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


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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thanatosti (1211) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
33 cl. bottle @ home as Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad, bought @ Mitra Tiel. Pitch black with a small white head. Chocolate aroma with some coffee and caramel. Sweet taste but with an underlying chocolate bitterness. Alcohol is very well concealed. A tad too sweet perhaps but otherwise a great winter warmer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1684) - Somerset, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2015
(750ml ) Drank in a rochefort goblet . I had this before from a 330ml around last Christmas and gave it a modest 3.4, welll the larger bottle helps me appreciate this more ! Its not just the psychological factor of this being a 750ml and meaning I can explore the 11% boost - Belgian beers are usually better and more complex in lager equivalents . I should not have even been drinking on a late Thurs night , I have a new regime that means being an alcoholic at weekends but I caved after spending a few hours with my girlfiends parents . Its dark brown with good beige foam with lacing that clings to the chalice sides like a trail .. Nose is a powerful coffee accent upfront ,with dark fruit -like raisins bathing in silky smooth booze ..caramel and toffee too ..a little festive spice. Everything that I mentioned in the nose is evident on the palate ...the coffee is not as dominating though . I drank the whole 750ml myself in about 20 minutes . Good beer ,good boost !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (6591) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2015
11/IX/15 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Klaas’ place - BB: n/a (2015-1172)

Clear dark brown beer, small irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, lots of mocha, caramel, some vanilla, bit sugary, MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, sugary, lot sof caramel, lots of mocha as well. Aftertaste: crème brûlée, lots and lots of mocha, coffee, sweet, caramel, milk chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2015
10oz draft at Social 37. Pourd a super dark Tootsie Roll brown with a smaller tigh foamy beige head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, dark fruit skins, light coffee bean, dark cadi sugar, molassess, alcohol. Flavor is better than the aroma with some classic quad flavors followed by some nice expensive coffee notes that mellow through to the finish. Medium body with decent heat throughout to let you know this is a sipper and softer carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (1916) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2015
Must say this is the best Kasteel Beer I have had. The chocolate is subtle but very present. Palate is nice too. Surprising too, doesn’t always feel like a 11%. As the Barista Chocolate Quad. Bottle from De Zwart in Wilnis.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (867) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drmet (426) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFunGuy (861) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerViking (3328) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ed5388 (2601) - 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!

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