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

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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1121) - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
josanguapo (676) - SPAIN - JAN 3, 2016
From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Watching sons of Anarchy 4x04. Delicious dark fruits taste. With St Bernardus, the best christmas beer Ive drunk.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (6539) - 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 (3690) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leghorn99 (193) - Livorno, ITALY - OCT 25, 2015
La birra è di colore marrone scuro, con dei riflessi rossastri; la schiuma, molto persistente, è beige, fine e cremosa. Al naso liquirizia, malto tostato, toffee, leggeri sentori minerali e leggera frutta sotto spirito (prugne). E’ una birra con un corpo medio-pieno, morbida e rotonda in bocca, mediamente carbonata; al primo impatto troviamo note di caffè, liquirizia, toffee; man mano che la birra si riscalda emergono netti sentori fruttati di prugne secche, ribes nero e uvetta sotto spirito, cioccolato. Una speziatura appena percepibile la rende piacevolmente “vivace” durante tutta la bevuta. Abboccata, lascia un retrogusto ricco di frutta sotto spirito che riscalda.

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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kosmokrator (761) - ITALY - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2015 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garrat (1322) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2016 Bottle,Black and blood with a little head,aroma of comfort,old wine,candi sugar and malt,taste of joy,dark malt,fig,wood alcohol and spice.


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