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


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RATINGS: 182   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
graziano85 (342) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 16, 2015
[as Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad]. Deep brown color, with beige head. I expected chocolate, instead there was soon an intense coffee smell. Taste too, but not many other notes. Alcohol well balanced, but not my beer, hard to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddyBeer1 (1029) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2015
Brune légèrement rougeâtre foncée, effervescence moyenne-faible, col beige abondant. Principalement maltée, arômes de chocolat et de caramel au beurre (toffee), légèrement torréfiée, chocolat noir, café léger, fruits secs, chaleur d’alcool très présente, un peu aqueuse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5606) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 10, 2015
Tap at the Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Poured a clear dark brown with a bubbly off white head. The aroma is big coffee, sweet fruits, dark chocolate. The flavour is moderate sweet with a smooth, rich sweet malt, dry roast coffee palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. Sold as Kasteel Barista and it certainly lived up to its billing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38083) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015

Bottle 750ml. corked @ home.

[ As Kasteel Winter ].
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, chocolate beans. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate beans, coffee, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft - fizzy, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20141231]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmc619 (499) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Belgium’s take on imperial stout. Big coffee and dark chocolate bitters. Overall pretty great beer. You feel the heat but in context it’s balanced - has a spirit quality about it. Maybe bordering on harsh palate-wise but I actually find it kind of interesting. Worth spending some more quality time with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
azzie (417) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kampfar (9) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2488) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1658) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (836) - 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 !!

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