA : piwo jest bardzo przyjemne w piciu. Pasuje jak ulał do brzydkiej pogody jaka mam za oknem. Przy okazji trzeba uważać bo jest bardzo łatwe w piciu i można łatwo się zapędzić. Gorąco polecam.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (809) - 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 (230) - 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 (275) - 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 (1356) - 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 (906) - 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 (7999) - 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.


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