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


on tap

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RATINGS: 492   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1977) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2016
On tap at Yardhouse in Dedham. "Barista Chocolate Quad" Served in a snifter. Dark chocolate color. Frothy tan head. Dry sour chocolate malt notes. Earthy bitterness. Bit of dark fruity. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (2184) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2016
On tap. (aka: Barista Chocolate Quad). Pours a deep brown color with a small head and nominal lacing. Aroma of Coffee, dark fruit, with bit of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and bit of vanilla. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. medium body, smooth, nicely blended without being overly boozy. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Unde (1011) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2016
Dark brown colour with beige head on top. Aroma has banana, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet aroma. Taste is sweet with chocolate and banana, coffee too but the banana is overkill. Dried fruits are there too. Fullish body and medium carbonation. Weird banana note makes me think about weizenbock or something. Coffee makes this at least a bit interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bill Becker (949) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 15, 2016
A finger of foam sitting on black liquid, with excellent lacing. Booze, dark fruit and chocolate with some vanilla in the smell. Same in the taste with the booze standing out a tad too much. Pity. Without that strong alcohol, I would rate it higher. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flatmatt (1539) - Northville, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2016
330 mL bottle as Barista Chocolate Quad. Pours a deep red black with a light tan head. Aroma has cocoa and red grape with touches of coffee and cream. Flavor is a nice mix of light-roasty, creamy coffee with cocoa and dark fruit (fig, red grape) and toffee. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
elloboksi (12) - FINLAND - NOV 14, 2016
From a bottle Barista Chocolate Quad. I liked the creamy and soft taste. The head was smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2208) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2016
Brewed under the name "Barista Chocolate Quad", this pours an opaque prune into the glass, with ruby fringes and an initially sudsy head that quickly reduces to no lacing of which to speak. The nose is of bakers chocolate and huge roasted coffee bean notes. Flavors are similar, of freshly brewed, roasted Arabic coffee, dark esters, semi-sweet chocolates, light lactose and vanilla notes, a heavy malt and grain bill, slight leathery undertones, finishing with a nice bittersweet chocolate espresso. The full body and active carbonation make for a zesty mouthfeel, providing an easy quaff to the palate. Substantial and complex, this makes for an extremely nice aperitif: a Belgian Strong Ale masked as/mistaken for (as commonly could be) an American Imperial Stout. No matter. Very, very nice offering here! Prost!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7674) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear copper to brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, banana and slight roast. Malty and caramelly flavor with a sweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hohops (952) - Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2016
Appearance- very dark brown, coca-cola, hardly any head, a few beige bubbles around the edge. Aroma- lots of chocolatey coffee, fudge, chocolate cake, leather hints, dark malts, bread, vanilla, fruitcake. Taste- dark chocolate dominates, coffee, molasses, burnt fruitcake, more chocolate, roast malt, burnt toast, raisin, treacle, dry roasty cocoa powder. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (4001) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 1, 2016
330ml bottle. @home 01-11-2016.
Labeled as "Barista".
BBD: 03-2020.
In short: sweet chocolate ale.
Pours quite dark eith nice frothy light tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Chocolate, little coffee, licorice, molasses nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Taste is quite sweet, chocolate, almost cloying, some licorice notes.

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