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


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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1013) - BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2014
« Le petit roi de l’hiver » nous livre un secret qu’il est seul à connaître … En l’occurrence je soupçonne fort le rouge-gorge de l’étiquette d’être ce roitelet … Mais nous verrons à la fin de l’histoire que je ne pourrais lui jeter la pierre... Couleur noir d’encre, léger roux au fond du calice en transparence, sinon l’opacité est quasi totale. Bulles très fines. Mousse comme la crème d’un expresso. Arômes de muscat, porto, pruneau, pointe de myrtille et de réglisse. 1ère bouche structurée sur du malt torréfié et une série d’épices dont des orientales. Arrière-bouche fine et complexe. 2ème bouche avec du caractère et de la profondeur. Les malts se croisent, épice très jolie pour une Christmas. 3ème bouche très pleine, maltée, fruits mûrs, café expresso. Arrière-bouche avec du curaçao et de la réglisse. La longueur possède un équilibre superbe, avec un côté vineux jusqu’à la distinction. La levure est forte, complexe, magnifique pour une Christmas. L’alcool est très bien, pas exagéré (8,3%abv), mais efficace et bien progressif. La finale donne une très belle envolée avec plein de saveurs, parmi lesquelles beaucoup de premiers crus sont au programme. Conclusion : une bière de haut vol qui constitue une recette exceptionnelle (le secret du petit roi...). Elle monte en puissance régulièrement jusqu’à une finale pleine et entière.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (4290) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Malty aroma has a strong overtone of caramel with floral and clove snippets. It pours a dark, semi-transparent sepia with a thick and fairly persistent tan head. Flavor has malty, caramel, nutty, earthy and hoppy tones - and a noticeable but not ferocious alcohol nip. Thick, almost syrupy texture is quite fizzy and lively. Enjoy next to a roaring fire, with a friendly long-hair cat in your lap and heavy snow outside - or in any conditions (except while driving, piloting, or operating vital equipment).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutHead (897) - DENMARK - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear deep red color with a one-finger tan head. Fruity aroma. Taste has lots of malts but also notes of fruits, caramel, nuts, honey, spices and brown sugar. Quite complex. Very sweet but not sickly much. A dry hoppy aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (3054) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Liquified, marzipanned, Christmas cake, in a glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
6oz on tap at Neon’s. Very dark brown, dark red color. Kind of clear around the edges. Much darker than the previous winter ale I just tried [Oppigard’s]. Minimal khaki head, couple dots of lace. More dark fruit, maybe dates in the aroma. Light molasses. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick in the texture. Moderate to bigger sweet taste. Lightly spicy. OK dark belgian winter ale. A little syrupy, and molasses-y. Nice complex spice and malt profile grows on me as I go, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1932) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2013
33cl bottle at home. Clear dark reddish brown with a medium beige head. Medium to full body with light to medium carbonation. Sweet with some bitter notes. Raisin, warming alcohol, spices, some chocolate and warming alcohol. Quite a nice winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (632) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Really sweet beer. Very present alcohol warmth. Also hints of caramel. Dry finish. The sweetness is dominating, nice. Drank again this week with Rik and Lennart while watching wie is de mol, unaware of the fact that I already drank it once. This what my notes said: Donker. Beetje schuim. Lekker dik, goede mouthfeel. Alles goed. Beetje naar andere beschrijvingen kijken. Zoete valt op maar niet te.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (493) - Montesarchio, ITALY - DEC 10, 2013
Birra comprata presso baggio bevande di Treviso, formato 33 Cl. Aroma bellissimo, con ciliege, frutta candita, fichi secchi, uva passa, amarene sotto spirito che inondano il naso e pungono le narici . Visivamente la birra si presenta bella marrone scuro, color ebano, dai riflessi ramato-rossi. La schiuma è marrone, fine e compatta, però bella persistente e grossa almeno due dita. Io l’ho bevuta in un bicchiere magari non ideale, per "Lager", ma che rende bene con questa birra secondo me. In bocca, sulla lingua, la birra si dimostra dalle prime frizzante, lievemente dolce con un finale leggermente amaro. Il corpo della birra è medio-lieve, direi rotondo e lievemente oleoso, la carbonatazione è media, mentre il finale è lungo e lievemente amaro. In bocca sapore di toffee, caffe, liquirizia, castagne e frutta secca è un bel mix, particolare da dove nel finale emergono soprattutto caffè e liquirizia. Non male, non male davvero, una birra che consiglio e che vi invito a provare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (6170) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle (33 cl) from beergusto.be. CLear chestnut, medium beige head. Sugary, nutty and roasted malt aroma with some coffee, chocolate and tobacco. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, low to medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RW80 (1469) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 1, 2013
33cl bottle. Appearance: dark with a medium thick tan head Aroma: caramel, with rye bread, honey,brown sugar. and a little bit of chocolate and a bit liquorice. Taste: The same but with quite some spices and some yeast showing it’s Belgian roots. Quite sweet and boozy but the taste pallet can handle it. Dry finish which is a bit liquorice. Palate is medium/full with a nice carbonation and warming finish. But while the texture is a bit heavy it’s still good drinkable. Interresting brew not your standard Belgian Strong Ale.

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