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Bink Winterkoninkske | Brouwerij Kerkom

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87
very good
132 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stcules on 12-28-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
189
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 189
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is brown mud with a decent tan head and very full lacing. The aroma is tasteful but powerful juniper with heavy sweet malt. Just right. The flavor is very consistent with the aroma. Chocolatey malt and juniper/evergreen, light hop touches and sweet blackberry. Very tasty and near full bodied, velvetty smooth. Tastefully carbonated. An all around wintery success with good drinkability.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Vancer
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep oak brown pour, almost blackish. Big ol' frothy tan head leaving a bead of tan lace around the Corsendonk tulip.

Sweet malt aroma, spicy and enticing. The juniper reminds me of a strawberry plum combination. Same for the quaff, a very sweet fruitful taste. Bits of bubblegum dance in, along with the winter spices of nutmeg and clove.

No hint of booze in the finish, just a tasty treat for this almost spring day.

All 4s, all good with this beer. Nice.

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Photo of littlebibs
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice brew, semi-sweet cola like taste with
some berries, dates. Its a complex yet simple
dark belgium ale. Some of the reviews say its
too sweet but it doesn't hit me that way. Its
a seasonal Winter ale and its got some great
tastes blending into each other. It just nice
to get to try these brews for better or for worst
these people put alot into these, try them while
they are around. good stuff, I wish I could order
this on tap at the bar.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a very dark brown with some reddish tints. A good size off white head seems to stay. The smell is very malty with hints of raisins and nuts. The taste is smooth and rich, almost like a dopplebock but more rich. Again the raisins and nuts come through. I also pick up something smoky. Bright and clean in the beginning and smooth and mellow in the end. A good beer that seems well balanced. Nothing seems to be overpowering but rather, just right.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest bronze-brown on the coaster, muted crimson with orange borders when exposed to the bright morning sunshine. The head was several fingers in height after the pour and hasn't noticeably fallen in the past several minutes. It's a wonderful shade of toasted golden beige and is an appropriate color foil for the beer beneath. A paltry amount of lace is a minor disappointment.

The nose is a good one. It's dominated by sweet, dark fruit such as dates, figs and raisins. Actually, it probably isn't dark enough to be considered overly raisiny. In addition, there's a sweet apple cider vibe goin' on. An understated Belgian yeastiness keeps the aroma well within the bounds of the style.

Winterkoninkske strikes me as a BSDA that is dark maltier and sweeter than most, even if those aspects of its personality aren't that far from the style average. Fruitiness is still the centerpiece, with raisins now on equal footing with the others. Dark caramel and earthy tobacco make contributions as well. As I continue to sip and savor, the beer seems less sweet to me. Or at least the sweetness is countered by a still active bitterness.

I like it, but I'm still waiting for that little neuron flash that says 'damn, this is great beer'. Good? Undoubtedly. Great is another matter entirely, however. The 8.3% ABV has to be a misprint. Perhaps the person who sent the information to the label maker has dyslexia and it's really 3.8%. In any case, no alcohol is noted on the palate.

The final pour brings a turbidity to the appearance, a greater intensity to the flavor profile and an ever so slight fullness to the mouthfeel. Not enough to make me want to change any of the scores, but I do like the beer at the bottom of the bottle more than I like the beer at the top of the bottle. And I liked the beer at the top of the bottle just fine.

Winterkoninkske translates as 'winter wren'. My bottle is aged (although it's still almost a year away from its 'best by' date), so perhaps it had more verve when fresh. Perhaps not. I set the bar pretty high when it comes to this style, so a 'merely good' BSDA is certainly nothing to sneeze at. I may pick up another bottle if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle purchased at the Boise Coop for around $5. Enjoyed from a red wine glass. Listening to Renaissance Worldwide Singapore; Dave Seamen mix.

Nice beige head on the pour but quickly goes away. Dark brown ... just lighter than a standard porter... Dark cherry highlites when held up to a light.

Smell is caramel sugar ... figs ... and raisins. Alcohol clears the nose with a finish of piney hops.

Good mouthfeel ... thick and slick at the same time... yummy ... caramel sweetness is prevelant. Good balance sort of a black tea bitterness .... odd but nonoffensive pink bubble gum in there somewhere. Big boned; a definate sipper.

This is a very good but not great BSDA ... Descent complexity, I would buy it again, but this time I would let a bottle or 2 cellar until next holiday season.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling this bottle at room temp in a snifter. Kind of a prep for the belgian fest tomorrow AM. The beer pours a rich clear mahogany and develops a beige and orange tightly packed cream head. Good retention.
Aroma is rich and malty with various spices as well. I get some anise, ripe dark fruit such as a plum, raisins, some sweet brown sugar and maybe original flavor bubble gum.
First sip reveals an average bodied brew with fine and prickly carbonation. The flavor is sweet and fruity up front with a mix of toffee, red grapes, plums, brown sugar. I definitely get some anise again on the finish ( I find this flavor unpleasant but just my taste) others probably like this. There is also a bit of bitey maybe peppery flavor on the finish as well. The beer is smooth and has a bit of a creamy texture to it and I dont notice the ABV until it hits my belly and gives some warming. Quite a nice complex brew I would definitely enjoy this on a cold winter's eve!

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Photo of goochpunch
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep, dark brown with a moderate cafe au lait head that settles to a fine ring. Big nose of chocolate, dark, sweet malts, and some herbal hops. Has some porter-esque qualities to it, but with Belgian esters. Where's the juniper? Flavor is very chocolatey, with lots of dried fruits. Vinous. I get some apples and pears along with some toast and mild herbal hops. Again, where is the juniper? I get more juniper character from beers made with PNW hops rather than form a beer actually made with juniper. Regardless, this is very tasty. Mouthfeel is soft and rather full from the sugars left over in the beer. Drinkability is fine, but I imagine if I had more than the 11.2 oz I have here, it would get tough to get through. Overall, I would recommend this, but I would just warn that, at least to me, there really is no juniper quality to this, and also that I don't think this is really worth the $5 I paid for an 11.2 oz bottle.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with little head or lacing. Aromas of sweet malt and bitter spices There aren't a lot of specific spice notes, merely a blend that gives you a short, sharp jolt. Tastes sweet with malt and with lingering notes of juniper and spice- light cinnamon and allspice? Creamy mouthfeel and quite drinkable. Nice, but nothing super special.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 antzman
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown with a full off-white head that leaves lacing on the glass as it recedes. The aroma is full of raisins, plums, cardamom, cinnamon, and molasses. The flavor could best be described as liquid fruit cake. Cherries, plums, dates, and caramel flavors dominate initially, but then it finishes with a slight bitter hoppy finish, not typically found in this style of beer. It is a pleasant twist on a traditional brew. Though the alcohol level in Winterkoninkske is 8.3% alcohol by volume (ABV), it is hidden very well in the beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 rkuhnel
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz bottle this poured a nice dark brown with a fat tan head and good lacing rings. Nose of ripe fruit, chocolate, and molasses. Medium mouthfeel, and lots of flavors. You can detect the alcohol in the taste, and flavors of caramel malts dominate. Good beer.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of cbl2
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3/31/2007 $4.39 11.2 oz. 8.30% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a deep dark brown with loads of carbonation revealing a hint of scarlet red. Topped by a foamy film of tan head.

Aroma:

Candied orange soaked in rum and butterscotch. Odd, but somewhat appealing.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Lush chewy mouthfeel is accompanied by a sweet, but not too sweet dark candied fruit and orange peel sensation, with maybe a touch of brown sugar. Bottle states it is brewed with Juniper berries, but I cannot detect that. They also claim to be brining hops back to Belgium, but those are lacking as well, not that I'm complaining, as what is on display is quite pleasurable.

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Photo of mschantz
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Wildman
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a small light tan bubbly head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. The aroma is of malt, chocolate and carmel with a hint of cherry. The flavor is of malt, chocolate and a hint of cherry. The body seems fairly light for the style and a slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle via DBL- thanks John! Pours a dark ruby with off white head, nice lacing. Nose- huge waft of candi sugar and figs, raisins and plums. Taste- very rich sweet caramel malts and molasses but also a mineral like dryness. The juniper is tough to pick up but is somewhat noticeable on the finish as the beer thins out. An excellent winter warmer.

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Photo of Risser09
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz served into a pilsner - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with red highlights. Light tan head that reaches 2.5" tall. Ample lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast, hops, ripe cherries, date bread. Spices of clove and allspice round out the aroma. Kinda phenolic.

Taste: Tart and hoppy. Chewy and bready. Granola, alcohol, walnut, caramel. This beer has a nice balance of malt, fruit and spice. Pretty complex.

Mouthfeel: Lingering alcohol. Not as hoppy as the label description would like to indicate. Spicy, carbonated, bready.

Drinkability. Very good. This is another good Belgian Strong Ale. Perhaps it is a little boozy and pedestrian. Another thought: what do juniper berries taste like, because I don't sense anything like them at all. Worth a try.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a mohogany brown color, with a tan color head. The creamy head fades a little fast, leaving sparce lace.

This beer has a strong date like aroma. It smells spicy, with some coriander, and some allspice. A slight lemony zest, citrus aroma is also present. Earthy yeast aroma makes it way into the nose as well.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. The only differance is that the date like flavor is less pronounced that the aroma led me to believe. That is good because I dont care for a strong date like flavor in my beer.

This beer goes down smooth. It leaves a slight date like and spicy aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer may make a decent session beer. It tastes good, and is not too overbearing. It is a little high in alcohol, so that may become an issue.

Overall: This beer was good. It didnt leave a lasting impression, but it was above average.

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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.
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