Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad

Quadrupel Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

3.5

Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad, a Belgian Quadrupel by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad is a Quadrupel brewed by Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V. under the brand name Kasteel. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a dark chestnut brown with no light showing through. It’s capped by an inch-thick head of cream-colored foam that persists briefly. Patches of residue, lace, and a thin collar remain after the reduction.

Aroma

The aroma is decidedly sweet with a scent of chocolate; punched with booze.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of mocha; creamy chocolate blended with a light coffee. Dark fruit and toffee add to the sweetness before transitioning to a mild bitterness from hops and coffee. The palate then mellows with an earthy lemon tea flavor. Its finish is sweet with more creamy chocolate and a warmth of booze.

Mouthfeel

The feel is smooth and creamy with a rich, full body and a little less than moderate carbonation. Its sweetness sticks to the roof of the mouth and its dry finish is warm with alcohol.

Overall

The Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad tastes more like a decadent dessert than a traditional Belgian Quad. But put that aside and what you have is a well-crafted brew. Its feel doesn’t have quite enough carbonation expected for the style but its smoothness suits the concept. Its aroma is pleasant and though its palate might be too sweet for some, it is delicious.

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About the Quadrupel

The Belgian Quadrupel or simply Quad is a name given to the strongest of the Trappist and Abbey ales. La Trappe pioneered the Quad while a nearly identical brew, the Abt, was crafted by Westvleteren and that beer would become St. Bernardus. Its color ranges from a garnet to brown and its aroma and palate are rich with sweet malt, fruity esters, and moderately spicy phenols. Its bitterness is typically mild at best and instead, the focus is on its malt character and strong alcohol. Comparatively, the Quadrupel is stronger and more intensely flavored than the Dubbel and Tripel.