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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
87
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 02:11:07 | More by russpowell
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rtepiak

Poland

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 01:58:47 | More by rtepiak
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 01:41:10 | More by philipquarles
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MTNboy

Germany

2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 13:17:15 | More by MTNboy
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MrMonkey

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 18:25:56 | More by MrMonkey
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent find from the equally excellent Sun Singer, Winterkoninkske pours three slightly tan fingers of head on a mahogany body--very impressive. The smell is a bit subtle. However, one can distinctly discern fruit including dried fruit, and spice. The taste brings the dried fruit to the fore, emitting a raisin flavor with bready yeast. With the texture and some roasted malt, it honestly reminds me of buttered raisin toast. Very original in its flavor.

Another well carbonated, smooth BSDA, Winterkoninkske is just outstanding, a delightful winter BSDA to beat back the chill of a windy and cold winter's night. Be sure to get this if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 00:59:07 | More by Gehrig
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Dukeofearl

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a Shelton Bros. Belgian winter ale pack from BevMo in Redlands, Ca., purchased in December 2007, and tasted in late Janualry 2008. The label does not mention "Bink", but otherwise it's the same label with an oriole-like bird on a hop-laden branch overlooking a snow-covered village (is that anachronistic?) with lots of Flemish info below.

Pours a deep dark clear brown with the lightest of red highlights, a nice head with a hard pour that quickly dies to nothing.

Aroma of black licorice. Anise. I like this already. If I thought about it, there are probably other aromas too, but to be honest, who cares? The licorice smells great!

Flavor is more of the same, but there is more going on here. Sweet, cola-like sweet, but with a Christmas cookie spice ending (yes, there are hops, but generally subdued hops). Dates and molassas. This works really well together as a dessert beer. Alcohol notes are very well hidden.

Honestly, I don't think I could drink a lot of this because of the sweetness, but I still like it.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 04:09:53 | More by Dukeofearl
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rkuhnel

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle this poured a nice dark brown with a fat tan head and good lacing rings. Nose of ripe fruit, chocolate, and molasses. Medium mouthfeel, and lots of flavors. You can detect the alcohol in the taste, and flavors of caramel malts dominate. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 03:35:03 | More by rkuhnel
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 00:19:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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ccrida

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my Hommel snifter, the Winterkoninkske (winter king) is a dark, hazy, purple-tinged garnet with a massive khaki head that settles down pretty quickly, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is pretty strong, very medicinal dark fruit, presumably from the juniper berries cited on the label more so then the typical Belgian yeast spiciness, although I'm sure that's a factor. It was too much for me, and I was regretting the glass choice of a snifter when every sip pummeled me with juniper berry.

Taste is also obviously spiced, but more fruity then the harsh astringency that occurs when more traditional spices are overdone - and I'm not implying the juniper berries are overdone, just dominant. Actually, it's a fine line, I like their strength much better in the flavor then the nose. The finish is pretty clean for such a heavily spiced brew.

Mouthfeel is thick in a red wine tannin like way, but with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good in spite of the heavy spice, mainly from the clean finish and lighter body. Still, I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy a second 33cl bottle...

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 07:30:31 | More by ccrida
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours dark brown with little head or lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and bitter spices There aren't a lot of specific spice notes, merely a blend that gives you a short, sharp jolt. Tastes sweet with malt and with lingering notes of juniper and spice- light cinnamon and allspice? Creamy mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Nice, but nothing super special.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 17:58:43 | More by Georgiabeer
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz served into a pilsner - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with red highlights. Light tan head that reaches 2.5" tall. Ample lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast, hops, ripe cherries, date bread. Spices of clove and allspice round out the aroma. Kinda phenolic.

Taste: Tart and hoppy. Chewy and bready. Granola, alcohol, walnut, caramel. This beer has a nice balance of malt, fruit and spice. Pretty complex.

Mouthfeel: Lingering alcohol. Not as hoppy as the label description would like to indicate. Spicy, carbonated, bready.

Drinkability. Very good. This is another good Belgian Strong Ale. Perhaps it is a little boozy and pedestrian. Another thought: what do juniper berries taste like, because I don't sense anything like them at all. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 12:37:03 | More by Risser09
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, the penultimate beer in the Christmas in Belgium 5-pack, with a bunch of Flemish or Dutch words I can't understand written on it,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown, actually the colour is really nice on this beer, very woody, whiskey colour, anyway, with a fair white head, which leaves a nice rim of lacing around the glass.

S: At first opening the bottle, I smelled an interesting nutty, almost crunchy smell of pistachio nuts, which then melded into date sugar, molasses, and a bit of fiery alcohol, very complex.

T: Very sweet, but with an overall full and very satisfying taste. Molasses cookies and rum-soaked fruitcake hit first, with some fig and raisin, ending with a nice maple and walnut or pecan hit.

M: Smooth, light for the 8.30%, bubbly, a bit warming at the end, slightly phenolic at the end.

D: A very nice beer from Kerkom, definitely the winner of the pack so far, this stuff would go great with Christmas desserts or any dish that is spice oriented this way. Definitely one of the best and most satisfying BSDA's I've had in a long time, a very good dark ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 06:41:14 | More by Halcyondays
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OStrungT

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 05:14:29 | More by OStrungT
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 01:26:08 | More by Tilley4
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown. No head. Very strong caramel edge. Just a great winter warmer-like edge to it. Nice and robust and smooth. Great profile. Thick caramel with some nice earthy/leafy tones. Great level of sugar. Smooth liquid feel. This is a very nice dark ale. I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 07:01:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

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

nice brew, semi-sweet cola like taste with
some berries, dates. Its a complex yet simple
dark belgium ale. Some of the reviews say its
too sweet but it doesn't hit me that way. Its
a seasonal Winter ale and its got some great
tastes blending into each other. It just nice
to get to try these brews for better or for worst
these people put alot into these, try them while
they are around. good stuff, I wish I could order
this on tap at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 23:07:09 | More by littlebibs
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albern

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 23:20:14 | More by albern
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, a sweet fruitiness, junioer berries I guess, and just a hint of alcohol. In the taste, small sweet malt with a dry alcoholic fruitiness and a small tartness too. A smooth, small sour fruit mouthfeel and a sweet malt/ dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Quite complex, and very good. Fruitiness reminds me of grapes, but juniper berries are close to that.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 01:35:56 | More by OWSLEY069
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GClarkage

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/19/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness dating on the bottle.
Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour approaching black. 1/2 inch head uopn pour leaving a bubbly and creamy froth slight rim. Leaves spotty and light trails of lace.

Smell- Very outgoing nose with tons of juniper berriers, dark fruits (plums and dates and especially black grapes), plus a caramel cola like scent.

Taste- Pretty much a clone of the nose. Less juniper berries, but a nice hefty sweetness from the grapes and plums. Malty and just the right amount of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- A tad overcarbonated, but fairly smooth considering with a coating left of spicy sugar on the tongue.

Drinkability- Great flavor and nose and overall terrific beer. Score one for Bink.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 21:04:09 | More by GClarkage
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for one year. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Winterkoninkske glass. Beer was ruby in color with a large, creamy, light brown head. Moderate lacing left on the glass. Great looking beer.

Aroma was pretty complex. Heavy malts, sugar, caramel, cherry, vanilla, raspberry, also a bit earthy.

Taste is sweet, high alcohol, dark fruits, malt with a slightly tart finish. A full body sipper.

Very soft carbonation. I liked it a lot. I didn't intend to age this one, it got hidden in the back of the cellar, but it's a solid beer. I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 22:07:32 | More by drumrboy22
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 03:09:37 | More by smcolw
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle purchased at the Boise Coop for around $5. Enjoyed from a red wine glass. Listening to Renaissance Worldwide Singapore; Dave Seamen mix.

Nice beige head on the pour but quickly goes away. Dark brown ... just lighter than a standard porter... Dark cherry highlites when held up to a light.

Smell is caramel sugar ... figs ... and raisins. Alcohol clears the nose with a finish of piney hops.

Good mouthfeel ... thick and slick at the same time... yummy ... caramel sweetness is prevelant. Good balance sort of a black tea bitterness .... odd but nonoffensive pink bubble gum in there somewhere. Big boned; a definate sipper.

This is a very good but not great BSDA ... Descent complexity, I would buy it again, but this time I would let a bottle or 2 cellar until next holiday season.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 09:17:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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IntriqKen

California

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 04:31:11 | More by IntriqKen
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle looks like New England micro, but the beer actually hails from a small brewery in Belgium.

Pours a nice dark red color. Lace is decent.

Nose is sweet (berries), with some hop spice.

The taste is sweet and smooth, with hops and alcohol coming later.

I liked it. The fruitiness was almost like a herbal tea. Not a real standout Belgian, especially for this category, but pleasant nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 03:09:19 | More by Freshie
Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
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