Bink Winterkoninkske | Brouwerij Kerkom

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Bink WinterkoninkskeBink Winterkoninkske

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stcules on 12-28-2002

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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 Travlr
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
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 ThirstyBird
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super dark brown. Light tan head sticks around then falls to a skim
S - Rich dark roasted malt, dark fruit...prunes some caramel too.
T - Rich malt, sweet dark fruit, caramel. Quite rich and tasty.
M/F - Nice carbonation, active and fine. Medium body.
D - Nice winter ale. Very rich - certainly a sipper.

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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 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 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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Photo of jrallen34
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer is a medium brown, like cola, with a 2 finger medium tan head that is gone way to quickly. Lacing is lax.

The aroma is very nice, its sweet on the front with candied applies, caramel and vinegar and at the end a nice little spice of nutmeg.

The taste is nice and complex, almost quadish. It starts pretty sweet with some tofee and finishes with a nice bitter finish.

The feel is very nice and really drinkable.

Overall a very nice winterish/christmas beer.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Snifter pour and am met with a dark brown ale and a beige head which quickly disappears and leaves bubbles clinging to the side of the snifter.

Aroma is awesome! Candy apple, semi-sweet chocolate, pear, light banana scent and some boozy characteristics to name a few. Very complex smell. Reminds me of a Barelywine or a Tripel. Excellent!

The taste has some slight hoppy kick to it. Not much sweetness in the blend but there is nice somewhat bitter aftertaste which leaves me yearning to quench it with another sip. The big aroma I inhale each time I sip is nice. There is a slight warming from the alcohol presence.

This beer hits me in the noggin as I continue to consume it therefore the drinkability is somewhat lower. Multiples would be a slight challenge to consume...but could be worth the effort.

Overall this is a nice cold weather beer and worth a shot to search it out.

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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 swierczt
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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 bskrtz
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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 paco1029384756
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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 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 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 Nick3
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 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 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 adamette
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Cresant
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Chimay glass. The body was slightly cloudy and prune juice colored. The tan head slowly faded to a fing.

Smell was molasses and steel. Dried fruits. Breadiness as the beer warmed.

Taste was very fruit. Rich and tangy prune-like sweetness was not cloying. This one begins with some light bitterness but this is overtaken by a sweet warm finish. Lacked the typical spiciness of winter beers. I liked the hops presence here.

Mouthfeel was medium and somewhat zesty. Overall better than expected.

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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 BeTheBall
2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This head quickly disappeared, and no lacing. Color was a dark brown.

S: got the aroma of dark fruits and alcohol.

T: This tasted very, very boozy to me. Nothing the brewer did hid the alcohol at all.

M: Average moutfeel, almost flat carbonation-wise.

D: Could not finish the glass, and will not be going back for another try. Just too much raw alcohol to even consider a 2nd one. Disappointed.

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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 chrisafari
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
3.9 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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