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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Good spicy. On tap at hopcat detroit. Chocolat xmasy nutmeg. Decent sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (502) - HUNGARY - DEC 21, 2014
Rubinvörös reflexeket megcsillantó sötét gesztenye testét nagy szemű szénsavbuborékok pezsdítik, habot szinte alig csikarva ki magukból. Tűzhelyen főtt, barnacukros kávéban ázott vajas kenyérbél illatnyalábjai kúsznak fel szaglójáratainkba, megédesítve a terepet a vásári nyalánkságok befogadásához. Medvecukor, mazsola, a főzde barna remekeinek alapjaira épülő masszív vörösboros test, amelyhez sietve, de nem minden átmenet nélkül csatlakozik a kávés selyemcukros ünnepi burkolat. Intenzív, nem sokat teketóriázó ízvilág, erőteljes üdvözlése ez az év vége eljövetelének.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2014
What a pleasant surprise this is. A bit grainy in the aroma and first sip, this has noticeable chocolate and coffee, with a mouthfeel that I normally associate with chile beers, however, I actually like this one. It’s definitely a belly filler but it isn’t nearly as sweet as so many Belgian strongs or quadrupels. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1458) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 20, 2014
Couleur sombre, reflets ambrés, mousse qui disparait. Nez fort de grains de café, note caramel. Gout café moka, note caramel brulé, note fruité candy. Bon corps, presque huileux. Fin moka, alcool, caramel brulé. Pas courant comme saveurs, pas mal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1342) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2014
The Belgians aren’t known for adding confectionery flavors and other additives like coffee and chocolate in their beers. That’s what makes Kasteel Winter a very surprising brew since it’s not the kind of beer I’d associate with that entire country. And yet, it works as both a classic Belgian strong dark ale as well as a flavored brew. It’s a win-win.

I split a 750ml bottle with my girlfriend (who graciously purchased it for me for $10.99 [$0.43 per ounce]). I poured it into a Trappist chalice. It was bottled on 10/6/13.

Appearance: Seemingly opaque black, but actually deep ruby red/brown and slightly translucent. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Huge chocolate and coffee aromas, plus rum-like alcohol.

Taste: This is a robust beer if ever there were one. Strong dark chocolate flavors envelope the tongue right away. It’s a delicious, authentic, candy-like flavor. It doesn’t taste like simply cocoa powder or some kind of extract flavoring. There’s a light bitterness through the middle – somewhat dry with a hint of spice. It quickly morphs into a sweet iced coffee flavor (with cream and sugar!). The alcohol lingers in the background; constantly imparting a warmth and a rum-like vanilla flavor. The classic Belgian yeast esters are also noticeable - they create for a mild taste of dark fruits and pepper. Overall, this is one of the most unique Belgian brews I can ever recall having (but not necessarily the best).

Drinkability: When I saw the 11% ABV on the label, I was prepared for an intense, peppery sipper, but Kasteel Winter is amazingly drinkable. The mouthfeel is typical for a strong Belgian brew – highly carbonated, but not thick or chewy. It’s actually quite comfortable and easy to drink in larger gulps. The alcohol is noticeable, but tame – creating for a gentle warmth rather than a brash heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusil (715) - HUNGARY - DEC 18, 2014
0.33l bottle. Pitch black body, thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, light smoke, earth and cream. Taste of chocolate, sour cherry, caramel, smoke and earthy hops. It has a nice creamy texture. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjik83 (825) - - DEC 17, 2014
33cl flesje via 8 Zaligheden, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 11% Uitgeschonken in Grimbergen glas Uiterlijk: roodbruin zonder schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: gebrande smaak, doet me denken aan Haagsche hopjes, caramel Conclusie: warm bier, lekkere smaak, jammer dat die meteen doodslaat ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZodiacM (229) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Je moet wel van koffie en snoepjes hoiden wil je dit bier lekker vinden. Mooi donker, bijna zwart bier met lichte schuimkraag. Geur van gebrande mout en koffie en koffiesnoepjes. Smaak is genrande mout, koffie, koffiesnoepjes. Zoet met een bittere achtergrond. Ik vind porters e.d. Heerlijk en dit valt lijkt er op, maar net iets te zoet. Bijzonder, niet iedereen vindt dit lekker denk ik.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (3730) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Really strong and intense aroma of coffee. Flavour has loads of coffee and also some caramel. Rich and smooth with a distinct sweetness which is very much like Haagse Hopjes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rockana (301) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2014
0,33 bottle from Svijet Piva. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is beautiful. Coffee,huge chocolate aroma, caramel, dark fruits with some spices and alcohol. Great sweet taste with hints of coffee bitterness. Very desserty, and wintery. Really suprised me with it’s complexitivity. Great one!

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