1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bink Winterkoninkske - Brouwerij Kerkom

Not Rated.
Bink WinterkoninkskeBink Winterkoninkske

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 159
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bink Winterkoninkske Alström Bros
Ratings: 159 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of EtOHMD
EtOHMD

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%

Received as a gift as part of a 5 pack of Belgian Christmas beers.

A: Dark brown to ruby red with very thin head

S: Best quality of this beer. Vanilla, clove, and ultimately egg nog.

T: Expected more based on the smell, although improved as drank more of it. Caramel, dark fruits, with an almost whiskey like aftertaste.

M: Crisp, surprisingly light.

D: Seemed to get better with more sips. Would have been interested to drink more to get a better feel.

Overall, an average to above average beer with better smell than taste.

12-30-2009 00:42:13 | More by EtOHMD
Photo of jrallen34
jrallen34

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer is a medium brown, like cola, with a 2 finger medium tan head that is gone way to quickly. Lacing is lax.

The aroma is very nice, its sweet on the front with candied applies, caramel and vinegar and at the end a nice little spice of nutmeg.

The taste is nice and complex, almost quadish. It starts pretty sweet with some tofee and finishes with a nice bitter finish.

The feel is very nice and really drinkable.

Overall a very nice winterish/christmas beer.

12-29-2009 01:37:27 | More by jrallen34
Photo of kaseydad
kaseydad

California

3.55/5  rDev -9%

Snifter pour and am met with a dark brown ale and a beige head which quickly disappears and leaves bubbles clinging to the side of the snifter.

Aroma is awesome! Candy apple, semi-sweet chocolate, pear, light banana scent and some boozy characteristics to name a few. Very complex smell. Reminds me of a Barelywine or a Tripel. Excellent!

The taste has some slight hoppy kick to it. Not much sweetness in the blend but there is nice somewhat bitter aftertaste which leaves me yearning to quench it with another sip. The big aroma I inhale each time I sip is nice. There is a slight warming from the alcohol presence.

This beer hits me in the noggin as I continue to consume it therefore the drinkability is somewhat lower. Multiples would be a slight challenge to consume...but could be worth the effort.

Overall this is a nice cold weather beer and worth a shot to search it out.

12-20-2009 19:15:34 | More by kaseydad
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a cola like brown color with a rather small tan colored head that dissipates into a light ring. The aroma is of candied cherries and grape juice, and some carob. The flavor is a bit mellow for the abv and style. The taste is of cherries and grape juice, somes prune and a light tobacco earthiness. The brew has a moderate feel with fizzy carbonation, no cloying sweetness which makes for a drinkable beer. An easy drinking BSDA, it is a bit lacking in the flavor department to make this a great brew. Enjoyable but don't expect to be blown away.

11-27-2009 17:32:06 | More by Gmann
Photo of swierczt
swierczt

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

11.2 oz bottle poured into goblet.

A) Redish brown color. Small off-white head that disappears quickly.

S) Sweet molasses, brown sugar and bit yeasty.

T) Maple syrup, dark fruit, dates, sweet malt. I found this beer to have several layers of flavor.

M) Fair amount of carbonation (contrary to others reviews). Small bubbles coat my tongue.

D) More complex then I expected. I enjoyed this beer, but would probably save it for a cooler evening next time.

08-08-2009 21:37:44 | More by swierczt
Photo of taez555
taez555

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer poured a dark ruby coca cola colored body with a fizzy off-white head that died quickly.

Smell is very intense with a lot of funky Belgian dark ale notes. Dark ripe fruits, raisins, plums, prunes, dark candy sugar, and a very strong alcohol.

Taste is medium bodied with a much simpler taste. It almost has a mix of Belgian Dark and German Bock. Very earthy, and even gamey with German dunkel notes. Dark malts, a slight burnt flavor, lots strong Belgian dark ale flavors. Raisins, plums, prunes, dark fruits, sugar and some caramel. Hops are non existent, or only give it some backbone to balance out the malt.

I know it says it's a Belgian Dark ale with junipers, but I honestly couldn't taste any, Overall though, a really nice Belgian Dark ale. Smell is kinda funky, but taste is right in line with any quality Belgian Dark.

07-16-2009 22:02:46 | More by taez555
Photo of bskrtz
bskrtz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

A) Dark murky mahogany. Cloudy with floating sediment

S) Sweet ginger bread, sour dough and a hint of Juniper berries as advertised on the bottle

T) Dark fruit, dates, sweet malt. Hint of berry but very subtle. Despite reviews to the contrary, I found this beer to be very complex.

M) Low carbonation bordering on flat. My only complaint... Possibly limited to this specific bottle, but caveat emptor

D) I enjoyed this beer but would not seek it out. So many great beers, so little time

07-09-2009 00:05:34 | More by bskrtz
Photo of paco1029384756
paco1029384756

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a small light an head.

Scent of sugars and dark fruits. Not very good, too simple and strong sweetness holds it back.

Taste of sugars and dark fruits. No complexity to speak of, it's okay, at least the alcohol is hidden well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but nearly flat.

05-10-2009 23:38:20 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of tmoneyba
tmoneyba

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate yeast, spice and dark fruit aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium fruiity sweet flavor with a medium rich sweet finish of moderate duration.

Good complex warming brew.

04-28-2009 01:11:26 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of mmmbeer
mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

11.2 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Brewed with seven malts, rolled oats, two Belgian hops and juniper berries; unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned. It pours into the snifter a deep, dark crimson, with an inch of beige foam that reduces to a thin collar and leaves a few wisps of lacing. Fruity and aromatic, with vinous notes, pineapple, overripe pear, melon?, chocolate, caramel, hints of pine and yeast, mildly-spicy hops, suggestions of port, a dark, sugary sweetness, and some late maraschino. On the palate there are notes of plum, fig, apple, sweet maraschino, touches of chocolate and caramel, a creeping sweetness, tongue-numbing juniper, and well-buried spicy/green hops that impart a mild to medium bitterness. It has a medium body with a fine, conditioned feel, and a warming, bittersweet, estery finish. This is a damn fine beer; it is delicious, and the juniper is present, but nowhere near as assertive as I was expecting. A complex brew that will age very well.

04-15-2009 18:25:00 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Nick3
Nick3

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

Beer poured into my Rochefort chalice forms a tan 2 finger head. Dark chocolate brown in color, ample lacing, and lots of bubbles in the pillowy head. Smell is enticing with notes of dark fruit, candied sugar, malt and spices. Taste is yeasty and sweet with some spice and peppers. Alcohol is well hidden in the full bodied brew. Carbonation lacking a bit but otherwise I really enjoyed this one.

04-11-2009 15:17:22 | More by Nick3
Photo of blakesell
blakesell

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a German stein.

Appearance- Beer pours cloudy and brown like caramelized brown sugar and malt with an almost resinous look to it when held to the light with the particles from the yeast moving around in there. Head is a healthy two and a half fingers high of an amber brown and my only gripe is that the head doesn't linger around too well or leave much in the way of lacing on the glass.

Smell- Quite a nose on this gem. Brown sugar and brown malts with a rich molasses and raisin coming through. Little to nothing in the way of candi sugar. A buttery rich almost kettle corn scent that clings to my nose hairs and makes me want to sniff it longer than I have time for in this review. Hops are not present.

Taste- Sweet, resiny, and a bit of maple in the flavor, this is one unique beer that I would like to find on it's own outside of some Best of Belgium box set, but it's good in the box as well. Rating this next to any other Bink I have had, tripel or Bloessom, this one would be right on top. Rich smooth dark malts with molasses and brown ale leanings, ripe juicy plums (sugarplums?), a bit of warming alcohol, but it is welcome here.

Mouthfeel- Lightly warming, highly carbonated, medium full in body, creamy, not sticky, not cloying, lovely.

Drinkability- This has to be one of my favorites in the Belgian Winter category. I have had very few with this level of drinkability, granted, I couldn't make it through a six pack without making an ass of myself, but I would have a great time doing it.

03-31-2009 00:55:32 | More by blakesell
Photo of Vancer
Vancer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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.)

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

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

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

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

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

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -34.6%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%

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.

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

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

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

Manitoba (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

10-19-2008 01:17:10 | More by oakbluff
Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
87 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.