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


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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 16/20
Holmen2 (2643) - NORWAY - FEB 15, 2016
Shared bottle labelled Barista Chocolate Quad at Mi2 at Cardinal 15.02.15. Almost ebony. Small, pale brown head. Aroma of freshly roasted coffee. Fine taste of fresh coffee, dak chocolate and real vanilla. Fine aftertaste of dark brittle, roasted barley and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tandembrauer (1015) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2016
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours clear dark copper with beige head. Aroma of coffee, cookies, raisins. Tastes sweet, but not overwhelmingly. Dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemike (2835) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Dark brown. Spicy, warm, welcoming nose. Like a dark brandy chocolates. Slight peppery, roasted, with espresso. Full smooth body. Sweet, without being cloying. Really flavourful, tasty. Like eating boozy xmas chocolates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8858) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2016
As Barista. Bottle from Seijo Ishii. Sour coffee nose, cocoa, berries. Shiny black with red tints, low head. Sweet and creamy, fruity, chocolate, cofee, vanilla. Lots of fuit co es out most, citrus too. Also sweet vanilla. Light coffee. Bitt finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (941) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Corked and caged 750mL. Deep red brown with a quickly fading bubbly light brown head. Vanilla, brown sugar, belgian yeast, mild bubble gum, clove and wheat bread. Medium sweetness with a light dry finish. Medium body with a smooth but bubbly feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerplace (296) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2016 At Matt’s place. Intensive, quite artificial aroma and taste of coffee desert and grains. Not a good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ferris (10775) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2016
Bottle - Dark espresso and marzipan. Deep brown with a small white head. Sweet, roast and sasparilla. Not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
fiulijn (18101) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2016
Tasting at Matt’s; as Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad
Dark brown color; frothy head. Smells like stale bread, after being in a plastic bag for two days. Sweet with no character, the cheapest chocolate flavor with some cheap coffee. Supermarket smell.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (12439) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 10, 2016
330mL bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany / dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma brings out notes of cocoa, coffee, some dark fruits and bready malt. Flavour is a mix of cocoa and dark fruits upfront, followed by a bit of coffee. A bit of a boozy burn on the finish, as well as marzipan. In fact, the marzipan becomes more and more prominent as this goes on. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2305) - - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle from Kakuyasu. Bitter chocolate, licorice, raisin, booze, touch of smoked wood, toffee, dark cherries with a port edge, cocoa powder, cake, licorice, cinnamon, a bit thin for the style maybe, long warming finish. Pretty tasty stuff, a decent dark quad with a belgian chocolate character.

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