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

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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (841) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 3, 2015
330ml bottle at Corner Bar, Beijing. Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Intense coffee and chocolate aroma. Finish not too sweet (compared to the Donkel) very nice.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drmet (371) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2015
L: -pours a dark brown with ruby tinges and a small to medium,foamy,beige head S: -ice coffee,milk chocolate,mocha,cinnamon,nutty,toffee,vanilla T: coffee,mocha,prunes,raisins,molasses F: -medium carbonation -medium to full body -alcohol warming,which is less than expected with an 11%er O: This is absolutely incredible. Perfect fit for christmas

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFunGuy (849) - California, USA - AUG 30, 2015
This beer has a beautiful black or rich deep brown color. It has an aroma of coffee and molasses. It tastes of coffee and vanilla. Dont taste the alcohol at all.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (3263) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle, as Kasteel Barista. Red-black with a fast-settling head, cocoa nose, dry and lightly winey with a sweet alcoholic finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ed5388 (2560) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2015
On tap at Social 37 (Labeled as Barista Chocolate Quad). Pours a deep brown color with a small creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet caramels, rich espresso, earth, and milk chocolate. Taste mimics the nose with a slight alcohol burn in finish. This is delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
minutemat (2587) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
330ml bottle as ’Barista Chocolate Quad’ @ Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Aug 15, courtesy of Prince Michael of Appleyards. Did not expect this to be a re-badged Kasteel Winter. Have not tried Kasteel Winter, but I’m still very surprised that a) Kasteel Winter tastes like this beer, and b) it’s been re-branded like this. Anyway, this presents a big, grainy coffee nose with a big mocha taste. Some salted caramel coming through. A might tasty beverage.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (14270) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. Clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 210815

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (4995) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Barista labelled bottle: shared at the August 2015 Shrewsbury Beer Exchange meeting. Cheers Mat for this offering. Dark, deep reddy brown body with a small cream coloured head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate and mocha. Taste follows along in the same way: vanilla, chocolate and mocha, they appear to have thrown in some extra coffee and alcohol before stirring. Nice night-cap for the evening.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11555) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle, bought @Belgianbeerz. Pours almost black with a small, creamy off-white head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, coffee, vinious, light roasted malts, raisins. Medium carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lovely coffee, chocolate with some astringency, softly vinious, nuts. Cocoa powder finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6779) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle at the hotel. Pours brown, nose is chocolatey toffee, fruity, taste is dry toffee, chocolate, sweet.


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