Brewed by Brouwerij Kerkom
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Sint-Truiden, Belgium


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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Beside the ‘Bloesem Bink’, you can also enjoy a second seasonal beer, the ‘Winterkoninkske’. This beer is, just like the others, unfiltered, not pasteurized, with secundary fermentation in the bottle. The ‘Winterkoninkske’ is the ideal beer to make a cold and chilly winter evening pleasant. The ingredients are: seven types of malt (among which rolled oats), two belgian types of hop, brewing liqour and yeast. Our winter beer is a dark and heartwarming beer with a pure, sugary flavour and a long, bitter aftertaste. The alcohol content of this heavy beer is 8,3 % vol.alc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
Sampled in Nov. 2006: Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a frothy dark tan, well-lacing head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel Belgian malt and bready yeast. Body starts sweet and caramely with some mild milk chocolate complexity with good yeasty balance before a sweet, doughy finish. A decent Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43243) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2007
Bottle. Cloudy deep brown color with a average good lacing light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, sweet, Light yeasty, smoke. sugar, alcohol, leather. Flavor is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (39962) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours deep brown with almost no head. Nice sweet fruity aroma of roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel - alcohol is a bit sticky. Roasted malty with bread like taste. Plum and raisins. Fruity finish. Little bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Velvety beige head collapsed into a persistent film on a dark red mahogany body. Figgy aroma with meaty yeast and dark caramel notes. Strong fruity flavors like overripe plums. Dark malt signature, including a hint of roast, and some apparent autolysis. Body is lightly starchy and smooth, but seems a little thin. Fair and distinct, but ultimately unexceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2007
(33cl bottle, best by 2/08) Small beige head atop murky dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, candi sugar, raisin, some molasses, light anise. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some raisin/plum, faint chocolate. Light-medium body holds the alcohol fairly well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
Dark brown, with malts and spices. Suitable carbonation, good drinking. Mollasses and malting to tone down the juniper. Chocolate malt. odd taste notes. slightly bitter aftertaste. Good though not great Belgian from the Belgian Shop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
[Bottle - Johns Market] A deep brown color with a light head. This was a strong ale with a some sourness to go around. Some spices and a deep brown sugar flavor. This was a very warm and easy to drink belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7725) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, 17 Jan) Dark brown colour with ruby notes, firm brown head. Spicy nose with notes of chocolate, coffee, fudge and brown sugar. Malty, spicy taste with chocolate, fudge, coffee, dried fruit, figs, brown sugar and a hint of cardamom. Spicy hops in the bittersweet finish. Velvety mouthfeel, lots of taste. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Dark amber-brown with a frothy, creamy tan head. Sweet malty, brown-sugar laden aroma with elements of dried dates and raisins. Very sweet, caramel and cocoa flavors with some dried fruits (raisins, dates, cherries). Hops appear in the aftertaste, but in a somewhat unbalanced and surprising fashion. This beer finishes quite dryly, but leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Not quite what I look for in a beer of this sort--not bad, but probably not something I’ll seek out in the future.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head that settles to a creamy halo and a thin skin. Aroma of sweet & spicy caramel. Juniper works very nicely here... a pleasant piney/woodsy/berriness, lightly sweet, with a touch of citrus. Dry palate with an astringent finish. Raisiny, alcohol-laden flavor with a hoppy finish that is sharp and fresh.

<font size=-4>Purchased 10/01/06 from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Wine Shoppe and Beverage Mart, Chicago, IL 60067.</font>

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