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


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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 14/20
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2015
New winter beer in this series, with light beige, loose, irregular head and very dark purplish brown colour. Aroma strongly reminds me of coffee powder and espresso at first, then some more impressions appear, including raisins, fondant chocolate, bark, dried leaves, candied dates, tobacco, liquorice, earth, brown rhum and vanilla. The taste is equally unusual: lots of candied cherries, even cherry ’bonbons’ at first, raisins, candi syrup, chocolate sauce and port wine sweetness, soft and thick, viscous mouthfeel, fatty even, deep caramelly maltiness, less chocolatey than expected but nevertheless thick and rich, smooth, with a hint of liquorice and increasing coffee presence in the finish, not from roasted grains as you would find in any Scotch or stout style beer, but from actually added coffee powder; the sweetness dominates and sticks to the teeth a bit, but leafy hops make for some balance. The rhum-like alcohol warms the throat and is clearly there, but somehow manages to stay gentle instead of becoming astringent. An espresso-like coffee effect stays behind in the mouth, yet subtle and agreeable. Original and well-crafted beer, clearly on a higher level of quality and creativity than its regular dark brother. I got more than I bargained for: I merely expected a spicier version of Kasteelbier Donker, but this is a totally different beer, with its own personality and indeed - as Van Honsebrouck themselves claim - a departure from the usual spiced Scotch ales that make up the majority of Belgian winter beers. Pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CVBis007 (54) - - JAN 10, 2015
Crazy chocolate aroma, amazing chocolate taste. How on earth they pack 11% ABV in a beer with such a light mouth feel is a mystery. For a split second towards the end I thought I tasted cherries. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
luser2000 (135) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 8, 2015
Erős alkoholbeütés rontja az összképet. A kávé jelleg könnyen kiérezhető benne, mögötte némi csokoládé is szüremkedik. A kompozíció így jó, de egy gyengébb változatra kéne ülnie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vipinvelp (2839) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2015
Black (it is dark here) no foam left. Strong nice aroma. Vanilla, pistachios. Nice. Good taste. Perfect winter beer and (Arnhem 201501) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
spokeydonkey (38) - somerville, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Pours a dark brown and clear beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of tootsie roll and roasted coffee. Starts off with a coffee/chocolate/tootsie roll flavor. Acidity and sweetness follows transitioning into a dry finish with lingering roast coffee. Medium-full body with low carbonation and a lingering alcohol heat. Overall: I’m not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this one is exceptionally balanced and a great flavored winter sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerme31 (563) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown, very thin tan lacing. Very pleasing aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, and toffee. Very sweet taste, chocolate flavor comes through quite prominently. Medium body, thin texture, lively carbonation but not over-carbonated. Finishes with a nice warming sensation, and tootsie roll flavor as advertised. Very enjoyable and unique Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5572) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Bottled on 2013/07/10. Muddy brown with a short tan head. Spices, dark fruit, caramel, custard, toasted grains, sweet malt and coffee in the nose. Taste is sweet malt, spices, dark fruit, candy, custard, caramel, light coffee, chocolate notes and booze. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation and light warmth. Ends with more spices, candy notes, dark fruit, sweet malt, caramel, light custard, chocolate and hints of coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Plaas (92) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2015
This is great stuff. I had it on the Kerst- en Winterbierenfestival at De Kleine Deugniet (Alkmaar, NL) and it was the revelation of that festival. Coffee, caramel, chocolate. "Haagse Hopjes", for the Dutch readers. Perfect beer for winter evenings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saintjulien (185) - - JAN 3, 2015
chocolate, coffee, roasty, black, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, lively, long finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Syfher (196) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle of 75cl, in a Kasteel glass; from the fridge. Good aroma and taste of coffee, chocolate and tofee, but it’s so fake... You know, like candies... But appart of that, it’s a great beer, nice deep brown colour, hot palate. She’s a good one if you like coffee/candy beer, but too sweet for me... Try it !

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