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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

Not Rated.
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very good

128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 178
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-28-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 178
Reviews by Douglas88:
Photo of Douglas88
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from College Liquors in Grand Junction, CO. Pours a bright ruby color with a medium light brown head. The aroma is very nice; tons of ripe berries, some toasted malts, and sweet candies. The flavor was great; just loads of berries, some alcohol, yeast and light toasted malts. A bit of chocolates and Belgian candies. Very interesting and very enjoyable. Plus I loved the label.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Todd
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

This beer was originally under the names Begijn, Beguine and Pagadder.

Dark amber with red tings. Lackluster foam head / lace. Soft aromas of malt and herbal. Phenolic, light spices, a bit sweet (like tea) and yeast in the finish. Notes of medicinal in the back.

Pretty average. Nothing standouts to makes it unique or interesting.

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Photo of NoetheMatt
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of pat61
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty fruit nose with traces of dark sugar and chocolate. Pours deep dark brown under a 1” tan tinted lacy head. The palate isbrown sugar and dark dried fruit . It is very creamy, full bodied with above average carbonation. It is a very pleasant drink but it needs a little something extra to stand out.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mohogany hue with a huge tan head, delicate specks of lacing form. Aroma: Contains vinous grape, spices including some mild nutmeg and cinnamon like bread tones, all around this beer is very solid. Taste: A jumpin' maltiness roars but finishes mellow with nice toasted malts and mild hops a true Xmas delight other flavors fruit some plum, spiciness not bad at all. Mouthfeel: I like the way it finishes thinner body than I was expecting but still very quaffable solid. Drinkability: I enjoyed worth every penny one of the 28 Christmas beers now available at the Sharp Edge in bottles.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a mohogany brown color, with a tan color head. The creamy head fades a little fast, leaving sparce lace.

This beer has a strong date like aroma. It smells spicy, with some coriander, and some allspice. A slight lemony zest, citrus aroma is also present. Earthy yeast aroma makes it way into the nose as well.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. The only differance is that the date like flavor is less pronounced that the aroma led me to believe. That is good because I dont care for a strong date like flavor in my beer.

This beer goes down smooth. It leaves a slight date like and spicy aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer may make a decent session beer. It tastes good, and is not too overbearing. It is a little high in alcohol, so that may become an issue.

Overall: This beer was good. It didnt leave a lasting impression, but it was above average.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)

A- The beer has a deep dark brown body that is opaque with lots of big bubbles rolling up the sides of the glass. The head is a light brown spongy mat that lasts for a good spell.

S- The smell of sweet dark cherries and caramel malt has a hint of cola in the finish. The finish also has a fresh brown sugar pine note that is interesting, it must be from the juniper berries.

T-This beer has a nice smooth fruity sweetness with some notes of caramel, malt and cider. The finish has a soft alcohol bite with some sweetness that taste faintly like fresh green apples with out the tart bite.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel but the fizz really makes it feel full. There is a soft smooth alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This beer has nice rich dark sweet malts with good complexity and flavor. The fruit notes are different that most fruity flavors in this style. A very nice twist for the cold winter months.

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Photo of Auraan
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, translucent dark brown with red highlights when held to light and a thin ring of tan bubbles at the edge of the glass. Overall impression of appearance is of a good looking Strong Dark body, but a bit lacking in the head. Scents of dark fruit, with notes of raisin, dried cherry, fig and light banana mingling with rich malty aromas of caramel, lightly toasted bread and bready malt, light chocolate sits in the background and there is a moderate warming alcohol presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a true to style, well done Belgian Strong Dark. Not the most standout example of the style, but quite appealing. Flavor begins sweet with strong notes of dark fruit, with notes of raisin, black cherry and prune, balanced by a lovely malt presence with notes of caramel, sweet bready malt and light esters of a banana character. Middle opens up further bready malt and caramel with a light warming alcohol present, some vinous flavors, a touch of chocolate and light toast and dark fruit, mostly raisin. Finish is sweet with notes of bready malt, light toast, hints of roast malt, dark fruit, again mostly raisin but with some dried cherry, medium-light chocolate notes and moderate warming alcohol. Aftertaste begins with lightly warming alcohol and sweet malt and shifts into lightly roasted malt and dark chocolate. Overall impression of flavor is of a very nice Belgian Strong Dark that is balanced between fruity esters and malt quite nicely. A good take on the style. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with high carbonation but not "bite" and a smooth, warming feel and finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic Belgian Strong Dark, no complaints. Overall this is a fine Belgian Strong Dark. It has the classic aroma and flavor of the style, aided by a wonderful mouthfeel. It's not the finest example of the style, but it is a good rendition. My only complaint is the juniper berries used in brewing are not present at all, at any level. The result is that it is a good, but not great, Belgian Strong Dark.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love winter brews and this is one of the best, to me.

Pours a very deep tea colored amber with a small head made of tiny bubbles that leave an even smaller ring.

Aroma is cherries, candied sugar, sweet, sweet amber malt. A definite Belguim yeast aroma comes on the tale-end.

Taste is sweet fruits...not as much cherry as I noticed in the nose, but still sweet berries and fruit. Candied sugar coats the sweet amber malt and again the Belguim yeast comes through making this a very different and substantial Winter Warmer after all of the American and British ones I've had lately. Light citrus hops dry the tongue as you swallow and they are followed by some nicely warming alcohol.

Aftertaste is only slightly Belguim....just enough to keep it from finishing truly clean. The yeast strain and sugars blend to give almost a brown sugar aftertaste.


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Photo of BennyL1
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cokes
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddied midnight magenta mimickry of black, and spouts a healthy and enduring buttery brown rise.
Fragrant of prunes, acidic grapes, mocha, molasses, liquorice, wet tile, and cobwebs.
It layers first unto the mouth a plush malt blanket, deep with black raisins and burnt caramel, and carob, and molasses. Takes a detour towards things more chocolatey and roasted, but veers instead towards the earthen yeast qualities. Briefly funky, with horse hair, slate, and chalk dust, along with spicier pangs of clove, black pepper, and vanillin oak. Fruit regroups towards the close, with black cherry skins and green grapes, both vaporously tannic, vinic, and tart. Any hopping is a general nonfactor, but a timid tea-like herbality ekes itself out at the rear.
The body is full, but very approachable with a cottony, puffed-up airiness.
All perceptions of alcohol are absent, this is big ol' malty quaffer.
It's not hugely unique or rule-bending, but it does what it does quite well. I'd appreciate a larger bottle.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with malts and spices. Suitable carbonation, good drinking. Mollasses and malting to tone down the juniper. Chocolate malt. odd taste notes, and mid-sip astringency. slightly bitter aftertaste. Good though not great Belgian from the Belgian Shop.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pitch black/brown with zero foam. Appears very flat.

Smell: Faint smell of juniper, coffee, and molasses.

Taste/Feel: Clean mouthfeel that flattens quickly. I don't get a whole lot of juniper but definitely some coffee. Bitter up front.

Overall: A bit disappointed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, deep mahogany robe topped by a short head of light tan froth that holds fairly well and maintains a thin, creamy lid throughout the glass but leaves very little lace. The aroma is quite nice with vibrant notes of dark fruits and juicy berries that are just slightly tart. The body is medium, and its very fine and highly effervescent carbonation lends a caress to the tongue and a smooth, lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor offers a candyish sweetness, with notes of dark fruit backed by a subtle yeasty spiciness and a firm bitterness. The alcohol is only lightly present, and never seems to build on the palate. The finish is dryingh with a mild note of slightly tart dark fruit that lingers shortly with some leafy hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced, never allowing the juicy sweetness to become cloying, and without its bitterness ever becoming more than sublime.

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Photo of RickS95
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a great cafe au lait hued head, lazily falling upon dark brown, nearly opaque liquid...akin to a porter or even a stout. The nose is roasty and toasty with hints of light coffee and anise. The taste offers flavors of of sweetness that slowly dries out to some nice, non-obtrusive hopping and lightly roasted barley. A small bit of alcohol tasted as well. Finishes with a brief chocolatey/toffeeish flourish. A great Winter warmer that satisfies without being too "in your face".

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red with a pinky of tan head. Alright lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit & leafy hops & honey

T: Dark fruit, leafy hops, & dryness up front. Figs, more dryness, plus more leafy hops as this warms. Finishes dry & figgy

Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, nothing special here, not really tasting the juniper here. The ABV is well hidden, but this is kind of so-so one or two would be my maximum before moving on. Had higher hopes for this one

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Photo of Gmann
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola like brown color with a rather small tan colored head that dissipates into a light ring. The aroma is of candied cherries and grape juice, and some carob. The flavor is a bit mellow for the abv and style. The taste is of cherries and grape juice, somes prune and a light tobacco earthiness. The brew has a moderate feel with fizzy carbonation, no cloying sweetness which makes for a drinkable beer. An easy drinking BSDA, it is a bit lacking in the flavor department to make this a great brew. Enjoyable but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of philipquarles
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a negligible head. Very little lacing. This all could be because the beer is a year old.

Smells of malt, yeast, fruit esters (dates, bananas), chocolate, and spices.

Taste is similar, lots of malt (reminds a bit of Chimay Bleu), backed up by banana, spices, and a bit of chocolate. Alcohol is only evident in the warm feeling. Very complex.

Very good, drinkable beer that is great after a meal

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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
87 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.