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 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours bronze with a light tan head. Aroma of caramel, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is citrus, caramel, and spices. The bitterness is what killed this for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Very turbid burnt umber pour with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malt, spices, prunes, cabernet, pear, and brown sugar. Tastes malty, ruity, with vinous cabernt, spicy, and slight brown sugary notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (25127) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma strong alcohol, plum and hops. Yeast, raisins, alcohol and soap in flavour. Some sweet caramel also, but the beer felt somewhat unbalanced in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Bottle. Aroma is a bit boozy at first, but there are also hints of raisins and cherries as well, with a rich doughy, and roasted character as well. A bit too much alcohol, though. Moderately opaque mahogany color with a rather quickly dissipating tannish-colored head. Wish it stayed around longer. Fruity, cherry, sweet start, turning chocolatey and malted in the middle with lots of roastiness present as well. Smooth, full bodied, and very tasty. There is a touch of tart astringency in the middle as well, but this only adds to the depth and complexity of this tasty treat. This is very good, but my complaints lie in the aroma and somewhat in the appearance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (3024) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Poured a dark brown to black color with only faint red edges. Head was initially minimal, disappearing quickly, and this one completely lacked any lacing. The aroma was hard to pick up, some sweet caramel, maple, and liquor scents. The flavor featured a backbone of caramel malts and was accented by some maple, wood (like an oak aged / bourbon type flavor), nutty, and yeasty flavors with a hop bitterness in the finish. Upon warming, the flavor was improved and some spices came out. The mouthfeel was rather thin for a strong ale, perhaps partly because it was also lowly carbonated. Way overpriced for what you get, but I’d take this over many other beers out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours a deer bronze with a decent sized light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, citrus, and yeast. Flavor is smooth, citrus, caramel, yeast, belgian spices, and hops are present (not overly) very well balanced. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5609) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2006
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of foamy brown colored long lasting finely sized bubbles that left behind a poor lacing and a carbonated very hazy dark red brown colored body. The aroma was vinous malty and berry like. The mouth feel was tingly at the start then mellowed in its finish. The flavor was vinous malty and bready.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
Bottle. Poured a large tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, minimal lacing, opaque, minimal carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Malty, some licorice notes, chocolate nose. Sweet malty, chocolate and buttery. Tingly palate. Light-medium body. Quaffable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2006
Dark brown coloured to almost black. Rather small off white head. Light aroma, some sweet malty and caramel nose. Full palate, finish is sweet malty with bitter touches. Very nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2006
Dark brown body, small but stable brown head. Malty aroma, malts, some cherries, chocolat, walnuts. The initial flavour is malty , spicy and sweet, the finish is short but strong coffee. A little bit watery for this kind of beer.

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