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Brewed by Brouwerij De Koninck (Duvel-Moortgat)
Style: Belgian Ale
Antwerpen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special ale has been developed in honour of the brewing in the late Middle Ages when the farmers could not work in the fields during the winter months and therefore had time to devote themselves to brewing ale. Winter Koninck is a deep amber-coloured top-fremented ale with 6.5% Alc. vol. and a full-bodied flavour.


3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5882) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 750 ml bottle, Whip In Liquors, Austin, Tx. Pours a dark amber to light brown with a frothy, creamy slightly off-white creamy, sticky head. Aroma leaves a bit to be desired, reminds me of the chemicals that are present in hair coloring. Flavor has a bit of mint, some subdued malty raisin and date notes and a back end of caramel. Mouthfeel is decently thick and it finishes strong. Other than the aroma, this is a decent ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppyBunny (88) - Temptation, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Copper in color, bananna smell. Drinking it has a smooth warm peppery taste! Good for a nice chilly nite.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13995) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Draught. Dark brown colour, white head. Slightly malty, slightly bitter. Dry, roasted aftertaste. OK beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2004
Draught at Oud Arsenaal. Darker amber than the normal De Koninck. Fruity aroma. Sweet, fruity and malty flavour with notes of apple. More interesting and flavourful than a regular Bolleke.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2004
Golden colour. In common with a number of the Belgian Christmas beers sampled at the same sitting this was quite light bodied, herbal and medicinal rather than rich, spicy and warming, which I tend to expect from a Christmas beer. Nothing wrong with doing them in a different style, provided they are well made. I found this one just too medicinal, a bit woody, and with insufficient else going on in the flavour to provide balance. Not great. Bottled at the Beer Circus Croydon (Christmas beers festival).

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Had on draft in Antwerp and brought home some bottles. Absolutely incredible. A drinking winter beer, not a strong barleywine or spice type. Classic De Koninck. Smooth, smooth, smooth. With a delicious kinda slight sweetness to it. Can not recommend it enough. A top 5 session beer

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Not much going on with this. BB date 2 mos ago so you would think it would have something. Very mild slightly nutty/fruity. Blah! Big deal.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Bottle at the Syracuse Holiday Brewfest Dec.04 2004. Golden copper ale. Oxidized belgian spices. Decent bready coriander taste with very smoth alcohol finish. Medium bodied. 5-3-7-3-13

A red amber ale with a thin off white head. Orangey malt and treacle in aroma. In mouth, more caramle malt and orange peels, light curacao and good alcohol in finish. A good winter warmer. Bolleke at Quinten Matsijs, Nov. 2006.2.65 euros. 7-4-7-3-15

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2004
Bottled. A dark brown beer with a medicinal, hospital aroma. The taste is dry, herbal and a bit fruity. On the dull side and the poorest Belgian of the day.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2004
Cara, light spice. Medicinal. Brown with a tan head. Sweet citrus, fruity and malty. Balanced. Medium smooth, not bad.


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