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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5176) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a decent offwhite head. Aroma is quite complex,caramel, spices, very herbal. Sweet caramel flavours initially, then a more herbal and fruity character appears. Great, Kerkom seldom disappoints-sooner or later they will hit a world classic, I think.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 There’s winter and then there’s winter. The first is the clear and crystalline mountain setting, with the deep, dark evergreens drooping with powdery wigs of snow. The second is a desolate, gusty plain chilled with perma-frost and relentless below zero temperatures, like the final scene in “Fiddler on the Roof”. If this beer is indeed the Winterkoninkske, it is undoubtedly the crown ruler of the latter. A beer is a beer, but this tastes very cold and heartless. It pours a deep black-gray like wet granite and a thin, speckled head wobbles atop with insouciance. The smell is sort of like old chocolate, or maybe new low quality chocolate. Either way, it’s the kind of confectionary treat that makes you doubt the omnipotent power of chocolate and chocolate related products. A little fig, the chocolate center, some chalk aroma and a puff of dust unite to make that lackluster smell. The palate is light and hollow, and a bit tinny like an old Campbell’s can on the side of the railroad track. It’s light and tepidly sweet at first with nothing more than a generic malt playing the dominant flavor. This then segues into some emphatic raisin activity, some more dusty attic flavored chocolate and a painful concentration of alcohol. At this point it becomes less hollow, and more depressed and “emo”. No, nothing here strikes me as anything to clamor for. That senescent chocolate sensation really kills it for me. I spent far too many boring spring days nibbling on old Easter chocolate to be able to eat the stuff now, or anything that reminds me of it for that matter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a cola color with tan bubbles around the edges of the glass. Roasted malts, alcohol and notes of fruit and chocolate. Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Ending is of roasted malts, earthy hops and chocolate notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holdwine (1159) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Nice change of pace. A fresh, slightly hopped up, belgian ale. Very piney with a slight bitterness marring a super clean, refreshing finsih. Love the malt and the tart berry flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34023) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2006
Bottled. A very dark red beer with a thick brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of dusty stored fruits, as well as raisins and plums, caramel, and cloves. The flavor is quite sweet with strong fruity notes, peaches, plums, and grapes, as well as raisins, but also with light notes of cloves, and licorice. The mouthfeel is somewhat sparkling, and the alcohol tingles the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue). Malty spice and dark dried fruits with fresh tart berries coming through in the mouth. Good level of carbonation provides a lifft in the mouth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Quite unique, even for a Belgium beer. its got a fruity taste bigger than what you expect. multi taste of cocoa, coffee. Something that’s worth you time and money

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2006
In the 11.2 oz bottle from Beertopia. Pours a coal black color with a deep beige head. This is a pretty beer with its thick long-lasting head. Has a strong aroma of chocolate, coconut, and gin. The flavor is rich. Very rich. Your entire mouth is coated. This has a big dark chocolate taste. Good caramel flavor also appears. This beer has a generous amount of bitterness that is not typically expected in a belgian. The finish registers these hops at mid tongue. The juniper flavor emerges only upon warming. As for the palate, this beer seems to have a lot of heat. It really warms me up. This is what I want a Christmas beer to taste like.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Mahogany in colour with a couple of small white islands passing themselves off as a head. Musky, Earthy aroma. Notes of malts, bread, walnuts and caramel. Light hint of balsamic vinegar. Taste to match, but exceptionally stronger and spicier. The first beer I’ve really liked from this brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2006
in bottle. like the depths of the ocean, no light can penetrate this beer. A delicious balance of hops and malt, spiced with holiday goodness - the taste of winter fruits, cinnamon andn nutmeg. Clearly the beer to drink on the winter solstice.


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