Winter Koninck | Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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Winter KoninckWinter Koninck

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Brouwerij De Koninck NV

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 12-09-2003

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 86
Photo of TPoling
4.42/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter Koninck has a deep tan head and gives off a scent of roasted malt intertwined with fresh hay and spice.

There is an earthiness to this ale that is appropriate for its origins. There is a lot of body and an overwhelming flavor of coriander that is balanced well by the maltiness. I am surely keeping the cork in at least one bottle in a cool dark place for a taste next year.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crystal clear, scarlet-tinted deep-amber body rests gently beneath a tall head of rocky off-white foam that holds well and initially leaves thin, creamy rings and splashes of lace about the glass. The nose expresses the typical, dryish spice character of De Koninck. In the flavor, dried dark fruits (prune, raisin) and subtle yeasty spice (sublime cinnamon) appear before a well-balanced, solid bitterness comes into play. It's a touch musty; and there's a very deep caramelization to its subtly sweet toasty malt before leafy hops appear. It finishes dry with a touch of fruit, earth, and must. An enjoyable beer that tempts with its subtle complexities and satiates while beckoning another sip. Excellent drinkability rounds things out. Not unlike the other De Koninck beera, it's not a head turner but the bottle will empty surprisingly quickly. Great during the holidays before, during, and after a meal.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours almost a cream soda amber orange color with very good head retention and fair lacing. The beer is pretty malty and sweet on the nose, but with some underlying rootbeer and tangerine. The beer smells pretty good. On the palate this beer is very pleasant. My initial reaction is that it's pretty simple and one dimensional, but as it sits in my glass I get banana, coconut, butterscotch and ranier cherry. Not so simple after all; it's just not made in a blockbuster style. The beer is very light on its feet and is not the least bit tiring or heavy. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and it finishes very well. This beer is very easy to drink, with an abv. that is almost unnoticeable.

Very solid beer from De Koninck.

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Photo of drewbage
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on Draft at Lucky Baldwin's in a Moinette glass.

Dark amber beer with intense cherry red highlight with a low white head that sticks to the glass with a splat.

Nose is of dried cherries mixed with walnuts for a deep earthy background not.

Flavor is soft and malty with a waxy rose and cherry candy flavor.

The beer in the mouth is incredibly fluffy with a long lingering cherry pit like touch.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in various places in Antwerp, Belgium, but this reviewed bottle was had in Oud Arsenaal.

This beer poured a slightly hazy, garnet color with creamy, light brown foam that was slow to settle and clung to the glass in spots. The smell was malty with a touch of vinous Munich maltiness. The taste was nicely malty with a light sweetness and fruitiness as well as a bit of vinousness. The mild hoppiness came through in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth with medium-full body and good carbonation (crisp up front). Overall a very nice beer, and very drinkable around town in Antwerp.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I spend some serious time just marveling at this beautifully lambent piece of copper/cherry glass. Bubbles coat much of the interior of the glass. Strangely enough, the big finely foamy head looks almost exactly like the one on the pint of Bear Republic XP Pale Ale I just had! On this one, however, the head stays perfectly flat as it shrinks away. The smell is rather medicinal with cherry overtones, and carries a slight sourness.

The taste is medicinal, but this medicine is unusually welcoming and inoffensive. In that regard it reminds me of Maredsous 8. It's certainly nowhere near as cloying as the smell led me to expect. It's very highly carbonated, but the fineness of the bubbles produces a pleasant tingliness that I feel in my cheeks!

As I drain the glass and admire the spotty and sudsy lacing, I admire the well-balanced progression of tastes. First comes a slightly woody carbonation. Then the somewhat medicinal and slightly syrupy cherry flavor comes along. The long finish brings that bitter, slightly tart cheek-tingling wave. Nothing is underdone or overstated; each phase is ample and well-balanced. I like this stuff a lot. It's very drinkable for its style.

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Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Deluxe
The beer pours deep amber to almost brown color with a modest light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture and the lace a surrounding sheet upon the glass. Nose has a plum like aroma backed up by sweet malt, fresh and clean to the sense, start is sweet with a nice grain profile. Finish is stern in acidity and the hops pleasantly spicy in their bite, quite dry and the aftertaste long lasting, a fine drinking beer, went great with the food.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden orange, with a moderate white head, the first pour was free of sediment, the second, although gentle, swirled with chunks of yeast as large as small coins. Thin, finely beaded lace lines the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy, with notes of coriander, alcohol, mild hops, apple peel, dark fruit, earthy yeast, and wood.

Taste: Opens with notes of bitter apple, earth, yeast, and quite earthy undertones as well. There is also a subtle note of bitter chocolate, and some hints of dark fruit. Towards the finish, fairly bitter herbal hop notes appear; these linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly full, with champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: In all, quite well-made beer, certainly suitable for a holiday celebration.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian bomber with a cork and cage closure, served in a 250 ml De Koninck chalice.

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Photo of silenius
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other reviews gave me the impression this beer was only mediocre, but I did like it.

Best by date of Dec. 10, 2004.

It pours a clear copper color with a big long lasting head.

Smell is light fruitcake with light spices. Sweeter malt overtones predominate with just a hint of spice in there.

Taste is little weak, but still nice. I did not get the impression this beer was too sweet. It is nicely sweet with some spice to partially balance it. Hop flavor in there as well.

Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated without being prickly. Nice scrubbing bubbles.

I had no problem finishing this and would consider getting another. Not a winter warmer by any means, but a nice spiced slightly sweeter beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party.

Poured hazy brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was lasting and produced fair lacing. Moderate nutty malt and yeast aroma. Medium body with flat carbonation. Moderate spicy sweet&sour flavor with medium sweet & sour finish of moderate duration.

Very refreshing.

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Photo of Brabander
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer tonight at a restaurant where i live. Me and Mrs. Brabander went out for a bite. I asked the waitress for the tapbeers and she mentioned this one. I can remember i had this on from the bottle and that was not really a success. This tapversion was different!

Poured in the original chalice the beers looks very well. Nice one finger head and a black fluid. Roasted malts all over the place but in a decent way.

Easy drinkable with hints of chocolate (Very far away in the taste). A totally different beer on tap!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/12/04, so I'm over a year late. The color is a hazy, dark cherry red with a large, light brown head. Thick chunks of sediment float around in the beer. Aroma has a vague spice smell atop of dark malts and alcohol. Taste has a dark earthy malt flavor joined by a sweet, sugary Belgian flavor. The taste also has a bit of dark fruit and cola flavors. A touch of alcohol is in the mix throughout. Towards the finish a ribbon of spice pops in. Good stuff here, I wish everything this far past it's "best by" date were this good. Overall malt flavor could have been stronger, but this was enjoyably subtle.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap into a tulip glass to an orange brown with very light edge coloration. Only a little head that goes away quickly.

Very little aroma: a bit of spice, alcohol, raisin, sourness and hints of malt. But all very faint.

It definitely has saison/bready/wild yeast flavor but extremely balanced in the light malt flavor. It i only verly lightly spiced and I can taste nutmeg,clove and ginger. I had it with snowcrab legs and the initial sour/funkiness vanishes into an alluring pear like sweetness with seafood.

Despite the unusual flavors that come through it is very drinkable and light in the mouth.

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Photo of twilight
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark but clear ruby color with slightly lacy head. The nose is fruity, quite sweet with what appears to be an overload of spices. The body is light and sweet, spiced beyond belief, but not so much that it overcomes the beer. I mean, this a good Belgian strong, the kind with arms that don't crush you in their embrace. I understand why this is a winter seasonal. The spicing is like apple pie without the apples. Sugarplum fairies? perhaps. I like the way it coats the tongue with flavorful spices. Kind of reminds me of a tripel in that way....

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy, dark burgundy color with a small, foamy, light brown head. It left soapy, sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and somewhat fruity. There were notes of candy sugar, as well.

T - It had sweet biscuity malts with some candy sugar sweetness coming through. Good spiciness and yeasty kick.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale that is pretty easy drinking.

D - This is a good Belgian. Good balance of malty sweetness and spice.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been a little underwhelmed by the de Koninck stuff, but I was happy to see the Winter Koninck. There's a good chance for a little more oomph. Let's see...

Clear, jewel-red beer; a touch orangey. A medium-sized, tan, noisy head. Peanuts in the nose and a little tangy. Grainsy front, grapes, a bit sweet. Foamy middle is quite wine-like. More roasty grains in the finish. Nice bitterness. Is that apples? This is a decent, wine-like, grainsy beer. Not bad.

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Photo of Katahdin
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a nice amber color and the aroma is definitely sweet, like one would expect from a candy factory. The initial taste has flavors of fruits such as cherries, pears and maybe even some raisins. Finishes with a lingering aftertaste of spices but not overwhelmingly so. The carbonation is a bit thin so one tends to drink it a bit faster than most Belgians but overall has favorable drinkability.

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Photo of dauss
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml caged and corked. Date stamped on the bottle, 10 12 04. Cork came out quite easily and almost gushed over when it came off.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber ruby. A small light tan head rests on top.

Smell: lots of plums, malt, brown sugar, and alcohol. Very pleasant.

Taste: malty and very sweet, maybe a little too sweet. More brown sugar, with a clean, sweet, and a slight astringency. Light mixture of spices, very subtle and hard to pull apart, but I think there's a little cinnamon. Alcohol is barely detectable at 6.5%.

Notes: Body is a little on the thin side. A little too sweet. Strong carbonation affects the drinkability. It's a fairly good beer, but I've had better belgians.

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Photo of MAB
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice effort but a bit of a disappointment. I was hoping for more spice, a bigger mouthfeel, and a dark-- almost black-- color.
Instead, the beer is a copper brown with a thin head and plenty of carbonation.
The flavors are muted but very pleasant. Lots of sweetness, a hint of bitterness, a nice yeast. No spice notes or other flavors that I could detect, yet the glass was empty in no time.
For now I'll stick to the "Blond Koninck", though.

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Photo of ImusBeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Came in an 11oz pour, dark reddish with a slight offwhite head. A bit hard to see through but still no hazy.

The smell of maple, malt and honey. Hints of blueberry? possibly and of Molassas in the taste. A bit of whiskey oak flavours as well?

The mouth was a little winey with a whiskey like feel but without the heavy alcohol sting. It's a very nice sipping beer, not that heavy on the spice for a winter brew.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a 1/2" creamed-coffee-colored head, which slowly dissipated to reveal some nice lacing. The body was the same color as Grade-A Amber Maple Syrup, and exhibited some occasional coarse bubble working their way up the sides of the glass.

S- Smells of Belgian yeast, caramel malt, burnt candy sugar... and a distinct nutiness emerged as the beer warmed. Restrained aromas of nutmeg were also playing in the background.

T- The taste begins as a replicate of the nose: Belgian yeast, caramel malt, burnt candy sugar, a pronounced nuttiness and nutmeg. But there is also a clear indication of fusel alcohol here... a distinct boozy flavor that you wouldn't expect from a 6.5% ABV brew. The finish is long and lingers with hints of stone fruit.

M- Medium body... reasonably attenuated... and a soft carbonation. Not bad, but nothing to write home about in the mouthfeel department.

D- This beer is quite drinkable... but the fusel alcohols are a bug turn-off, and make me fear an oncoming hangover!

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice drinking Belgian. Some spice yeasty malty aroma and that's in the taste, along with sugar. Cellared for a year or so. Very much sweet dessert, went fast. Whitish body with good head. Above average mouthfeel from creamy caramel. Some cinammon.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, bready and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are fruity and slightly sweet. Touch of banana and clove, cherries and plums. There is also a touch of must that complements the dry finish. Slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby-tinged deep amber colour, head is pale cream colour and disperses quickly. Hints of bead around the edges, slight lace. Looks OK?

Smell is sweet and fruity, with plenty of dried fruit - plums, banana and plenty of vanilla. Caramel toffee and a hint of nutmeg. A bit oversweet, but pleasant Wintery notes.

Taste is richer. Light caramel notes upfront that develops strong, earthy fruit notes with plum and sour cherry. The palate grows sweeter towards late-mid, with vanilla and a touch of cinnamon spice. Pleasant overall, nice fruitness that manages to give complex Belgian sugars without going overboard on the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, too much fizz. Decent body otherwise though.

The sour cherry flavour is really the hero here, balancing the palate as well as giving good texture to the flavour profile. Good beer, good for drinking during the colder months.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a big beige head. Noticeable suspended yeast. The head got ultra creamy upon disappating.
Malt, plums and brown sugar aromas. A bit of spice and a whisper of a bubblegum smell.
Earthy sweet malt taste that segued into a fruitiness that reminded me of an artificial grape flavor (Jolly Rancher)? Finishes fruity and lightly bitter with a lemony yeast taste.
Light bodied with a thin, yet full mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation.
For the style, this seemed lighter and less complex than most.

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