Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Murky brown with a thin off-white head with small bubbles. Deep plum aroma, brown sugar, other dark fruits and spices, light bodied with some sharp carbonation. Starts and ends sweet with a fruity ending.
bierkoning (9554) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark redbrown color. Cherry aroma. Malty cherry flavor. Just a touch of roasted malt. Upcoming sourness. Bitter finish.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a light brown one-fingered head, fades quickly, leaves hardly any lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Color is a dark, cloudy amber. Nose is raisiny. Starts and finishes sweet and raisiny. Nice beer for this winter weather. Pricey, $4.30 for a 330ml bottle.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a diminishing brown head. Roasted/chocolate nose with vinous notes. Medium sweet, light body. Hints of chocolate, smoke, red wine, caramel. Light bitterness.
dirkbreedveld (287) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
this is a cracker from the tap(we are the only bar in the netherlands who serve it that way(www.12balcken.nl), because i got interested in this brewery by tasting the bink blond.
This winterale is nice dark coloured, with fruity nose and tones in the palate, but with a nice dry finsh which will keep you longing for more. Fortunately not to heavy in the alcohol 7,7%. They invented the name by the way, brewery the Koninck copied them. On the label tere is a real "winterkoninkske" sitting on a hopbell
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2007 Deep ruby. Creamy, rocky tan head. Firm, sugared prune and licorice aroma. Subtle phenolic and airy hints smattered amongst a yeast, must, mineral, candied currant blend. Soft body, very tight carbonation. Dark currant twang leaves in its wake rich sugared malts underlain by a mild tinge of roastiness. Subtle array of malt flavors appear at the center, lending a dab of sweetness. Late signs of fruity esters and yeast. Soft yet somewhat firm sugary flavors build as the malts become an afterthought. Finishes with prunes, earth and medicine as the malts take on more of a sugary flavoring. Lingering sugared prune notes and musty malts. Lovely malt bill, but a touch more malt thickness to balance the rich fruitiness would have been superb. Strikingly similar to La Terrible.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a clouded dark brown color with some carbonation and no head. Smell is fruity/caramel. Taste is fruity/malt/spice and finishes dry/spicey. Overall a pretty interesting beer, better then most belgian beers.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a murky brown with ruby high lights and the head mountainous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a winsome tan as it dissipates, the lace forms a fine veil to hide the glass. The aroma of molasses, sweet and thick, a tad earthy, nice malt under layment, fresh and grainy, start is lightly sweet, rich in malt with the top middling in feel. Finish is biting in its acidity with the hops benign in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a quaffable brew, and a good one to start the evening with or the end of my 13 hour work day.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a deep, almost black, color with some head and decent lace. The aroma is yeasty and fruity. The flavor is fruity, anise like, and a dry finish. The palate is fine. Overall, I've had much better Belgian seasonals.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown in color. Malty with a thin white head. Fruity beer. Very complex. Enjoyable.