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Winter Koninck | Brouwerij De Koninck NV

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Winter KoninckWinter Koninck

Brewed by:
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 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 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 Imbiber
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Mark Bar, Brooklyn, a couple of weeks ago (notes taken).

Dark amber to brown with a minimal head. Aroma not too distinctive, mildly fruity. Flavour was malty, biscuity, a bit sweet. The biscuit notes lingered (brown malt?), and a mild hoppiness came through in the end. There were hints of spices in evidence too, which I couldn't quite put my finger on.

Not bad but not as distinctive and enjoyable as I had hoped.

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Photo of Morris729
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber color with a tall light tan head that slowly drops at an even pace coating the walls of the glass with a sticky lace as it does so. Nose has some sugary candy-like sweetness to it along with some earthy aromas in the background. Medium in body—a bit thinner than I’d expected. Taste begins with sweet malts and a bit of Belgian spice followed by some smoky and peaty notes but is lacking in depth throughout the tasting. A decent beer that I have no problem drinking, but I would have to say that this is a disappointment considering the quality of the other De Koninck beers I have tried.

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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 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 RBorsato
3.26/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish-amber with a nice tan head, good carbonation, and lace. Perfumey/spicy aroma is intense. Dry perfumey-spice flavor is prominent with a plastic type flavor ... strange. Medium bodied with a "plastic" dry finish.

A decent specialty brew but not nearly as good or complex as their staple brew... I would not buy this one again.

Per DeK website: 14.7 Plato

Best Before: 101204
Tasted: 12/31/03

($6.74 / 25.4 oz / 750 ml Corked and Caged Bottle)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper brown mahogany in color wiht a nice full sized off white head leaves a nice amount of lacing that is intricate in design. Aroma: Stiff hop profile with the malt smelling similar to leather or maybe even some spent caramel malts if it's lucky with a slightly citrus account to tell of. Taste: Very blunt and in your face bitter and off I can't ever remember a big bottle that I disliked as much as this one. I can't deal with this some underlying spice is just no good here scores poorly across the board. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied overcaerbonated. Drinkability: Blah look for anyother winter ale and you'll be happy with what you went for.

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Photo of jahred
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of my beer reviews from a winter tasting with my friends.

The Winter Koninck pours a dark brown with a fairly thin head. There's a yeasty plum scent to the beer, but not much else in terms of smell. The taste if rich and malty and of raisins, with a yeasty, lemoney aftertaste. After it warmed up a bit I noticed that the beer is definitely a little bit thin. Overall, the taste and smell were nice, but nothing spectactular, especially for a winter/strong belgian dark ale (ie you can definitely do better for this style).

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Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to say I expected alot more from this beer,pours a medium brown with a decent creamy head,aroma was really smokey with some spiced cherries in their as well.The taste was not that pleasant seemed to be very medicinal with those smokey hints in there as well with a light nutmeg flavor that seemed to linger after swallowing.I wont get again but glad I tried it.

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Photo of beergeek279
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a snifter. The color was a dark amber, with a large foamy white head. The smell is a plumish malt. The taste was terribly off; a horrible cardboard taste covered up any of the plum sweetness, and the alcohol was far too overpowering for 6.5% ABV. Mouthfeel was average. Drinkability-wise, I certainly wouldn't have another of these.

A shame...I've definitely enjoyed the other De Koninck brews that I've had. I'm just hoping that I had a bad batch; otherwise, this is one I wouldn't have again.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Now this is a turn up for the books, a newly introduced beer that looked visually appealing and caught my interest. $6.99 gets you 1 Pint 9.4 fluid ounces of this beer in the classic tall 750ml brown glass bottle. A large obverse single label whose lower third has a Bruegel-ian winter scene whilst the upper two-thirds has the words Winter Koninck in white lettering set against a dark orange. Labeled as 6.5% ABV and a Best Before Date of 10-12-04, that’s a Euro 10th December next year date note! Has a shouldered Cork that is covered with a nice looking all-Gold wired Cap n’ Cage assembly. Looks are “very purchasable”.

Appearance: Some light grey gunsmoke as the Cork (numbered 15/03) ‘fhupped’ from the Bottle. An exceptionally clear dark copper brown body with a few streamers, but not many, some light ruby red when held to the ceiling light. A nice vanilla beige head quickly formed, as with most Belgium Ales, and slowly rescinded as the trapped air escaped to a smooth ½” covering that has a few large bubbles on the surface. Conditioning levels are average, a quick swirl helps swell the already good head that has formed.

Nose: Sweaty malts and some dark sugar odors. Light spices and a smell of freshly dug over soil in the middle which blankets most of the odors.

Taste: Sweet malts with a soil-spice character that is not identifiable at all but moreover is a mish-mash of spice-like flavors that have no form. The sweetness is forced and somewhat cloying and sticky, almost out of place. The finish has the sticky trademark of wet brown sugar on the teeth from an over sweetened soda, whilst the finish also exhibits the same sweet-soil-spice trait that started the beer. I’m not impressed at all with this. This was so nearly a 2.5.

Mouthfeel: There is not much to this beer, the body is like that of a thin dark overtly sweetened Mild - there is not really that much to support the beer in the mouth.

Drinkability: If this would have been the De Koninck or even better the Cuvée, the 750ml would have long gone. As it is the bottle is still half full as I get this far in my Review. To put it politely, this is just a below average drinking dark beer.

Overall: I like De Koninck, but this is a bit of a disappointment sadly. It's thin & has 'forced' incoherent flavors, it is rather boring actually. This just does not quite “do it for me” to be honest, it’s not bad, rather just very average and not great. And – this was three bottles away from the two rows of Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru which was retailing for the same price, $6.99. It’s just no contest I’m afraid. I am not sure I would invest in this one again, in fact, I know I wouldn’t. A big disappointment from a Brewery that I know can do much better than this.

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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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Winter Koninck from Brouwerij De Koninck NV
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