Brouwerij Kerkom
Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Sint-Truiden, Belgium


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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
extra strong dark beer

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sebletitje (10423) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2011
15cl bottle sample @ Kerstbierfestival ’11, Essen.
Brune foncée, col léger moka.
Arôme est doux, fruité noir, réglisse et malt caramel.
En bouche, alcool réchauffant, fruits noirs avec ce profile sucre candi presque de sucette le tout avec un aspect chocolaté et caramel en arrière goût. Alcool est présent et reste agréable, carbonnation est assez faible ce qui rend le tout épais en bouche. Léger fini amer, avec une pointe de carapils. Reste néanmoins très douce, un peu trop à mon avis.

tderoeck (10343) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2010
75cl exclusive brew
Darkbrown to black in color. A brown firm yet fine head. Very much roasted smells. Sweet full taste, yet a bit too much roast to my personal flavour. Bitterdry afteraste with a little sweet and a lot of burned malt. Had it as an aperitive, but it’s definitely more of a dessert beer.

deanso (10124) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - MAR 27, 2015
bottle sampled @Jim is going to Malaysia tasting.
Very very thin off white head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Lots of alcohol.

jmgreenuk (10104) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle at the Jim goes to Malaysia tasting, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken light tan head. The aroma is rich liqourice treacle. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich sweet malt, alcoholic bitter palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
My Bottom Line:

Plums and raisins move into alcohol heat and light chocolate in this fruity Quad-like beast of a sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:

-A ring of foam circles the cloudy purplish-brown.

-Like most Belgian Strong Ales, the mouthfeel is lean yet the beer has a somewhat sugary finish.

-The flavor profile is quite similar to a Scotch Ale’s (but not the mouthfeel).

-The soft effervescence and controlled alcohol heat give this beast an air of elegance.

-Notes of rum and vanilla also appear.

Bottle, as Bink Grand Cru.

JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2010
Very lively dark-beige head over very deep-dark brown beer, with a faint red sheen. Alcoholic nose with nuts and brandy; liquid fruit- or brandycake; cola. Pure liquorice and drop, initially; exaggerated, heated by alcohol. Retronasal again nuts and brandycake, sweetened milk. Vinous and alcoholic. Huge alcoholwarming. Rather well-carbonated for such a massive ale; viscous-slick. Strong and dark indeed. Well-crafted, technically. Not bad at all (for sipping). But as to original...

daniele (9784) - ITALY - DEC 13, 2009
scura non molta schiuma discreta persitenza nasa malti tostati caffe frutta matura in bocca attacco dolce ma bilanciato da tostaure e luppolo che non sono marcati lasciando una lunga nota finale di liquirizia

solidfunk (9441) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Some dark plum and light smoke. Floral aromas. Thick consistency. Finishes sweet. Light caramel, perhaps a little too boozy and syrupy for my liking. Bottle pour from 2010 at Churchkeys 5th anniversary.

kraddel (9176) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
smell is bourbon-ish, oaky
low carbo. bitter, complex, sour touch, sweet, aftertaste is more of the same, very bitter. way better, extremely way better than the regular one

Svesse (8830) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2012
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm) Black colour with lasting, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with caramel, dried fruit, dark treacle, raisins and a touch of alcohol. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, dried fruit, chocolate, liquorice, anise and a sweet finish with a warming touch of alcohol. Full body, smooth mouthfeel. Fairly sweet. It’s a bit over the top and fairly powerful, but on the other hand quite tasty and irresistible. Very nice beer!

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