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


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RATINGS: 430   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Sweet maltiness predominates in this heavy warming brew. The aroma smacks of caramel and toffee. It pours a deep reddish brown with a quickly diminishing tan head. The flavors feature strong dark fruits, hedge nuts, and rich sugary malt with a very faint soft hoppiness in the finish. This brew excels in its complexity; and its rich taste develops further as the brew warms. Truly a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
(Draft. 03/2006) Thick, tan, moussy head. Dark, dark, clear amber. Moderate hop aromas supplemented by candi sugar aroma and licorice. Candi sugar and toffee predominate the taste. Full bodied. Bitter back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Dark brown/black. Thick, frothy, tan head. Aroma of rich malt, chocolate, toffee, candi sugar, yeast, past ripe dark fruit. Subtle resinous hops and alcohol, also. Flavor up front is rich, sweet malt, dark fruits, candi sugar, yeast, caramel, followed by bittersweet anise and dark chocolate. Crisp hops in the background throughout take a more assertive stance in the finish and aftertaste. Full, balanced body thins out a bit in the finish. Otherwise great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 14, 2006
Almost black beer with some red highlights at the edges of the glass. A warming, malty smell with some corn sugar notes. Balanced fresh and hoppy taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Had this at BJ’s Winter Ale Fest. The beer poured a muddy, dark amber-brown color with a large, frothy light-brown head. The aroma was warming: moderate malty notes of roasted grain and caramel and light molasses; moderate yeast notes of cellar and sourdough started with complicating aromas of juniper, cheap gin and alcohol. The flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter and it inversed during it’s long finish. The body was medium, the texture was creamy and the carbonation was lively.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6836) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 2007 33cL bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of orange peel, clove, maple syrup, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Kinda boring, but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Thin dark brown foam with a dark chestnut color. Very Malty and Yeasty slightly cherry nose. Dry carbonated spiceness. Light Cinnamon musty middle. Available at Downtown Wine and Spirits, Somerville, MA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3346) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2005
$4.39/11.2 oz at Discount. Pours to a lightly hazy dark brown with red hues. Creamy tan head. Heavy lacing. The aroma is gin (juniper berries), cherries, and yeasts. The flavor is baked pears, cinnamon, yeast, light black licorice, sweet rolls, and is lightly tart. The palate is a touch dusty and/or finely powdered sugar. Lightly dry and carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Very dark shade of brown. Big head. Dusty lager aroma. A bit of dusty liqourice taste and that’s just about it. Drinkable not nothing special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2005
This is a wonderful beer. Pours out in a dark reddish brown colour with a creamy tan head. Sweet and fruity aroma of raisin, cherries, figs, butter and bombastic yeast. Rich and very deep flavour of cherries, port, candied pears, blue grapes, white pepper and sourish gooseberries. Long fruity sweet aftertaste of black cherries, port, yeast and alcohol. Very good!

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