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

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
note666 (1149) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
2014 - 11 - 22 750ml bottle. medium brown colour with a red glow. small tan head. chocolate and mocca in aroma. sweet taste. light bitter finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Daanminator (164) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
Diepe zwarte kleur. Koperachtige schuimkraag die er dun op blijft liggen.Duidelijk bouquette van chocolade en mokka.Smaak van gebrande chocolade en mokka.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutz (641) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
Grote fles. Donkerbruin, kraag blijft lang in een laagje liggen. Ruikt naar mokka, licht peper, noten. Smaakt idem met een wat dunne bittere afdronk. Ruikt goed, smaakt wat minder, mist een volle smaak.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (1322) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2014
bottle sample, poured a darker brown colour with a tan head. dark chocolate, belgian chocolates, coffee, mocha, vanilla, some anise?, it’s not tasting like a christmas beer, but a pretty tasty beer for kasteel!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (362) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
Very dark brown colour, beige head. Dark chocolate pralines, coffee, vanilla and roasted malty bitterness which linger long. Medium carbonation, medium body, easily drinkable soft mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (4300) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2014
Big draft glass @ Gollem. Dark brown, mahogany, light faint red, light tanned head. Nose is grainy & powdery chocolate, mousse, sweet sugar, desert. Taste is cake, desert, powdery sweetish cheap chocolate, sugar, very chocolate desert & powdery forward, lots of cacao. Grainy body. Quite nice chocolate desert beer, surprisingly nice effort from Van Honsebrouck, a bit more and it could almost pass for a Southern Tier beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (2723) - Waregem, BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2014
Taste on 12.11.’14 @ home. Bottle 33 cl. Dark brwon almost black color, with a creamy light brown head. Aroma: sweet, coffee, chocolate, coffee beans.Medium to full body. Taste: sweet, chocolate, coffee candy, bitter notes, some spices, chocolate and alcohol. Not bad.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (3847) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2014
750 ml. bottled 2013/07/10. Nearly opaque, deep mahogany color with a lasting centimeter of creamy foam. Aroma is mixed light and dark fruit, brown bread, toffee, cocoa and espresso with cream. Tastes of lightly tart berry, vanilla, dark toasted bread, dark chocolate and toffee. Swirling notes of orange, apple, plum and all kinds of darker fruit throughout. Only minor distraction is the long finish has some scorched sugar and grain that gets a little overbearing at times. Medium-heavy body is lightly tingly with a smooth carbonation. Great balance from all directions and dangerously drinkable for 11%.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2014
Aromas of darkly roasted malts, coffee, and suggestions of dark chocolate are pronounced. A cola-brown hue with a lasting, one finger tan head and minor lacing. The taste is robust. Cocoa, chocolate, richly roasted coffee and some malt sweetness. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, not what I think of when I think of a Belgian Strong Ale. And with the name "Winter" I was expecting something more spicy. That being said, this was an excellent tasting beer. More like a Stout than anything. Would drink again.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alusmamuts (498) - LATVIA - NOV 10, 2014
Brown with medium yellow head. Coffee with some vanilla taste. Some sourness and remaining sour bitterness.


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