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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (39787) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015

Bottle 750ml. corked @ home.

[ As Kasteel Winter ].
Clear dark brown color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, chocolate beans. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate beans, coffee, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft - fizzy, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20141231]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (23132) - 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 (18948) - , 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 (14613) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (14397) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Voldby. Clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 210815

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12747) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11590) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle, bought @Belgianbeerz. Pours almost black with a small, creamy off-white head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, coffee, vinious, light roasted malts, raisins. Medium carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lovely coffee, chocolate with some astringency, softly vinious, nuts. Cocoa powder finish.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
FatPhil (11497) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bierkoning (11400) - 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.

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