Bink Winterkoninkske
Brouwerij Kerkom

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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #99
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,779
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.45%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
200
From:
Brouwerij Kerkom
 
Belgium
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  3
Gots
  14
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of The_Bujon
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!

Pours beautifully dark with a moderate head.

Aroma is fantastic, spicy and rich. Smells like a brandy christmas pudding.

Taste is also top drawer, sweet like a real winter brew spicy and caramel. A real winter treat.

Feel is glorious too, silky smooth, velvety.

Overall....an absolute must try, possibly the second best beer to gulden carolus christmas IMO.....possibly.

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Photo of OlaB
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark-brown color with a medium top of beige head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of dark malts,bread,caramel, plums,prunes, molasses,vanilla and candied sugar.
The taste starts of sweet with nice notes of dark and dried fruits and burned sugar, while the back has a strong malty flavour with nice notes of caramel and dark bread. It then goes to a slightly bitter finish, that is nicely balanced with the malty tones in the back. The aftertaste has a decent lenght. Mouthfeel is oily and smooth with a medium carbonation and a heavy body.
This was a pleasant surprise. A very good tasting and solid strong dark ale that unfortunately is not very well known.

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Photo of dcotom
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold from bottle into a tumbler. Deep, dark brown colored body, with a one-finger light tan head that settled to a thin cap leaving a bit of sticky lacing. This is loaded with malty goodness, with big aromas and flavors of dark fruit and dark bread, notes of caramel and molasses, and pleasant roasty bitterness. Lots of spiciness and some alcohol warmth make this a very inviting winter quaff. This beer makes a great pairing with pita chips and aged cheese. Delicious, and highly recommended.

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Photo of Voss
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Still one month to the Winter solstice, but it's time for a winter beer.
Winterkoninkske pours a nice dark brown with full head, great look.
Smell is a standard for the style, but mouthfeel is great, so smooth and silky, round and warming.
Taste is sweet up front, sugary, not too hoppy neither too bitter in the aftertaste, just good.
A great beer, even without that bit that make it a masterpiece.
I don't understand the rate under 4 here at BA, because it's so pleasant and very enjoyable.
Tonight I made a contest of Belgian strong dark ale with Chimay blue, both 2015, and Winterkoninkske is truly the winner.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curious that I first found this brewery only 12 months ago when I started in earnest to check-off the brews in MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium." Hard to find these beers, but this one was worth the experience (and the calories.)
For it is sweet, even for the style. But delicious on a winter night.

MJ said "Winterkoninkske offers rich, dark flavours like treacle-toffee flavoured with mint." I missed the mint, but will look for it next time.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Engine 15 (JAX).
Very dark reddish-brown body that is topped by a weak head.

Nice aroma that says "Belgian yeast".

Flavor: too sweet up front and. less so, overall. Dark fruits, faint chocolate and spices.

The body is slick, smooth, medium-full but seems a bit under-carbonated.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.97/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching sons of Anarchy 4x04. Delicious dark fruits taste. With St Bernardus, the best christmas beer Ive drunk.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar and very dark brown when held up and inspected closely. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving a collar of bubbles on the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose—plums seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of candi sugar.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of plums, clumpy yeast, and malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has bold flavors of dark fruits and last clumps. The taste also doesn't seem to be that alcoholic.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pitch black/brown with zero foam. Appears very flat.

Smell: Faint smell of juniper, coffee, and molasses.

Taste/Feel: Clean mouthfeel that flattens quickly. I don't get a whole lot of juniper but definitely some coffee. Bitter up front.

Overall: A bit disappointed.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an amber tinge. Slightly transparent but too cloudy to see through. A head of 4 fingers, beige and somewhat rusty, fades fast.

I got a caramel sort of butterscotch sent on the first sniff, but more cherry and dark fruits afterward. Vanilla, plums, figs, enjoyment.

Cherry, vanilla and figs initially, some tar like qualities, a hint of metallic, candy apple. Toast on the end.

Thick, lightly syrupy body, little carbonation.

Not a bad brew indeed. Perhaps my first by “Bink.” Found and drank in Kunming, May 4th, 2015. The style starts to taste the same after a while in my opinion, but this one holds up as RC cola to Coke- RC being this brew and Coke Chimay Blue.

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Photo of Auraan
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep, translucent dark brown with red highlights when held to light and a thin ring of tan bubbles at the edge of the glass. Overall impression of appearance is of a good looking Strong Dark body, but a bit lacking in the head. Scents of dark fruit, with notes of raisin, dried cherry, fig and light banana mingling with rich malty aromas of caramel, lightly toasted bread and bready malt, light chocolate sits in the background and there is a moderate warming alcohol presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a true to style, well done Belgian Strong Dark. Not the most standout example of the style, but quite appealing. Flavor begins sweet with strong notes of dark fruit, with notes of raisin, black cherry and prune, balanced by a lovely malt presence with notes of caramel, sweet bready malt and light esters of a banana character. Middle opens up further bready malt and caramel with a light warming alcohol present, some vinous flavors, a touch of chocolate and light toast and dark fruit, mostly raisin. Finish is sweet with notes of bready malt, light toast, hints of roast malt, dark fruit, again mostly raisin but with some dried cherry, medium-light chocolate notes and moderate warming alcohol. Aftertaste begins with lightly warming alcohol and sweet malt and shifts into lightly roasted malt and dark chocolate. Overall impression of flavor is of a very nice Belgian Strong Dark that is balanced between fruity esters and malt quite nicely. A good take on the style. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with high carbonation but not "bite" and a smooth, warming feel and finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a classic Belgian Strong Dark, no complaints. Overall this is a fine Belgian Strong Dark. It has the classic aroma and flavor of the style, aided by a wonderful mouthfeel. It's not the finest example of the style, but it is a good rendition. My only complaint is the juniper berries used in brewing are not present at all, at any level. The result is that it is a good, but not great, Belgian Strong Dark.

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Photo of pat61
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty fruit nose with traces of dark sugar and chocolate. Pours deep dark brown under a 1” tan tinted lacy head. The palate isbrown sugar and dark dried fruit . It is very creamy, full bodied with above average carbonation. It is a very pleasant drink but it needs a little something extra to stand out.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of European yeast, sweet malt, alcohol, slight syrup, hint of dark citrus, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, alcohol, slight syrup, hint of dark citrus, hint of spice, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, and body.

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Photo of mschantz
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plus dark red brown with a sliver of brown head that sticks around a bit. Nose is plum, molasses, over-ripe banana. Flavors include rich date, slight prune and anise with very little bitterness. Sweet finish left me smacking my tongue against the roof of my mouth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

cool Belgian holiday dark here. inky dark brown in color without much head. hardly any light penetrating. the nose is dark fruit, plums and dates and all, dried and sweet, rich brown sugar dark malt and spicy Belgian yeast. the beer is thicker, and its got enough body to hold all these flavors, which alternate and interweave in quite a flattering way. earthy and a touch of smoke as it finishes instead of a residual sugar bomb. a tough brew to drink a lot of, but nice and complex, and different from so many holiday brews. outstanding stuff overall, and it ages well. not quite as epic as their grand cru version, but a lovely winter seasonal.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is very dark red, only noticeable translucent when held to light. A tan head rests up top and retains as a thick ring.

Belgian yeast, caramel, spice, dried fruits and some cocoa in the scent.

Taste is also focused on dark fruits, caramel and molasses with a light yeast character. Decent spice level, some hops, chocolate, some toastiness, really quite sweet overall.

Good MF, lowish carbonation but silky smooth, not much alcohol.

On the sweet+simple side of Belgian darks but pretty tasty. A nice winter/dessert beer.

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Photo of 77black_ships
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33 cl. bottle sampled @ Bierkaffee ’t Middelpunt in Zolder. Likely vintage. Thx! Dark chestnut, woody, touch black with little mocha head. Nose is full of chocolate, dark fruits, BE yeast, touch syrup, hint esters, lovely & soft, everything you could possibly want. Taste is thick chocolate, lots of ripe & soft BE dark fruits, syrup, chocolate, cake, syrupy, caramel, warming, toffee, hint boozy even. Substantial but easy to drink. Truly impressive within & outside of its style, stellar brew.

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Photo of acevenom
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a brandy snifter. The beer pours dark toffee brown, becoming opaque in the glass, with a slowly dissipating light tan head. Some lacing is left behind on the glass as the head retreats. There are aromas of roasted malt, juniper, dark fruits like fig and plum, toffee, and some alcohol. I get plenty of roasted malt and bread crust in the flavor with juniper, toffee, fig, and plum. I'm getting some hop bitterness in the back, but the other flavors shine more. The alcohol also does come out a little in the flavor as well. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the alcohol provides a nice warming effect. This is easily drinkable for a beer above 8% ABV. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very dark beer with a burgundy color. The head is very small and after a few minutes gone.

The smell is dark with notes of figs, candisugar, juniper, caramel malts, bread crust and a light tartness of the yeast. The beer's alcohol is shines through and there is some wood after warming up.

The taste is a sweet, malty beer with some clear juniper berry tastes. The yeast adds a complex taste, which is a bit boozy and like red wine. The typical Kerkom yeast is a classic Belgian yeast that gives a slight tartness, some solvent and spices like clove, ginger and coriander. A wonderfull beer! The mouthfeel is sweet and the beer is sticky on the lips. A true winterbeer!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Despite a few domestic labels insisting that spring is finally here, I'll go the Belgian way and drink a winter seasonal. On to the beer? Sure....

It's as dark in the glass as it is outside my window this evening. Very dark brown on the verge of being black, with a faint reddish hue given the correct alignment of glass and light meeting. The head forms a ½ inch head, settling to a creamy lace. I'm come to expect the aroma of plums in a dark Belgian Xmas Ale, and it shows. Along with the plums chugs along caramel, brownie batter, and echoing fruit esters from the yeast.

Somewhat fruity, somewhat sweet, and somewhat bittering. It's acceptable as it is. The taste of prune juice makes an entry. A coating of caramel adds its layer. There's dough too. There is a buzzy bitterness which interferes with the harmony of the beer, and adds a burnt note in the aftertaste. Could it be the alcohol? Mouthfeel is medium full and modestly carbonated.

Middle of the pack Belgian ale, which isn't a bad place to be in. I have taken my medicine and should sleep well tonight.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winterkoninkske pours a hazy dark brown color with a small, frothy head on top. As the foam disappears a few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is sweet with notes of brown sugar, fig, molasses, dark fruit and perhaps a hint of orange peel. Alcohol is also present in the nose.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, with a light effervescent fizz. The flavor is sweet with a taste of dark fruit and spice. Brown sugar, fig, plum and raisin are blended with orange peel and clove. It finishes dry with lingering fig and clove.

This is a tasty beer that's good for a cold winters night. However, it's a little thin and flat.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues, and a fluffy tan head. Decent retention, and nice laceing. Aroma is of sugar, sweet fruit,and cherries. Body is thick and rich with some carbonation. Taste is of candy,fruit and rum rasin. nice rich finish. A must try for the holidays. Merry Christmas!!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 200 ratings