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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
87
very good

160 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by blakesell:
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4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a German stein.

Appearance- Beer pours cloudy and brown like caramelized brown sugar and malt with an almost resinous look to it when held to the light with the particles from the yeast moving around in there. Head is a healthy two and a half fingers high of an amber brown and my only gripe is that the head doesn't linger around too well or leave much in the way of lacing on the glass.

Smell- Quite a nose on this gem. Brown sugar and brown malts with a rich molasses and raisin coming through. Little to nothing in the way of candi sugar. A buttery rich almost kettle corn scent that clings to my nose hairs and makes me want to sniff it longer than I have time for in this review. Hops are not present.

Taste- Sweet, resiny, and a bit of maple in the flavor, this is one unique beer that I would like to find on it's own outside of some Best of Belgium box set, but it's good in the box as well. Rating this next to any other Bink I have had, tripel or Bloessom, this one would be right on top. Rich smooth dark malts with molasses and brown ale leanings, ripe juicy plums (sugarplums?), a bit of warming alcohol, but it is welcome here.

Mouthfeel- Lightly warming, highly carbonated, medium full in body, creamy, not sticky, not cloying, lovely.

Drinkability- This has to be one of my favorites in the Belgian Winter category. I have had very few with this level of drinkability, granted, I couldn't make it through a six pack without making an ass of myself, but I would have a great time doing it.

blakesell, Mar 31, 2009
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

tbryan5, Jan 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

Todd, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of NoetheMatt
3/5  rDev -23.1%

NoetheMatt, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of mj001jk
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

mj001jk, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 26, 2003
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

OStrungT, Jan 05, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 27, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

Excellent!

IntriqKen, Nov 20, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

BennyL1, Jan 09, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

cokes, Nov 16, 2005
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3.63/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

Sammy, Jan 28, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 24, 2003
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3.9/5  rDev 0%

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.

RickS95, Apr 14, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

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".

beerluvr, Jan 04, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

russpowell, Oct 03, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Gmann, Nov 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

cwd, Jul 23, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

KTCamm, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

crosenkrantz, May 08, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

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

philipquarles, Sep 22, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours out a deep, dark brown with a moderate cafe au lait head that settles to a fine ring. Big nose of chocolate, dark, sweet malts, and some herbal hops. Has some porter-esque qualities to it, but with Belgian esters. Where's the juniper? Flavor is very chocolatey, with lots of dried fruits. Vinous. I get some apples and pears along with some toast and mild herbal hops. Again, where is the juniper? I get more juniper character from beers made with PNW hops rather than form a beer actually made with juniper. Regardless, this is very tasty. Mouthfeel is soft and rather full from the sugars left over in the beer. Drinkability is fine, but I imagine if I had more than the 11.2 oz I have here, it would get tough to get through. Overall, I would recommend this, but I would just warn that, at least to me, there really is no juniper quality to this, and also that I don't think this is really worth the $5 I paid for an 11.2 oz bottle.

goochpunch, Jan 28, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

A: From the bottle poured a dark caramel apple, while in the glass was a even darker shade of brazilian cherry topped off by a frothy, sandstone colored head that left a thick and lustrious foamy band lacing.

S: The nose was malty and sweet with dried caramel apples and a light touch of Belgian funk. Hints of dried fruit (cherries), dried molasses and fresh grape vines (which may be the juniper berries im picking up).

T: Sweet caramelized malt and a rich fruitiness of cherries, red grapes and warm applesauce are first noticed in the flavor. There is a sweet spiciness of nutmeg along with warm honey notes mixed about. The finish is sweet with dried molasses, warm pear juice and a dash of ginger with the presence of juniper berries adding a wintery green appeal.

M: The mouthful had a light honey consistency with a quickly diminishing carbonation presence turning the texture to a smooth and slippery affair. A soft warming with a cough medicine like fade ensures on the swallow.

D: Decent drinkability, warm, slightly boozy with a sweet and spicy wintery feel. The slight booziness actually enchances the overall aspect of the drink and experience.

beerthulhu, Mar 08, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

BeerSingh, Sep 12, 2011
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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
87 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.