kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Winterkoninkske (Winter King)blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 15, 2007
opaque dark rupy red, whispy beige head, frop of lace, nice ripe fig aroma, rich dark fruit flavor, good chocolate, a hint of tartness, a touch of alcohol, strong solvent character,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 3/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 5/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2008 bottle poured a dark nutty brown in color with slow carbination leaving a ring of head on the glass. smell is of dark fruits, malts, dark sugar, alcohol, and figs. the smell is just inviting but onto the taste. definitely has a nice malt backbone with figs and other ripe fruit, if those juniper berries are in there then they are good too just don’t know what one tastes like. body is full like a port but not too sweet or flat tasting with the low (almost non existing) carbination. really a well done beer that tastes like care was taken in making it. the only strange thing is the bottle stated they are on a mission to bring real hops back to Belgian brewing, there is definitely some nice hops in the bottle but not what one would expect for "bringing the hops back". a real good beer that should be rated a little higher in my mind. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Reddish brown color with faint head. Sweet malt aroma with berry hints. Sweet body with malts and fruit character. Wim (3954) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2007
dark brown to almost black coloured body with a small off white head a light aroma a sweet malty and caramel taste and a sweet malty finich HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle (330ml). Poured almost opaque ruby-black, some sediment, average frothy tan head. Jesus that smells great - okay, it’s July and I’m sweating on my balcony, this malt/spice/sour fruit/fig/yeast/alcohol monster is not necessarily the best choice, but I’m diggin’ it - well-aged Christmas pud’! The taste follows, tons of rich, oily figgy malt pungent yeast/spice bitterness, lord that’s sweet, almost burnt, boozy like your alky granny’s secret plum pudding with the two bottles of dark rum innit. Thick, syrupy, almost flat (but who cares), carbonized malt stays around for a while, oddly at the front of my tongue, bitter/sticky linger. Well freakin’ done - wish I’d bot several - this is a Christmas morning brew for sure.
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2007
11.2oz. thanks to fonefan for this extra. pours dark with tan head. nose has some dark fruits, oats, and wet grains. flavor is sorta bland, some dark fruits, oats, tar, and toasted biscuit. alc well hidden. mouth feel is oily, and syrupy. this is just an uninspired beer. forget winter king, bring on the plow king! Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2007
Bottle at home (after a eurofins summerparty). Black - light brown head. Berries, roasted, sweetness, yeasty, cherry, grease, leather, bark, port like. Alcoholic nose. Rather pleasant taste, but sweet & sharp aftertaste... doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Deep dark rich brown color with yeast sediments at bottom. Port like aroma.
Chewy palate, initial sweetness followed by complex raislin like flavors. Beady aftertaste. . talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 No date. Pours a dark brown color with rust hints and little clarity and a tan, average, frothy head; it is mostly diminishing but a small amount stays around leaving a small amount of tight lacing. Nose is nice and dark for a Belgian; Belgain chocolate, dark caramel, faint buttered toast, plum, light yeast, and hints of molasses and anise. Flavor is interesting and unexpected; notes of raisin, date, and light molasses to start progressing to anise and roasted bitterness. Finishes quite long with Belgian chocolate and a decent bitterness while drying out some. Palate is moderate carbonation, medium body, and a silky feel. A nice dark and different Belgian which is a refreshing twist on the style. Nice complexities, nice balance, and certainly hiding the alcohol very well. Unique and worth much more respect. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Slightly hazy chestnut brown with a warm, reddish hue and a small, beige head. Warm, delicate aroma of dried and overripe fruits. Quite full-bodied, sweetish vinous with lots of roasted malt and dried fruit. Rather warming alcohol in the finish. Very delicious. 270507