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


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RATINGS: 426   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (541) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a Cola-brown color and a moderately-sized tan head. The pour is thick and syrupy. Nose is strong caramel and shoebox. The flavors are robust with strong notes of caramel, oak, various nuts, dark fruits, candi sugar, and plum. The consistency and flavor reminds me of a barleywine with a nice bitterness embarked by the hops presence. Soft/medium carbonation and full body. Goes down smooth and velvety. A nice warming beer for the holidays or any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a cola color with tan bubbles around the edges of the glass. Roasted malts, alcohol and notes of fruit and chocolate. Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Ending is of roasted malts, earthy hops and chocolate notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (528) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Deep dark rich brown color with yeast sediments at bottom. Port like aroma. Chewy palate, initial sweetness followed by complex raislin like flavors. Beady aftertaste. .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Bel color rubino scuro con una soffice schiuma bianca persistente. Aroma dolciastro, zuccheroso e leggermente speziato con forti sentori di frutti essicati e malto. Il gusto è dolce con note di fiori, mele e pere; al palato è corposa grazie all’alcool ma non è liquorosa ed è sorprendentemente rinfrescante; finale lungo e bilanciato. Non ho notato grosse differenze tra la bottiglia e la spina, ottima in entrambi i casi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (513) - - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Copying from tasting notes. Bottle. Nice dark pour with a small creamy tan head. Nice sweet smell with some fruit mixed in. Sweet flavor with an average mouthfeel. Nice alcohol burn going down. Pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eManu (495) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2009
Pours a dark brown with red notes color and a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramles and spices. Flavors is very unusual, strange at first, with lots of molases and loquorice, some roasted malts, caramels, a hint of coffee, and some spices. Good carbonation, a sweet and strong bitter dry and smokey finish. Lots of interesting flavors, making this a quite different Xmas brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkMagus (473) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Dark amber-brown with a frothy, creamy tan head. Sweet malty, brown-sugar laden aroma with elements of dried dates and raisins. Very sweet, caramel and cocoa flavors with some dried fruits (raisins, dates, cherries). Hops appear in the aftertaste, but in a somewhat unbalanced and surprising fashion. This beer finishes quite dryly, but leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Not quite what I look for in a beer of this sort--not bad, but probably not something I’ll seek out in the future.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2009
33ml bottle poured into a shaker. W(WK) pours dark and burgandy colored with a large head that settles quickly. The aroma is very strong and quite noticable from a distance. It smells like raisins, brown sugar, licorice, alcohol and medicine. This beer is thick and syrupy. It is sweet with raisins, dried fruit and alcohol. A potentially over-sweet beer is saved by an underlying foundation of hops and grains that reminds me of freshly mown grass. Despite the syrupy body the hops save the finish from being cloying. The high octane character of this beer adds complexity to the overall body and taste. This is a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (468) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
In between a dark sweet Belgian strong ale and a porter in style, possibly because it's a fairly fresh bottle. Enjoyable for me because I like both styles. The sweet dark candied fruit taste mixed with the dark roasted malts & dry light bitter finish works somehow and creates quite a decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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