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Winter Koninck - Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-09-2003)
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 01:40:17 | More by NeroFiddled
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TPoling

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter Koninck has a deep tan head and gives off a scent of roasted malt intertwined with fresh hay and spice.

There is an earthiness to this ale that is appropriate for its origins. There is a lot of body and an overwhelming flavor of coriander that is balanced well by the maltiness. I am surely keeping the cork in at least one bottle in a cool dark place for a taste next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 20:44:26 | More by TPoling
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John_M

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours almost a cream soda amber orange color with very good head retention and fair lacing. The beer is pretty malty and sweet on the nose, but with some underlying rootbeer and tangerine. The beer smells pretty good. On the palate this beer is very pleasant. My initial reaction is that it's pretty simple and one dimensional, but as it sits in my glass I get banana, coconut, butterscotch and ranier cherry. Not so simple after all; it's just not made in a blockbuster style. The beer is very light on its feet and is not the least bit tiring or heavy. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and it finishes very well. This beer is very easy to drink, with an abv. that is almost unnoticeable.

Very solid beer from De Koninck.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2008 00:41:40 | More by John_M
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

01-26-2014 01:18:23 | More by hockeyfighter19
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drewbage

California

4.18/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on Draft at Lucky Baldwin's in a Moinette glass.

Dark amber beer with intense cherry red highlight with a low white head that sticks to the glass with a splat.

Nose is of dried cherries mixed with walnuts for a deep earthy background not.

Flavor is soft and malty with a waxy rose and cherry candy flavor.

The beer in the mouth is incredibly fluffy with a long lingering cherry pit like touch.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2003 08:40:37 | More by drewbage
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I spend some serious time just marveling at this beautifully lambent piece of copper/cherry glass. Bubbles coat much of the interior of the glass. Strangely enough, the big finely foamy head looks almost exactly like the one on the pint of Bear Republic XP Pale Ale I just had! On this one, however, the head stays perfectly flat as it shrinks away. The smell is rather medicinal with cherry overtones, and carries a slight sourness.

The taste is medicinal, but this medicine is unusually welcoming and inoffensive. In that regard it reminds me of Maredsous 8. It's certainly nowhere near as cloying as the smell led me to expect. It's very highly carbonated, but the fineness of the bubbles produces a pleasant tingliness that I feel in my cheeks!

As I drain the glass and admire the spotty and sudsy lacing, I admire the well-balanced progression of tastes. First comes a slightly woody carbonation. Then the somewhat medicinal and slightly syrupy cherry flavor comes along. The long finish brings that bitter, slightly tart cheek-tingling wave. Nothing is underdone or overstated; each phase is ample and well-balanced. I like this stuff a lot. It's very drinkable for its style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2003 21:09:03 | More by Weissenheimer
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in various places in Antwerp, Belgium, but this reviewed bottle was had in Oud Arsenaal.

This beer poured a slightly hazy, garnet color with creamy, light brown foam that was slow to settle and clung to the glass in spots. The smell was malty with a touch of vinous Munich maltiness. The taste was nicely malty with a light sweetness and fruitiness as well as a bit of vinousness. The mild hoppiness came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth with medium-full body and good carbonation (crisp up front). Overall a very nice beer, and very drinkable around town in Antwerp.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 19:25:36 | More by UncleJimbo
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Gusler

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2004 19:35:43 | More by Gusler
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 19:19:21 | More by Pegasus
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silenius

Illinois

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 04:56:58 | More by silenius
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +14.6%

09-02-2012 15:40:43 | More by t0rin0
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +14.6%

07-13-2012 14:36:29 | More by rekel
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.6%

11-25-2011 13:42:33 | More by Rochefort10nh
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced fair lacing. Moderate nutty malt and yeast aroma. Medium body with flat carbonation. Moderate spicy sweet&sour flavor with medium sweet & sour finish of moderate duration.

Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 14:35:22 | More by tmoneyba
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer tonight at a restaurant where i live. Me and Mrs. Brabander went out for a bite. I asked the waitress for the tapbeers and she mentioned this one. I can remember i had this on from the bottle and that was not really a success. This tapversion was different!

Poured in the original chalice the beers looks very well. Nice one finger head and a black fluid. Roasted malts all over the place but in a decent way.

Easy drinkable with hints of chocolate (Very far away in the taste). A totally different beer on tap!

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 23:07:29 | More by Brabander
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/12/04, so I'm over a year late. The color is a hazy, dark cherry red with a large, light brown head. Thick chunks of sediment float around in the beer. Aroma has a vague spice smell atop of dark malts and alcohol. Taste has a dark earthy malt flavor joined by a sweet, sugary Belgian flavor. The taste also has a bit of dark fruit and cola flavors. A touch of alcohol is in the mix throughout. Towards the finish a ribbon of spice pops in. Good stuff here, I wish everything this far past it's "best by" date were this good. Overall malt flavor could have been stronger, but this was enjoyably subtle.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 00:20:19 | More by Gagnonsux
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Minotaur

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 01:47:12 | More by Minotaur
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twilight

Germany

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark but clear ruby color with slightly lacy head. The nose is fruity, quite sweet with what appears to be an overload of spices. The body is light and sweet, spiced beyond belief, but not so much that it overcomes the beer. I mean, this a good Belgian strong, the kind with arms that don't crush you in their embrace. I understand why this is a winter seasonal. The spicing is like apple pie without the apples. Sugarplum fairies? perhaps. I like the way it coats the tongue with flavorful spices. Kind of reminds me of a tripel in that way....

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 23:16:24 | More by twilight
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy, dark burgundy color with a small, foamy, light brown head. It left soapy, sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and somewhat fruity. There were notes of candy sugar, as well.

T - It had sweet biscuity malts with some candy sugar sweetness coming through. Good spiciness and yeasty kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that is pretty easy drinking.

D - This is a good Belgian. Good balance of malty sweetness and spice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 02:34:05 | More by zeff80
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kbub6f

New York

3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been a little underwhelmed by the de Koninck stuff, but I was happy to see the Winter Koninck. There's a good chance for a little more oomph. Let's see...

Clear, jewel-red beer; a touch orangey. A medium-sized, tan, noisy head. Peanuts in the nose and a little tangy. Grainsy front, grapes, a bit sweet. Foamy middle is quite wine-like. More roasty grains in the finish. Nice bitterness. Is that apples? This is a decent, wine-like, grainsy beer. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 04:34:24 | More by kbub6f
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice effort but a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for more spice, a bigger mouthfeel, and a dark-- almost black-- color.
Instead, the beer is a copper brown with a thin head and plenty of carbonation.
The flavors are muted but very pleasant. Lots of sweetness, a hint of bitterness, a nice yeast. No spice notes or other flavors that I could detect, yet the glass was empty in no time.
For now I'll stick to the "Blond Koninck", though.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 13:56:05 | More by MAB
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 14:31:59 | More by ImusBeer
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Katahdin

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a nice amber color and the aroma is definitely sweet, like one would expect from a candy factory. The initial taste has flavors of fruits such as cherries, pears and maybe even some raisins. Finishes with a lingering aftertaste of spices but not overwhelmingly so. The carbonation is a bit thin so one tends to drink it a bit faster than most Belgians but overall has favorable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 21:04:56 | More by Katahdin
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dauss

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. Date stamped on the bottle, 10 12 04. Cork came out quite easily and almost gushed over when it came off.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber ruby. A small light tan head rests on top.

Smell: lots of plums, malt, brown sugar, and alcohol. Very pleasant.

Taste: malty and very sweet, maybe a little too sweet. More brown sugar, with a clean, sweet, and a slight astringency. Light mixture of spices, very subtle and hard to pull apart, but I think there's a little cinnamon. Alcohol is barely detectable at 6.5%.

Notes: Body is a little on the thin side. A little too sweet. Strong carbonation affects the drinkability. It's a fairly good beer, but I've had better belgians.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 05:52:11 | More by dauss
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

03-29-2013 17:27:40 | More by JohnK17
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Winter Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
80 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.