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

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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


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 (449) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Pours medium brown and transparent with a quick tan head. Nose is a fairly generic medley of dark maltiness, with plenty of caramel and raisins leading the way. Flavor brings out some roastiness and a decent dose of bitter hops alongside the heavy malt. Alcohol figures in a little on the backside. Good ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 18, 2008
bottle via DBL- thanks John! Pours a dark ruby with off white head, nice lacing. Nose- huge waft of candi sugar and figs, raisins and plums. Taste- very rich sweet caramel malts and molasses but also a mineral like dryness. The juniper is tough to pick up but is somewhat noticeable on the finish as the beer thins out. An excellent winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2007
33 cl bottle, ’bbe’ Dec 08. A red-brown beer topped with a minimal but relatively lacy head. Atypical nose for a dark beer, initially very hoppy and aromatic. Dark malts reveal themselves slowly afterwards, followed by plum brandy-like alcohol and ’buhtle’, an airy, jam filled cake known in the Balkan region. Rich, juicy taste of dark malts with hints of fruit (appels, grapefruit) and a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - APR 15, 2011
E’ buonissima, sa di frutta ,caramello, spezie a non finire. Più adatta all’inverno e in particolare nelle sere natalizie.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (426) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fashawn (409) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2009
Dark brown beer with a large coffee coloured head that quickly faded to leave a constant thin band, aroma is sweet and licorice. Taste is malty, brown sugar and slightly toasty but saying that a little muted - alcohol is very well hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Appearance is quite pretty with a murky cola pour leaving a nice and thick off-white head that gives way to a small white film with no sign of lacing. Smells fantastic with a strong hint of brown sugar and lighter hints of cola, coffee, and chocolate. Tastes pretty darn good as well and is surprisingly complex. I believe it reminds me of a good porter more than a strong dark ale, which I realize is something of a catch all. Sweetness, milky textured, and a taste of coffee and cream with some fruits hiding around the end. Relatively high alcohol content is successfully masked. Carbonation is just a tad too heavy. Body is leaning medium. Drinkability is great, I would absolutely have one again but probably not session due to the alcohol level.


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