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


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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that nearly black and completely opaque with a two finger, light beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Slightly spicy, medicinal dark fruit aroma with sweet chocolate, cough syrup and a subtle phenol presence. Strong tootsie roll/artificial chocolate character with peppery spice and dark fruit sweetness. Subtle smokiness with herbal medicine followed by caramel, coffee and toast. Also, I’m picking up some date, fig and raisin but the medicinal and phenolic notes hurt the aroma. Not as offensive as some other beers in this style though. On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly acrid, roasted dark malt presence that wasn’t found in the nose. Slightly dry and smokey with hints of charcoal, tobacco, burnt toast and lightly roasted coffee bean followed by lighter malt sweetness, peppery spice and vinous dark fruit. The medicinal/syrup character found in the nose is minimal and the unpleasant phenolic character is thankfully missing. Hints of sweet cocoa, toffee and caramel along with raisin, plum, fig and a touch of cough syrup. The high ABV is very well masked with slight boozy sweetness and little to no heat. The flavors clash a little bit but the alcohol presence doesn’t hurt the drinkability. I wouldn’t have guessed that this beer was 11%. Nothing too special going on here but this is a solid holiday/winter beer that I enjoyed drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6296) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2015
330ml Bottle - Dark brown in colour. Fudge, cocoa, dates and coffee in the aroma. Smooth, chocolatey, roasted and moderately sweet taste with milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee standing out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlandersNed (384) - , Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2015
11.2oz bottle. Supposedly the same as their Winter Strong Ale. Clear, chestnut brown hue with a moderate, pale tan head. Huge coffee nose. Chocolate, dried dark fruits, caramel & more coffee flavor. Full-body and medium+ carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottled as Barista Chocolate Quad. Pours a dark mahogany with tan fizzy head. Aromas of coffee, dark fruit, and a hint of chocolate. Flavors of coffee, plums, a touch of smoke, finishes with a chocolate tail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beersiveknown (4663) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 1, 2015
sample from bottle at beer bloggers conference family brewers meal
full bodied, heavy, christmas cake spicing, warming, sweet, dark brown

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5087) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2015
Espresso, walnut, charred oak, aroma, big roasty notes. Ruby black, thick quickly dissipating tan head. Rich coffee and plum notes. Medium to full body, easy carbonation. Mild walnut hints. Not a traditional quad and I’m more accustomed to tasting that much coffee in porters or styles. I’ve had coffee in other non tradtional styles that worked, but this one didn’t work as well for me. Not terrible, however.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crtalbot (4) - Beverwijk, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2015 does not count
Clear dark brown red with a beige head, good carbonation. Hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses. Full bodied quad, sweet, warm, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, malty flavours. Warm alcohol, almost like wine. Complex, heavy beer with a fantastic, long lasting aftertaste. Near perfection!?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (10313) - Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2015
750ml cork and caged bottle a Barista. Big chocolate flavors and scents, lots of coffee notes, dark fruits, strong and rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jbuskirk (1020) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 23, 2015
It seems a bit early to be drinking beers brewed for winter, but then again, this beer was bottled on 6/26/2013, so technically I’m drinking it late rather than early. I don’t know if it’s the age or the coffee and chocolate flavors (or some combination of the three) but this brew is innovative, hugely satisfying, and damn near perfect. The aroma and flavor point clearly toward buttery chocolate and strong coffee. There’s some underlying notes of roasted grains, subtle dark fruits, spices, and caramel. There’s enough booze in here to warm your stomach and lull you to sleep. This is a winter beer that could put you in a state of hibernation. I never would’ve thought a Belgian Ale could achieve these kinds of candy-like flavors. That just shows how full of shit I am. This is a winter treat that you’ll want to experience repeatedly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JefVerstraete (2427) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle from LDW drinks, Eke. Dark brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet nose of chocolate. Also coffee and roasted malts. Lots of cocoa. Sweet, light bitter finish. Ok.

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