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


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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
thouse (51) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Super yummy. Coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor profile. High alcohol but hidden very well.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Daanminator (375) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2015 Diepe zwarte kleur. Koperachtige schuimkraag die er dun op blijft liggen.Duidelijk bouquette van chocolade en mokka.Smaak van gebrande chocolade en mokka. Het bier is nog lekkerder van de tap waar hij bekend stond onder de naam Chocolate Quad en nu dus ook onder de naam Barista chocolate quad.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1010) - BELGIUM - MAR 21, 2015
En ce jour de printemps au climat complètement hivernal (pour rester poli …), je prends cette Winter pour relever un peu le niveau du mercure. En effet avec 11 % abv au compteur, elle devrait contribuer à réchauffer ce climat qui n’en finit pas de se refroidir …(suivez mon regard les bobos). Couleur noir intense opaque. Mousse beige moyen bien crémeuse, nappante à 2 mm. Arômes de café remarquable, malt noir, pointe du fourré praliné de l’intérieur du chocolat Lindor de chez Lindt (mmmmhh). 1ère bouche soyeuse sur le café, malt, point légère d’anis et réglisse en fond de bouche. Arrière-bouche très agréable, douce. 2ème crémeuse, à l’ensemble superbe malt/café, avec une fine pointe d’armagnac (Je connais la marque, mais c’est difficile à trouver …). Arrière-bouche plus complexe que la 1ère, avec un fond de fruits noirs. 3ème au fabuleux ensemble café et chocolat. Arrière-bouche de plus en plus longue et affinée. Longueur vraiment centrée sur la finesse. Jambes denses et bien marquées. Levure fine et douce parfaitement adaptée. Alcool qui paraît moindre que sa valeur nominale, mais il soutient l’ensemble. Finale qui se savoure, comme du petit lait. CONCLUSION : une bière bien typée sur la spéciale hiver. En ce jour de marées à coefficient 119 et 118, c’était aussi les grandes marées dans mon verre. Quel plaisir !!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
waldemarsto (8) - BRAZIL - MAR 2, 2015 does not count
Incrível, nem parece cerveja, é muito, muito boa. Eu degustei ela com uma Panna Cotta de Baileys, com calda feita a base dessa cerveja com chocolate belga 70% cacau, e com um brownie de chocolate com geleia de frutas vermelhas e cobertura de chocolate amargo, ficou espetacular. A cerveja deve ser servida em sua própria taça, (tipo vinho bordeaux) ou num snifter, cabeça de creme pequena, cerca de 1cm de espessura que logo se dissipa, cerveja com coloração marrom bem escura. Logo no Aroma você é surpreendido por notas de toffee e/ou mocaccino. No sabor, é ainda mais espetacular, primeiro notas inequívocas de café expresso, seguidas paulatinamente de chocolate amargo, doce lembrando caramelo, um toque de baunilha, seguido de marzipan, frutas secas como ameixas e passas, e um sabor que me faz lembrar licores como o Mozart e o Baileys. No retrogosto é evidente uma mistura de café com chocolate lembrando a capuccino. O álcool está presente no paladar, mas nada que incomode, final, a cerveja tem respeitáveis 11,0% ABV. A cerveja tem excelente drinkability, ainda mais se for bebida numa noite mais fria, ou acompanhada de sobremesas, realmente recomendo. O incrível de tudo é saber que essa maravilha é feita apenas com água, maltes, lúpulos, leveduras, e acrescida de açúcar durante a maturação. Os belgas realmente mandaram bem ao fazer essa cerveja.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
citydave (67) - - FEB 7, 2014
wow, coffee chocolate and berries jjust as described. Outstanding. One of best ive had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (6101) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Heavy dark brown with a beautiful nose of chocolate biscotti. The flavor was about the same. Dark sweet biscotti tones, almond and sweet coffee nuances. Lovely bit of pecan if I’m not mistaken. Absolutely amazing. Biscotti beer for lack of a better deScription.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drmet (512) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2015
L: -pours a dark brown with ruby tinges and a small to medium,foamy,beige head S: -ice coffee,milk chocolate,mocha,cinnamon,nutty,toffee,vanilla T: coffee,mocha,prunes,raisins,molasses F: -medium carbonation -medium to full body -alcohol warming,which is less than expected with an 11%er O: This is absolutely incredible. Perfect fit for christmas

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 21, 2015
Deep brown color witha tanned small head. Liquorice, toffee, rasisins and chocolate aroma: spectacular. Flavor is malty, chocolated and sweet. Slightly oily with a lasting good crispy and sticky end. Average carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jbuskirk (930) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Holy crap,this is one of the best beers i’ve ever tasted. I don’t understand the low ratings at all. Nose is marshmellow and espresso. Thick, brown head and lacing. Flavor is chocolate, marshmellow, espresso happiness.

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