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

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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1963) - GREECE - FEB 6, 2016
330 ml bottle as Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad, courtesy of skullgeorge. Dark brown color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, lots of coffee, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, nutty, light caramel. Sweet and bitter like aroma but not as good. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hrabren (465) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 4, 2016
On tap at Craft Room, Opatovina, Zagreb. Dark brown, reddish tint, creamy off white head. Toast, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans. Full body and creamy texture. Strong chocolate beginning, Merci chocolate with coffee flavor, coffee liquor, plums, alcohol finish. Strong coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Very complex.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (2966) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2016
33cl shared as Barista Chocolate Quad - an afterthought@Worldwide Tripel Tasting - Bierhandlung JAN2016. Thinnish "Dark Strong ale" rather than Quad pour, thinner than Gulden Draak even. Spiked nose full of Nespresso coffeebeans, Kahlua, hopjes and caramels in the nose. Disconcertingly light in the mouth for a 11% sipper, transporting artificial flavours hovering around instant "Caffé frapé" and boosted, thinned caramels (more burnt caramels than crème brûlée). - All (yeast) life is dead in this anaerobic and adulterated brewmix. Not a beer to make friends among natural-minded palates and a far cry from their more suavely matured Cuvee du Chateau.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzerfaust (719) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - FEB 2, 2016
330cl bottle from Club de Cervezas as Barista Chocolate Quad. Pours a clear, bright mahogany color with a small off-white fizzy head that decays quickly and leaves a good lacing. Aroma is really nice, with strong toasted malts. Coffee-dominated notes, rough Arabica coffee-grains, coffee-cherries, toasted coffee, with coffee-liquor and smaller hints of bitter chocolate, truffles, figs and prunes. Some phenols come through although not in a disturbing way. Taste is coffee dominated but with much stronger presence of dark fruits, especially blueberries, plums, prunes and figs. Nice, strong finish and aftertaste. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is a little bit dull. Light body, a bit watery which makes alcohol much more noticeable. It’s not just warming, it’s felt on other levels too. "Chocolate Quad" my ass. It is nowhere near in mouthfeel to a Quad. This would be the downside but in general I still like it. A coffee-infused Belgian, very unique and different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6112) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 2, 2016
330 ml bottle, as Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad. ABV is 11%. Very dark colour, mid between mahogany and ebony. Low tan head. Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate, hints of vanilla and caramel. The flavour is fairly sweet, but not cloying. Distinct notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and coffee, dark dried fruits and a little hops in the finish. Moderately warming mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (2783) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2016
From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle stamped 355-15. So it was bottled toward the end of December 2015 I presume. Mine is listed as the alias Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad. It pours a deep dark brown with ruby red highlights and a lingering tan head. The aroma is like baker’s chocolate with a hint of cherry, black licorice, and a little booze. Decent medium to bold body but there is a little acidity going on. The taste is a deep semi-sweet malty note with the same licorice and dark fruit characteristics. Boozy finish. It is delightfully warming but it goes into my head quickly.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vincentvega72 (217) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met romige mokkakleurige schuimkraag. Overduidelijk aroma van chocolade en chocoladepasta. Smaken van cacao, koffie, caramel, beetje likeurachtig (kahlua). Zoet maar voor mijn gevoel net niet té zoet. Lekkere warme afdronk. Een bier om heel rustig op te drinken.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (12136) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2016
750 ml bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, licorice and light dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, coffee, licorice and light fruitiness with a smooth lingering mocha finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (5277) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2016
From a 75 cl bottle corked and caged. Pours a clear cola with an ecru head. Aroma of coffee grounds. Flavors of chocolate, cinnamon and cloves. Just OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5965) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2016
Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color - almost black - with a small foamy tan head that faded and left no lacing. The aroma was weed, red wine and cocoa. The flavor was wood, chocolate, cola, nut, toasty malt, dark fruit and black licorice. Nicely complex. Insanely long finish. Medium body and smooth. Well done.


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