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Kasteel Winter - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zach136 on 10-29-2013)
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Reviews by farrago:
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not much of a head, enough to cover the surface and then simmer off, a lot of larger bubbles contributes, the lacing is lackluster as well. The liquid is a predictable murky brown with a yellow outside ring, running counter to the visual impression it’s like the whole glass is filled with a swarm of tiny bubbles, overall close to fully opaque. The nose lays on some serious roastiness with coffee bean, caramel, crème brûlée notes, candied nuts, mocha powder, peach,cherry and plum fruit, lower level of baking spices, it has a dry kind of feel to it which keeps the sweetness in check, no overt hoppiness but again it does have a sort of stiff posture which hops can provide. In the mouth it’s fairly full-bodied, smooth for its weight and here too it starts sweetly and ends drily. The roast and toast extravaganza continues, crazy nuttiness, all this coffee, then butterscotch, toffee, chocolate dust and vanilla bean. Light bread and scone notes before something akin to tobacco ash and open fire cinders. More herbaceous and leafy if never outright hoppy. The carbonation is moderate but shows up when it’s needed most. Very flavorful and vivid, a total cold winter night in front of a roaring fire sort of quaff.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 7/13/2013.Pours into a chalice a beep roasted chesnut brown with burgundy hue,a slightly fizzy light beige head atop.Aromas of plums,chocolate,spiced phenols,and a bit of must but all cometogether quite well,I pick up faint burnt toast in there as well.Yeasty on the palate but not over the top in the phenol department,chocolate,hard toffee, and spiced cake flavors along with some plums,the spiced notes linger in the finish.This is a warming spicy beer that's perfect for winter sipping.

Photo of cbozInTheMitten
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of henryclay_
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mikejonze
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of wehttam
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of DarrellK
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of HankFinkel
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great surprise! Bountiful flavors of coffee and chocolate. Fabulous mouthfeel, like a rich creamy porter, which adds to the intense flavor. Great pairing with any of your favorite sweets, I had mine with some salted dark chocolate caramels. Can't wait to pickup a couple of more bottles to help with my New Years Eve celebration.

Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of GrumpyGirl
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Saxboy10
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gerasimos
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BKotch
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of bigaddy
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of ananh
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of monketeeth
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Attractive brown color with very nice lacing.
S- Starts out with some slightly burnt toast and coffee. After warming, turns more toward toffee and ground dried fruit.
T- Smoky, Toasty dried fruit and a bit of coffee. Nothing really jumps out but a nice blend of flavors. Alcohol of 11% is well hidden.
M- Lots of carbonation, maybe a bit too much and a bit watery for the style.
O- A tasty brew but not excellent like many of the others from this brewery. Would drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of vwbus7
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of JuMa44
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good winter beer don't drink if you don't like black coffee

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: A relatively hazy reddish brown. Nice tan swath of a head and messy lacing. Handsome brew.
smell: Wow, lots happening. Roasty, delicate coffee, subtle spice and fruit, touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Well done. Quite a nose.
taste: Very nice again. Much like the nose. Subtle but full of flavors. A hint of sour in the finish.
overall: Quite a brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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Kasteel Winter from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
94 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.