lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Had on draft in Antwerp and brought home some bottles. Absolutely incredible. A drinking winter beer, not a strong barleywine or spice type. Classic De Koninck. Smooth, smooth, smooth. With a delicious kinda slight sweetness to it. Can not recommend it enough. A top 5 session beer mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
large bottle, bottle conditioned. nice pour, deep amber in color, good foam. slight phenol aroma, supposed to be in most belgians, candy sugar, fruit, spice, yeast and alcohol. interesting flavors. first this has great mouthfeel yet appears thin somehow. not a sweet finisher, that is always good. very light caramel, candy sugar, subdued banana, and bitterness on the gentle side. ever so subtle dry orange peel. cork says 15/03, whatever that means. this is very smooth and drinkable. losers(low raters) should give this another try. Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Dark and clear amber body with nice beige head. Sweet and fruity nose. Flavor is sweet and malty with tones of fruit. Great beer!! chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2003
on tap - Deep ruby red in color - nearly brown. Mild, whispy head that covered the top like lace. Mild aroma - caramel malts and some sugars. Immediate sensation upon tasting is the very fine, sand-like carbonation - almost like Champange that way it dances around in your mouth. Allowing it to warm for a second I started to notice some caramel and raisin flavor from the malts and sugars. Finish was mildly hoppy, very crisp and drinkable. I liked it better than many other of the Xmas belgians because it wasn't overspiced - subtle and very good. AndersR (196) - Århus, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2003
Dark amber with a huge white lasting head. Fruity bitter aroma. Well balanced bitter sweet flavor: malts, caramel, rasins. I like it!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Bomber from Brad. Deep orange amber w/ off white foamy head. Lots of small bubbles. Nose is caramely, plumby, light hopps, some small chocolate. Very heavy on the palate. Chocolatey, raisiny, plumbs, light bitterness in the end. Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Draft at Biergarden. Delivered in a goblet, deep mahogany with a firm, airy head. The aroma is darn near wine-like. Drinks with a sweet grape front end, followed by just a swirl of yeastiness. Much sweeter than I expected, but tasty and fun. (#4866, 12/23/2012) JorisPPattyn (10062) - BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2002
After a long time, the darker, stronger version of the ubiquitous Antwerpen' ale is finally marketed officialy (=Winter King, also wordplay on Dutch for wren). Fresh horsechestnut colour, earthy smell with molasses or dark sugar. taste both bitterness from hops as from dark malts. Underlying sweetness. Not very thick mouthfeel, long bittereffect, becoming more outspoken hoppy. Hansen (8615) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2003
A few days past best before date. Aroma is heavy malty with hint of chocolade and a good part of licorice. The licorice is in the flavor too. Rocky head, off-white, fine lacing. Brown. Long big finish. jutuahol (190) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 18, 2003
Amber color, nice head, some lace. Fresh, caramel-like and sweet, bit fruity nose. Medium to full body, sweet, smooth. Moderately bitter, caramel-like, notes of yeast, some fruity aroma.