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

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RATINGS: 412   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (9456) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2016
Bottle as Barista Chocolate Quad that I picked up at Dranken Geers, Oostakker, Nr Gent, Belgie, shared with dad Rawson Green, Kilburn, Derbyshire Friday 8th April 2016 . Pours dark brown with a large beige head. A mostly chocolatey nose with some toasted molasses and a little coffee. Plenty of chocolate in the mouth though almost too chocolatey, coming across as a bit artificial. There is a touch of mocha also, loads of sweet malts and a spiciness at the edges. Ok. A6 A4 T6 P3 Ov12 3.1

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2262) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2016
On draft at the Craft Ale House in Limerick. This "quad" poured a very dark brown color with a smallish, light tan head. The head decreased over a little bit of time to only a ring around the inside of the glass. The body was extremely full. Please don’t take this one lightly. It’s a sipping beer to be enjoyed slowly. I tasted more coffee than chocolate, though both were very prominent. The chocolate aspect was very creamy and light. I also tasted some bready and yeasty flavors with some candi sugar. The alcohol component was very present and supplied a nice warming feeling, especially in the finish and aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (1607) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2016
Poured from a tap. Clear brown color, medium frothy off white head. Roasted coffee and malt aroma. Full body with a sweet clove flavor and a nice chocolate malt finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
peponi (1414) - Mainz, GERMANY - APR 7, 2016
Aroma: belgian pralines, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee. Appearance: deep brown color and beige head. Taste: belgian pralines, cacao, coffee, toffee, roasted malts, red fruits, warming alcohol, dry. Palate: full body and medium carbonation, roasted finish. Overall: Great Quad, really complex.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stultus (60) - 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 (894) - 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 (613) - 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 (104) - 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 (1589) - 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 (17143) - 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.


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