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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
87
very good

169 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
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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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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  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.

Photo of littlebibs
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of albern
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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 OWSLEY069
4.42/5  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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.42/5  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.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
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 Freshie
3.82/5  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.

Photo of cbl2
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/31/2007 $4.39 11.2 oz. 8.30% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a deep dark brown with loads of carbonation revealing a hint of scarlet red. Topped by a foamy film of tan head.

Aroma:

Candied orange soaked in rum and butterscotch. Odd, but somewhat appealing.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Lush chewy mouthfeel is accompanied by a sweet, but not too sweet dark candied fruit and orange peel sensation, with maybe a touch of brown sugar. Bottle states it is brewed with Juniper berries, but I cannot detect that. They also claim to be brining hops back to Belgium, but those are lacking as well, not that I'm complaining, as what is on display is quite pleasurable.

Photo of goochpunch
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took me a while to find this one on BA.

Pours a super cloudy brown/red, thick tan head forms, nice lacing, settles to a pretty looking layer. Smell is sweet, dates, almost oxidization, toffee, molasses, chocolate and spice, some yeast, touch of alcohol. Taste is very malty, chocolate and molasses, dark fruits, citrusy yeast, weak finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not great, but interesting and a nice sipper.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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.

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.

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

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what is up with the picture of the beer? the neck of the bottle looks bent or something. weird.

anyway, this is served from the winter 05/06 release in 12oz bottles. poured into a unibroue tall tulip.

dark belgian appearance with some muddy orange highlights where the beer thins. microfilm skin of tan foam sticks around on top, lacing is nonexistent.

the aroma given off by this beer is absolutely amazing. sweet belgian malts bleed a plethora of candied fruits.. apricots, cherries, and raisins secrete sucrose. something (possibly the juniper berries) add a slight tart element and hint of licorice to the aroma. very complex and a joy to sniff.

taste is a little rough. mouthfeel/drinkability-wise, this beer hits all the right notes like a traditional dubbel.. creamy yet carbonated and richly sweet yet following through with an alcohol sting in the belly. the nice raisiny malt flavor is torn apart by an offsetting blend of hops and the unripe pucker of the juniper. some nice fruits emerge in the finish, and with warmth.. sweet and light like blueberries.

an interesting experiment with a very solid belgian abbey-style base. recommended for a try, but not my cup of tea for repeat purchases. it's kerkom, whaddya want???

Photo of ybnorml
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with mahogony highlights. Has a small off white/custard colored head. There is a strong dried fruit character in the aroma. Mostly apple and a hint of fig. A light sweet malt note at the start of the taste with hints of cherry and apple. Has a very dry finish. The dry finish made my mouth feel odd and made me think of alum. Probably the juniper.

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

(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.

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

Darkest bronze-brown on the coaster, muted crimson with orange borders when exposed to the bright morning sunshine. The head was several fingers in height after the pour and hasn't noticeably fallen in the past several minutes. It's a wonderful shade of toasted golden beige and is an appropriate color foil for the beer beneath. A paltry amount of lace is a minor disappointment.

The nose is a good one. It's dominated by sweet, dark fruit such as dates, figs and raisins. Actually, it probably isn't dark enough to be considered overly raisiny. In addition, there's a sweet apple cider vibe goin' on. An understated Belgian yeastiness keeps the aroma well within the bounds of the style.

Winterkoninkske strikes me as a BSDA that is dark maltier and sweeter than most, even if those aspects of its personality aren't that far from the style average. Fruitiness is still the centerpiece, with raisins now on equal footing with the others. Dark caramel and earthy tobacco make contributions as well. As I continue to sip and savor, the beer seems less sweet to me. Or at least the sweetness is countered by a still active bitterness.

I like it, but I'm still waiting for that little neuron flash that says 'damn, this is great beer'. Good? Undoubtedly. Great is another matter entirely, however. The 8.3% ABV has to be a misprint. Perhaps the person who sent the information to the label maker has dyslexia and it's really 3.8%. In any case, no alcohol is noted on the palate.

The final pour brings a turbidity to the appearance, a greater intensity to the flavor profile and an ever so slight fullness to the mouthfeel. Not enough to make me want to change any of the scores, but I do like the beer at the bottom of the bottle more than I like the beer at the top of the bottle. And I liked the beer at the top of the bottle just fine.

Winterkoninkske translates as 'winter wren'. My bottle is aged (although it's still almost a year away from its 'best by' date), so perhaps it had more verve when fresh. Perhaps not. I set the bar pretty high when it comes to this style, so a 'merely good' BSDA is certainly nothing to sneeze at. I may pick up another bottle if the opportunity presents itself.

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.

Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
87 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.