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


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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21553) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2013
Bottled (from Alko Prisma, Vaasa). Very deep coppery colour with a mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Not much else. And the same goes for the flavour. A surprisingly big coffee beer for being Belgian, but over this I would take the brune/bruin any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
18th January 2014
Almost opaque dark brown beer, small bubbly tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry, decent fine carbonation. Sweet malts, light floralness. Toffee streak and something vaguely like cheap chocolate. Little spice. Light semi dry finish brings mild marmite. Lots of flavour here but I could not drink much of this, gets chewy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TBone (13360) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
25.11.13 Bottle 330ml Alko. Deep amber color, steady beige head. Deep artifical chocolate candy aroma. Medium-bodied. Front has some alcohol. Then artifical chocolate and coffee liquer flavor. Overly sweet and artifical. Yaiks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11918) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2015
750 c&c from Healthy Spirits. Pours with a slight beige head. Aroma is very coffee. Med body. Flavor is light treacle, coffee and low quality chocolate. Otherwise a damn nice drink. Highly recommended as a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (10798) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2014
Corked bottle. Dark brown color. Hints of roast, caramel and chocolate in the aroma. Malt, cacao, caramel and hopjesvla in the sweet, almost overly sweet flavor. Sticky and alcoholic.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatPhil (9905) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2014 330ml bottle (Alko, Helsinki) - gift from mjs - thanks! (5:4:3:1:7=2.0)
Cheap instant coffee aroma, some chocolate too. Nice dark brown, persistent tan head. Nasty chemical flavourings. Some sourness accompanies the sweetness, which is quite high. Coffee is stale. On swallowing, I get a wave of salivation which I know is an instinctive vomit precursor. Baaaaaaad. However, this does cover the alcohol very well. Bumping overall from 6 to 7 because of that.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (Alko, Tampere) (3:3+:4:2:6=)
Cheap Irish coffee aroma, cheap coffee, and hot alcohol. Taste messy sweet stale coffee. Sweet stodgy malts, rich and heavy, coffee again, but better Nope.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (9433) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ Cafe Vingerhoeds, Oirschot. Nice deep dark brown color with a deep dark red glow coming through, small to medium sized beige head. Aroma unfortunately has a bit of ’hopjesvla’ and herbs or spices I absolutely dislike. Tastes like that as well, but fortunately not as much as the aroma suggested. Also get vanilla and heavy mocha. All in all quite heavy. A slow drinker. Noy my kind of beer unfortunately.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (9285) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9199) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Good spicy. On tap at hopcat detroit. Chocolat xmasy nutmeg. Decent sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pivnizub (9159) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2014
; Bouteille:Deep ruby-amber coloured, presumably clear, mid-sized and stable off-white creamy head; freshly ground coffee and cacao in the nose plus the usual fruity-caramelly aromas; pretty sweet flavour, full bodied and sticky; dried fruits, caramel and coffee in the sweet finish. Too sweet, very unbalanced…

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