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

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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (520) - 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. .

4.2
   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.

3.1
   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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eManu (476) - 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.

3.5
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkMagus (472) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2003
Bottle. Had a musty smell, kinda like an old, damp basement. The first taste I had I said "This is NASTY!" I decided to give it another try and I'm glad I did. Very unusual flavors coming through in this beer. I normally don't like that typical Belgian, yeasty / banana taste, but this beer doesn't exhibit those flavors. It hid the alcohol very well, and the more I drank, the better it got. Very unusual tasting beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - DEC 20, 2012
Un ottima birra natalizia. Basata sulla bloesem e dedicata allo scricciolo che è l’uccello che avvisa della venuta dell’inverno. Ma a noi cosa dice questo scricciolo?. Beh a meno che non mi crediate, lo scricciolo ha parlato (no, non sono San Francesco) e mi ha descritto una birra dal colore nero impenetrabile con uno scarso e poco persistente cappello di schiuma. Aroma fruttato, dolce, maltato con un sentore terroso. Al palato ingresso stranamente poco denso (!) con un impatto dolce di frutta, liquirizia e datteri. Evolve successivamente una componente salina che, come ha detto un mio amico, ricorda il mare... (no non si fa di allucinogeni!). Stranamente beverina per essere una birra natalizia. Buona!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ST247 (448) - 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.


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