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


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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2015
As Barista Chocolate Quad. Bottled, 15cl sample. The aroma has milk chocolate, raisin, sugar cane/toffee. Clear, dar brown-red coloured beer with a thin, off-white head. The taste is sugary sweet, has chocolate, dried fruits. Belly warming, full. Alcohol is present but not disturbing. Pretty nice desert beer actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2484) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2015
Refrigerated 11.2 oz. brown bottle 2013 poured into a snifter. Black with small beige head. Aroma is chocolate malt, medium body, medium carbonation, and thin small-bubble lacing. Taste is dark malt, chocolate, hints of alcohol, and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (382) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Marked chocolate quad. The smell bro! Smells like chocolate and a quad. Grape notes. Merlot like. Taste is very wine like. Dry. Chocolate. Merlot grapes. Spicy like a Shiraz. When I poured it I was like this looks thin! And then I remember chocolate quad not stout. Cabernet color. Palate is smooth and dry but the finish is tough when it’s very dry and spicy at the same time. Overall I’m really impressed that this beer brings chocolate without being gimmicky. The chocolate compliments the dry grape boozy backbone and this beer finishes a solid winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (6918) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle from Beermerchants. Pours very dark ruby, almost black with a big creamy weak beige head. Delicious complex malty aroma, dark fruits, coffee, very inviting nose. Taste is more of the malty richness, dark rich with toffee, the nice malty sweetness is well balanced by the alcohol burn at the long finish. Smooth mouthfeel, delicious beer all over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmahut (1649) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle. Dark body, low tan head. Aroma is coffee character, caramel notes. Taste has high coffee grassy taste, light coffee bitterness. Body is medium, little bit flat, medium to low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thanatosti (1241) - 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 (1733) - Greater London, 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 (6906) - 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 (4958) - 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 (1976) - 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.

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