Bink Winterkoninkske | Brouwerij Kerkom

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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 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 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 WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mohogany hue with a huge tan head, delicate specks of lacing form. Aroma: Contains vinous grape, spices including some mild nutmeg and cinnamon like bread tones, all around this beer is very solid. Taste: A jumpin' maltiness roars but finishes mellow with nice toasted malts and mild hops a true Xmas delight other flavors fruit some plum, spiciness not bad at all. Mouthfeel: I like the way it finishes thinner body than I was expecting but still very quaffable solid. Drinkability: I enjoyed worth every penny one of the 28 Christmas beers now available at the Sharp Edge in bottles.

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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 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 yen157
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I say this on the Steelgaarden menu at Bethlehem Brew Works I knew I had to try it. What a cool name: Kerkom Winterkoninkske. It just rolls off your tongue.

Poured dark brown with ruby highlights when held up the candle on our table. Head was tight and tan, but quickly faded away. The beer came to me right out of the fridge like all of their beers (unfortunately) do so I knew it needed some time to warm up. It REALLY benefited from warmth. Before I let the temperature rise a bit I leaned over to get a sniff of this very temping looking brew. What a funk! It smelled like a day old ashtray filled with cigar ashes. It tasted awkwardly herbal and spiced. After warming, fruity and toasted malt came out to play with the anise, white pepper, and some other earthy, nondescript flavors I couldn’t quite pin down. The hops provided just enough zing to couple with the prickly carbonation to keep the beer from being to flabby and weird.

I’m really glad I tried it, but I must give this one another go. Maybe I’ll buy an unopened bottle and bring it home so I can really pick it apart on my own time.

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Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark colour, head thin with a poor persistence.
The smell is herbaceous and floral, with a sharp note of sage.
It's a very particular beer.
In the taste the note of sage is more sharp than in the smell, maybe a little too exagerated. The body is quite moderated.
In the aftertaste you can feel a little of pepper.
It's a little unbalanced.
Anyway, it is an interesting beer. Must retry it...

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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
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