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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3446) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle pour into a tulip. Pours a dark brown with a khaki head. The aroma has raisins, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate. Taste is sweet and chocolaty with spice coming through as well. Delicious beer. Big body and medium carbonation.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
waldemarsto (8) - BRAZIL - MAR 2, 2015 does not count
Incrível, nem parece cerveja, é muito, muito boa. Eu degustei ela com uma Panna Cotta de Baileys, com calda feita a base dessa cerveja com chocolate belga 70% cacau, e com um brownie de chocolate com geleia de frutas vermelhas e cobertura de chocolate amargo, ficou espetacular. A cerveja deve ser servida em sua própria taça, (tipo vinho bordeaux) ou num snifter, cabeça de creme pequena, cerca de 1cm de espessura que logo se dissipa, cerveja com coloração marrom bem escura. Logo no Aroma você é surpreendido por notas de toffee e/ou mocaccino. No sabor, é ainda mais espetacular, primeiro notas inequívocas de café expresso, seguidas paulatinamente de chocolate amargo, doce lembrando caramelo, um toque de baunilha, seguido de marzipan, frutas secas como ameixas e passas, e um sabor que me faz lembrar licores como o Mozart e o Baileys. No retrogosto é evidente uma mistura de café com chocolate lembrando a capuccino. O álcool está presente no paladar, mas nada que incomode, final, a cerveja tem respeitáveis 11,0% ABV. A cerveja tem excelente drinkability, ainda mais se for bebida numa noite mais fria, ou acompanhada de sobremesas, realmente recomendo. O incrível de tudo é saber que essa maravilha é feita apenas com água, maltes, lúpulos, leveduras, e acrescida de açúcar durante a maturação. Os belgas realmente mandaram bem ao fazer essa cerveja.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chinchill (2709) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Large bottle served at about 58F in a Belgian snifter. Bottled in July 2013. Seems like just the right thing on a cold winter’s eve with snow in the forecast. Pours clear, chestnut brown with a decent off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma: rich, with hints of toffee, vanilla, port, and dark dried Fruits. Mouthfeel: full and smooth - excellent for 11%ABV. Good soft, medium-light carbonation. Warming. Taste: rich; lots nad lots of chocolate with relatively faint roasted grain, coffee, and dark fruit flavors. Lots of chocolate in the finish, with an aftertaste reminiscent of a Tootsie Roll but better.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Icedwarf (580) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Zwart bier met schuim.Smaak is niet sterk en licht bitter met iets van koffie en chokolade. Heb niet het gevoel een dergelijk zwaar bier te drinken. Is zelfs iets waterig. Valt tegen.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2560) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2015
On draft at Monkey. Nice notes of dark chocolate, creamy expresso, and dark fruit, berry, toffee. Very good

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maakun (1191) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2015
Tap at de Paas as Chocolate quad. Very dark brown with small beige head. Coffee candies (Haagse hopjes), coffee liquor, brown sugar, instant coffee, pasted malts, alcohol. Very sugary with coffee bitter finish. Not bad, but it’s not really beer. Meh.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
Ulysse (270) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Strong coffee aroma. Tastes like spirit made of coffee liquorice. It?s more like a cocktail than a beer. Update: Tried to drink a bottle of this. Struggled one hour to get a third down. Eventually poured the rest down the loo. Felt like poison for my body.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
florent.janssens (195) - - FEB 8, 2015
Bière à l’arôme et au goût de liqueur de café. Crémeuse. Les 11% d’alcool sont bien masqué. Très originale

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
GSAP (549) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2015
After eight chocolade die intreedt na paar seconden. Een beetje is ok, maar dit is ronduit goor. 11% alcohol, doet ook denken aan koffie met whiskey. Aroma van koffie en cacao. Zelfde elementen in smaak, maar te licht op een manier. Donkerbruin. Tap @ de Klep Venlo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12042) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
750 c&c from Healthy Spirits. Pours with a slight beige head. Aroma is very coffee. Med body. Flavor is light treacle, coffee and low quality chocolate. Otherwise a damn nice drink. Highly recommended as a sipper.


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