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Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
87
very good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom visit their website
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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Vancer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 20:57:53 | More by Vancer
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:08:00 | More by Monkeyknife
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adamette

Ohio

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.)

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 00:18:35 | More by adamette
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:03:32 | More by Cresant
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 01:07:35 | More by mltobin
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BeTheBall

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 17:50:12 | More by BeTheBall
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 19:27:55 | More by sonicdescent
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chrisafari

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 21:03:51 | More by chrisafari
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 03:35:50 | More by biegaman
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RedBeerchetta

Massachusetts

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 04:15:40 | More by RedBeerchetta
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Wildman

Ohio

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 05:09:03 | More by Wildman
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Douglas88

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 05:49:44 | More by Douglas88
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:17:10 | More by oakbluff
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tedsox31

Illinois

3.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 23:09:19 | More by tedsox31
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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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MrRetardedMonkey

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 MrRetardedMonkey
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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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