Kasteel Winter - Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.11/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Very dark brown with a beautiful flattop cap. Elegant.
Coffee, chicory, vanilla, date, licorice, hazelnut, and hints of cinnamon and clove. Tremendously loud nose with sweet bready malts and a slight booze note.
Follows the nose, and with more than ample sweetness. Spicy licorice, hazelnut coffee, and clove-y phenols with pronounced chicory and star anise. Heady booze and big-time sweetness. Great Belgian Xmas flavor.
Very soft body with a medium-full viscosity. Even softer carbonation upfront with some latent spiciness.
Awesome winter ale. Totally recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
12-19-2013 01:17:45 | More by thecheapies
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4.34/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This wonderful dark belgian pours a deep chestnut brown with a small but lasting off white head that leaves great lacing. The nose is a rich, warming bouquet of toffee, coffee, smoke, burnt dried fruits, and earthy notes. The mouthfeel is very full and sticky; almost too much so. The flavor follows the nose but better and it lasts forever on the palate. The coffee and toffee flavors are strong but followed by nice dark rum and root beer like notes. As well as dried fruits and leather. This is good, real good. I can't wait to get more next year.
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2014 04:47:13 | More by lochef81
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served chilled into a snifter.
Pours a beautiful walnut brown with half an inch of dark tan head that recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.
Aromas of roasted nuts, toffee and cocoa.
A wonderful mix of flavors. Roasted nuts, toffee, cocoa, coffee. I even picked up hints of leather and tobacco. All present with none being overbearing.
Moderate body with moderate carbonation followed by a fairly dry, woody finish.
Very impressed with this beer. The only downside is I didn't pick up more bottles while it was around. Great winter warmer.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 17:18:21 | More by srhoadsy
4.23/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/26/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, cocoa, toffee, toast, coffee, molasses, clove, pepper, raisin, prune, apple, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great dark/bready malt complexity with light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester balance; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, cocoa, toffee, toast, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, apple, clove, pepper, brown bread, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, cocoa, coffee, toast, toffee, molasses, licorice, clove, herbal, brown bread, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great robust malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick, bready, and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity and balance of robust dark/bready malts and liught-moderate fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 06:52:07 | More by superspak
Kasteel Winter from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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