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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

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Added by stcules on 12-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,592
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
191
pDev:
11.54%
Bros Score:
3
 
 
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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of Gusler
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a murky brown with ruby high lights and the head mountainous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a winsome tan as it dissipates, the lace forms a fine veil to hide the glass. The aroma of molasses, sweet and thick, a tad earthy, nice malt under layment, fresh and grainy, start is lightly sweet, rich in malt with the top middling in feel. Finish is biting in its acidity with the hops benign in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a quaffable brew, and a good one to start the evening with or the end of my 13 hour work day.

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Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my Hommel snifter, the Winterkoninkske (winter king) is a dark, hazy, purple-tinged garnet with a massive khaki head that settles down pretty quickly, leaving moderate lace.

Smell is pretty strong, very medicinal dark fruit, presumably from the juniper berries cited on the label more so then the typical Belgian yeast spiciness, although I'm sure that's a factor. It was too much for me, and I was regretting the glass choice of a snifter when every sip pummeled me with juniper berry.

Taste is also obviously spiced, but more fruity then the harsh astringency that occurs when more traditional spices are overdone - and I'm not implying the juniper berries are overdone, just dominant. Actually, it's a fine line, I like their strength much better in the flavor then the nose. The finish is pretty clean for such a heavily spiced brew.

Mouthfeel is thick in a red wine tannin like way, but with a medium body.

Drinkability is pretty good in spite of the heavy spice, mainly from the clean finish and lighter body. Still, I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy a second 33cl bottle...

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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 bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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 tbryan5
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 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 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 CHickman
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque brown with a 2 finger foamy tan head that lasted a long time and left good lacing and a creamy layer around the top of the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, light spices, syrup, caramel, grass, hay, pepper and some wheat; pretty tame aroma overall, considering the complexities involved in the nose.

Tastes of sweet malt, light spices, syrup, caramel, grass, hay, pepper, wheat, brown sugar, cinnamon, dark fruits like dates or plum, and some raisin; this gets sweeter with each sip and almost had a rum-like taste. There is a slight yeast funk, but that doesn't detract from the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and yet kind of crisp with very light carbonation, a medium to heavy body and a slight tart finish that trails off with spices like nutmeg or allspice.

I could sense the alcohol, but that is to be expected with a winter warmer type of beer. A decent ale that I'd have again on a nice frosty evening; not a session beer, but worth a try.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of garymuchow
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Todd.
mmmm Belgian Strong Dark on a cold winter night. Can't do much better than that.
Darker malt aroma with yeast based phenols. Slight spice with pepper. A little vanilla with the alcohol. Little tight overall.
Poured without hardly any head. Very dark with brown at top and red, almost burgundy in the light. Somewhat cloudy.
Most interesting ending to a long finish of semi-sweet chocolate (weird). Other flavor represent style, but hold a watered down quality. Darker malt, light sweetness, phenols, alcohol, vanilla.
I like the body the best in this beer. Elevated amounts of carbonation of a soft and effervescent type. Smooth body with light prickly character.
Pretty complex. I like the vanilla. Rich enough to slow down the drinking some.
I actually like the label with the bird in the winter. Hopeful.

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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 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 cokes
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a muddied midnight magenta mimickry of black, and spouts a healthy and enduring buttery brown rise.
Fragrant of prunes, acidic grapes, mocha, molasses, liquorice, wet tile, and cobwebs.
It layers first unto the mouth a plush malt blanket, deep with black raisins and burnt caramel, and carob, and molasses. Takes a detour towards things more chocolatey and roasted, but veers instead towards the earthen yeast qualities. Briefly funky, with horse hair, slate, and chalk dust, along with spicier pangs of clove, black pepper, and vanillin oak. Fruit regroups towards the close, with black cherry skins and green grapes, both vaporously tannic, vinic, and tart. Any hopping is a general nonfactor, but a timid tea-like herbality ekes itself out at the rear.
The body is full, but very approachable with a cottony, puffed-up airiness.
All perceptions of alcohol are absent, this is big ol' malty quaffer.
It's not hugely unique or rule-bending, but it does what it does quite well. I'd appreciate a larger bottle.

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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 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 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 Todd
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes from the 2002 Kerstbierfestival, Essen, Belgium.

This beer was originally under the names Begijn, Beguine and Pagadder.

Dark amber with red tings. Lackluster foam head / lace. Soft aromas of malt and herbal. Phenolic, light spices, a bit sweet (like tea) and yeast in the finish. Notes of medicinal in the back.

Pretty average. Nothing standouts to makes it unique or interesting.

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Photo of unclekeith
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy deep brown with an amber hue. The head was medium, yet frothy and long lasting. (The bottle was darn near completely full!)

The aroma was malty with a very strong dark caramel up front and a strong candy character. Dark fruits were present, raisins and prunes, and a strong bit of muted spice that was impossible to divide into individual components. The aroma contained quite a bit of alcohol.

The flavor was without much character. Some dark caramel and a light trace of spice, but mostly just muted and muddy flavors with no standout amongst them except for some earthy hop contributions. Spices did seem to increase as the beer warmed, but the dark caramel overwhelmed them and led to a very boring flavor.

The finish was dark caramel and light muted spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium full with a moderate carbonation. An ok beer, but nothing exciting enough to purchase again.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a dark, cloudy, muddy brown. Slight ruby tint. One finger head evaporates to a tiny ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing.

S: Smells of caramel, raisins, brown sugar, spice, and plums. As it warms a slight minty quality becomes aparent (must be the Juniper berries that they brewed this with).

T: Large, sweet malt flavors couple with everything detected in the nose. Could maybe use a little more hops (or Juniper berries) to balance out the sweetness.

M: Thick and coating. Not at all thin.

D: I liked this. Could have a few in one sitting if it weren't for the price tag. Over $5 a bottle, yikes!

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 191 ratings
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