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

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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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artyom (1229) - Osijek, CROATIA - OCT 5, 2017
0.33l bottle. Dark brown color with tanned head. Very rich aroma with fruits, malt, toffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, cloves, spices and raisins. Taste is very complex as well, with fruity, caramel, spicy, chocolate, plum and clove notes. Medium sweetness and full. Overall it's excellent beer.

4.1
VictorX (13) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - OCT 1, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2017 Bottle at home, as Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad. Appearance - dark, with a reddish hue; small, creamish head. Aroma - mocha, chocolate and hints of vanilla. Palate - medium body, low carbonation, no bitterness, but rather sweet with some alcoholic bite. Taste - chocolate, more dark than milky, mocha, vanilla, parma violets, brown sugar and some raisin notes at the very end. Aftertaste - rather long, sweet, but not overwhelming, with more of the mocha notes. Overall - A great, quite sweet, but tasty beer. One of my favorite Belgian winter ales.

4
BojanM (45) - Banja Luka, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - OCT 1, 2017
Kupljeno pod nazivom "Barista Chocolate Quad". Veoma tamna amber boja (više smeđa), zuta pjena srednje debljine. Aroma čokolade, kakaoa, kafe, vinjaka/konjaka i likera sa kafom i orasima. Srednje gorčine, sa izraženim osjećajem alkohola, onih 11% se baš osjeti!. Fenomenalno pivo!

3.5
evannell (1523) - Krak�w, POLAND - SEP 28, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2017 Troszku Nesquik, bardzo słodki aromat. W smaku również słodko, bardzo gładko. Kawa w wersji Kopiko, czekolada a bardziej może pierniczki w czekoladzie z nadzieniem jakimś tam. Alko. Fajne piwo, ale nie zmęczyłbym całego.

2.7
kaserov (1110) - Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 15, 2017
Color marrón oscuro, rojizo si le da la luz, turbio, con capa de espuma de un blanco amarronado de tres dedos de grosor (buena retención). Carbonatación alta visualmente. Textura oleosa y algo chispeante. Aroma muy especiado. Me cuesta captar chocolate, sinceramente. Me recuerda a mazapán y especias por un tubo. No es de mi agrado, demasiado navideño, en el peor sentido. Sabor que sigue al aroma totalmente. Dulce, con mucha especia y mazapán. Postgusto especiado. Los que encuentran chocolate puro en esta cerveza es que no lo han comido en su vida, sinceramente. No conozco un solo chocolate puro que sea dulce (creo que va en contra de la realidad, es como pedir cacao puro y que no sea tremendamente amargo), pero estaría encantado si alguien me lo mostrara.

3.5
faroeviking (11343) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 13, 2017
Botella. As "Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad". Black colour, brown creamish head. Sweet indeed an aroma with lots of dark chocolate, dark malts and alcohol, dark fruit too. Quite sweet chocolate dark malty alco dark fruity flavour with some vanilla. Sweet well alsting choco malty alco finish. Pleasant.

3.7
beer-yum (1955) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2017 Restrained aroma in a dark brown pour. Complex mix of coffee cocoa vanilla and dried fruit that totally disguises the underlying (non-trivial) strength. A winning winter warmer.

3.6
cervmagpt (934) - PORTUGAL - AUG 31, 2017
Review the Barista Chocolate Quad wich is a different beer from Kasteel Winter. Based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 30A/26D). Bottle 33 cl - Batch KABA1117A (BBF 11-2021). AROMA: medium-high chocolate notes, resembling dark chocolate cake. low nutty and toffee-like notes, followed by low alcohol with a peppery character. APPEARANCE: very dark reddish-ambar color and clear. medium-low beige head with medium retention. leg formation. TASTE: medium-high chocolate notes with a semi-sweet character that evolves into an almost dry finish. slight notes of dried grapes, toffee. medium-low bitterness. PALATE: medium body with medium-low carbonation. smooth alcohol warmth. OVERALL: a nice chocolate belgian dark strong ale where the base beer can be somewhat perceived.

3.9
pumpmaster (1446) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2017
Draft pint at Riverside Market South in Fort Lauderdale, FL 8/5/17 Very good!

4
stupre (538) - Nanterre, FRANCE - AUG 20, 2017
33cl bottle purchased @ Mille et une bières Cormontreuil. Le côté sucré la rend un peu écoeurante.


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