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Bink Winterkoninkske | Brouwerij Kerkom

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Brouwerij Kerkom

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 12-28-2002

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 189
Photo of josanguapo
4.97/5  rDev +27.4%
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 77black_ships
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
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 RedBaron
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This very dark and rich brew poured seductively and viscous with a dark, nearly opaque color and and creamy, off-white head which hung in nicely throughout the 11.2 oz. sample.

The smell was of fig, raisin, chocolate and God only knows what other sweet fruits and spices. This is a true winter warmer of the first degree, and the nose alone told me that.

The taste was of a bold and beautiful malty richness, up front and in the end. I got a raisin and date foretaste, followed by a chocolate-y, and banana finish, with a wonderful wrapping of the residual yeasts rounding out the sweetness of the malts.

The mouthfeel was dense as hell, but balanced wonderfully: you're not just innundated with a malt kick (a nice 8.3%abv), but also with those wonderful seasonal spices in full force. Much like the 'legs' down the side of the glass, you definitely get legs in the mouth and down the throat with this ale.

Drinkability factor is very high, though this is most certainly a beer to be savored, and not chugged.

I can't give this beer enough credit, really. I poured it in a fitting-enough glass: a St. Bernardus chalice. A beautifully strong beer in its own right, I'm sure the good brothers at St. Bernardus would understand if I used one of their glasses for the sample of the divine Winterkoninkske.

I'm glad I'm having this beer on a late March, cold evening. It's perhaps one last reminder of a winter season that can be full of joy, especially of the malt variety. I'll definitely be on the lookout for this beer come next winter...

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love winter brews and this is one of the best, to me.

Pours a very deep tea colored amber with a small head made of tiny bubbles that leave an even smaller ring.

Aroma is cherries, candied sugar, sweet, sweet amber malt. A definite Belguim yeast aroma comes on the tale-end.

Taste is sweet fruits...not as much cherry as I noticed in the nose, but still sweet berries and fruit. Candied sugar coats the sweet amber malt and again the Belguim yeast comes through making this a very different and substantial Winter Warmer after all of the American and British ones I've had lately. Light citrus hops dry the tongue as you swallow and they are followed by some nicely warming alcohol.

Aftertaste is only slightly Belguim....just enough to keep it from finishing truly clean. The yeast strain and sugars blend to give almost a brown sugar aftertaste.


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Photo of putnam
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets see, I don't speak Flemish, but let me try and read the label...uh: "Ambachtelijk gebrouwen van hoge gisting uit Haspengouw." Does this mean it was top fermented with Hasenpfeffer? "Nagisting in de fles." that means bottle conditioned, I'm pretty sure, ok..."Met smaakevolutie." full-flavored? 'flavor-evolution'... complex?

Very solid aromatics of black Russian raisin bread, molasses, cherry syrup and coffee. By the way, it looks fine: brown with a slushy, shy froth.
On the palate it is cool and dry with pillowy mousse that sustains flavors of walnuts, brioche and succulent, tangy, ripe plum fruit.
I regret not waiting for it to warm up a little. As it gains energy it strides cleanly from notes of scorched crust, zesty fruit and abundant sweet spices. Noble fruit woods provide a serene, pastoral background.
This is a medium-bodied beer with impeccable balance and profound simplicity.
I have no idea what it costs, but fans of Rochefort 6 &8 and St. Bernardus 6 & 8 should enjoy this beer.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
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 jdhilt
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a light brown, one-fingered head, fades quickly, leaves hardly any lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Color is a dark, cloudy amber. Nose is raisiny. Starts and finishes sweet and raisiny. Nice beer for this winter weather. Pricey, $4.30 for a 330ml bottle.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of blakesell
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. In the aroma, a sweet fruitiness, junioer berries I guess, and just a hint of alcohol. In the taste, small sweet malt with a dry alcoholic fruitiness and a small tartness too. A smooth, small sour fruit mouthfeel and a sweet malt/ dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Quite complex, and very good. Fruitiness reminds me of grapes, but juniper berries are close to that.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/19/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness dating on the bottle.
Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour approaching black. 1/2 inch head uopn pour leaving a bubbly and creamy froth slight rim. Leaves spotty and light trails of lace.

Smell- Very outgoing nose with tons of juniper berriers, dark fruits (plums and dates and especially black grapes), plus a caramel cola like scent.

Taste- Pretty much a clone of the nose. Less juniper berries, but a nice hefty sweetness from the grapes and plums. Malty and just the right amount of sweetness.

Mouthfeel- A tad overcarbonated, but fairly smooth considering with a coating left of spicy sugar on the tongue.

Drinkability- Great flavor and nose and overall terrific beer. Score one for Bink.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown. No head. Very strong caramel edge. Just a great winter warmer-like edge to it. Nice and robust and smooth. Great profile. Thick caramel with some nice earthy/leafy tones. Great level of sugar. Smooth liquid feel. This is a very nice dark ale. I enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of bmwats
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33 cl bottle into my Orval chalice.

A: Dark, muddy, brown. Slight bubbly darkish head. Quickly dissipates leaving only a smattering of bubbles.

S: Dark roasted malt. Molasses, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, and a little fruitiness.

T: Full rich malt. A little bitter licorice flavor, outweighed by the soft fruity sweetness provided by the juniper berries. Really great combo.

M: A different combination of light carbonated body, with full robustness. The bitter and sweet both linger for the aftertaste.

D: Goes down easy. Really flavorful brew can be powered or sipped.

Really nice atmosphere. Appearance is nothing to get too excited about, but not really underwhelming either. Nose is outstanding though, and makes up for it. Great balance and combination of tones. Flavor, the same. The different tones are well balanced, and nothing overpowers anything else. Nice complexity. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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 NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, deep mahogany robe topped by a short head of light tan froth that holds fairly well and maintains a thin, creamy lid throughout the glass but leaves very little lace. The aroma is quite nice with vibrant notes of dark fruits and juicy berries that are just slightly tart. The body is medium, and its very fine and highly effervescent carbonation lends a caress to the tongue and a smooth, lightly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor offers a candyish sweetness, with notes of dark fruit backed by a subtle yeasty spiciness and a firm bitterness. The alcohol is only lightly present, and never seems to build on the palate. The finish is dryingh with a mild note of slightly tart dark fruit that lingers shortly with some leafy hop flavor and bitterness. Well balanced, never allowing the juicy sweetness to become cloying, and without its bitterness ever becoming more than sublime.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep reddish brown with full inch of white foam that settles down leaving a layer. Dark fruit smell, chocolate, cherries. Syrup sweet taste. Alcohol warming background. Fruit taste (juniper berries?) - rich, dark, complex. Great sipper, really tasty.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark plummy brown, fully opaque, under a fine coating of 1/4" cocoa-tan foam.
Aroma: spicy and sweet, lovely, ripe dark fruit, grape, cherry, and getting darker, raisins, molasses, maybe maple syrup, dark and delicious, heady and nearly hedonistic.
Taste: light, neat hops, full, thick malt, warm, spicy, rich, delicious. Sweetness abounds, but tastefully, and matched with caramel tones, beautiful, tingly hops on the palate, a great spicy display on the senses. Alcohol feeling starts to creep in, and it's a welcome presence.
A most toasty, tasty warm, winter brew, and I wish I'd had a few more of these to stave off this un-Godly January freeze.

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Photo of Douglas88
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 330 mL bottle. The color was a dark brown, with a bit of head. The smell was malt and fruit sweetness. The taste was sweet, with a plum taste over the malt, and barely apparent alcohol Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few.

Even though the label was in Flemish, I know what it said: Drink this beer. Not a bad little seasonal, and another nice out out of left field that I hadn't heard of before I'd tried it. Good, and one I'll look for in years to come.

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Photo of daledeee
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark brown beer with a nice off white head that goes away and leaves a nice lace. The nose is exceptional with a nice grape and other fruit aroma.

Taste took a different turn. Very velvety feeling drink with a prune taste and some strong hops. Malt also comes through. The alcohol is not apparent.

Another unique Belgian beer that I will get again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
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 heymikew
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

two time winner of the annual bars & brews bakeoff and winter beer tasting!
This is a great dark holiday beer and one of Kerkom's best!
cloudy and dark brown
Somewhat sweet, a bit earthy and plenty of dark fruit. A great choice for holiday beer trials

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Photo of Brabander
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We had a beertasting at Beerpirates place on sunday the 15th of may 2011. Jeffo, Claark13, Bierschenker, beerpirates and i drank a whole bunch of beers. Thanks for your hospitality Wim!

Poured in my Westvleteren tasting glass this beer looks quit good. Very darkbrown with some light foam floating on the beer. Sweet and a bit of a bitter after taste. Alcohol is somewhat noticable.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light brown head on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A smoky aroma of dark malt with some chocolate and burnt caramel notes. Spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with fruity yeast that adds a bit of plum and red apple. There are also some deep sugary notes of toffee, molasses, and a hint of rum.

T - Cola-like malt sweetness up front; bready with a bit of caramel and toffee. Some spicy yeast in the middle, clove and pepper as well as more sweet, light caramel. The malt darkens in the finish with more burnt caramel and some milk chocolate that is complimented by plum and pear yeast fruit and contrasted by a light malt bitterness and a hint of spicy european hops. Lingering flavors of burnt caramel and weak coffee as well as a hint of pipe tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a very enjoyable, very drinkable beer. The aroma is quite complex with lots of dark malt and yeast character, while the flavor is just a bit weaker. It could perhaps have finished a little dryer, which might have helped to accentuate the more complex, darker qualities of the malt flavor. Overall a complex, enjoyable dark belgian that manages to derive complexity from its spice addition without smashing the drinker over the head with excessive "spiced" character, which is exactly the sort of spice balance that a winter warmer should strive for, no matter what its national origin.

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