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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

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128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 180
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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

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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 180
Photo of MTNboy
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- This beer is dark brown amber. There was a lot of sediment floating in the one that I sampled. Both the head and the lace were wonderful but both disappeared quickly.

Smell- Slightly metallic it also smeller of candy sugar.

Taste- The taste is of roasted toffee sweetness or I would even go as far to say burnt toffee like taste but the flavor for the most part was metallic.

Mouthfeel - Chunky and full.

Drinkability- I am not over keen on this beer at all.

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Photo of BeTheBall
2.64/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This head quickly disappeared, and no lacing. Color was a dark brown.

S: got the aroma of dark fruits and alcohol.

T: This tasted very, very boozy to me. Nothing the brewer did hid the alcohol at all.

M: Average moutfeel, almost flat carbonation-wise.

D: Could not finish the glass, and will not be going back for another try. Just too much raw alcohol to even consider a 2nd one. Disappointed.

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Photo of acoatley
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: poor head dissipates quickly opaque black

Aroma: dusty not much else maybe I'm suffering from palate fatigue

Flavor: Kind of tastes juniper berries light butterscotch and Belgian yeast but the after taste sucks I think this beer is soured

Mouthfeel: creamy but lingers on the palate like sour milk

I definitely got a bad bottle

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Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark colour, head thin with a poor persistence.
The smell is herbaceous and floral, with a sharp note of sage.
It's a very particular beer.
In the taste the note of sage is more sharp than in the smell, maybe a little too exagerated. The body is quite moderated.
In the aftertaste you can feel a little of pepper.
It's a little unbalanced.
Anyway, it is an interesting beer. Must retry it...

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.92/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bouught this at a local store ooff the cleareance rack. No freshness date. we'll see....

appearance: beutiful color but lack of carbonation and head.

smell: strong dark sweet fruits like raisin, figs etc..sublte belgian yeast

taste: sweet, biut no overpowering. I taste an herbal presence possbiyl from the juniper berries. slight sour but a chalky unfomfortable malt taste and a medicine like aftertaste.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, and little carbonation for a belgian

drinkability: not great, but no horrible.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wasn't so impressed with this Belgian Strong.

Pours dark brown, almost translucent pitch with light carbonation, not much head, some lacing. Smell is a bit watery, heavy sweet fruits, malts and a melange of spice are noted. Taste is a bit better, but the balance is all off. Sweetness and strongness (almost sangrialike) abound with a heavy dose of all sorts of spices that I am not completely enjoying (cinnamon, coriander, vanilla, mints??). Now I'm a big fan of heavy spice, but it needs to work well together. A whole lotta stuff going on, no, more like competing. Harmony wasn't there.

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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 yen157
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I say this on the Steelgaarden menu at Bethlehem Brew Works I knew I had to try it. What a cool name: Kerkom Winterkoninkske. It just rolls off your tongue.

Poured dark brown with ruby highlights when held up the candle on our table. Head was tight and tan, but quickly faded away. The beer came to me right out of the fridge like all of their beers (unfortunately) do so I knew it needed some time to warm up. It REALLY benefited from warmth. Before I let the temperature rise a bit I leaned over to get a sniff of this very temping looking brew. What a funk! It smelled like a day old ashtray filled with cigar ashes. It tasted awkwardly herbal and spiced. After warming, fruity and toasted malt came out to play with the anise, white pepper, and some other earthy, nondescript flavors I couldn’t quite pin down. The hops provided just enough zing to couple with the prickly carbonation to keep the beer from being to flabby and weird.

I’m really glad I tried it, but I must give this one another go. Maybe I’ll buy an unopened bottle and bring it home so I can really pick it apart on my own time.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small light an head.

Scent of sugars and dark fruits. Not very good, too simple and strong sweetness holds it back.

Taste of sugars and dark fruits. No complexity to speak of, it's okay, at least the alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but nearly flat.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours with small light-tan head; odors of bubble-gum immediately fill the local area. attractive if un-beerlike. nose is rather sharp, malty, typical for a belgian brune.

taste follows nose, very malty, a bit acidic bite, and what I am beginning to consider a typical Kerkomse metallic note. resemblence to bink bruin is large but this is more drinkable. The aftertaste becomes notably more metallic into the glass.

this concludes my 6-beer series from Kerkomse brewery, and the verdict is Skip. Too many have notable metallic notes, it really doesn't work well with beer.

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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 Tilley4
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a huge Belgian fan, but the juniper berries and lavender this is brewed with intrigued me.

Poured a hell of a lot darker than most other Belgians.

Smells pretty much like other Belgians, except maybe a little sweeter.

This is actually one of the best Belgians that I have had. I don't love the beer but it is better than most.

For those that are fans of the style, this would come highly recommended.

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Photo of smcolw
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good lace but it doesn't last, moderate head; cloudy and ruby brown in color.

Sugary sweet aroma with light nutty spice

Thin bodied and above average carbonation. Lots of berry sweetness, but I cannot detect the juniper flavoring. There's very little lasting aftertaste; what is there is sugary.

I'm rather blase about this beer. This is largely unbalanced...if you like sweet beers, this might be a good choice.

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Photo of Estarrio
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok, a Belgian brewed with juniper and lots of hops? I must try this one. Unfortunately, the promise of bountiful hops would never pass into fruition.

Poured dark, opaque brown with plum tones and a small tan head. The head yields to fine, sticky lacings.

Sweet, chocolate malt in the nose, this somewhat reminds me of a cross between Belgian ale and a bock so far. Not much else going on with the aroma, except for some dark fruit esters and a perceived sweetness.

Sweet and chocolate malt flavors are present up front. The finish includes some dark fruit esters and a cider-like, sweet berry profile. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and tart with no perceived alcohol flavor. The flavors are not unpleasant but they aren't spectacular either. They don't really seem to jive well with each other.

The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer with a medium/full body, ample carbonation and a delightfully creamy mouthfeel. The drinkability takes a hit from the forgettable flavor.

This is not bad brew at all but it is not one that I would seek out again. The juniper berries really take over the taste as this warms. For a beer that markets the determination to "bring real hops back into Belgian brewing", I'd hope for a hoppier, less cider like brew.

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Photo of Cresant
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Chimay glass. The body was slightly cloudy and prune juice colored. The tan head slowly faded to a fing.

Smell was molasses and steel. Dried fruits. Breadiness as the beer warmed.

Taste was very fruit. Rich and tangy prune-like sweetness was not cloying. This one begins with some light bitterness but this is overtaken by a sweet warm finish. Lacked the typical spiciness of winter beers. I liked the hops presence here.

Mouthfeel was medium and somewhat zesty. Overall better than expected.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. The color is a dark brown with a large head that dissipates quickly. Some lacing on the side.

The smell to me is of mint, a variety of malts, and sugar. It is a pleasant smell that reminds me of sitting by a fireplace with a mug of something hot in my hand.

The taste is strongly of malt and belgian candi sugar. There is also a minty backtaste from the juniper. No hops in the taste.

The mouthfeel is creamy and carbonated, not much of an aftertaste.

Overall this beer was not anything special for me. I enjoyed the mouthfeel quite a bit, but the taste and smell weren't enough that I would go back for another.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy deep brown with an amber hue. The head was medium, yet frothy and long lasting. (The bottle was darn near completely full!)

The aroma was malty with a very strong dark caramel up front and a strong candy character. Dark fruits were present, raisins and prunes, and a strong bit of muted spice that was impossible to divide into individual components. The aroma contained quite a bit of alcohol.

The flavor was without much character. Some dark caramel and a light trace of spice, but mostly just muted and muddy flavors with no standout amongst them except for some earthy hop contributions. Spices did seem to increase as the beer warmed, but the dark caramel overwhelmed them and led to a very boring flavor.

The finish was dark caramel and light muted spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium full with a moderate carbonation. An ok beer, but nothing exciting enough to purchase again.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is an opaque, dark amber color that shows a clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is redolent of dark fruit notes that are noticeable even as I pour this brew. Rich, almost jam like fruit reminds me of concord grapes, raisins and prunes, caramelized banana. The aroma is quite malt influenced, with the fruitiness being both from the malt and fermentation. Other malt notes of toasted malt, brown sugar and lightly browned malt. Really the aroma is just dominated by the rich fruit notes; this certainly is appropriate for a Winter brew.

Sweet and somewhat thick as it hits my tongue. A light spiciness as well as some peppery carbonation provide a small respite from the dominant fruit notes. This finishes with a distinct flavor of caramelized bananas and a bit of dark grain astringency / bitterness. This beer is actually pretty well carbonated, it foams quite a bit as it hits the tongue, but the body is substantial enough that I did not recognize how carbonated it was at first. In the very long finish this has a note that reminds me of woody coriander and perhaps a touch of menthol. That sort of spice note (especially the menthol) seems to pick up a bit as the beer warms, so I can only guess that this is from the Juniper berries.

Not a bad beer, certainly appropriate for a Winter beer as it is quite rich and sweet. I could wish for a bit more complexity, but wasn't really expecting it to begin with.

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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 beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | 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. drinkable, enjoyable in the way mediocre pizza is enjoyable, but a pretty average tasting belgian strong dark ale - a style loaded with superstars.

creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. average drinkability.

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

11.2 ounce bottle which is the fifth and final of 5 "Christmas in Belgium" beers that I will taste and rate. The package was $25 making each beer $5 on average. Purchased at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls. Poured into my Brewery Ommegang snifter.

A Deep dark brown body which reveals a deep ruby brown in front of direct light. Under normal light conditions it appears jet black. Nice light brown 1 cm head which dissipated to trace ring within 60 seconds. No lacing at all.

S Moderate to dark malt with some alcohol to the nose. Not a strong smell.

T Nice yeasty dark malt taste which is certainly sweet. I taste some other grains too and this is reminding me of a strong Brown Ale. It has more in common with a Brown Ale than other Belgian Strong Dark Ales that I have had.

M Full with reasonably high ABV, some carbonation.

D Not really that high due to elevated ABV, big taste, price and rarity.

Notes: "Christmas in Belgium" series was good. I do recommend that everyone try them at least once. I do not think that they warrant repeated purchases though for the cost ($5 each for less than 12 oz.)

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3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A) Dark murky mahogany. Cloudy with floating sediment

S) Sweet ginger bread, sour dough and a hint of Juniper berries as advertised on the bottle

T) Dark fruit, dates, sweet malt. Hint of berry but very subtle. Despite reviews to the contrary, I found this beer to be very complex.

M) Low carbonation bordering on flat. My only complaint... Possibly limited to this specific bottle, but caveat emptor

D) I enjoyed this beer but would not seek it out. So many great beers, so little time

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Photo of garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Todd.
mmmm Belgian Strong Dark on a cold winter night. Can't do much better than that.
Darker malt aroma with yeast based phenols. Slight spice with pepper. A little vanilla with the alcohol. Little tight overall.
Poured without hardly any head. Very dark with brown at top and red, almost burgundy in the light. Somewhat cloudy.
Most interesting ending to a long finish of semi-sweet chocolate (weird). Other flavor represent style, but hold a watered down quality. Darker malt, light sweetness, phenols, alcohol, vanilla.
I like the body the best in this beer. Elevated amounts of carbonation of a soft and effervescent type. Smooth body with light prickly character.
Pretty complex. I like the vanilla. Rich enough to slow down the drinking some.
I actually like the label with the bird in the winter. Hopeful.

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