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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
87
very good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002)
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cool Belgian holiday dark here. inky dark brown in color without much head. hardly any light penetrating. the nose is dark fruit, plums and dates and all, dried and sweet, rich brown sugar dark malt and spicy Belgian yeast. the beer is thicker, and its got enough body to hold all these flavors, which alternate and interweave in quite a flattering way. earthy and a touch of smoke as it finishes instead of a residual sugar bomb. a tough brew to drink a lot of, but nice and complex, and different from so many holiday brews. outstanding stuff overall, and it ages well. not quite as epic as their grand cru version, but a lovely winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 16:06:24 | More by StonedTrippin
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is very dark red, only noticeable translucent when held to light. A tan head rests up top and retains as a thick ring.

Belgian yeast, caramel, spice, dried fruits and some cocoa in the scent.

Taste is also focused on dark fruits, caramel and molasses with a light yeast character. Decent spice level, some hops, chocolate, some toastiness, really quite sweet overall.

Good MF, lowish carbonation but silky smooth, not much alcohol.

On the sweet+simple side of Belgian darks but pretty tasty. A nice winter/dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:17:26 | More by Chico1985
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77black_ships

Belgium

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33 cl. bottle sampled @ Bierkaffee ’t Middelpunt in Zolder. Likely vintage. Thx! Dark chestnut, woody, touch black with little mocha head. Nose is full of chocolate, dark fruits, BE yeast, touch syrup, hint esters, lovely & soft, everything you could possibly want. Taste is thick chocolate, lots of ripe & soft BE dark fruits, syrup, chocolate, cake, syrupy, caramel, warming, toffee, hint boozy even. Substantial but easy to drink. Truly impressive within & outside of its style, stellar brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 12:10:39 | More by 77black_ships
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. The beer pours dark toffee brown, becoming opaque in the glass, with a slowly dissipating light tan head. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. There are aromas of roasted malt, juniper, dark fruits like fig and plum, toffee, and some alcohol. I get plenty of roasted malt and bread crust in the flavor with juniper, toffee, fig, and plum. I'm getting some hop bitterness in the back, but the other flavors shine more. The alcohol also does come out a little in the flavor as well. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the alcohol provides a nice warming effect. This is easily drinkable for a beer above 8% ABV. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 01:49:07 | More by acevenom
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very dark beer with a burgundy color. The head is very small and after a few minutes gone.

The smell is dark with notes of figs, candisugar, juniper, caramel malts, bread crust and a light tartness of the yeast. The beer's alcohol is shines through and there is some wood after warming up.

The taste is a sweet, malty beer with some clear juniper berry tastes. The yeast adds a complex taste, which is a bit boozy and like red wine. The typical Kerkom yeast is a classic Belgian yeast that gives a slight tartness, some solvent and spices like clove, ginger and coriander. A wonderfull beer! The mouthfeel is sweet and the beer is sticky on the lips. A true winterbeer!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 20:37:30 | More by Absumaster
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DoubleJ

California

3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Despite a few domestic labels insisting that spring is finally here, I'll go the Belgian way and drink a winter seasonal. On to the beer? Sure....

It's as dark in the glass as it is outside my window this evening. Very dark brown on the verge of being black, with a faint reddish hue given the correct alignment of glass and light meeting. The head forms a ½ inch head, settling to a creamy lace. I'm come to expect the aroma of plums in a dark Belgian Xmas Ale, and it shows. Along with the plums chugs along caramel, brownie batter, and echoing fruit esters from the yeast.

Somewhat fruity, somewhat sweet, and somewhat bittering. It's acceptable as it is. The taste of prune juice makes an entry. A coating of caramel adds its layer. There's dough too. There is a buzzy bitterness which interferes with the harmony of the beer, and adds a burnt note in the aftertaste. Could it be the alcohol? Mouthfeel is medium full and modestly carbonated.

Middle of the pack Belgian ale, which isn't a bad place to be in. I have taken my medicine and should sleep well tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 07:37:09 | More by DoubleJ
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winterkoninkske pours a hazy dark brown color with a small, frothy head on top. As the foam disappears a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is sweet with notes of brown sugar, fig, molasses, dark fruit and perhaps a hint of orange peel. Alcohol is also present in the nose.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a light effervescent fizz. The flavor is sweet with a taste of dark fruit and spice. Brown sugar, fig, plum and raisin are blended with orange peel and clove. It finishes dry with lingering fig and clove.

This is a tasty beer that's good for a cold winters night. However, it's a little thin and flat.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 23:48:25 | More by WanderingFool
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riversider76

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues, and a fluffy tan head. Decent retention, and nice laceing. Aroma is of sugar, sweet fruit,and cherries. Body is thick and rich with some carbonation. Taste is of candy,fruit and rum rasin. nice rich finish. A must try for the holidays. Merry Christmas!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:11:37 | More by riversider76
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apparently the Kerkom brewery knows me all too well. They know that as the Christmas time draws near that my endulgence in all things succulent, sweet, and decedent increases. And they're taking full advantage.

Dark ruby-brown colors are surprisingly light in haze and shows off a a dainty glow of black cherry from underneath. It's dark color hides the rise of bubbles that work to construct a creamy and stubborn head that laces with clinging lace.

Malt and fruit converge in the aroma with impressionable memories of plumb, raisin, cherry, and a candied sweet scent that smell like candy stores. Confectioner's sugar notes align with a winy and earthy scent that promises as much acidity as it does bitterness.

Malty sweet with the supple taste of candied fruit, the beer prefers the taste of hard candy, plumb, raspberry, red grape, and cider that begins to give rise to the more earthen taste of prune, apple, orange, and raisin; all before fading into a semi-dry malt taste and light peppery spice.

Medium-full, the beer leads with a creamy-sweet candied texture. But a turn to mid palate of acidic bite and sprite effervescence provide lift, the finish is warm, spicy, and earthen.

Kerkom's winter warmer certainly captures the taste of the more candied taste of Belgian dark strong ales and less of the "darker" tastes- just in time for my sweet tooth to wake from its hibernation and demand attention.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 07:53:54 | More by BEERchitect
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a very sweet flavor and a nice toasty malt presence. There is a slight alcohol kick with each sip and a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice robust flavor that definitely fits in as a Winter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 04:52:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a molasses color with a large-bubbled though small head that fades without leaving much of a remembrance

Smell: Dried dark fruit and spice cake, with fig, date and licorice as well as brown sugar and cinnamon; the juniper berries add a gin-like character, as well

Taste: Both the spice cake and dark fruits found in the aroma permeate the front end with the middle adding a touch of brandy and tea character; after the swallow, there is a yeasty and leathery dryness that develops, with the juniper berries arriving in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: I have cellared this bottle for a while and that may have affected the mouthfeel; still, the flavors come together powerfully and present a complex profile - a bit of Christmas in June, to jump the gun

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 18:37:24 | More by brentk56
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a ruddy, mostly opaque mahogany tone with just shy of a finger tan head that lapses fairly quickly into a ring around the glass; decent lacing.

inviting nose advertises sweet, caramel malts, dark fruits, and some spice notes. pretty standard for a BSDA, though no shame in that. flavor doesn't follow the aroma too well; the malts, dark fruits, and spices are there, but something about the balance doesn't sit all too well with me. not picking up on huge hop characters despite the label's mention of them, though there is a touch of bitter hoppiness in the finish. also picking up on a bit of a metallic presence.

creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. drinkable, enjoyable in the way mediocre pizza is enjoyable, but a pretty average tasting belgian strong dark ale - a style loaded with superstars.

originally reviewed: 01-03-2011

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 21:10:38 | More by BostonHops
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark mahogany pour with one finger caramel colored head with decent retention and nice lacing. Big fruity, boozy, and spicy nose with lots of dark fruit along with hints of toast, molasses, espresso, and a bit of black licorice. The taste follows suit with the dark fruit dominating. Hints of raisins, plums, burnt toast, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and booze. Can't speak to the presence or absence of the Juniper berries since I'm not familiar with the taste. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with a bit more carbonation than expected, with a tangy, bitter finish. No attempt to disguise the 8.3 ABV which gives it that nice subtle warming as it goes down. It definitely opens up as it comes to temperature and is surprisingly drinkable for as boozy as it was. Another solid offering from Brouwerij Kerkom!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 15:47:22 | More by beerdrifter
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RickS95

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly looks the type--deep, dark brown, just shy of black. Slow forming head, neat to watch due to the contrast of the dark liquid mixing with the lighter bubbles. Little retention, and leaves almost nothing behind.

Has an almost smokey scent, light notes of coffee and dark chocolate, slightly malty with the faintest bit of fruit.

Only slight touches of everything found in the nose, but on the tongue the juniper berries finally make a presence with a hop-like piney taste.

Very little upfront, almost watered down before the good stuff comes on strong. Near the back of the tongue any sweetness turns to a smokey, bitter that clings to the tongue well into the swallow. Medium bodied with a slight pale ale finish.

This was pretty easy to drink. I've only had juniper berries one time before but this was more pronounced. The beer isn't something you can drink a lot of, but the bitter is mild and the high alcohol easily hidden.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:38:26 | More by RickS95
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heymikew

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

two time winner of the annual bars & brews bakeoff and winter beer tasting!
This is a great dark holiday beer and one of Kerkom's best!
cloudy and dark brown
Somewhat sweet, a bit earthy and plenty of dark fruit. A great choice for holiday beer trials

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 07:30:34 | More by heymikew
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bink Winterkoninkske
Brouwerij Kerkom

Appearance: Hazed ruby. Off white head. Retention OK. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: Malty, fruity. Some Belgian yeast qualities (fig, raisin, dark fruit)

Taste: Nice elements of juniper berry and bitter hops. Hops come off as woody and very earthy. Quite yeasty, with soft dark fruit notes. Finishes dry, chalky and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, semi dry.

Overall: A Belgian ale with considerable bitterness, juniper, and strength. Good use of juniper in a beer. Dig it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:06:46 | More by Stinkypuss
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SLeffler27

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter ruddy, dark bronze with a modest fine almond head that leaves light lacing. There are tiny streams of carbonation within and a viscous film on the glass.

This one has a fruity, plum pudding nose with some brandy. The usual BSDA dark fruits are showcased, including dates and figs. This one is sweeter than most.

This was aged about a year and the flavors are not quite to style. It does somewhat follow the nose, vacillating between sweet candy sugar and light bitterness. The complexity works well with the subtle nuances as it warms. There is a light, lingering finish.

A full, luscious body with alcohol about as expected and a light, prickly carbonation.

This is a good, relaxed version of the style. Best after dinner or while enjoying the calmness of life.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 13:37:06 | More by SLeffler27
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - raisin, plum and currants. Nice malty nose, too.

T - It tasted of plum and raisin. Good sweet maltiness with a nice spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This a really good Belgian Dark Ale. Another good winter brew from the Shelton Bros.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:33:13 | More by zeff80
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep reddish brown with full inch of white foam that settles down leaving a layer. Dark fruit smell, chocolate, cherries. Syrup sweet taste. Alcohol warming background. Fruit taste (juniper berries?) - rich, dark, complex. Great sipper, really tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 16:20:11 | More by KTCamm
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From one of those "Christmastime in Belgium" gift packs, so I can't imagine it's very fresh. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A very dark brown, maybe the color of dark roast coffee. But it's also extremely cloudy and brings to mind liquid mud. Nose is dominated my sweet alcohol and fermented fruit. There is a bit of peppery spice in the background, but mainly the flavor brings more sweetness- raisins, molasses, a little bit of caramel.

This one is definitely a warmer, all in all not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 13:51:15 | More by coachdonovan
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mj001jk

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick and creamy hazel-colored foam.

The beer smells awesome, milk chocolate and cream with molasses ,herbs and hops. Really fresh and inviting on the nose, much less juniper than I expected.

Taste is equally smooth, a silky and creamy mouthfeel with some roasted bitter notes and dried tart fruit. Very little herbal character which is nice, subtle is what I prefer anyway.

A thoroughly enjoyable winter beer with lots of drinkability and no cloying heaviness. The finish falls a little short, but the taste is great the whole way through.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 04:45:15 | More by mj001jk
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antzman

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown with a full off-white head that leaves lacing on the glass as it recedes. The aroma is full of raisins, plums, cardamom, cinnamon, and molasses. The flavor could best be described as liquid fruit cake. Cherries, plums, dates, and caramel flavors dominate initially, but then it finishes with a slight bitter hoppy finish, not typically found in this style of beer. It is a pleasant twist on a traditional brew. Though the alcohol level in Winterkoninkske is 8.3% alcohol by volume (ABV), it is hidden very well in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:35:03 | More by antzman
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BeerSingh

India

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle left from the original stock of Kerkom beers that had come to India - so this had at least 4 years on it. Poured into my Leffe goblet, slightly warmed up out of the fridge. Poured a very dark brown with deep ruby fringes. A little turbid with a tan head that lingers for a while before it settles into a thin sheet. Some carbonation is visible through the turbidity, a little unusual for a Belgian dark. The aroma is a bouquet of ripe plums and cherries mixed with some yeasty funk.There is a little caramel, sugary nose as well, but heavily dominated by the ripe fruits.

There is a burst of sweet and funky flavours - panning from plums and dates to acidic cherries. There is some caramel sweetness defining the dark malts present. There is considerable breadiness from the yeast malt affair. There is a slight bitter aftertaste and a considerable alcohol burn. Not unpleasant but very, very noticeable. In fact there are many beers at a higher ABV that conceal alcohol very smoothly. Surprising with so much age on it - it must be really fiery when young.

Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. The beer kind of tends to coat your palate. Overall, it is decent and worth aging for a future winter night, but i doubt I can go beyond one at a go.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 07:03:46 | More by BeerSingh
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Brabander

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We had a beertasting at Beerpirates place on sunday the 15th of may 2011. Jeffo, Claark13, Bierschenker, beerpirates and i drank a whole bunch of beers. Thanks for your hospitality Wim!

Poured in my Westvleteren tasting glass this beer looks quit good. Very darkbrown with some light foam floating on the beer. Sweet and a bit of a bitter after taste. Alcohol is somewhat noticable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 12:45:27 | More by Brabander
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - Pours a deep mahogany tinted with some reddish hues. Color is really nice but there is no head to speak of and little to no lacing.

S - Darker fruits including raisins, figs, and possibly the juniper berries in the nose. Slight medicinal scent as well.

T - The dark fruits are very present up front with a slight alcohol burn at the end. Really what you would expect from a BDSA. There is a slight funk in the taste as well that I can't quite put my finger on but is throwing me off a bit. Doesn't ruin the taste though by any means.

M - Medium body with fairly low carbonation.

D - Pretty good, nice winter brew from our friends across the pond.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:45:09 | More by BennyL1
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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
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