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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

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very good

128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 179
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 4
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: 179
Photo of bskrtz
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 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 tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate yeast, spice and dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium fruiity sweet flavor with a medium rich sweet finish of moderate duration.

Good complex warming brew.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Brewed with seven malts, rolled oats, two Belgian hops and juniper berries; unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned. It pours into the snifter a deep, dark crimson, with an inch of beige foam that reduces to a thin collar and leaves a few wisps of lacing. Fruity and aromatic, with vinous notes, pineapple, overripe pear, melon?, chocolate, caramel, hints of pine and yeast, mildly-spicy hops, suggestions of port, a dark, sugary sweetness, and some late maraschino. On the palate there are notes of plum, fig, apple, sweet maraschino, touches of chocolate and caramel, a creeping sweetness, tongue-numbing juniper, and well-buried spicy/green hops that impart a mild to medium bitterness. It has a medium body with a fine, conditioned feel, and a warming, bittersweet, estery finish. This is a damn fine beer; it is delicious, and the juniper is present, but nowhere near as assertive as I was expecting. A complex brew that will age very well.

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Photo of Nick3
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into my Rochefort chalice forms a tan 2 finger head. Dark chocolate brown in color, ample lacing, and lots of bubbles in the pillowy head. Smell is enticing with notes of dark fruit, candied sugar, malt and spices. Taste is yeasty and sweet with some spice and peppers. Alcohol is well hidden in the full bodied brew. Carbonation lacking a bit but otherwise I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of blakesell
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

A deep oak brown pour, almost blackish. Big ol' frothy tan head leaving a bead of tan lace around the Corsendonk tulip.

Sweet malt aroma, spicy and enticing. The juniper reminds me of a strawberry plum combination. Same for the quaff, a very sweet fruitful taste. Bits of bubblegum dance in, along with the winter spices of nutmeg and clove.

No hint of booze in the finish, just a tasty treat for this almost spring day.

All 4s, all good with this beer. Nice.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to my beautiful wife for this one which came as an Xmas present. Finally getting around to cracking it.

Poured from the bottle a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin, smooth beige head.

Aroma is very malty with caramel, a hint of dark fruit, and booze. Just a hint, though.

The taste is much like the aroma with big caramel malts leading the way. I'm struggling to find any juniper influence at all. A touch of raisin, brown sugar, and warming booze are present.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

I couldn't find any juniper in the glass but I still liked what I had. A nice malty Belgian winter beer. Worthy of a try.

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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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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 mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark brown with a small dark head that quickly disappears.
The smell is rich and sweet with the faint smell of berries, juniper berries according to the bottle`s label.
The taste is not as rich as the smell, it actually goes down fairly easily, a sweet taste to it. Mouthfeel is not as complex as I would hope from the style. Chocolate and spice bounces off the palate.
This beer works fairly well as an after dinner drink.

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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 sonicdescent
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is quite pretty with a murky cola pour leaving a nice and thick off-white head that gives way to a small white film with no sign of lacing.

Smells fantastic with a strong hint of brown sugar and lighter hints of cola, coffee, and chocolate.

Tastes pretty darn good as well and is surprisingly complex. I believe it reminds me of a good porter more than a strong dark ale, which I realize is something of a catch all. Sweetness, milky textured, and a taste of coffee and cream with some fruits hiding around the end. Relatively high alcohol content is successfully masked. Carbonation is just a tad too heavy. Body is leaning medium.

Drinkability is great, I would absolutely have one again but probably not session due to the alcohol level.

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Photo of chrisafari
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: rich, dark molasses with a biscuity spiciness.

Pours: dark brown with a full tan head that dissipates quickly. Clear yet slightly opaque.

Flavor: molasses with a piney fresh spice, like clove and black pepper and maybe some nutmeg. Also a nice subtle flavor of plum and dark cherries.

Mouthfeel: medium body with fresh carbonation. No lacing, but a nice head can be made with a few quick spins.

Drinkability: very enjoyable and easy to drink, medium-high drinkability.

Overall: I really liked this beer. Very enjoyable for the winter and autumn months. I would seek this beer out again. Definitely worth the price.

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

A muddy, mucky looking beer that sits a really deep, dark russet brown colour. Lighter tones of cinnamon are accented on some angles, managing to actually brighten up the otherwise miry complexion. The 'Winter King' wears a modest sized crown, one barely thick enough to even make a noticeable outline.

The aroma is so sugary sweet I'm starting to worry about tooth cavities just from smelling it. The combination of dark fruits - raisins, figs, plums - smells as though it was smothered with sugar and scorched under a high flame until the point of caramelization. The sweetness brings to mind a mulled mead, although I think a spiced apple cider is a bit closer to the mark.

The flavour blends the taste of caramel apple with a high proof spirit. Which spirit? I can't say exactly, it does after all taste most like a beer. Still, there are some characteristics shared with (very cheap and watered down) dark rum, brandy and cognac. That taste is blended with notes of dark toffee, caramel as well as raisin, plum and especially figs and pear.

Whatever has been done or whichever ingredients have been used, it's made for an interesting combination of textures. As noted, the beer is less than discretely sweet; the sugary sensation is felt all the way through to the gums. A sticky, syrupy, very sappy texture acts in conjunction with it. Just a pinch of yeast spice works itself into the mix as well.

The importers' web site says the beer "is brewed with juniper berries and a touch of lavender, but neither overwhelms the flavor... in fact, you may not even know they're there". Well, no I didn't. And yes, I would have liked to of. The flavour doesn't need them to be enjoyable, but that said, it could have used them for that little something extra. I'm not sure how lavender and juniper would fit into this style, but I'm still left curious to find out!

I've seen various sources list this beer as various things: brown ale, Belgian strong dark ale, and even quadruple. Whatever the case it's either average (or below average) relative to what else is out there. It's also a little underwhelming as being something you'd reach for in the midst of a cold winter. Don't get me wrong, I like Winterkoninkske, I'm just saying it's not deserving of the 'Winter King' title.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red, purple, predominently brown color with almost not head. Large, soda-like bubbles. Looks alomst like cola, but the color is denser.

Juniper berries and prunes all over the nose. More so prunes to my nose. The candy sugar comes through also.

Mouthfeel has a silky body to it. It's sweet enoughy that you don't want it to linger too long, but it's still nice to have this winter ale in your mouth.

Taste is of a nice, rich, sweet Belgian brown ale with juniper berries a hint of holidy spices on the tongue. Lingering sweet prune taste (in a good way). I really like it, particularly with friends around the holidays.

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Photo of Wildman
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a small light tan bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. The aroma is of malt, chocolate and carmel with a hint of cherry. The flavor is of malt, chocolate and a hint of cherry. The body seems fairly light for the style and a slightly sweet finish.

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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 oakbluff
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle via DBL- thanks John! Pours a dark ruby with off white head, nice lacing. Nose- huge waft of candi sugar and figs, raisins and plums. Taste- very rich sweet caramel malts and molasses but also a mineral like dryness. The juniper is tough to pick up but is somewhat noticeable on the finish as the beer thins out. An excellent winter warmer.

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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 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 rtepiak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cola amber like color with small redish ton head. woody malt nose, cherry and juniper berry esters. herbal. light foam volume. not creamy. warm. hoppier on palate with light berry essence. not as sweet as expected. nice and woody fruit with light molasses malt and wood bitter hops. not strong but present. dry. flemish sour style yet without the aspects of sour. more smoky. could be a bit fuller though. mouthfeel is a bit lacking. great otherwise.

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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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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 MrMonkey
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with bright red highlights, with a two-finger tan head that fades slowly to a thin cap. Not much lacing.

Smells like sweet dried fruit, some Belgian yeast, just a hint of alcohol, some dark, earthy malts and some floral hops somewhere in the background.

Taste is sweet red wine fruits up front, followed by a caramel sweetness and some toffee-like bready malts, which lead into some tart fruits and a fairly dry finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel with a well carbonated, soda-like feel.

Very drinkable, as the alcohol is pretty well hidden, although I'd probably just want to enjoy one of these after a meal.

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