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

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RATINGS: 584   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Was first produced as "Kasteel Winter" but then rebranded to "Barista Chocolate Quad". The name ‘Barista’ conjures thoughts of the fragrance of steaming coffee below a layer of expertly created froth. This may sounds rather far-fetched for a beer... However, the aromas and the flavours of caramel, cacao and roast malt match seamlessly with the ‘black gold’ and chocolate. This beer builds bridges with the world of hot beverages, with warming alcohol in the finish. One to enjoy all the year round: with a meal, in front of an open fire or on an outdoor terrace.

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jayzz (480) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2014
This beer is unusual. It has an irish coffee aroma, and a very fizzy head with a reddish brown color. The flavor is like an irish coffee, and even has a slight burn. Has a sweet long burn finish.

4.3
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2014
The name of the game here is coffee, in color, aroma, and taste. Think Dark Belgian, with the requisite yeast flavors therefrom, with espresso everywhere. Quite good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
bierkoning (14027) - La Tropica/Doarp, 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.

3.9
zizzybalubba (1901) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2014
330 mL bottle from SoHo Organic Market, Elizabeth City, NC (oddly, this was bottled on June 26, 2013 yet it is a WINTER ale). Dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of chocolate and light floral hops (so far this reminds me of a porter). The flavor features some chocolate upfront but quickly is met with some sweetness that most resembles cola, Belgian yeast, light licorice, and smoke. So it has a strong Belgian porter-esque feel I guess you could say. Not sure that I have had anything else that resembles this beer but I’m quite pleased with it.

3.8
dchmela (3094) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2014
From the bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thick off white head. Huge coffee, caramel aroma. Smooth malt body, residual sweetness, coffee and caramel. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
BitchPls (839) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Cola brown beer with a beige head. Very sweet aroma with sweet liquorice, plums and sherry. Sweet bread, liquorice, dark fruits and sherry in the flavor. Chocolate and coffee too. Medium body. Alcohol warmth. A nice warming beer for winter.

3.4
smith4498 (3771) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aromas of dark fruits and molasses with some spices. Fig and raisin flavors with candi sugar with Belgian yeast. Medium body with average carbonation.

4.6
DrinkEmUpJones (1070) - 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.

2.9
Brewdork (234) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2013
330 ml bottle poured into Trappist glass. Pours deep reddish-brown with a wisp of off-white head. Slightly faint aroma of coffee, toffee, and alcohol. Medium-sweet malty flavor with the coffee elements suggested by the aroma with a bit of a boozy finish. This comes off as a coffee porter instead of anything Belgian. It’s not bad, but certainly not what I was expecting. My wife says it reminds her of Pepsi Kona.

3
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
A very interesting beer. A Belgian winter, that has both heavy coffee/chocolate aroma and flavor. Additionally it hides its higher gravity pretty well when drinking, perhaps masked by the coffee.


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