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Bink Winterkoninkske | Brouwerij Kerkom

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3.91/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom
Belgium
brouwerijkerkom.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#14,244
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
198
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 135
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Dark mahogany pour with one finger caramel colored head with decent retention and nice lacing. Big fruity, boozy, and spicy nose with lots of dark fruit along with hints of toast, molasses, espresso, and a bit of black licorice. The taste follows suit with the dark fruit dominating. Hints of raisins, plums, burnt toast, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and booze. Can't speak to the presence or absence of the Juniper berries since I'm not familiar with the taste. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with a bit more carbonation than expected, with a tangy, bitter finish. No attempt to disguise the 8.3 ABV which gives it that nice subtle warming as it goes down. It definitely opens up as it comes to temperature and is surprisingly drinkable for as boozy as it was. Another solid offering from Brouwerij Kerkom!

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Photo of Voss
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
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 rtepiak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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

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Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.)

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Photo of Nick3
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a huge Belgian fan, but the juniper berries and lavender this is brewed with intrigued me.

Poured a hell of a lot darker than most other Belgians.

Smells pretty much like other Belgians, except maybe a little sweeter.

This is actually one of the best Belgians that I have had. I don't love the beer but it is better than most.

For those that are fans of the style, this would come highly recommended.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle poured a dark caramel apple, while in the glass was a even darker shade of brazilian cherry topped off by a frothy, sandstone colored head that left a thick and lustrious foamy band lacing.

S: The nose was malty and sweet with dried caramel apples and a light touch of Belgian funk. Hints of dried fruit (cherries), dried molasses and fresh grape vines (which may be the juniper berries im picking up).

T: Sweet caramelized malt and a rich fruitiness of cherries, red grapes and warm applesauce are first noticed in the flavor. There is a sweet spiciness of nutmeg along with warm honey notes mixed about. The finish is sweet with dried molasses, warm pear juice and a dash of ginger with the presence of juniper berries adding a wintery green appeal.

M: The mouthful had a light honey consistency with a quickly diminishing carbonation presence turning the texture to a smooth and slippery affair. A soft warming with a cough medicine like fade ensures on the swallow.

D: Decent drinkability, warm, slightly boozy with a sweet and spicy wintery feel. The slight booziness actually enchances the overall aspect of the drink and experience.

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Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Deep walnut with OK clarity for a bottle-conditioned beer. A soapy nougat cap falls rather quickly to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves the most minimal of lace.

S: Dark dried fruit in the form of prune and raisin dominate. A bit of pepper, lemon, dry earth and a light alcohol tingle bring up the rear.

T: Dark fruits dominate. The label talks about hops, but I'm only picking up a bit of pepper and black tea flavor in the beer's balanced bitterness. Alcohol adds some warmth going down. Dark fruits linger trough the finish.

M: The medium body is slightly dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: I drank this back to back with Loterbol Bruin. This was clearly the weaker beer, as it lacked the complexity of the other. Still, I'm quite glad I picked it up.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fills a Dogfish Head snifter ruddy, dark bronze with a modest fine almond head that leaves light lacing. There are tiny streams of carbonation within and a viscous film on the glass.

This one has a fruity, plum pudding nose with some brandy. The usual BSDA dark fruits are showcased, including dates and figs. This one is sweeter than most.

This was aged about a year and the flavors are not quite to style. It does somewhat follow the nose, vacillating between sweet candy sugar and light bitterness. The complexity works well with the subtle nuances as it warms. There is a light, lingering finish.

A full, luscious body with alcohol about as expected and a light, prickly carbonation.

This is a good, relaxed version of the style. Best after dinner or while enjoying the calmness of life.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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 paco1029384756
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick and creamy hazel-colored foam.

The beer smells awesome, milk chocolate and cream with molasses ,herbs and hops. Really fresh and inviting on the nose, much less juniper than I expected.

Taste is equally smooth, a silky and creamy mouthfeel with some roasted bitter notes and dried tart fruit. Very little herbal character which is nice, subtle is what I prefer anyway.

A thoroughly enjoyable winter beer with lots of drinkability and no cloying heaviness. The finish falls a little short, but the taste is great the whole way through.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bink Winterkoninkske
Brouwerij Kerkom

Appearance: Hazed ruby. Off white head. Retention OK. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: Malty, fruity. Some Belgian yeast qualities (fig, raisin, dark fruit)

Taste: Nice elements of juniper berry and bitter hops. Hops come off as woody and very earthy. Quite yeasty, with soft dark fruit notes. Finishes dry, chalky and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, semi dry.

Overall: A Belgian ale with considerable bitterness, juniper, and strength. Good use of juniper in a beer. Dig it.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

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Photo of cwd
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Travlr
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark maroon color with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Scant lacing.
S: Aroma has bitter chocolate, raisins, vanilla and roasted malt.
T: Flavor begins with milk chocolate and progresses to dark fruits and spice. Complex and interesting.
M: Good body.
D: Definitely a top Christmas beer.

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Photo of chrisafari
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.92/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bouught this at a local store ooff the cleareance rack. No freshness date. we'll see....

appearance: beutiful color but lack of carbonation and head.

smell: strong dark sweet fruits like raisin, figs etc..sublte belgian yeast

taste: sweet, biut no overpowering. I taste an herbal presence possbiyl from the juniper berries. slight sour but a chalky unfomfortable malt taste and a medicine like aftertaste.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, and little carbonation for a belgian

drinkability: not great, but no horrible.

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Photo of swierczt
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 198 ratings