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


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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2706) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2015
I love me my Belgian Christmas ales and this one excels. A nice dark strong ale. Sweet nose with toffee dried fruit and yes I’ll buy the suggestion of coffee (good deScription). Clear dark with reddish highlights and a surprising residual foam for 11%. Tingly mouthfeel, then sweet, then a bit of chocolate, and specifically tootsie roll as it dries out. A treat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
thirstyrabbit (1584) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 16, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown body, medium to small head. Aroma has cheap coffee syrup and caramel syrup. The same carries on into the taste. Taste also adds chocolate candies. The alcohol is warming and on the verge of becoming too visible. Very artificial, a caricature of a flavoured beer. The high rating here is a real surprise. The product deScription is a lie and a joke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
katrinaez (957) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2015
Chocolate flavor and scent. A nice bite, and an amazing 11% of smooth. Too easy to get in trouble with this one. Nice and caramel flavored with malts. Bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quatromontanes (2) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015 does not count
Nice dark beer, sweet taste of cinnamon, toffee and coffee. Chocolate is coming after. Bit of a dry taste at the end, but asks for more. Enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosskie (646) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
Black transparent beer with warm Highlights and a white head. Smell is intense coffee and caramel, with hint of chocolate. Toast, some dark fruit. Vanilla. Taste is an interesting balance of caramel sweetness and bitterness. Coffee dominantes. Nice warm fizz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5579) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2015
375 ml bottle. Pours dark with no carbonation. Some chocolate and dried fruit. A bit of cherry in finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2684) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Deep brown pour with a thin off white head .... Aroma of coffee fresh brewed coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits and some sweet malts ..... Taste is smooth and of fresh roasted coffee, dark fruits (plums, figs), candi sugar and a light bittersweet bite with lots of toffee flavor .... Soft and smooth brew with a light creamy flavor ... Finishes sweet and roasted with lingering candi sugar ... No trace of abv..... Nice change of pace winter brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
didierlewallon (262) - ponferrada, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2015
Cerveza de color marrón oscuro con una cabeza delgada. Aroma de café, chocolate y malta tostada. Sabor inusual y deliciosamente diferente, chocolate, café suave y levadura belga toda muy bien integrada al punto en que es difícil desentrañar los diferentes sabores. Deja un extenso y persistente sabor de chocolate en la lengua. Una sorpresa agradable y muy bien hecho. El alcohol es considerable, pero no abrumadora. Peligrosamente placentero.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sjogro (1590) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
From tap at De Paas. Comes in authentic porny goblet. ’Haagse Hopjes’ coffeecandy flavor. Lots of alcohol in de flavor. Coffeeliquor. Very sweet, but not a sweetness that gets me excited. Backlog from 2015/02/11.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OnlyRogueAngel (42) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2015
This is the best chocolate beer I’ve had. Rich chocolate brown colour with a pale brown almost velvety head that lasts and leaves snowflake lacing. Luxuriously smooth in your mouth, it tastes as rich as it smells. Very strong bitter coffee and chocolate taste with caramel, vanilla, toasted bread, liquorice and roasted malt tones. Surprisingly light on the palate for a strong tasting beer and the initial aftertaste of chocolate and bitter coffee fades to honey and caramel.

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