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


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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Been sitting on the shelf for about a year at my local, but I think it has only helped this beer. Pours a reddish brown with a clarity and moderate head. The nose is sweet. Alcohol, spice, some dark malt to caramel. A little fruity. Nothing particularly offensive. The mouthfeel is middle of the road, not unpleasant, not full or viscous. But smooth. The flavors are the real surprise. Fruity and sweet, for sure. Dark fruits are ripe, spice is in there, and also some surprising chocolate. Smaller alcohol. And really just a hint of juniper berry. Maybe a bit of medicine in the finish, but not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Bottle. Super Dark, almost pitch black beer. Aroma is nice - lots of fruit and yeasty characters. Flavor is rich, fruity and overall really nice. Dare I say, this beer reminded me of Westy 12. Ironically though, it doesnt have nearly as much alcohol, yet the booze was way more evident then Westy 12. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Bottled, 2007. Pours a deep burgundy color with a quickly dissipating head. Lots of bubbles and fine lace hanging around. Tasty aroma of Belgian yeast, cinnamon, candy sugar and raisin. Sweet and musty flavors of plum and berries show nicely, with a bit of a citric sting on the back end. Juniper stays for a quick finish, with a dry alcohol end on the palate. Great for a sipper on the porch in cold weather, Id like to bring some of this to the mountains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2009
$2 at Binnys Orland Park. Cant beat that. 11.2oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is of malt, chocolate, dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol. Taste is surprisingly sweet with lots of sugar and dark fruit up front. Also lots of caramel malt, yeast, oat, alcohol, and chocolate. Alcohol did not bite as much as I had expected it to. Although it does provide a nice warming effect. Mouthfeel is medium and very sticky. Lingering taste of raisins and caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours a nice dark brown. No head. Very strong caramel edge. Just a great winter warmer-like edge to it. Nice and robust and smooth. Great profile. Thick caramel with some nice earthy/leafy tones. Great level of sugar. Smooth liquid feel. This is a very nice dark ale. I enjoyed drinking it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StoutHead (962) - DENMARK - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear deep red color with a one-finger tan head. Fruity aroma. Taste has lots of malts but also notes of fruits, caramel, nuts, honey, spices and brown sugar. Quite complex. Very sweet but not sickly much. A dry hoppy aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Mahogany in colour with a couple of small white islands passing themselves off as a head. Musky, Earthy aroma. Notes of malts, bread, walnuts and caramel. Light hint of balsamic vinegar. Taste to match, but exceptionally stronger and spicier. The first beer Ive really liked from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Black with a diminishing brown head. Roasted/chocolate nose with vinous notes. Medium sweet, light body. Hints of chocolate, smoke, red wine, caramel. Light bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Very dark shade of brown. Big head. Dusty lager aroma. A bit of dusty liqourice taste and thats just about it. Drinkable not nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2003 (Best by oct/06) Wow, this beer does have a slight chill haze, but it is still very dark. The nose is very spicy and full of licorice. The palate is medium in body and has a lower Co2 level than most Belgians. I taste a lot of iron, figs, raisins, and sweet yeasty fruit dusted in chocolate. The finish is very sweet and fresh. The hop existence is very minimal, but enough for the style. I am not overwhelmed.

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