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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bink Winterkoninkske
Brouwerij Kerkom

Appearance: Hazed ruby. Off white head. Retention OK. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: Malty, fruity. Some Belgian yeast qualities (fig, raisin, dark fruit)

Taste: Nice elements of juniper berry and bitter hops. Hops come off as woody and very earthy. Quite yeasty, with soft dark fruit notes. Finishes dry, chalky and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, semi dry.

Overall: A Belgian ale with considerable bitterness, juniper, and strength. Good use of juniper in a beer. Dig it.

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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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruits - raisin, plum and currants. Nice malty nose, too.

T - It tasted of plum and raisin. Good sweet maltiness with a nice spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This a really good Belgian Dark Ale. Another good winter brew from the Shelton Bros.

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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 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 mj001jk
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thick and creamy hazel-colored foam.

The beer smells awesome, milk chocolate and cream with molasses ,herbs and hops. Really fresh and inviting on the nose, much less juniper than I expected.

Taste is equally smooth, a silky and creamy mouthfeel with some roasted bitter notes and dried tart fruit. Very little herbal character which is nice, subtle is what I prefer anyway.

A thoroughly enjoyable winter beer with lots of drinkability and no cloying heaviness. The finish falls a little short, but the taste is great the whole way through.

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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 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 Brabander
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We had a beertasting at Beerpirates place on sunday the 15th of may 2011. Jeffo, Claark13, Bierschenker, beerpirates and i drank a whole bunch of beers. Thanks for your hospitality Wim!

Poured in my Westvleteren tasting glass this beer looks quit good. Very darkbrown with some light foam floating on the beer. Sweet and a bit of a bitter after taste. Alcohol is somewhat noticable.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe

A - Pours a deep mahogany tinted with some reddish hues. Color is really nice but there is no head to speak of and little to no lacing.

S - Darker fruits including raisins, figs, and possibly the juniper berries in the nose. Slight medicinal scent as well.

T - The dark fruits are very present up front with a slight alcohol burn at the end. Really what you would expect from a BDSA. There is a slight funk in the taste as well that I can't quite put my finger on but is throwing me off a bit. Doesn't ruin the taste though by any means.

M - Medium body with fairly low carbonation.

D - Pretty good, nice winter brew from our friends across the pond.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a ruddy, mostly opaque mahogany tone with just shy of a finger tan head that lapses fairly quickly into a ring around the glass; decent lacing.

inviting nose advertises sweet, caramel malts, dark fruits, and some spice notes. pretty standard for a BSDA, though no shame in that.

flavor doesn't follow the aroma too well; the malts, dark fruits, and spices are there, but something about the balance doesn't sit all too well with me. not picking up on huge hop characters despite the label's mention of them, though there is a touch of bitter hoppiness in the finish. also picking up on a bit of a metallic presence. drinkable, enjoyable in the way mediocre pizza is enjoyable, but a pretty average tasting belgian strong dark ale - a style loaded with superstars.

creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. average drinkability.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 2009 bottle poured into a baloon goblet.
The beer poured a deep, stout-like black, with deep maroon highlight when held to light. There was a wisp of a creamy tan head for a moment that faded down to a minimal ring of foam around the glass. Faint specks of lace left behind as the glass was consumed.
The aroma featured sweet malt, raisins, spicy phenols, a slight medicinal twang, light grassy and herbal notes, a touch of clover, and a sugar finish.
The flavor was not as big as I expected based on the nose of the beer. Sweet malt was the dominant flavor, but it wasn't overpowering or cloying. An herbal flavor followed, and pepper and clove lurked in the background, along with a little bit of a medicinal note. Quite solid taste wise.
The body of the beer was good, soft and supple for such a big beer. The alcohol was very well hidden.
Overall, a pretty decent and drinkable beer. The bottle shop I got my bottle in had it marked down from the original price of five dollars. I can't say that I'd pay 5 bucks for this particular beer in the future, but no regrets for picking up this one.

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Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip.

A: Deep walnut with OK clarity for a bottle-conditioned beer. A soapy nougat cap falls rather quickly to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves the most minimal of lace.

S: Dark dried fruit in the form of prune and raisin dominate. A bit of pepper, lemon, dry earth and a light alcohol tingle bring up the rear.

T: Dark fruits dominate. The label talks about hops, but I'm only picking up a bit of pepper and black tea flavor in the beer's balanced bitterness. Alcohol adds some warmth going down. Dark fruits linger trough the finish.

M: The medium body is slightly dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: I drank this back to back with Loterbol Bruin. This was clearly the weaker beer, as it lacked the complexity of the other. Still, I'm quite glad I picked it up.

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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 SolomonGrundy
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pouring a super dense and cloudy rust-colored amber, this Winter offering comes with nary a head in sight and no real lacing to speak of. 'Tis but minimally carbonated as well, me hearties...Super-robust sweet aromas of figgy pudding, allspice, pumpkin pie, and black cherry...Awesome....Flavor is not a huge as the nose might think it is, and I get some dense and chewy fig right upfront. $4.49/11.2oz. bottle is pricey and kills drinkability for me. At 8.3% ABV, it's big but the alcohol only really makes itself apparent right near the end, along with a wash of hops that's usually absent from Euro Winter brews. The whole flavor profile revolves around the figgy pudding notes, and it definitely tastes and feels like a Winter ale. Very nice and well-rounded, and not nearly as sweet as one would expect from the nose. Pretty good beer, but not elite.

What I like most: The wonderful Holiday dessert aromas.

What I like least: The price and lack of a head.

Verdict: Excellent well-balanced Winter ale but not top-tier.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.92/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bouught this at a local store ooff the cleareance rack. No freshness date. we'll see....

appearance: beutiful color but lack of carbonation and head.

smell: strong dark sweet fruits like raisin, figs etc..sublte belgian yeast

taste: sweet, biut no overpowering. I taste an herbal presence possbiyl from the juniper berries. slight sour but a chalky unfomfortable malt taste and a medicine like aftertaste.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, and little carbonation for a belgian

drinkability: not great, but no horrible.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle poured a dark caramel apple, while in the glass was a even darker shade of brazilian cherry topped off by a frothy, sandstone colored head that left a thick and lustrious foamy band lacing.

S: The nose was malty and sweet with dried caramel apples and a light touch of Belgian funk. Hints of dried fruit (cherries), dried molasses and fresh grape vines (which may be the juniper berries im picking up).

T: Sweet caramelized malt and a rich fruitiness of cherries, red grapes and warm applesauce are first noticed in the flavor. There is a sweet spiciness of nutmeg along with warm honey notes mixed about. The finish is sweet with dried molasses, warm pear juice and a dash of ginger with the presence of juniper berries adding a wintery green appeal.

M: The mouthful had a light honey consistency with a quickly diminishing carbonation presence turning the texture to a smooth and slippery affair. A soft warming with a cough medicine like fade ensures on the swallow.

D: Decent drinkability, warm, slightly boozy with a sweet and spicy wintery feel. The slight booziness actually enchances the overall aspect of the drink and experience.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light brown head on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - A smoky aroma of dark malt with some chocolate and burnt caramel notes. Spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with fruity yeast that adds a bit of plum and red apple. There are also some deep sugary notes of toffee, molasses, and a hint of rum.

T - Cola-like malt sweetness up front; bready with a bit of caramel and toffee. Some spicy yeast in the middle, clove and pepper as well as more sweet, light caramel. The malt darkens in the finish with more burnt caramel and some milk chocolate that is complimented by plum and pear yeast fruit and contrasted by a light malt bitterness and a hint of spicy european hops. Lingering flavors of burnt caramel and weak coffee as well as a hint of pipe tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This is a very enjoyable, very drinkable beer. The aroma is quite complex with lots of dark malt and yeast character, while the flavor is just a bit weaker. It could perhaps have finished a little dryer, which might have helped to accentuate the more complex, darker qualities of the malt flavor. Overall a complex, enjoyable dark belgian that manages to derive complexity from its spice addition without smashing the drinker over the head with excessive "spiced" character, which is exactly the sort of spice balance that a winter warmer should strive for, no matter what its national origin.

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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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Bink Winterkoninkske from Brouwerij Kerkom
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