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


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RATINGS: 393   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mich1969 (17) - Near Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2016
If you are looking to drink liquid chocolate with alchohol, then this is it. To me it has not to do much with beer. One of those beers wich is good so once in a while. Interresting. I can see people loving this stuff, and others hating it. Worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen1 (4625) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2016
Flaske fra mine venlige pushere på Belgisk bryg, i lejligheden: mørk mahogny/ibenholt, med kort skum. Intens aroma og smag af højeste sort kvalitetskaffe, mørk chokolade, vanilie og cacao. Nesten for meget af det gode.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7096) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 15, 2016
3oz pour at Max’s Belgian Fest 2016 pours a murky brown with some tight, white head. Nose has chocolate, some molasses, a little yeast, some brown sugar, but mostly chocolate syrup. Flavor follows, like drinking a box of chocolates, some nougat and molasses, caramel, chocolate syrup. Finishes mostly dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Punkero (239) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2016
As Barista Chocolate Quad, bottle. Flat dark without foam. Mild bread and yeasty aroma. There’s combination of rye and chocolate in taste. Strong! Something dusty, almost moldy flavor is a little unsettling. Not my cup of rye.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen2 (2715) - 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 (1035) - 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 (2860) - 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 (8924) - 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 (955) - 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 (419) - 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.

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