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

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stultus (53) - ESTONIA - APR 6, 2016
Pours dark brown with thick head. Sweet alcohol, chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is heavy sweet, a little bit of chocolate and bitterness. Long chocolate-alcohol finish. Medium-strong body, soft carbonation

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sdaniel90 (861) - Mexico City, MEXICO - APR 3, 2016
Bottle, 33cl. Opaque dark brown. Intense aromas of sweet coffee, alcohol, a bit nauseating to be honest. Robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Intense sweet and spicy (cinnamon) character with moderate bitterness into a heavy bitter and alcohol finish. Quite nice, but I despised the sweet coffee flavors and find them in very poor taste for this kind of beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Percy0103 (584) - MEXICO - APR 3, 2016
Bottle, 330ml. A deep dark beer with a small brown head. Aroma is of chocolate, mocha, coffee milk and brown sugar. Taste is sweet and reminds me of coffee milk with mocha. I guess that is the reason it was called barista chocolate quad. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a strong cinnamon finish. Not terrible, but I expect more from a Belgian beer and not just something that reminds me of Starbuck’s beverages.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlueGaljoen (94) - FRANCE - APR 2, 2016
Très belle bière sombre. Arôme café et chocolat extrêmement prononcé. Au goût on est sur le café froid. Très sucrée. Au final cette bière est assez lourde et trop sucrée. Assez ecoeurante. Une bière d’hiver.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (1533) - ISRAEL - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle sample, thanks Shmupi, Barista Chocolate Quad. Brown black with a big beige head. Aroma of coffee, pruns, chocolate cake. Sweet, flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cherries, caramel. Medium-full bodied, smooth, oily palate. Boozy but nice.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais and drunk on a train to Margate. As Barista Chocolate Quad. Dark brown ruby black. Thin collar tan bubbles. Thin chocolate aroma. it’s boozy no doubt. Warming and unsubtle. Dark fruits. Plums prunes. Chocolate is thin and all over the place alcohol burn on finish. Not good. Boozy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayaron (1301) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom L place. Thanks Shmupi. As Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad. Clear deep amber with beige head. Nice aroma of sweet milk chocolate and cherry. Sweet flavor of cherry praline, a bit alcoholic and somewhat salty. Medium to full-bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3840) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2016
gift from my younger brother - Thanks! - Aroma of toasted malt and chocolate. Opaque black/brown color, bubbly ivory head cover, globs and blobs of lace. Taste is toasted malt that moves through a carbonated swallow to mild hops. As it moves to the finish, all elements change to a (as Kasteel says) tootsie roll. Surprisingly good, as the sweet chocolate is only there at the end - the rest is traditional toasted malt Belgian Strong. Very good.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gaelic (142) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
I was very disappointed by this beer. I expected more. It was too sweet for me and tasted like liquid " Haagse Hopjes ", a dutch sweet. I did not like the chocolate element, missed the balancel tue hop, the typical bitters.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielyabu (1514) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - MAR 19, 2016
small frothy light brown head. fair lacing. fully lasting. thick dark brown average-density. aroma: strong coffee, toffee, alcohol, licorice. Initial flavor: heavy sweet. Final flavor: moderate sweet light bitter; long duration. Palate: light medium body, watery/oily txture, lively carbonation, heavy alcoholic metallic finish. Dulçor de bala toffee e leve malte. Background café e frutas secas bem no fundo. 160s


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