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