Winter Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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Winter KoninckWinter Koninck

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Koninck NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-09-2003)
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Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other reviews gave me the impression this beer was only mediocre, but I did like it.

Best by date of Dec. 10, 2004.

It pours a clear copper color with a big long lasting head.

Smell is light fruitcake with light spices. Sweeter malt overtones predominate with just a hint of spice in there.

Taste is little weak, but still nice. I did not get the impression this beer was too sweet. It is nicely sweet with some spice to partially balance it. Hop flavor in there as well.

Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated without being prickly. Nice scrubbing bubbles.

I had no problem finishing this and would consider getting another. Not a winter warmer by any means, but a nice spiced slightly sweeter beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to say I expected alot more from this beer,pours a medium brown with a decent creamy head,aroma was really smokey with some spiced cherries in their as well.The taste was not that pleasant seemed to be very medicinal with those smokey hints in there as well with a light nutmeg flavor that seemed to linger after swallowing.I wont get again but glad I tried it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper brown mahogany in color wiht a nice full sized off white head leaves a nice amount of lacing that is intricate in design. Aroma: Stiff hop profile with the malt smelling similar to leather or maybe even some spent caramel malts if it's lucky with a slightly citrus account to tell of. Taste: Very blunt and in your face bitter and off I can't ever remember a big bottle that I disliked as much as this one. I can't deal with this some underlying spice is just no good here scores poorly across the board. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied overcaerbonated. Drinkability: Blah look for anyother winter ale and you'll be happy with what you went for.

Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap, Torando, San Fransisco. Typical Belgian yeast, smells like a spicier De Koninck, candy malts, some caramel, some pepper and spice, soft texture, with a lightly tart finish, not too bad, but typically De Koninck and a little sweet to tell you the truth, quite a lot of carbonation aswell.

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice drinking Belgian. Some spice yeasty malty aroma and that's in the taste, along with sugar. Cellared for a year or so. Very much sweet dessert, went fast. Whitish body with good head. Above average mouthfeel from creamy caramel. Some cinammon.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crystal clear, scarlet-tinted deep-amber body rests gently beneath a tall head of rocky off-white foam that holds well and initially leaves thin, creamy rings and splashes of lace about the glass. The nose expresses the typical, dryish spice character of De Koninck. In the flavor, dried dark fruits (prune, raisin) and subtle yeasty spice (sublime cinnamon) appear before a well-balanced, solid bitterness comes into play. It's a touch musty; and there's a very deep caramelization to its subtly sweet toasty malt before leafy hops appear. It finishes dry with a touch of fruit, earth, and must. An enjoyable beer that tempts with its subtle complexities and satiates while beckoning another sip. Excellent drinkability rounds things out. Not unlike the other De Koninck beera, it's not a head turner but the bottle will empty surprisingly quickly. Great during the holidays before, during, and after a meal.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in an 11oz pour, dark reddish with a slight offwhite head. A bit hard to see through but still no hazy.

The smell of maple, malt and honey. Hints of blueberry? possibly and of Molassas in the taste. A bit of whiskey oak flavours as well?

The mouth was a little winey with a whiskey like feel but without the heavy alcohol sting. It's a very nice sipping beer, not that heavy on the spice for a winter brew.

Photo of Imbiber
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Mark Bar, Brooklyn, a couple of weeks ago (notes taken).

Dark amber to brown with a minimal head. Aroma not too distinctive, mildly fruity. Flavour was malty, biscuity, a bit sweet. The biscuit notes lingered (brown malt?), and a mild hoppiness came through in the end. There were hints of spices in evidence too, which I couldn't quite put my finger on.

Not bad but not as distinctive and enjoyable as I had hoped.

Photo of elricorico
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is almost cherry red with a creamy tan head, that leaves plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

The smell hits me as belgian yeast with sour cherry. I really don't find a whole lot there, even though I'm drinking it from a tulip glass.

The taste does nothing for me. I get a metallic flavour that dominates the mouth. A bit tart, a bit dry, but nothing that I'm looking for here. Some medicinal flavour in there as well. None if it is pleasing my palate.

The beer is medium bodied with light carbonation. Not a bad mouthfeel, but leaves a touch of film feeling on the tongue and lips.

It's not that this beer is difficult to drink, but I don't find any reasons to want to drink it. Pretty dissappointing bottle.

Photo of Minotaur
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap into a tulip glass to an orange brown with very light edge coloration. Only a little head that goes away quickly.

Very little aroma: a bit of spice, alcohol, raisin, sourness and hints of malt. But all very faint.

It definitely has saison/bready/wild yeast flavor but extremely balanced in the light malt flavor. It i only verly lightly spiced and I can taste nutmeg,clove and ginger. I had it with snowcrab legs and the initial sour/funkiness vanishes into an alluring pear like sweetness with seafood.

Despite the unusual flavors that come through it is very drinkable and light in the mouth.

Photo of CRJMellor
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark, red and brown a solid ecru head that leaves some scattered lacing.
Aroma of caramle malt, musty hay like notes along with some bread tones and some brown sugar or molasses.
Flavors of earthen malt, almost a dirt and saw dust type taste with some funky, musty yeast hints. Very sweet, just about cloying malty hit. Little bit of coriander as it warms. Way off-balance.
Mouthfeel is sort of light and dusty without any kind of balance or transitions.
Drinkability is very average. just not very appealing at the end of the day. Too much funky sweetness with nothing to balance it out. Saw dust kind of bittering is bland and adds no redeeming quality to the brew.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last bottle sampled from a De Koninck gift pack, poured this one into the chalice as well. Best before date on the back label is 22/09/06.

Pours out a gorgeous copper ruby cherry oak hue, lots of carbonation, and the best head retention I've seen from De Koninck yet. The head rests at a thick creamy off-white bubbly cap and remains that way. A sticky wall of lacing. Sweet toffee malt, cherries, and rum soaked dates and raisins on the nose. Plums and a buttery profile catch my attention shortly after as well. The flavour can't live up to that aroma though, and falls apart quickly. Light buttery toffee malt up front, almost bitter preserved fruits in the middle, with practically an anticlimactic finish. The flavour is subdued and watered down, regardless of what it is aiming for. A buttery coating on the lips for the finish however. Disappointing. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller to what I've become accustomed to from De Koninck's line thus far, fuller and creamier, but still light in its way. The visuals, smells and texture of this beer are very fine, but the flavour is bland bland bland in comparison, cannot maintain the rest of the glory that this ale wishes to tout. It starts off well, but can't keep it up. I'd pass on this one next time. I enjoy a good looking beer, but if the flavour can't follow that up, then there's no point in the end.

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Deluxe
The beer pours deep amber to almost brown color with a modest light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture and the lace a surrounding sheet upon the glass. Nose has a plum like aroma backed up by sweet malt, fresh and clean to the sense, start is sweet with a nice grain profile. Finish is stern in acidity and the hops pleasantly spicy in their bite, quite dry and the aftertaste long lasting, a fine drinking beer, went great with the food.

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing this at egajdzis pre-Kennett party...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a small off white head that fades into a mild cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toffee, yeasty, vanilla, brown sugar, toasted grains, mild cork, and light oxidation that still seems to have a bit of life left.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the caramel, and vanilla as the mainstays in the semi-sweet brew that has just a touch of spicing in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly thin (perhaps due to oxidation), and caramel sweet.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, with a moderate white head, the first pour was free of sediment, the second, although gentle, swirled with chunks of yeast as large as small coins. Thin, finely beaded lace lines the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy, with notes of coriander, alcohol, mild hops, apple peel, dark fruit, earthy yeast, and wood.

Taste: Opens with notes of bitter apple, earth, yeast, and quite earthy undertones as well. There is also a subtle note of bitter chocolate, and some hints of dark fruit. Towards the finish, fairly bitter herbal hop notes appear; these linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: In all, quite well-made beer, certainly suitable for a holiday celebration.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian bomber with a cork and cage closure, served in a 250 ml De Koninck chalice.

Photo of Absumaster
2.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had high hopes of this beer, because I really like De Koninck, but it was not what I expected.

Appearance was OK, a red, brown beer with a thin head.

Smell is lots of caramel, which appears to be artificial, it also gives the impression of nuts and has some medicinal notes. The beer is also very malty and full.

Taste is again lots of the artificial caramel and sweet molasses in combination with a toothaching sweetness. Other than that nothing that sticks out. Undrinkable and poured into the sewer.
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This is a new edition of the Winter Koninck, which has a different recipe from the previous version I reviewed.

Appearance is a dark copper beer with an initial thin head that disappears in time. It leaves absolutely no head. Little visible carbonation.

Smell is malty with a strong caramel maltiness. A light roast. A pleasant yeast profile remiscent of apricots and raspberries. And some chocolate.

Taste is strong malty with a nice caramel maltiness that is a little roasted. The malt is the key player in this beer. Hops are almost absent. The beer has a great drinkability and although this beer has 6,5% it does not show. Indeed a winter version of the regular Koninck

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Karo
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of gtk1989
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Gap Wines, Belfast..

Poured a dark coppery brown colour. Creamy tan head poured pretty sparse and fizzy into a de koninck glass then faded almost instantly to nothing. Quite a lots of big carbonation bubbles shoot to the surface... no lacing...

Aroma - Light caramel maltiness, spicy fruits (figs, raisins, bitter oranges), nice nuttiness, some nutmeg notes, light medicinal / herbal hints, grassy, faint peppery hops...

Taste – Spicy tart fruits (figs, raisins, apples), light nutty sweetness, herbal / anise notes, toasty malts, caramel / toffee, peppery hops, strong breadiness...

Feel - Quite sharp... light / medium body.. pretty drinkable although maybe a little harsh to drink to much...

Overall - A decent brew... nothing groundbreaking but worth a try...

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Winter Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
80 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.