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


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RATINGS: 476   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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
MMR (722) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2017
I was rather let down by this beer. I thought it would be a nice aromatic balanced beer but Im afraid it tastes more like chocolate milk. I prefer chocolate milk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rane (1052) - Nibe, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2017
Dark brown with huge dense brown head. Aroma sweet and intense chocolate notes, wheres the coffee? Taste long and intense chocolate taste. A great beer if youre into chocolate otherwise dont try it but lacks complexity and other flavours compared to other quads. Ill finish with quoting one of my friends comments about Wells banana beer sligtly changed to fit this beer "If I want a piece of chocolate then I buy a piece of chocolate ..not a beer."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ehaak26 (309) - - FEB 16, 2017
Pint night at Pazzos. From a bottle. Aroma is huge chocolate malt with coffee. Taste is sweet. Definitely decadent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
m.mahu (162) - Iasi, ROMANIA - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, with ruby accents. Medium foam which goes away too fast. Dark coffee, toffee, dark, roasted malts and vanilla. The alcohol is present, but the mouthfeel is pleasent, smooth, quite thin. Good carbonation, not over the top. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (1046) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2017
Pours a dark brown much like a porter with a medium laced cream head. Big outstanding aromas of chocolate, toffee, caramel and vanilla. Undertones of dark cherry, wood, and just a tinge of alcohol. Flavors of dark cherry, coffee, light alcohol, wood, slightly nutty, with a aftertaste of tootsie roll! (?).I want to give this a 9 flavor but the alcohol takes some of the dominant flavors. Would likely be better with 1 or 2 % abv lower.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrus86 (609) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2017
Kasteel barista choc quad TAP. Cola black with small tan head.. Fresh coffee bean & milk choc aroma.. Very rich thick body, almost syrup! Perfect blend of the coffee & chocolate, a bit of vanilla as well?.. Sourced yardhouse Honolulu

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nephirem (392) - CROATIA - FEB 6, 2017
Sampled as Barista Chocolate Quad. Bottle, 0.33l. Deep ruby pour, almost black with one finger beige head. Poor retention, but thin layer stay on top throughout the whole drink. Cocoa and coffee dominate the nose with sight liquor in the background, really nice. Medium body, softly carbonated. Somewhat light texture, not completely watery but still lacking thickness so to say. Liquory bittersweet taste with slight alcohol burn on the tongue. Aroma is malty, lots of chocolate and cocoa. Sugary, liquory. Toffee and caramel. Not much of a coffee notes, its more like a cappuccino, which is kinda interesting. Aftertaste is liquory, and so is the mouthfeel, presence of alcohol is quite strong in this one. Overall, good one. A bit too boozy, but still ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressboxjoe (451) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Draft. Dark almost black with disappearing head. Has the consistency of hot chocolate, the thickest beer I can ever remember having in terms of consistency. Some coffee, some caramel. A dessert wine to be sure. Did not hit me like an 11% beer, but maybe the pour was smaller than I realized.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RuNpali (74) - FINLAND - FEB 3, 2017
Yumm!! Aroma: What a great balance between the coffee and the chocolate! Taste is not so impressive, yet very good. LOVE IT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1949) - Athens, GREECE - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle as Barista Chocolate Quad. Color brown with medium head. Aroma caramel, toffee, vanilla. Taste sweet, vanilla, caramel, malt, light coffee.

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