whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Velvety beige head collapsed into a persistent film on a dark red mahogany body. Figgy aroma with meaty yeast and dark caramel notes. Strong fruity flavors like overripe plums. Dark malt signature, including a hint of roast, and some apparent autolysis. Body is lightly starchy and smooth, but seems a little thin. Fair and distinct, but ultimately unexceptional.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2007
(33cl bottle, best by 2/08) Small beige head atop murky dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, candi sugar, raisin, some molasses, light anise. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some raisin/plum, faint chocolate. Light-medium body holds the alcohol fairly well. Sammy (12610) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2007
Dark brown, with malts and spices. Suitable carbonation, good drinking. Mollasses and malting to tone down the juniper. Chocolate malt. odd taste notes. slightly bitter aftertaste. Good though not great Belgian from the Belgian Shop. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
[Bottle - Johns Market]
A deep brown color with a light head. This was a strong ale with a some sourness to go around. Some spices and a deep brown sugar flavor. This was a very warm and easy to drink belgian strong. Svesse (8731) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
(Draught at Akkurat, Stockholm, 17 Jan) Dark brown colour with ruby notes, firm brown head. Spicy nose with notes of chocolate, coffee, fudge and brown sugar. Malty, spicy taste with chocolate, fudge, coffee, dried fruit, figs, brown sugar and a hint of cardamom. Spicy hops in the bittersweet finish. Velvety mouthfeel, lots of taste. Nice one.
DarkMagus (549) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Dark amber-brown with a frothy, creamy tan head. Sweet malty, brown-sugar laden aroma with elements of dried dates and raisins. Very sweet, caramel and cocoa flavors with some dried fruits (raisins, dates, cherries). Hops appear in the aftertaste, but in a somewhat unbalanced and surprising fashion. This beer finishes quite dryly, but leaves a bitter taste on the tongue. Not quite what I look for in a beer of this sort--not bad, but probably not something I’ll seek out in the future. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a creamy tan head that settles to a creamy halo and a thin skin. Aroma of sweet & spicy caramel. Juniper works very nicely here... a pleasant piney/woodsy/berriness, lightly sweet, with a touch of citrus. Dry palate with an astringent finish. Raisiny, alcohol-laden flavor with a hoppy finish that is sharp and fresh.thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2007
<font size=-4>Purchased 10/01/06 from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/chicag Wine Shoppe and Beverage Mart, Chicago, IL 60067.</font>
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a decent offwhite head. Aroma is quite complex,caramel, spices, very herbal. Sweet caramel flavours initially, then a more herbal and fruity character appears. Great, Kerkom seldom disappoints-sooner or later they will hit a world classic, I think. GarrettB (1636) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 There’s winter and then there’s winter. The first is the clear and crystalline mountain setting, with the deep, dark evergreens drooping with powdery wigs of snow. The second is a desolate, gusty plain chilled with perma-frost and relentless below zero temperatures, like the final scene in “Fiddler on the Roof”. If this beer is indeed the Winterkoninkske, it is undoubtedly the crown ruler of the latter. A beer is a beer, but this tastes very cold and heartless. It pours a deep black-gray like wet granite and a thin, speckled head wobbles atop with insouciance. The smell is sort of like old chocolate, or maybe new low quality chocolate. Either way, it’s the kind of confectionary treat that makes you doubt the omnipotent power of chocolate and chocolate related products. A little fig, the chocolate center, some chalk aroma and a puff of dust unite to make that lackluster smell. The palate is light and hollow, and a bit tinny like an old Campbell’s can on the side of the railroad track. It’s light and tepidly sweet at first with nothing more than a generic malt playing the dominant flavor. This then segues into some emphatic raisin activity, some more dusty attic flavored chocolate and a painful concentration of alcohol. At this point it becomes less hollow, and more depressed and “emo”. No, nothing here strikes me as anything to clamor for. That senescent chocolate sensation really kills it for me. I spent far too many boring spring days nibbling on old Easter chocolate to be able to eat the stuff now, or anything that reminds me of it for that matter. LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Cold 11.2oz bottle: Pours a cola color with tan bubbles around the edges of the glass. Roasted malts, alcohol and notes of fruit and chocolate. Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Ending is of roasted malts, earthy hops and chocolate notes.