Bink Winterkoninkske | Brouwerij Kerkom

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by stcules on 12-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mltobin
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark brown with a small dark head that quickly disappears.
The smell is rich and sweet with the faint smell of berries, juniper berries according to the bottle`s label.
The taste is not as rich as the smell, it actually goes down fairly easily, a sweet taste to it. Mouthfeel is not as complex as I would hope from the style. Chocolate and spice bounces off the palate.
This beer works fairly well as an after dinner drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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 BeerSingh
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle left from the original stock of Kerkom beers that had come to India - so this had at least 4 years on it. Poured into my Leffe goblet, slightly warmed up out of the fridge. Poured a very dark brown with deep ruby fringes. A little turbid with a tan head that lingers for a while before it settles into a thin sheet. Some carbonation is visible through the turbidity, a little unusual for a Belgian dark. The aroma is a bouquet of ripe plums and cherries mixed with some yeasty funk.There is a little caramel, sugary nose as well, but heavily dominated by the ripe fruits.

There is a burst of sweet and funky flavours - panning from plums and dates to acidic cherries. There is some caramel sweetness defining the dark malts present. There is considerable breadiness from the yeast malt affair. There is a slight bitter aftertaste and a considerable alcohol burn. Not unpleasant but very, very noticeable. In fact there are many beers at a higher ABV that conceal alcohol very smoothly. Surprising with so much age on it - it must be really fiery when young.

Mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation. The beer kind of tends to coat your palate. Overall, it is decent and worth aging for a future winter night, but i doubt I can go beyond one at a go.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 3SH33TS
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leodarko
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gmann
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola like brown color with a rather small tan colored head that dissipates into a light ring. The aroma is of candied cherries and grape juice, and some carob. The flavor is a bit mellow for the abv and style. The taste is of cherries and grape juice, somes prune and a light tobacco earthiness. The brew has a moderate feel with fizzy carbonation, no cloying sweetness which makes for a drinkable beer. An easy drinking BSDA, it is a bit lacking in the flavor department to make this a great brew. Enjoyable but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12-06. Pours out ok with yellowbrown head and a blackbrown color. Nose is mostly matly( caramel and litle coffee), esters giving you apples but also litle soapy. Taste is rich; lots of maltaromes sweet and burnt. Good balance between alcohol, sweetness and bitterness and a clean roastbitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is enormous wich influence the drinkabillity.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Lucoli
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of coachdonovan
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From one of those "Christmastime in Belgium" gift packs, so I can't imagine it's very fresh. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A very dark brown, maybe the color of dark roast coffee. But it's also extremely cloudy and brings to mind liquid mud. Nose is dominated my sweet alcohol and fermented fruit. There is a bit of peppery spice in the background, but mainly the flavor brings more sweetness- raisins, molasses, a little bit of caramel.

This one is definitely a warmer, all in all not bad.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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 crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle dated best before 10/2006. Pours a deep rubycolor with a beautiful tan colored head that stays fluffy for a bit and then turns to patches of floating foam. Big dark malt and bubblegum aromas mixed around with some herbal anise, wet cardboard and vinous notes, too. Bittersweet malt punch. Earthy, the faintest bit tart, with a bit of anise or black licorice in the finish. Its 8.3% is a slight bit noticable. Never tried anything from the Kerkom brewery, this one was quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Auraan
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 beerdrifter
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Freshie
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle looks like New England micro, but the beer actually hails from a small brewery in Belgium.

Pours a nice dark red color. Lace is decent.

Nose is sweet (berries), with some hop spice.

The taste is sweet and smooth, with hops and alcohol coming later.

I liked it. The fruitiness was almost like a herbal tea. Not a real standout Belgian, especially for this category, but pleasant nonetheless.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you to my beautiful wife for this one which came as an Xmas present. Finally getting around to cracking it.

Poured from the bottle a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin, smooth beige head.

Aroma is very malty with caramel, a hint of dark fruit, and booze. Just a hint, though.

The taste is much like the aroma with big caramel malts leading the way. I'm struggling to find any juniper influence at all. A touch of raisin, brown sugar, and warming booze are present.

Light-to-medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

I couldn't find any juniper in the glass but I still liked what I had. A nice malty Belgian winter beer. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of taez555
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark ruby coca cola colored body with a fizzy off-white head that died quickly.

Smell is very intense with a lot of funky Belgian dark ale notes. Dark ripe fruits, raisins, plums, prunes, dark candy sugar, and a very strong alcohol.

Taste is medium bodied with a much simpler taste. It almost has a mix of Belgian Dark and German Bock. Very earthy, and even gamey with German dunkel notes. Dark malts, a slight burnt flavor, lots strong Belgian dark ale flavors. Raisins, plums, prunes, dark fruits, sugar and some caramel. Hops are non existent, or only give it some backbone to balance out the malt.

I know it says it's a Belgian Dark ale with junipers, but I honestly couldn't taste any, Overall though, a really nice Belgian Dark ale. Smell is kinda funky, but taste is right in line with any quality Belgian Dark.

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as a gift as part of a 5 pack of Belgian Christmas beers.

A: Dark brown to ruby red with very thin head

S: Best quality of this beer. Vanilla, clove, and ultimately egg nog.

T: Expected more based on the smell, although improved as drank more of it. Caramel, dark fruits, with an almost whiskey like aftertaste.

M: Crisp, surprisingly light.

D: Seemed to get better with more sips. Would have been interested to drink more to get a better feel.

Overall, an average to above average beer with better smell than taste.

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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
3.9 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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