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


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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 (50) - 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 (296) - 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 (890) - 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 (65) - - 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 (5490) - 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 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 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chad9976 (1419) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2014
The Belgians aren’t known for adding confectionery flavors and other additives like coffee and chocolate in their beers. That’s what makes Kasteel Winter a very surprising brew since it’s not the kind of beer I’d associate with that entire country. And yet, it works as both a classic Belgian strong dark ale as well as a flavored brew. It’s a win-win.

I split a 750ml bottle with my girlfriend (who graciously purchased it for me for $10.99 [$0.43 per ounce]). I poured it into a Trappist chalice. It was bottled on 10/6/13.

Appearance: Seemingly opaque black, but actually deep ruby red/brown and slightly translucent. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Huge chocolate and coffee aromas, plus rum-like alcohol.

Taste: This is a robust beer if ever there were one. Strong dark chocolate flavors envelope the tongue right away. It’s a delicious, authentic, candy-like flavor. It doesn’t taste like simply cocoa powder or some kind of extract flavoring. There’s a light bitterness through the middle – somewhat dry with a hint of spice. It quickly morphs into a sweet iced coffee flavor (with cream and sugar!). The alcohol lingers in the background; constantly imparting a warmth and a rum-like vanilla flavor. The classic Belgian yeast esters are also noticeable - they create for a mild taste of dark fruits and pepper. Overall, this is one of the most unique Belgian brews I can ever recall having (but not necessarily the best).

Drinkability: When I saw the 11% ABV on the label, I was prepared for an intense, peppery sipper, but Kasteel Winter is amazingly drinkable. The mouthfeel is typical for a strong Belgian brew – highly carbonated, but not thick or chewy. It’s actually quite comfortable and easy to drink in larger gulps. The alcohol is noticeable, but tame – creating for a gentle warmth rather than a brash heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alusmamuts (1015) - LATVIA - NOV 10, 2014
Brown with medium yellow head. Coffee with some vanilla taste. Some sourness and remaining sour bitterness.

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