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Winterkoninkske Grand Cru (American Oak)

Winterkoninkske Grand Cru (American Oak)
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Brouwerij Kerkom
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Sint-Truiden, Belgium


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Winterkoninkske Grand Cru aged in American oak barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (11067) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2014
Sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival 2014, Essen.
Dunkelbraunes Bier mit einer ordentlichen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, schokoladig, hefig, sehr reife Früchte. Geschmack sehr fruchtig röstmalzig, reifes Obst, schokoladig, leicht alkoholisch, holzig.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gEUS (1503) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with a steady beige head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate, some dates, but overall largely disbalanced by the alcohol. Body is very sweet and a typical stingy alcohol burn that is typical for the high ABV beers made by the Proef. This same body texture and characteristic coming back in Mikkeller’s Big Worst, Angelo etc. Not a particular fan of this. Taste (in aftertaste when most of alcohol sting is gone) I have mocca coffee, coffee bitters and intense dark chcolate. Preferred the very first batch of the normal Winterkoninkse much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2014
American oak aged version of Winterkoninkske Haspengouwse Grand Cru, even more limited and therefore even harder to find; basically the same beer, but with added tannins, leading to a more bourbon-flavoured finish and a somewhat sharper feel, which contrasts a bit with the creamy, sweet, fluffy, overpoweringly delicious character of the regular version. I think I prefer the original a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6492) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2014
6/VI/14 - 75cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Katie & Kevin’s place - BB: n/a (2014-594)

Clear dark brown beer, big irregular beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of dried fruits, chocolate when opening the bottle, bit of chlorine, raisins, banana and banana peel. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: pretty bitter, cocoa powder, dried fruits, lots of alcohol, bit sugary, more alcohol, banana, some citrus. Aftertaste: alcohol, overripe banana, dried fruits, raisins, bitter hops, bit sour. Honestly? I like the original one WAY more than this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2784) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
Bottle shared with S&G. New Grand Cru of Winterkoninkske APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: caramel, alcohol, wood, amazing! TASTE: caramel, sweet, berries, wood, dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 75cl, Vintage 2013, as Winterkoninkske Grand Cru ’American Oak Finish’, new exclusive brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, alcoholic/spicy and slightly woody/roasted/sweet, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, very good Winter brew, yet expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, light wood. Full body, flavour as the aroma, vanilla sweetness, raisins, liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2143) - Ghent, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2013
Very dark beer, white foam, disappears quickly. Low carbonation. Vinous aroma with hints of dark fruit, chocolate, wood and some roastiness. Unfortunatly very sweet. This will be better with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5845) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle at the Essen OBER Kerstbierfestival 2013. Poured a dark mahogany with a thin tan head. The aroma is big roasted malt and creamy caramel. The flavour is strong bitter with a big fruity raisin boozy alcohol liqourice palate. Medium to full bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (7163) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle sample at Essen Kerstbierfestival. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of dank old fruit, oak, raisin and caramel. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter. Overripe fruit really opens up on the palate with sweet toffee and licorice. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

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