Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom
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3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Apparently the Kerkom brewery knows me all too well. They know that as the Christmas time draws near that my endulgence in all things succulent, sweet, and decedent increases. And they're taking full advantage.
Dark ruby-brown colors are surprisingly light in haze and shows off a a dainty glow of black cherry from underneath. It's dark color hides the rise of bubbles that work to construct a creamy and stubborn head that laces with clinging lace.
Malt and fruit converge in the aroma with impressionable memories of plumb, raisin, cherry, and a candied sweet scent that smell like candy stores. Confectioner's sugar notes align with a winy and earthy scent that promises as much acidity as it does bitterness.
Malty sweet with the supple taste of candied fruit, the beer prefers the taste of hard candy, plumb, raspberry, red grape, and cider that begins to give rise to the more earthen taste of prune, apple, orange, and raisin; all before fading into a semi-dry malt taste and light peppery spice.
Medium-full, the beer leads with a creamy-sweet candied texture. But a turn to mid palate of acidic bite and sprite effervescence provide lift, the finish is warm, spicy, and earthen.
Kerkom's winter warmer certainly captures the taste of the more candied taste of Belgian dark strong ales and less of the "darker" tastes- just in time for my sweet tooth to wake from its hibernation and demand attention.
12-05-2012 07:53:54 | More by BEERchitect
4.3/5 rDev +10.3%
On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.
Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and some slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a very sweet flavor and a nice toasty malt presence. There is a slight alcohol kick with each sip and a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice robust flavor that definitely fits in as a Winter beer.
07-04-2012 04:52:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
Appearance: Pours a molasses color with a large-bubbled though small head that fades without leaving much of a remembrance
Smell: Dried dark fruit and spice cake, with fig, date and licorice as well as brown sugar and cinnamon; the juniper berries add a gin-like character, as well
Taste: Both the spice cake and dark fruits found in the aroma permeate the front end with the middle adding a touch of brandy and tea character; after the swallow, there is a yeasty and leathery dryness that develops, with the juniper berries arriving in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation
Overall: I have cellared this bottle for a while and that may have affected the mouthfeel; still, the flavors come together powerfully and present a complex profile - a bit of Christmas in June, to jump the gun
06-02-2012 18:37:24 | More by brentk56
3.4/5 rDev -12.8%
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
05-24-2012 21:10:38 | More by BostonHops
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark mahogany pour with one finger caramel colored head with decent retention and nice lacing. Big fruity, boozy, and spicy nose with lots of dark fruit along with hints of toast, molasses, espresso, and a bit of black licorice. The taste follows suit with the dark fruit dominating. Hints of raisins, plums, burnt toast, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and booze. Can't speak to the presence or absence of the Juniper berries since I'm not familiar with the taste. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with a bit more carbonation than expected, with a tangy, bitter finish. No attempt to disguise the 8.3 ABV which gives it that nice subtle warming as it goes down. It definitely opens up as it comes to temperature and is surprisingly drinkable for as boozy as it was. Another solid offering from Brouwerij Kerkom!
04-24-2012 15:47:22 | More by beerdrifter
3.9/5 rDev 0%
Certainly looks the type--deep, dark brown, just shy of black. Slow forming head, neat to watch due to the contrast of the dark liquid mixing with the lighter bubbles. Little retention, and leaves almost nothing behind.
Has an almost smokey scent, light notes of coffee and dark chocolate, slightly malty with the faintest bit of fruit.
Only slight touches of everything found in the nose, but on the tongue the juniper berries finally make a presence with a hop-like piney taste.
Very little upfront, almost watered down before the good stuff comes on strong. Near the back of the tongue any sweetness turns to a smokey, bitter that clings to the tongue well into the swallow. Medium bodied with a slight pale ale finish.
This was pretty easy to drink. I've only had juniper berries one time before but this was more pronounced. The beer isn't something you can drink a lot of, but the bitter is mild and the high alcohol easily hidden.
04-14-2012 01:38:26 | More by RickS95
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
two time winner of the annual bars & brews bakeoff and winter beer tasting!
This is a great dark holiday beer and one of Kerkom's best!
cloudy and dark brown
Somewhat sweet, a bit earthy and plenty of dark fruit. A great choice for holiday beer trials
03-31-2012 07:30:34 | More by heymikew
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
Appearance: Hazed ruby. Off white head. Retention OK. Good amount of lacing.
Smell: Malty, fruity. Some Belgian yeast qualities (fig, raisin, dark fruit)
Taste: Nice elements of juniper berry and bitter hops. Hops come off as woody and very earthy. Quite yeasty, with soft dark fruit notes. Finishes dry, chalky and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, semi dry.
Overall: A Belgian ale with considerable bitterness, juniper, and strength. Good use of juniper in a beer. Dig it.
03-28-2012 23:06:46 | More by Stinkypuss
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
Fills a Dogfish Head snifter ruddy, dark bronze with a modest fine almond head that leaves light lacing. There are tiny streams of carbonation within and a viscous film on the glass.
This one has a fruity, plum pudding nose with some brandy. The usual BSDA dark fruits are showcased, including dates and figs. This one is sweeter than most.
This was aged about a year and the flavors are not quite to style. It does somewhat follow the nose, vacillating between sweet candy sugar and light bitterness. The complexity works well with the subtle nuances as it warms. There is a light, lingering finish.
A full, luscious body with alcohol about as expected and a light, prickly carbonation.
This is a good, relaxed version of the style. Best after dinner or while enjoying the calmness of life.
03-03-2012 13:37:06 | More by SLeffler27
4/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Poured out a dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of dried fruits - raisin, plum and currants. Nice malty nose, too.
T - It tasted of plum and raisin. Good sweet maltiness with a nice spicy bite.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This a really good Belgian Dark Ale. Another good winter brew from the Shelton Bros.
02-16-2012 02:33:13 | More by zeff80
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
01-28-2012 16:20:11 | More by KTCamm
Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
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