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


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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (12333) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2004
Dark red ruby, quickly vanishing expresso head. Crisp - fruits, berries and malts in the nose, not very strong aroma. Plums, raisins and a bit of brown sugar in the sweetish palate. Very thin and watery. Does not show much ABV or anything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Appearance: deep, dark plummy brown, fully opaque, under a fine coating of 1/4" cocoa-tan foam. Aroma: spicy and sweet, lovely, ripe dark fruit, grape, cherry, and getting darker, raisins, molasses, maybe maple syrup, dark and delicious, heady and nearly hedonistic. Taste: light, neat hops, full, thick malt, warm, spicy, rich, delicious. Sweetness abounds, but tastefully, and matched with caramel tones, beautiful, tingly hops on the palate, a great spicy display on the senses. Alcohol feeling starts to creep in, and it’s a welcome presence. A most toasty, tasty warm, winter brew, and I wish I’d had a few more of these to stave off this un-Godly January freeze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2006 Deep brownish-red color with a frothy tan head, this has a nice, dark fruit aroma. Same with the flavor, adding a hot spiciness into the mix. Solid alcohol presence in nose and mouth. Has a bit of a winy finish. Pretty good drink.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1492) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 30, 2004
deep reddish/amber color, beautiful creamy tan head..mostly not lasting. aroma is light on fruit, lighter on hops..aroma has a nondescript fruity quality...would appear to be some of the darker fruits though. flavor is creamy, buttery, fair amount of dark fruit and brown sugar. not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2004
Bottle conditioned from The Wine Company, Slough, Berks. Typical strong Belgian. Quite thick with dried fruits and chocolate. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
33 cl bottle. Thick, black molasses, lasting dark head. Nose redolent of plum pudding, , toffee, vanilla. Smooth and creamy on the tongue, with dark baked fruits (apples, pears, dates & figs), hints of bitter orange, and bittersweet chocolate. Dries out and gets a little bland towards the end...nice, though nothing amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 15, 2004
Dark as night with fine head. Marshmallow, carmel, toffee, with light fruit notes on the nose. Rich, withlight mouthfeel, chocolate, cream, nice light acidity w/finish also lighter than expected. Well balanced beer...Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Nice brown color,small off white head that had a short life then faded to leave little behind.The aroma was mild malt and fruity with a bit of raisin maybe some plum and maybe a hint of alcohol coming through as well.The flavor was very nice with plenty of fruit tastes along with a mild amount of alcohol showing through but still being fleeting.The fruit is fairly long lived at times as it dances on the pallate from start to finish.This is a much better brew then i was expecting.Nicely done all around with many flavors to numerous to explain.More then worth having a few more around.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Alcohol and sweat in aroma. Some sweet malty notes. Roasted finish and palate. Not very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
Very dark, brown with ruby edgesSmallish tan head that really produces nice lacing. The label is also cool with wren of some species perched on a hop vine singing into the snowy Belgian night. The aroma is fruity malt and not much else. The flavor is alos a bit one-dimensional but it is not unpleasant. Molasses and malt is the whole show. Towards the end a bit of a hop bite shows up to keep things moving along. The palate is a tad thin but the alcohol is well masked. Overall a very drinkable beer but not world-class by any stretch of the imagination.

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