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


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RATINGS: 128   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/26/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, cocoa, toffee, toast, coffee, molasses, clove, pepper, raisin, prune, apple, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great dark/bready malt complexity with light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester balance; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, cocoa, toffee, toast, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, apple, clove, pepper, brown bread, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, molasses, licorice, clove, herbal, brown bread, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great robust malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick, bready, and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of robust dark/bready malts and liught-moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
mile (3127) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown, small to average and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, artificial coffee - some chocolate. Body is medium to full, malty and sugary sweetish flavor, some caramel, artificial coffee - some chocolate. Finish is short to average, malty and sweetish flavor, artificial coffee - light chocolate, light alcohol. Contains: proteolytic enzymes, propylene glycol alginate, chocolate aroma, coffee aroma AND beer aroma (!). Despite how many times I read the back label/ingredients I’m not just sure this one is a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
inbirraveritas (1258) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 21, 2014
Bottled, 33 cl. Shows a hazy deep dark brown colour with a finger thick creamy beige head on its top, which diminishes to a thin film. Intensive smell of anise drops and licorice. Aroma is ruled by the same underpainted by some dried fruity notes and peppery alcohol, mouthfeel is slick and somewhat sticky. Dry, warming and peppery finish with distinct licorice again. Interesting, but overall not really my brew...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4402) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
Flaske 0,33l fra Alko Muonio. Drukket på RV124 1 Jan 14. Mørkebrun.Lavt mokkafarget skum. God søt karamellaroma. Hint av marsipan. Smaken det samme. Uvanlig men god. Tørr ettersmak. Alkoholen kamuflert som marsipan!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (1218) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 13, 2014
dark brown colour wih ruby notes, some brownish head;aroma of coffee liqueur, roasted sugar, and some anis;taste is the same; very strange beer...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8493) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
330ml bottle, thanks to Finn. Deep mahogany coloured body. Moderate, tan-coloured head. Not much lace. Kahlua coffee liqueur aroma and even stronger notes of kahlua in the taste profile. Added by candied fruits. Integrated alcohol. Not too sweet. Different and actually quite good (Tromsø 07.02.2014).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
citydave (60) - - FEB 7, 2014
wow, coffee chocolate and berries jjust as described. Outstanding. One of best ive had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaartenRF10 (1614) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2014
Eigenlijk kan ik er niet veel meer over kwijt dan dat het ruikt en smaakt naar haagse hopjes. Of koffielikeur. Best grappig, maar eenmalig.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3066) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle with cork 0,75ltr: Very dark brown coloured brew with red glow. Amazing smell of chocolate, dry bitter taste with some sweetness. Hints of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and an Dutch treat named "Haags Hopje". Quite amazing winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (4742) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Shaker glass: Medium to smaller sized creamy light brown ish foamy head on top of a clear dark ruby colored beer. Aromas of coffee, mocha, hopjes, chocolate, coffee beans, coffee candy and coffee roast. Flavours of coffee, mocha, Belgian chocolate with praline, coffee candy, coffee bean candy, some bitters, some spices, chocolate and toasted (light roasted) hay/herbs. Aftertaste is coffee, bitters, herbal toast, coffee candy and some mocha/Belgian chocolate. Low carbo, light creamy light spicy mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a light creamy texture. Reminds me a bit of ice coffee. Easy drinkable. Nice beer.

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