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

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RATINGS: 408   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (629) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2013
33 cl. bottle sampled @ Bierkaffee ’t Middelpunt in Zolder. Likely vintage. Thx! Dark chestnut, woody, touch black with little mocha head. Nose is full of chocolate, dark fruits, BE yeast, touch syrup, hint esters, lovely & soft, everything you could possibly want. Taste is thick chocolate, lots of ripe & soft BE dark fruits, syrup, chocolate, cake, syrupy, caramel, warming, toffee, hint boozy even. Substantial but easy to drink. Truly impressive within & outside of its style, stellar brew.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2004
this is a cracker from the tap(we are the only bar in the netherlands who serve it that way(www.12balcken.nl), because i got interested in this brewery by tasting the bink blond. This winterale is nice dark coloured, with fruity nose and tones in the palate, but with a nice dry finsh which will keep you longing for more. Fortunately not to heavy in the alcohol 7,7%. They invented the name by the way, brewery the Koninck copied them. On the label tere is a real "winterkoninkske" sitting on a hopbell

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3255) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 14, 2013
Bardzo smaczne zimowe piwo, prawdziwe sezonowo warzone w zimie. Rozgrzewajaca nuta i alkoholowy finisz. W zapachu ciasteczka korzenne i gozdziki, troche cynamonu. W smaku lukrecja slodki karmel i rozgrzewajace zaraz po przelknieciu. Piwo bardzo ciemne i prawie czarne z lekkimi tylko przeswitami czerwieni. Wielka piana.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Deep black-red, head a bit orange. Nose very caramel, bit sweet, quite malty. Excellent flavor, huge malts, caramel, toffee, choc. Finishes with hops, some powdery cocoa. Creamy. Damn good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Draught @Brasserie 4:20 (Rome) - Excellent winter beer! Dark brown appearance, with a very exciting cream-yellow foam. Aroma of malts, fruits and caramel. Taste is sweet, malts, caramel, very spiced, a bit fruited and light hopped. Medium-high body. I loved it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Icedwarf (347) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Zwart bier zonder schuim. Smaak is rokerig en licht zoet met sporen van caramel en anijs. Erg goed bier. Blijft lang hangen en smaakt ook in de zomer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Deep brown in color. Malty with a thin white head. Fruity beer. Very complex. Enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMerritt (1813) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Indian-red in color. Huge medium chocolate brown head is partially diminishing, leaving behind a fine lacing. Musty, yeasty aroma full of ripened fruit (plums, dates), raisins, and brown sugar. Soft palate, with plums and dates pronounced. Slightly cobwebby. A slight hint of alcohol, but not much at all. Rather rich, with toffee and overripened fruit notes coming out as it warms. Rather high carbonation, but it works well with this, giving a slightly higher perception of spiciness than is actually there.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Sweet maltiness predominates in this heavy warming brew. The aroma smacks of caramel and toffee. It pours a deep reddish brown with a quickly diminishing tan head. The flavors feature strong dark fruits, hedge nuts, and rich sugary malt with a very faint soft hoppiness in the finish. This brew excels in its complexity; and its rich taste develops further as the brew warms. Truly a fantastic beer.


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