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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

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87
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 125
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a dark, cloudy, muddy brown. Slight ruby tint. One finger head evaporates to a tiny ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing.

S: Smells of caramel, raisins, brown sugar, spice, and plums. As it warms a slight minty quality becomes aparent (must be the Juniper berries that they brewed this with).

T: Large, sweet malt flavors couple with everything detected in the nose. Could maybe use a little more hops (or Juniper berries) to balance out the sweetness.

M: Thick and coating. Not at all thin.

D: I liked this. Could have a few in one sitting if it weren't for the price tag. Over $5 a bottle, yikes!

Photo of garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Todd
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling this bottle at room temp in a snifter. Kind of a prep for the belgian fest tomorrow AM. The beer pours a rich clear mahogany and develops a beige and orange tightly packed cream head. Good retention.
Aroma is rich and malty with various spices as well. I get some anise, ripe dark fruit such as a plum, raisins, some sweet brown sugar and maybe original flavor bubble gum.
First sip reveals an average bodied brew with fine and prickly carbonation. The flavor is sweet and fruity up front with a mix of toffee, red grapes, plums, brown sugar. I definitely get some anise again on the finish ( I find this flavor unpleasant but just my taste) others probably like this. There is also a bit of bitey maybe peppery flavor on the finish as well. The beer is smooth and has a bit of a creamy texture to it and I dont notice the ABV until it hits my belly and gives some warming. Quite a nice complex brew I would definitely enjoy this on a cold winter's eve!

Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Pours opaque brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head that lasted a long time and left good lacing and a creamy layer around the top of the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, light spices, syrup, caramel, grass, hay, pepper and some wheat; pretty tame aroma overall, considering the complexities involved in the nose.

Tastes of sweet malt, light spices, syrup, caramel, grass, hay, pepper, wheat, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark fruits like dates or plum, and some raisin; this gets sweeter with each sip and almost had a rum-like taste. There is a slight yeast funk, but that doesn't detract from the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and yet kind of crisp with very light carbonation, a medium to heavy body and a slight tart finish that trails off with spices like nutmeg or allspice.

I could sense the alcohol, but that is to be expected with a winter warmer type of beer. A decent ale that I'd have again on a nice frosty evening; not a session beer, but worth a try.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Deep walnut with OK clarity for a bottle-conditioned beer. A soapy nougat cap falls rather quickly to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves the most minimal of lace.

S: Dark dried fruit in the form of prune and raisin dominate. A bit of pepper, lemon, dry earth and a light alcohol tingle bring up the rear.

T: Dark fruits dominate. The label talks about hops, but I'm only picking up a bit of pepper and black tea flavor in the beer's balanced bitterness. Alcohol adds some warmth going down. Dark fruits linger trough the finish.

M: The medium body is slightly dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: I drank this back to back with Loterbol Bruin. This was clearly the weaker beer, as it lacked the complexity of the other. Still, I'm quite glad I picked it up.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Photo of bmwats
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33 cl bottle into my Orval chalice.

A: Dark, muddy, brown. Slight bubbly darkish head. Quickly dissipates leaving only a smattering of bubbles.

S: Dark roasted malt. Molasses, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, and a little fruitiness.

T: Full rich malt. A little bitter licorice flavor, outweighed by the soft fruity sweetness provided by the juniper berries. Really great combo.

M: A different combination of light carbonated body, with full robustness. The bitter and sweet both linger for the aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy. Really flavorful brew can be powered or sipped.

Really nice atmosphere. Appearance is nothing to get too excited about, but not really underwhelming either. Nose is outstanding though, and makes up for it. Great balance and combination of tones. Flavor, the same. The different tones are well balanced, and nothing overpowers anything else. Nice complexity. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.72/5  rDev +21%
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.

Excellent!

Photo of albern
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad Belgian, interesting, but not one I will seek out again. The beer pours a very dark color with no real head, retention, or lacing. The smell is a bit musty, spicy, and oddly fruity, which I'm guessing is the juniper berries. The beer is very lightly carbonated and is lightly syrupy in consistency. The label is a bit misleading in that the brewery -- Kerkom -- will "single-handedly bring real hops back into Belgian brewing." I'm still looking for the hops. What I am getting are spices, maybe allspice, some plum flavors, juniper berries, sweet malts, and a flat tartness in the finish. Hops, perhaps emerge on the back end, but the flat sweetness is the signature element in this beer. Not bad, worth trying, but not one I'm going out on a limb for either. There are some warming alcohol notes in the finish and you will get a bit of a throaty burn from the 8.3% ABV.

Photo of Brabander
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of Chico1985
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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

Best before 12-06. Pours out ok with yellowbrown head and a blackbrown color. Nose is mostly matly( caramel and litle coffee), esters giving you apples but also litle soapy. Taste is rich; lots of maltaromes sweet and burnt. Good balance between alcohol, sweetness and bitterness and a clean roastbitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is enormous wich influence the drinkabillity.

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