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


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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FireGlider (258) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 18, 2015
Bottled, medium head, brown/red color. Strong aroma of coffee and strong alcohol taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2015
Poured deep dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweet cocoa and soft coffee. Full body, flavour as the aroma, lightly roasted. Hides the ABV pretty well.
Earlier Rating: 12/21/2014 Total Score: 3.9
Poured dark amber with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and chocolate, coffee. Full body, quite boozy, flavour is as the aroma, some light spices hidden in the background, nice plum and date tones in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pcd1956 (27) - Purmerend, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2015
chocolate, coffee, alcohol, black, clear, minimal head, light sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, thin feel, soft carbonation, long finish, taste very good,strong with herbs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1378) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
A good winter beer. Pours a deep muddy brown with a tan head. Smells of herbs and hazelnuts, maybe a bit of anise. Taste has lots of hazelnut, vanilla, anise and banana, with a slight soapy aftertaste. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hrc_Cro (287) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 16, 2015
0.33l bottle. Clear dark brown color with browny head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and mostly coffee. Taste is really hard to get because alcohol is dominating. Even though alcohol can be strongly felt, it is not offensive. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomerBeerOdysy (82) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2015
APPEARANCE - 1-finger head that dissipates. Dark, opaque, foamy. Some lacing. AROMA/SCENT - Malts, coffee, sweet. TASTE - Sweet, coffee, chocolate, caramel. MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Some carbonation. Smooth, creamy, warming. VALUE - 8-oz. draft for $9. Why be so skimpy with your portions? OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Like drinking a Chocolate Yoo-Hoo Belgian Tripel. Nice, but gimmicky beer like Evil Twin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2884) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 15, 2015
Tap at Le Trappiste. Mocha, roast, creamy, ice cream, good stuff surprisingly, but maybe not completely for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (11554) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2015
Dunkel rötlichbraune Farbe, ordentliche beige Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr nach Kaffe, Schokolade, reife Früchte, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack süß röstmalzig, viel Schokolade, aber auch deutlich fruchtig nach reifen roten Beeren, Espresso, sehr interessant und lecker!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3549) - 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.

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