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

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RATINGS: 511   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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3.6
b3shine (8870) - Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2017
Draft to taster at HopCat in Broad Ripple. Looks solid; a fairly transparent browmish bronzr wiyh foamy very light caramel head. Smells malty with notes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, cinnamon, and clove. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, slightly bitter, and pleasantly warming. An enjoyable sipper, and a good cold weather brew.

3.4
CH-303 (2240) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 18, 2017
As Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad:
Appearance: Very dark brown, seems clear. Slight light tan head.
Aroma: Chocolate, lightly roasted, some dark malt.
Taste: Chocolate, dark malt, lightly roasted. Slight sweetness and alcohol.
Bought: 2Be (Bruges), 330 ml, €2.80
Info: 9/7-2017, BB: 31/1-2022

3.8
Speko (414) - DENMARK - JUL 8, 2017
Bottle 0,33 thanks to Brain. Pours almoast Black with off-white head. Cocoa, roasted coffee beans, caramel. Medium to full body and soft carbonation.

3.4
jesperhammer (4735) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2017
01-JUL-2017, bottle @home, from Fish & Beer, as Barista Chocolate Quad. Clear, dark, dark amber - almost Black with a huge tan, lacing head. Aroma is sweet caramel and cocoa. Taste the same with artificial chocolate. Very sweet, medium+ body. OK.

3.8
s_hartshorne (2784) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2017
Bottle the sailor inn Budapest. Black slight head. Coffee choc cake aroma taste same fruitcake good roasty finish. Good stuff

3.1
Jultsu (977) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2017
Belgian Ale Barista, BBE 03-2021. Musta, niukka mutta viipyvävaahtoinen, hapoton. Tuoksu vienon houkutteleva, makeahko, ei kovin vahva. Maku muistuttaa vanilja-absolut-vodkaa, vahva, vaniljaisan mausteisan polttava, olisi varmasti hyötynyt muutaman vuoden kypsymisestä, tuoreena hivenen raaka viinapommi.

2.6
budedou (977) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - JUN 19, 2017
Not a good beer, very thin, very overwhelming artificial-feeling sweetness. Alcohol taste as well.

4.1
amodernraccon (3) - MOLDOVA - JUN 17, 2017 does not count
Aroma of coffee, cinnamon and dark bitter chocolate. Nice creamy foam. Strong bitter chocolate and coffee in taste. Very tasty chocolate finish

3.8
oobawa (1399) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Curious Quad, both full of tasty chocolate-covered dates and a big java backbone, yet maintaining enough Belgian yeastiness and dark fruit esters to keep the strong ale elements detectable. Sweet but not overly so, and the date-black cherry-fig backbone plays nicely with the more indulgent cocoa-mocha notes. Feel gives up none of the 11% ABV, and the nose is a decadent mix of chocolate and dried fruit. Tasty.

3.8
GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2017
December 24th, 2014 - Kasteel’s Winter ale is marked by its humble label, free from Christmas goblins and Santa butts. It’s a classy selection from the Christmas aisle, and looks the part too, dressed in a deep dark liquid, with a thin, velvety head. Mocha and espresso are the richest veins in the nose, and they’re peppered with a big of nutmeg. The specter of a scotch ale rears its transparent, with some sweetness, but just a whiff. The flavor is tangy and creamy, like the foam from a freshly poured espresso, but boozy. Espresso beans and the bitterness of dark chocolate work in tandem - mostly - and while the balance is a little rough around the edges, the extra carousing lets the beer hold up against my meal for the night: a rich au jus sandwich.


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