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

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RATINGS: 397   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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zaf (225) - - DEC 29, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 molto molto scura con lievi riflessi di rame,schiuma morbida e persistente color nocciola..aroma alcolico,fruttato,non molto forte ma delicato..carbonazione medio/bassa,gusto deciso,classico di questo stile,dolce,frutta scura,alcool, con un bellissimo finale misto dolce/luppolato, retrogusto che la rende pericolosamente beverina! speciale davvero...regalo di margherita :) 13/01/2014 molto probabilmente la birra ha cambiato ricetta..più scura,schiuma marrone..aroma molto maltato ma anche ricco di liquirizia..gusto altrettanto forte di liquirizia,dove si aggiunge il caffè,lievissimi sentori futtati e un amaro a tratti percepibile alla fine..molto molto corposa e densa..buona ma non la prima birra che ho votato..questa è sul 3.6


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ST247 (171) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2014
Sample thanks to 77ships. Pours black with off-white head. Aroma cacao, molasses, syrup, Medium body, good carbonation. Really enjoyable one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2014
33cl bottle. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, small stable beige head. NOSE: mocha, coffee, burned malts, chocolate. TASTE: coffee, burned malts, dry, chocolate, berries clearly noticeable! Don’t get how this gets a score as low as this, its quite amazing!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (1253) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2014
donker bruin met minimale witte kraag, aroma is licht wijnachtig, zoet en caramel. smaken zijn redelijk zoet, licht bitter, licht zuurtje, matig fruitig van donkere fruiten, matig gemout, redelijk kruidig, banaan, stevig alcoholisch. medium body, glad van textuur, lage co2, en afdronk die kruidig en zoetig is. een echt winterbier !

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (1521) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Tasty dark beer with lots of spices and some nice aroma hopping. Sweet of course, but also with a bitter edge.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (438) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (2986) - 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).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutHead (483) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (733) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle from Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Liquified, marzipanned, Christmas cake, in a glass.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5024) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (685) - 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.


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