Kasteel Barista
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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From:
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #27
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,252
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 10.5%
Ratings:
530
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 13, 2022
Added:
Mar 29, 2015
Wants:
  40
Gots:
  164
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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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4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

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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3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by EmperorBevis from England

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
 
3.67 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2021
 
5 by Frankgabriel2383 from Dominican Republic on Jun 16, 2021
 
4.17 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

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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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by backblast from Alaska

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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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by misteil from Ireland

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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3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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
 
4.31 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Sep 12, 2020
 
4.1 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Aug 28, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Captain68 from Russian Federation

91,5

Aug 13, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by camoupolarbear from New York

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
 
4 by archero from Texas on Jul 08, 2020
 
3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile on Jun 25, 2020
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4.96/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by eric5bellies from Australia

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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2.3/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by JonnoWillsteed from England

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
 
4 by animal69 from Louisiana on Mar 30, 2020
 
3.99 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Mar 26, 2020
 
3.65 by Grinky from Illinois on Mar 04, 2020
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2.97/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

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
 
4.24 by jbehlar from Mississippi on Feb 08, 2020
 
4.24 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on Jan 25, 2020
 
4.49 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 18, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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
 
4.58 by beerrat from Virginia on Dec 03, 2019
 
4 by MrCPMJ from Texas on Nov 28, 2019
 
3.81 by deereless from Colorado on Nov 11, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HoodviewBrew from Texas

Fig, raisin and yeast were delicious but no discernable chocolate or coffee.

Sep 30, 2019
 
4.25 by Commandophile from Illinois on Sep 24, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

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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4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Drunk-Monkey-Candyholic from Illinois

Everything you want in a beer. Taste great smells great...alcohol check

Sep 01, 2019
 
2.7 by adolby from West Virginia on Aug 30, 2019
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4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by montbason from Texas

Nice creamy head, not abundant. Aroma cocoa,p and dark fruits, fig and sweets. Mouth: roasted coffe and dark chocolate. High alcohol 11%. Lasting aftertaste . Powerful quad.

Aug 19, 2019
 
4.1 by Eltrandos from France on Aug 14, 2019
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4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

330 stubby bottle. dated about 9 months ago

pours very dark brown, tan colored head. wonderful aroma of a mix of dark chocolate, rich caramel, a touch of black cherry. similar flavor, a lot of chocolate flavor without the sweetness. Very well done - very deep and complex but drinks way easy for a 11% abv beer. smooth, soft body.

Jul 24, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a very dark color with a nice tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has chocolate, caramel and roasted malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a chocolate, caramel and roasted malt flavor
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A nice Belgian Quad

Jul 21, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

Dark brown color with red highlights and a thin beige head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of chocolate liquor, caramel and faint homemade coffee.
Flavor with notes of cola, some cocoa, booze, caramel, watery coffee, candi sugar and vanilla. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This felt like an alcoholic Dubbel with lower complexity with caramel predominating over chocolate and coffee.

Jul 20, 2019
 
4.14 by robotic_being from Florida on Jun 26, 2019
Kasteel Barista from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 530 ratings