Kasteel Winter | Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Belgium
vanhonsebrouck.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,865
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
252
pDev:
9.91%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
62
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Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So smooth and lush with winter and dark flavors. Makes me look forward to the months up coming, would be a perfect beer to have by the fire. Has two flavor groups happening, one a toffee/caramel latte with milk chocolate and vanilla, then other is a molasses dipped dark fruits such as prune and plum, leading to a combining flavor of sweet, dark and slightly bitter. Little light in the body, but not necessarily as bad thing with the cloying sweetness and creaminess.

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Photo of Greasy
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbtkd
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. Kasteel Winter (2013), 11% ABV. Bottled 6/26/13, so the oldest beer I've ever had. Pours very dark brown to black, with a slight tan head. Nose is a light sweetness, taste is sweet moleasses, a hint of chocolate, dark fruit, with a slight bitter close and some alcohol burn. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopkrid
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a dark brown color with a thin white to off white foamy head. Moderate lace wove around the glass. The aroma starts off with the milk chocolate up front and bold (coming through pretty dry and sweet). Quad qualities takes a good a minute before displaying themselves. The flavor is pretty sweet through the chocolate, Belgian sugars and dark fruits. Bold Belgian spices make a good effort to balance. Nice sweet Belgian sugar to chocolate aftertaste with the same finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. Low carbonation. Stickiness is almost cloying but dryness from milk chocolate seems to contain nicely. Overall, pretty nice BSDA that I'd have again in the Winter.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve bottle--bottled on June 26, 2013, so this is well-aged, but probably not too long in the tooth yet.

Pours a solid but unspectacular one-finger tan head that quickly disappears--but good classic Belgian lacing. Dark brown and extremely opaque for the style, and lacking in the usual reddish highlights. Not an ugly beer, but not a pretty one either.

The aromas aren't classic, but they are definitely unique. Malts very forward, with distinctive espresso notes, and a touch of dark fruit in the background. As the brew warms. a smoke aroma appears, but so too does a bit of solvent note.

The flavors follow the nose fairly closely, but without the fruit notes. Dark chocolate and coffee with a touch of creaminess combine to provide what is at once a unique take on this style and yet. Ok, I have to say it. Dammit, I feel like I'm drinking a Quad mixed with a Starbucks something or other. The solvents from the alcohol only serve to drive the feeling home. I like the taste in the abstract, but the "get off my lawn" old guy deep inside is rebelling and screaming "THIS IS NOT A QUAD DAMMIT." Because I will admit this might be a personal failing, rather than that of the brewer, I won't deduct too much.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style, and lacking carbonation.

Overall, I'm deeply conflicted about this brew, I absolutely love Kasteel's "Donker." I understand this is a "seasonal," but it feels like a "miss" for me as to the "style." Still, a decent brew that others might find intriguing.

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vixie
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty brown color with very little head. Not the best looking beer I have seen by any stretch, but I don't try new beers for how they look.

The smell is a bit better than the look. Not a lot going on, mainly coffee and chocolate.

Lot of chocolate in this one. I am also tasting some fruit, as well as a hint of spice, plus a bit of warming on the finish.

Smooth and silky going down, with a hint of heat from the carbonation and abv.

Not quite as fruity as this style usually is, but that is not a bad thing. If I was eating a good quality piece of chocolate and washing it down with a quad, that is a bit of what this experience is. It is nicely done, a change of pace from what you normally get from a Belgian, and worth a try.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bottle of 2015 release drunk in October 2016.

After removing the cage & cork I'm not impressed by the pour or nose.
Pours a muddy brown with a fizzy head, not unlike a cola. Head is gone as fast as would be any cola's. No lace left behind.
Smell is sweet with a solid note of vanilla. First thought? Candy, maybe chocolate chip cookie dough (YUM!) but nothing beer like really. Further investigation finds some fruitiness and malt.
Taste is where this shines. Notes of vanilla, oak, dark fruits, boozy in the back nose, malty, light smoke. Terrific balance.
Rich, smooth, very whiskey-like. Definitely a sipping brew. Hockey and a bomber, sounds like a winner to me.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

L - Ugly, muddy brown with ruby red on the edges and less than a finger of beige/khaki head

S - Intense coffee with subtle dark chocolate and booze.

T - Coffee is huge even after three years. Genuine dark chocolate, dark fruits, cinnamon, iced coffee, vanilla. Great stuff.

F - Big beer at 11% with noticeable warmth, but still calm on the feel with some carbonation bubbles. I'm having an easy time drinking this on a hot Summer's day,

O - Unique to the style thanks to the addition of coffee and chocolate, but it was a gamble that paid off. Delicious on all fronts.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Such an amazing chocolatey, velvet brew. Drink this cold at first for a chocolate milk sensation, and then let it warm so those spicier notes come out. Absolutely recommended!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is dark fruit, dark bread and a hint of dry yeast/earth. The flavor is dark fruit, malts, relatively slightly chalky and a mix of nutty and mild sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the maker of my favorite Quad, I Had this Winter ale this past December.
I will review it the next time I Have it, which, I hope, will be soon.

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Photo of impending
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of syaoran_kun
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a treat! Dark brown pour into a snifter from a. 750 ml bottle. Nice head and lacing. Great toasted malt smell and taste. Chocolate and coffee with spice and sweet candy. Overall very enjoyable and priced well. I will look for it next year!

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Photo of stevoj
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Prefunk pour 9/11/15: Not as much pit fruit, but plenty sweet. Prior rating: 3.4 What a kick this one has! Pours dark brown / ruby with little head, and almost flat carbonation-wise. Aroma reminds me of a northwest coffee stout., with some dark chocolate thrown in to boot. Scent of alcohol hovers on top. Dark chocolate is more prominent in the taste, some sweet molasses, whiskey barrel. Alcohol heat on the backplane. A lot of different styles seem to be in play here.

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Photo of allenson21
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Kasteel Winter from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 252 ratings