Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Brouwerij Castle Van Honsebrouck of Belgium

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Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad Brouwerij Castle Van Honsebrouck of Belgium is a 11% ABV Belgian Quadrupel brewed with Belgian Chocolate and Coffee.

Kasteel Winter (Now known as Kasteel Barista Chocolate Quad) is a unique departure from the standard Christmas ales known for their potpourri of cinnamon and clove. In fact, it stands alone as one of the most decadent and elegant Quadruples of Belgium in its own right. This 11% ABV beer pours a Chestnut brown with an off-white head. The nose is rich, with a warming scent of Coffee, Toffee, and Dried Fruits. The mouthfeel is rich and sweet like that of melted candy. The key ingredients to this delicacy is Belgian Chocolate and Coffee…noteworthy phrases in any brewers handbook. All of these elements come together to provide an after taste reminiscent of a tootsie roll.


Ramirez Liquor of Boyle Heights definitely has some esoteric brews. It was there that I once found quad straight from a small town in Belgium. I’m referring to the Straffe Hendrik’s bourbon barrel quad which came in a magic crate as the legend told. Well, maybe not so much a legend but the story the dude that works there told me it was definitely pretty enticing. So here is another magical beer, this time from Castle Brewery of Van Honsenbrouck in Belgium. A chocolate quadruple that is actually made with real Belgian Chocolate and Coffee. Such a unique specimen cannot be passed up and it is one that I was glad they still had when I went to pick it up at Ramirez. So let us check this one out and see what it has to offer. Cheers!

Dark Chocolate, Mocha Coffee, tootsie roll chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, appuccino, steamed milk Butterscotch, Coffee Candy, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, dark fruit raisins, currants, plums, figs, rock candy, candi sugar, hazelnut nectar, stone fruit peaches, fruit cake, bananas, bubblegum, ginger bread, toffee, clove spice and pecan pie.

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, chocolate mocha coffee, cappuccino, steamed milk Butterscotch, Coffee Candy, Dulce de Leche caramel, dark fruit raisins, currants, plums, figs, rock candy, candi sugar, vanilla, pecan pie, rich tootsie roll chocolate, brown sugar, fruit cake notes, bubble gum, cinnamon, ginger bread, toffee, stone fruit peaches, apricots, earthy hop notes, rye bread, orange hints, banana notes, clove spice, coriander, hazelnut nectar, toasted chestnuts and flan hints.

Coffee, mocha, tootsie roll chocolate, earthy bitterness, caramel and dark fruits linger. No alcohol in the taste, Deep dark crimson medium body, silky smooth, velvety, creamy and syrupy mouthfeel and a sipping drinkability.

A supreme and exceptional quad. A quadruple that is basically perfected by Belgians and also perfected with the sweet Belgian Chocolate and Coffee that really comes through and through with every sip. I couldn’t help it but this beer tasted so damn good. The fact that it had chocolate and it was my favorite style just added more and more depth. Ofcourse, with a change in temperature comes a change in the flavors as they evolve into much richer and creamier complexities. If you love Belgian Quads, do yourself a favor and go get this tootsie, coffee, berry delight!

Anime Corner:
Ryuuko Matoi from Kill La Kill and original character abbey art were used in this pairing for different reasons. To start, this Quad was way too exceptional to pass up especially using the Ryuuko artwork where she is eating some chocolate. Her colors for the quad and label and the chocolate combine together to execute a pairing that is pretty damn exquisite! As for the original medieval/ abbey characters represent a tribute to the monks of Belgium but also a tribute to the medieval days of beer. Also since the beer is made in a castle, it fits ever more perfect. Since this was a special quadruple, I figured it fits just right. Also, that character represents different flavors especially cherries!


Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout by Deep Ellum Brewing

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Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout by Deep Ellum Brewing is an 8% ABV Cherry Chocolate Chocolate Porter.

What a Mouthful!
Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout.
Our logical offering for a passionate time of year.

8% ABV 27 IBUs

Who says Brewers can’t pluck your heartstrings? We’ll play right to your heart (and palette and belly) by taking our already smooth and rich Double Brown Stout and taking out to a night on the town. By adding real Red Tart and Dark Sweet Cherries at the beginning of fermentation and **(Organic/Fair Trade) cocoa nibs at the end of conditioning, once a year we treat our Double Brown Stout lavishly. Don’t be a selfish lover, share with this someone special.

Style: Cherry Chocolate Baltic Porter
Hops: US Goldings, Mt. Hood, US Northern Brewer, Summit
Malts: Pale Ale, Munich light, Brown, Munich Dark, Oats, C rystal Rye, Extra Dark Crystal, Dehusked Chocolate
Yeast: California Lager
Other: Blackstrap Molasses, Red Tart & Dark Sweet Cherry Puree’, Cocoa Nibs
Packages: 50L, 1/6th bbl

A very special limited release that can only come from Texas! It is all thanks to my friend Aaron at www.beermetaldude.com. This is the second time I try a Deep Ellum beer and when I say the first one I tried, Four Swords, it was awesome. Now here is a beer that tell you what it’s gonna be about and there is not much you can do to escape it. This beer looks very seductive and sweet. When my friend Aaron first showed me a picture I was like Holy SHIT YES!!! DO WANT! So now here it is. Straight from the heart of Dallas Texas, traveling to California, here is the review. Cheers to you Aaron and the good folks at Deep Ellum! Thank you !

Rich Cherry cordials, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, Cherry Chocolate cake, toffee, dark fruits, espresso notes, Irish cream notes, raspberries, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, flan hints, hazelnut, almond joy, tootsie rolls, molasses, brown sugar, earthy hops, rye and mild coconut.

Chocolate Tootsie rolls, chocolate cherry cordials, dark and milk chocolate, chocolate cherry cake, roasted espresso coffee, earthy hops, Irish cream notes, raspberries, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, hazelnut, almond joy, molasses, brown sugar, rye, coconut hints, flan, dark fruits like raisins, and prunes.

Chocolate, cherry, raspberry hints, Roasted coffee, earthy hop bitterness and caramel.No alcohol in the taste. A moderate to sipping drinkabilty with a creamy mouthfeel.

I am a sucker for sweet cherry chocolate and seductive beers. What can I say . This ones out there! IT really has a rich complexity of sweets and enough coffee and earthy hops to keep everything in check but this is mainly a sweet awesome beer. If you somehow end up in Texas or were very fortunate enough to get this limited piece or can trade for it, GET IT! It is really is delicious and awesome.

Anime Corner:
Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann was used in this pairing because I kinda wanted to sensualize the sexual cherry chocolate aspect that this beer brings. The label colors and the flavors pair all. Way too well that is is scary but pleasant. Perfect in all ways yes! The style of the art work used in the label and how it uses splashes of colors definitely pairs well. Yoko Represents all the cherry, chocolate and dark fruit of the beer.


Couverteur by the Bruery

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*NOTE: Please be advised that this beer was removed from production due to lactobasillicus found in the beer. This review rating was set at the time beer was fresh!

Couverteur by the Bruery is an 8% ABV Belgian Dubbel brewed with Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Beans.

Couverteur is a Belgian-style dubbel that has been fermented with cacao nibs and vanilla beans adding a layer of chocolatey complexity to the malt rich ale. Couverteur is best enjoyed fresh. Please store in a cool, dry place. The ideal serving temperature is 50° F (7° C). Best served in a tulip or wine glass.

The name I believe is in reference to Belgian Chocolates, a type of Belgian Chocolate brand or something that is Coveted. I could not find much information on the name but this information I found definitely seems to find the description. As part of the preserve or reserve society too, this beer can be obtained from the Bruery’s online store. This would the be time to sign up if you want to try out this beer. A Belgian Dubbel with cacao nibs and vanilla? Starting to remind me of Seme De La Vita Tripel, except that one has pistachio and vanilla beans. Either way, let us see just how sweet this beer can be.

Belgian Chocolate, Chocolate Yoohoo, Milk chocolate powder, dark fruits like raisins and prunes, dulce de leche caramel, vanilla, cherries, candi sugars, toffee, pecan pie, tootsie rolls, bananas, clove spice, biscuit bread, peanut butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Milk shake Chocolate, dark cherry, dark fruit raisins, prunes, vanilla, rocky road ice cream, marshmallow, cinnamon, peanut butter hints, dulce de leche caramel, candi sugar, pecan pie, toffee, tootsie rolls, bananas, clove spice, biscuit bread, brown sugar, nutmeg, all spice and wafflecone.

Chocolate Vanilla, caramel, dark fruit hints and biscuit bread with a somewhat dry finish. Easy to moderate drinkability, no alcohol in the taste and medium mouthfeel.

Simply amazing!! Definitely getting that extra credit with the whole tasting closer to chocolate aspect as it goes. The Dubbel is there but the chocolate and vanilla does lend the extra hand to remind you that yes, this is a chocolate dubbel. The beer is very good and I have to say I like it because of the chocolate. If you do not like chocolate or at least more natural chocolate flavors, then this beer may not be the one for you and you want to try a different dubbel. For those that love chocolate and dubbels, this is a real treat!!

Anime Corner:
Etna from Disgaea makes a return into the beer pairings because I wanted to do something for her in terms of pairing her with a Bruery beer and also to the fact that she fits the bill in terms of the label and the overall sweetness of chocolate and vanilla that the beer has to offer. While the ABV is not over the top or super duper complex, it is still very rich for what it is and as the picture shows, Etna, quite like Couverteur explodes with rich flavors.


Raspberry Brown by Lost Coast Brewery

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Raspberry Brown by Lost Coast Brewery is a Brown Ale brewed with natural raspberry flavor

Brown Ale with natural raspberry flavor. A chocolate Brown Ale with the essence of ripe red raspberries, made with malted barley, chocolate and caramel malts, hops, and natural raspberry flavor. Raspberry Brown is perishable. Keep refrigerated and drink when fresh.

Bottled 04/26/2013. May not be as fresh, but I will give it the benefit of a doubt. You see, I picked this up for review because during one of my outings when trying different beers, I came across this one. I have had other Lost Coast beers but have not had a chance to put these on my blog. They are are pretty good beers. This one was very rich in raspberry

Aromas are of chocolate, rich raspberry tootsie rolls, caramel, toffee, pecans, hazelnuts and brown sugar.

Flavors are of dark chocolate, raspberries, bitter coffee notes, caramel, tootsie rolls and tootsie pops, hazelnuts, cherry candy, biscuit bread, butterscotch, buttered toast, pecans, milk chocolate notes and toffee.

Aftertaste is kind of like tootsie rolls and remains for a bit before fading, easy to drink, sweet mostly.

Overall, I liked this beer on what it was meant for. A sweet chocolate dessert. Maybe not super complex like some of the more awesome raspberry or cherry beers (Yes I am looking at you Bourbon County Cherry Rye :P) but it gets the job done. When I first drank this I liked the sweetness of it, maybe not the complexity but the sweetness. It is no overpowering but easy to drink with mild to moderate flavors. To me it was very good and I am sticking with it. Creamy, fruity, sweet and mildly velvety. Delicious stuff if you choose to see it that way. Love my sweet beers .