Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Belgian Ale
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Belgian AleKasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Belgian Ale
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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #15
Ranked #1,618
4.22 | pDev: 10.43%
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Belgian AleKasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Belgian Ale
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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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.3/5  rDev -45.5%
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

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Photo of DylanBrkhff
2.97/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of montbason
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of VABA
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Muddy brown body with ruby red tinges and half a finger of almond head

S - Baker's chocolate, subtle dark fruits, flowers

T - More traditional quad here with dark fruits, raisins, figs, and dates. Dark chocolate fudge taste.

F - Full. Some warming, but no booziness.

O - Interesting flavor combo. Individually the chocolate and quad were quite nice, but as a team, it didnt blow wind up my dress. Worth a try.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage; drank 1/1/16 @ the Yarchives.

Dark purple/brown appearance; some light shone through when held up to a lamp.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; decent lace.

Roasted coffee bean, sweet milk chocolate, caramel, banana & plum notes in the nose; awesome!

Medium thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Freshly roasted coffee bean & sweet milk chocolate flavors up front; banana & clove notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Strong flavors with a nice balance between sweet & dry; bravo!

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Photo of josanguapo
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

De Tercertiempocervezas. En copa Kasteel. Viendo Sex Education 1x06. Rica mezcla de alcohol y chocolate con algo de metal. Alcohol y chocolate se notan bastante pero el chocolate compensa muy bien el elevado alcohol. Gana cuanto mas tomas De Tercertiempocervezas. En copa Kasteel. Viendo Sex Education 1x06. Rica mezcla de alcohol y chocolate con algo de metal. El chocolate compensa muy bien el elevado alcohol. Gana cuanto mas tomas de ella

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Photo of lmaduells
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A beer in which I have found somewhat unbalanced elements. A very hard smell, alcohol not very well assimilated. A good beer that wants to differentiate from classics with chocolate but I think it is in a good attempt

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Photo of OlaB
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark-brown color with a medium top of beige head that dissolves rapidly.
Aroma is of milk-chocolate, tofee, coffee, vanilla, caramel, raisins and bread. Almost cake like.
The taste follows the nose with sweet and malty roasted tones in the flavour. The chocolate, coffee, caramel ect. lays strong in the background. The finish has a slight bitterness mixed with the roasted feel in the back and leaves a long aftertaste. It,s kind of a strange flavour combination in a quad, but it works very good. Mouthfeel is creamy,silky and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A very nice and enjoyable example of a quadruple.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got at Total Wine in University Park, FL. I was looking for La Trappe Quad and they were sold out so they recommended this one. Never had a chocolate quad before. Smell of cocoa nibs. Feel is nice with a little bite from the alcohol. Taste up front is a little tart with plum and dark fruit and on the back end is the chocolate.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.33/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cuerpo medio y carbonatación baja. Aroma tostado, con un poco de caramelo y café. En boca se siente un poco de toffee pero a la vez frutos secos que dejan una sensación amarga y poco agradable.

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Photo of scottwood
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My initial impression was that this was more of a caramel stout/porter (albeit a lovely one) than a Belgian Quad... but the non-immediately-obvious Belgian underpinnings do seem to provide greater drinkability compared to a similar ABV American-style stout. It wasn't what I expected based on the label, but I'd call it a good surprise. If you don't like caramel-forward beers your mileage may vary.

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Photo of Storm_Rryder
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's good but a bit confusing, it does not taste like a Belgian and with the chocolate/coffee flavor it's like trying to be a stout but it isn't. Still tasty, just it's odd.

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Photo of ChugNBeerz
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad for first time after a huge meal meatball sandwich and inferno chicken wings.
This 8oz Belgian Chocolate Ale was the perfect compliment to the meal , better than Belgian Chocolate cake for dessert.
It is a five star Ale with a great combination of chocolate flavor intruced to to the Belgian Ale.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was left feeling like this was an american palate assault on a beloved classic style. Bitter coffee with the yeasts followed by huge sugary dark fudge note. I guess the quad dark fruits are buried under there somewhere. Has some earthy base flavors, but otherwise nothing really special. The smell especially was coffee and roasted malt, not quad like at all. If you want the sweet stout flavors in a different mouthfeel, this is for you.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. the beer pours a dark chocolate brown color with fizzy beige head of 1.5 cm foaming up and then fading to a sturdy edge layer with one large island in the center of my glass.
The aroma is rich and fairly sweet with chocolate and some roasted malt and a bit of vanilla and ready cookie aroma. No hops and the booze is pretty well hidden at this point.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture and sort of thick body. the carbonation is soft and fine and rolls gently across my palate with each mouthful.
Flavor is sweet and chocolatey with some hints of vanilla and roasted coffee too, but just enough to balance the sweetness of the beer. I dont get any hops and the booze is very well hidden on this glass of 11%brew.
I dont get any Belgian character on this one and find it to be chocolate dominant. Its good, but I hoped there would be a little more complexity from the yeast or Belgian candi or something.
It is fairly one dimensional, good for what it is but was hoping for more.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades slowly leaving a trace lace. Dark brown color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor follows almost sweet chocolate. Higher ABV (11.0%) is hidden. $7.99 for a 750ml caged and corked bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of sjrider
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap- pours a dark molasses cola color with a finger of bubbly beige head leaving a bit of lacing. Nose is layers of chocolate with coffee and toasty malt. Taste follows, the flavors are very complex and interwoven. Smooth and delicious, the abv is well hidden.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have wanted to try this for a while now. Excited to finally get around to it.
Pours out a cola color with a light tan crown that is fizzing vigorously.
Without even putting it to my nose I smell the aroma. Then putting it to my nose brings chocolate galore. Seems like layers and layers of different chocolate, not just one. Coffee and roast in there as well.
The taste opens up with the chocolate right off the bat. Then turns into this amazing caramel coffee flavor. Has a quality that is reminiscent of peanut butter & chocolate. Like a tag a long. Vanilla is even in there as well along with a nice presence of balanced alcohol too, and I never say that. This is a complex beer with multiple dimensions.
This is so smooth and creamy. Chocolate stays on the lips. It's got a great warming sensation to it. Medium bodied. Carbonation is perfect.
Overall, this is what I needed today. I can see myself picking this up very often. I wouldn't say there is anything wrong with this beer.

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Photo of qjholler
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.
A) Looks lighter coming out of the bottle than it does in the glass. The head is a light tan and dissipates pretty quickly, not leaving much lacing behind. The body settles as a dark brown, as one might expect from a beer with chocolate in the name. Opaque when held up to the light.
S) The scent of chocolate is immediately apparent without being overbearing. Some fig notes mix with an aroma of dark coffee, with a slight hint of the 11% ABV following the roasty sweetness of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit.
T) Again, chocolate comes to the fore right away. This sweetness is balanced out by some coffee, although not as much as I had expected from the smell. The taste of chocolate fades into a fruitier fig taste mixed with a nice malt flavor. Coffee is much more noticeable in the aftertaste, and the alcohol taste comes in a bit at the end, providing a warm reminder of just how strong this beer is. Delicious and complex, with far more to offer than I've included in this description.
M) The carbonation isn't too effervescent and the body is rather more light than I had anticipated. I quite enjoy it though. The sweetness of the beer doesn't stick to the inside of the mouth like some beers are guilty of, but the subtly energetic carbonation and soft warmth of alcohol linger on the tongue in a consummately pleasant manner.
O) Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. I bought this beer after looking through my local superstore's selection of Belgian offerings, and I could hardly be happier with it. It's sweet without being cloying, strong without being overpowering, and complex without overdoing it and muddling the core flavors. Truly a wonderful beer, and one I'll surely buy again (when I feel like splashing the $12 on a bottle, that is).

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into glass. No bottling date information found on label or on bottle.
Dark brown colored body with some reddish edges when presented to light. Minimal light brown, fizzy head quickly disappears. A very thin ring appears and is supported by rising bubbles. No lacing.
Aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, with some reference to dark fruits. Chocolate and coffee aromas are strong.
Taste is dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Supported by dark roasted malts and sweeter caramel taste. A little bit of tangy dark fruit toward the end of the sip. A whiff of a taste close to cinnamon.
Fuller mouth feel. Beer is well balanced but has strong aroma and tastes. Carbonation is low. Toward the dry side with the higher ABV.
Is this a "pastry" quad? The higher ABV and supporting flavors are those of a Belgian quad but the coffee and chocolate could be viewed as adjuncts, as experienced in a lot of U.S. RIS's with additional flavors. Still a very solid beer, and tasty, but one must like dark roast coffee to enjoy this beer.

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