Kasteel Barista
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #32
Ranked #3,288
4.19 | pDev: 10.5%
Friday at 06:12 PM
Mar 29, 2015
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Notes: The name ‘Barista’ conjures thoughts of the fragrance of steaming coffee below a layer of expertly created froth. This may sounds rather far-fetched for a beer... However, the aromas and the flavours of caramel, cacao and roast malt match seamlessly with the ‘black gold’ and chocolate. This beer builds bridges with the world of hot beverages, with warming alcohol in the finish. One to enjoy all the year round: with a meal, in front of an open fire or on an outdoor terrace.
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Rated: 3.5 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Friday at 06:12 PM
Rated: 4.77 by RockyM72 from Florida

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 4.21 by MrJones07 from Spain

Dec 29, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by tux_alin from Romania

Dec 17, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Ananabiya

Nov 28, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by DB2020

Jun 30, 2022
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured in a snifter glass, forming a finger of foamy head that slowly faded to very heavy lacing. Smooth feel. Definitely chocolate and a bit of coffee, mildly sweet.
May 13, 2022
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled in a little dark glass stubbly, I don’t know if it’s bottle conditioned but I left the last teaspoon in there just in case
Pours a very very very dark brown body with thick big tan head
Aroma is good mocha
Flavour is irished up mocha too but the choc element is a bit too mock-alate IMHO
Sep 27, 2021
Rated: 3.67 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 04, 2021
Rated: 5 by Frankgabriel2383 from Dominican Republic

Jun 16, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by Burg from New Hampshire

May 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
330 ml bottle, as Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad. ABV is 11%. Very dark colour, mid between mahogany and ebony. Low tan head. Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate, hints of vanilla and caramel. The flavour is fairly sweet, but not cloying. Distinct notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and coffee, dark dried fruits and a little hops in the finish. Moderately warming mouthfeel.
Apr 23, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown with a beige head.

Tastes like your drinking malt euro chocolate and dark red fruits with no Belgian yeast taste and no booze. This is too smooth, better be careful.
Apr 17, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
a very nice belgian quad here, beer is a cloudy mahogany colour with a light brown one finger white head which quickly dissipates to a thin layer of bubbles, the nose is a dense aroma of sweet dark fruits, cocoa and coffee, and this carries through to the taste, lot of fig, raisin, coffee, espresso, nice roast, lot of chocolate of course, cocoa powder, some treacle, caramel, fudge, tobacco, a touch oaky, belgian yeast flavours, spice, definitely booze, not much bitterness on the finish, medium to full bodied, some alcohol warming, a nice sipper, all in all a well balanced and unique quad, and tasty too.
Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Taste: complex, fruitcake, clove, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee beans. Same with the nose. Dark brown hue, mostly clear, tan head, some lace. Medium to full body. Warming alcohol finish to this Holiday ale.
Jan 18, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Sep 12, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Aug 28, 2020
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Rated by Captain68 from Russian Federation

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Aug 13, 2020
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Reviewed by camoupolarbear from New York

4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A: Dark brown with red accent, clear but very saturated color. Beige/slightly red head that sticks around, about average for a quad

S: Notes of brown sugar, chocolate, more chocolate, some caramelized malt

T: Follows the smell, chocolate is a mix between european milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate, light notes of belgian yeast with fruit character, mostly red fruits instead of any banana. Sugar character is not overly sweet, just remniscent of brown sugar.

M: Full and satisfying, but not syrupy. About perfect for my preferences. Carbonation is medium, fading to light+ by the end of the glass.

O: A bit off the beat for a quad, but absolutely delicious! Defintiely can detect the Kasteel character common to this, the Donker, and the Rouge.
Jul 18, 2020
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Jul 08, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile

Jun 25, 2020
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Reviewed by eric5bellies from Australia

4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
A - Pours the classic deep cola colour of a quad with a thick beige head that retains well
S - Massive chocolate- awesome, really awesome.
T - So up front has the usual quad malts before a flavour bomb of chocolate kicks in. The finish is milk chocolate. Soo very flavoursome.
M – Full body and carbonation is medium.
O – So if you are looking for a traditional quad this is not your beer. But I can tell you if you have an open mind this beer is A+. I have savoured many great Trappist quads, but this is different and deserves a great rating because it is unique
May 30, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

2.3/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
L- Ultra-deep ruby/chestnut when held to a halogen light. Sitting further away on my desk after dusk and it appears almost black. Clear, zero sludge at bottle, pours with 5mm off-white head. (ps 15 mins later, head holds well).
S- Deep cocoa and coffee. Not much else gets past that.
T- Cocoa beans, deep *pungent* cocoa. That has to be an added ingredient, it's so intense - surely.
F- Deep, pungent, notably rich, like a luxe choco-cream gateau of a beer.
O- You need to welcome serious cocoa+coffee intensity; this is not an orthodox or 'trad beer' in any sense. It's certainly interesting to try, though it's so out there that I start suspecting the inclusion on the ingredients list of 'aromas'. Now that's a reeeally unusual thing to have in ingredients and also completely vague. I'm going to do some Googling+digging before scoring this beer. If the star and all-dominating highlights of this beer are in fact added 'aromas' it's going to score much less well from more traditionalist me... Conclusion: Seems they add coffee+chocolate to this then act vague on the ingredients listing on the bottle. I don't like that, at all, **especially** not specifically disclosing it, or even intentionally hiding it!, and have rated it accordingly.
330ml bottle. Bought from BelgiumInABox at Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. BB: 09/2024
May 01, 2020
Rated: 4 by animal69 from Louisiana

Mar 30, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Mar 26, 2020
Rated: 3.65 by Grinky from Illinois

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

2.97/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Not it for me, I loved the Chocolate Fudge Stout from Kees so expected to like this too. Tastes more like mediocre coffee than chocolate to me. Also overall a weak body for such a strong beer. Disappointed me.
Feb 29, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a cola color with a one finger head that fades to a ringlet and archipelago; splashy lacing

Smell: Spice cake with fig, date, coffee and cocoa powder tones

Taste: Spice cake forward with the fig and date flavors complementing the spices; just the slightest hints of coffee and cocoa powder, through the middle, with the impact of keeping the sweetness in check; the finish is a nice blend

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I am not sure whether I would have picked out the chocolate here had it not been on the label; it adds a nice dimension and I like the beer but I am not sure I would call it a Chocolate Quad
Jan 06, 2020
Rated: 4.58 by beerrat from Virginia

Dec 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by MrCPMJ from Texas

Nov 28, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by deereless from Colorado

Nov 11, 2019
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Rated by HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Fig, raisin and yeast were delicious but no discernable chocolate or coffee.
Sep 30, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Commandophile from Illinois

Sep 24, 2019
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Overpaid for this and felt it kind of Underwhelming Not enough chocolate tones to be called a chocolate beer. Kind of roasty with some sweet dark fruits and a pretty easy to crush body. Worth trying at least once but glad I didn't get stuck with a four pack.
Sep 21, 2019
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Rated by Drunk-Monkey-Candyholic from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Everything you want in a beer. Taste great smells great...alcohol check
Sep 01, 2019
Rated: 2.7 by adolby from West Virginia

Aug 30, 2019
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