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

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RATINGS: 133   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8497) - 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).

4.8
   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.

3.2
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3070) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Countbeer (4748) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2337) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2014
What a kick this one has! Pours dark brown / ruby with little head, and almost flat carbonation-wise. Aroma reminds me of a northwest coffee stout., with some dark chocolate thrown in to boot. Scent of alcohol hovers on top. Dark chocolate is more prominent in the taste, some sweet molasses, whiskey barrel. Alcohol heat on the backplane. A lot of different styles seem to be in play here.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2615) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2014
Kasteel Winter, bottle of 750 ml, corked and caged, poured into a tulip glass. ABV 11% A very dark brown colour on the body, with deep red ruby shades once hold against the light. One finger of tan head, with good density but not exactly thick. Very good retention though. Light lacing on the glass. Great aroma, plenty of chocolate and all kinds of it, bitter chocolate, sweet chocolate, mocha, along with some light coffee and hints of alcohol. Taste is the same, lots of chocolate and mocha, only now the alcohol is stronger and more notable. Not overly sweet as the aroma led me to believe, there is a light acidity on the finish. Overall a very good beer, this would be great to accompany a chocolate dessert, let’s see if I can find some more of it. Medium thin body, a bit high on the carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
Sampled draught as part of a flight at Palm Harbor House of Beers, on January 21, 2014.
Clear dark red to black color, off-white head. Sweet, toffee, some coffee taste. Coffee, sweet, sugary, toffee aftertaste. Medium mouhtfeel, low bitterness. Sweet, coffee scent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8742) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Short: A coffee quadrupel that comes across as a mixed Kahlua cocktail

Origin: Tap at Encinitas Ale House Size: 4oz taster Glass: Mini flute Price: $2 Date: 1/18/14
Long: Pours a clear, deep red. Medium beige foam. Nose is almost Irish coffee, grenadine, sweet mixed cocktail. Taste is quite the oddity- sugary mixed cocktail with Kahlua and grenadine. Sweet, stickier, coffee all around. Semi tart cherry in the back. Really strange, not sure what to think.
Flaws: Overly sweet, sugary
Skill Level: Daring

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RW80 (807) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2014
75cl corcked bottle Appearence: Dark redish brown (close to black.) Aroma: Irish coffee Taste: a Sweet good balanced Irish Coffee. Aftertaste is quite long. Medium-thick texture, soft-medium carbonation. Odd brew, Doesn’t taste like any other beer, however it does taste like a good balanced cold Irish coffee. However this causes that it’s probably better off in 33cl bottles.


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