Kasteel Raspbarista Chocolate Quad
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #82
Ranked #9,521
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
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Photo of Swizzz
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells like a raspberry popsicle stick taste like it too just like you licked a raspberry popsicle stick with a dry wood flavor and a little bit of raspberry flavor but the feel is good just like you're drinking a crisp Cherry Coke besides that this beer is not doing it for me one and done for sure maybe it was just a really old bottle ?

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Photo of TonyLema1
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: deep brown color, tan head, nice lacing
S: tart raspberries predominate
T: Raspberry, chocolate,
F: bubbly, slightly boozy
O: not as good as the original, at least to my recollection, but it’s tasty

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cherry cola with a thin, off-white head. Good carbonation.
Smell of dark fruit, fig, malt and sharp alcohol.
Chocolate and raspberry for sure. Alcohol in abundance. Sharp alcohol taste. Skunky.
Big dissapointment. Maybe a bad bottle?

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Photo of EMH73
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cola in color with a quarter inch beige head that settles quickly to a ring and leaves small spots of lacing. Smells like a chocolate covered raspberry jelly roll, Taste is very raspberry forward, with semi-sweet chocolate right behind it and some light roast coffee flavor, brown sugar and toffee. Medium bodied and carbonation, creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours a clear deep amber, mahogany, good foam and lacing.

Smells of sweet and tart raspberries, candi sugar goes a bit over the top with the sweet notes. Alcohol hidden well in the smell.

Taste reflects the smell, has a peculiar creaminess to it and the alcohol is more apparent. Thinking, a fruity Quad isn't for me. Not the way that this is executed..

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate raspberry softness. The chocolate gives way to the flight raspberry flavor, but it is soft. The color is like coke and the lacing is nice. Very good beer, everyone shoujd try.

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Photo of tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, dark brown in color with one inch head. Taste is medium roast coffee, semi-sweet toffee, and raspberry cordial…get raspberry jam and raspberry liquor. High carbonation, medium-heavy bodied, sweet and roasty. A luxurious beer that is finely crafted. Really happy I splurged on this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. "Kasteel RaspBarista Raspberry Chocolate Quad"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked & caged, cork marked 2017
$15.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. "Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$5.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

I thought for this review I'd do two beers side by side, the Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad and the Kasteel RaspBarista Raspberry Chocolate Quad. My guess is that they're both the same beer with raspberries, or raspberry flavor added to the second one. Interestingly enough, nowhere on either label does it say anything about flavorings so I guess they've got to be brewed with real ingredients, right?

They both have the same appearance. A very dark brown body that looks black in the full glass is topped by a creamy finger-thick head of tan. It might be my imagination, or it might be the lighting but the head on the raspberry beer looks just slightly lighter in color. Over a period of a few minutes they've both dropped and condensed, but they still have a completely solid cap, and actually appear creamier. The raspberry seems a little bit fuller and creamier, whereas the straightforward chocolate version has some bubbles mixed into it. That could have to do with the cleanliness of the glasses, although it appears that the raspberry version also offers better lacing. Is it possible that it might also have a bit more carbonation? Does the bottle size affect the beer? The raspberry was in a 750 ml bottle that was corked and caged. Moving on...

The chocolate quad clearly displays chocolate in the nose, and the raspberry chocolate clearly displays raspberry. If you look closer there is some chocolate to the raspberry version but it's not nearly as strong as it is in the regular chocolate version. Hmmm. Perhaps they start as the same quad but then both have different additions. A bit more chocolate in the chocolate quad might explain why its head and lacing don't seem quite as nice as the raspberry. It might be that the oils from the chocolate are stifling it. Regardless, both have bright, captivating aromas. On to the flavor...

What was found in the nose remains true in the mouth, the chocolate version is quite chocolatey over a dark malt "quad" base whereas the raspberry is the main note in the RaspBarista and the chocolate only follows it. It's so strong in fact that it's almost at the point of being too much, and between the two I think that the straightforward chocolate version is probably the more drinkable throughout an entire glass. The raspberry even seems to stick in the mouth. It also seems a little hotter, which is odd because they both offer the same 11.0% alcohol by volume. Could it again have to do with the difference between a smaller capped bottle and a larger corked and caged bottle? So what else?...

They both seem to have roughly the same mouthfeel: medium-full in body and creamy smooth. It's hard to say even with toggling back and forth between the two, but I think that the chocolate version seems a little bit fuller and creamier than the raspberry, and that perhaps the raspberry has a hint more carbonation. Again, could this be the packaging? I should have sought out a 750 ml bottle of the chocolate quad so they both would have matched.

Overall, both beers are quite magnificent. The Chocolate Quad delivers a rich, malty experience with notes of chocolate, toffee, a hint of coffee-like roastiness, and Belgian yeast character that's backed by a moderate bitterness and warming finish from the alcohol. It could easily work as a dessert beer on it's own, or pair well with plenty of dishes, not just desserts, even becoming an ingredient, or simply as a rich beer to be enjoyed at anytime of the day or night. The RaspBarista is a touch more aggressive in its raspberry, and seemingly sweeter, or at least a little bit tarter, but also a touch more bitter as well. Either beer is definitely worth trying, and probably worth the effort of seeking out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We've all had a taste of chocolate covered cherries, but with the help of Van Honsebrouch we've now had a taste of chocolate covered raspberries! ...and covered with coffee. Smothered with red wine, and dark fruit, vinous spice... you know -the complexities go on and on.

Raspbarista is likely how the beer will be called as it pours with a richer than usual burgundy and garnet depth. As a creamy dense foam builds, the scent of strong raspberries permeate the chocolate, wine and sorghum scent of grain for a spicy fragrance with faint peat and toast. Sweetness glosses over the tongue with a film of molasses, brown sugar and hard candy.

As the sweetness loosens its grip, the spice of red wine, peppercorn , nutmeg and cinnamon rise to give the ale a reprieve from the grain sugars. Strong raspberry flavors dominate the show while nuances of cranberry, red grape, juniper and currant suggests a stronger and more savory finish.

Full on the palate and implying an aura of a luxurious flavor and feel, the dessert-like ale is open and inviting for invigoration in smooth texture. It's a wonderfully flavorful, well balanced yet simplified taste that lingers long and lean on a spicy and toasty after palate.

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Photo of Lucular
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Lures Bar & Grille. An interesting beer for sure. Plenty of chocolate and raspberry flavor with some coffee as well. Oddly enough the chocolate came across as Tootsie Roll flavor, slightly artificial. Kind of odd but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big juicy and lightly tart/tangy raspberries, raisin, plum, fig, date, black cherry, red grape, pear, apple, light pepper/clove, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, dark/brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light smoke/herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of raspberries, chocolate, coffee, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge juicy and lightly tart/tangy raspberries, raisin, plum, fig, date, black cherry, red grape, pear, apple, light pepper/clove, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, dark/brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light smoke/herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light peppery yeast spiciness, herbal/roast bitterness, and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of raspberries, dark fruits, black cherry, red grape, pear, apple, pepper, clove, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, dark/brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light smoke/herbal, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, chocolate, coffee, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and tart/tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly acidic/tangy, and slightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 11%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited Belgian quadrupel! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, chocolate, coffee, fruity/spicy yeast, candi sugar, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. A bit more impressive than the base beer overall. Same similar rich and perfectly balanced complexities of yeast, malt, chocolate, and coffee; but the added blend of Framboise lightened up the body, making it much smoother; and added additional tangy fruit complexity as well. Never overly sweet/heavy feeling. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

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Kasteel Raspbarista Chocolate Quad from Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 37 ratings