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


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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike_77 (3730) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Really strong and intense aroma of coffee. Flavour has loads of coffee and also some caramel. Rich and smooth with a distinct sweetness which is very much like Haagse Hopjes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rockana (301) - Zadar/Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2014
0,33 bottle from Svijet Piva. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is beautiful. Coffee,huge chocolate aroma, caramel, dark fruits with some spices and alcohol. Great sweet taste with hints of coffee bitterness. Very desserty, and wintery. Really suprised me with it’s complexitivity. Great one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
caesar (5595) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle from Mitra Bunnik, BB 10-2019, large sample. Dark brown color, short lasting frothy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, roasted coffee, bit mocha, spices. Quite sweet in taste, vanilla, mocha. Quite harsh in roast, lots of mocha (or hopjesvla as some others call it). Bit alcoholic finish. Bit too harsh for me and a bit too much artificial sweetness, but nevertheless quite ok beer. Medium carbonation, medium body. After a small sample I thought it was worth a 3.5, but a whole glass is very much working against me. Getting more and more artificial and unbalanced in sweetness. Im seriously doubting if I can even empty the whole 33cl bottle. Downgrading to 3.0. Halfway there, cant empty this stuff. The artificialness is getting to me. Downgrading even more and pouring the rest down the drain. 2.3

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (464) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle, bb 2019 Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma: coffee, sugar, wood, little boozy. Taste: coffee, candy sugar, mocha, caramel. Medium high sweetness, light bitterness, lively carbonation, creamy texture. Nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1048) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Clear but almost opaque deep brown with deep auburn hue, small frothy tan head, recedes slowly, layer remains, fair lacing; aroma sweet malty, roasted coffee, toffee, hopjes, mocha, milk and bitter chocolate, brown sugar; taste medium to heavy sweet, coffee, mocca, candy sugar, slightly bitter; full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, finish sweetbitter, roasted coffee, alcohol; overall a beer like a candy shop but not overly sweet, very decent beer better than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bosbouw (1619) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2014
Bruine, bijna zwarte kleur met een goede crème kraag. Ruikt chocolade, mocha, gebrand. Smaakt bitterzoet, zwaar, mocha. Zoetige afdronk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (1715) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2014
Servert i skikkelig kule glass. Mørk brun klar med lavt lyst brunt skum. Lukter kaluha kaffelikør. Smaker jaggu det samme også - Kaffe, kakao, litt syrlig, søtt, en anelse salt. Lite kullsyre

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3008) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
6 dec 2014, tap. Brown. Nose is coffee and faint sweet belgian yeast. Med/thin and mildly fizzy. Like a mocha hard candy. Sooo good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaroonOrange (137) - - DEC 6, 2014
On tap. Notes of brittle, hard candy, maple syrup, coffee, and oak. A rich sweetness and great finish. Nice and warning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruigo (1413) - PORTUGAL - DEC 5, 2014
Shared 75cl bottle. Deep brown colour with a thin tan head. Coffee, coffee, toffee, dark chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Medium to soft carbonation and medium body. Taste is well balanced with a lot (did I mentioned) coffee and moka notes and a long sweet very dry finish. Overall, a very good beer.

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