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


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RATINGS: 478   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (10042) - Chiang Mai, - FEB 14, 2013
33cl bottle from de Bierwinkel, Leiden. Thick creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Very smooth brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (2128) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 8, 2017
Bottle at Erzbierschof Monday Club, 2012 vintage. Pours hazy darkest brown. Aroma is strong sweet malts, candy, roasted dark malts, caramel, dried figs, booze. Boozy warming palate, still caramel flavours and candy. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lkowalkowski (331) - POLAND - MAR 14, 2017
Barwa ciemna, piana beżowa, niezbyt trwała. Aromat średnio intensywny, palone słody, karmel, kakao. Dosyć słodko. W smaku przyprawowe, nie za słodkie. Alkohol delikatnie wyczuwalny.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zilverenmaan (150) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2017
Brown sugar, some alcohol, a hint of chocolate, smells syrupy, tastes oily with thick mouthfeel. A bit watery, its balanced and definately not a boring uncomplex brew but tastes somewhat "unbonded".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rubin77 (1879) - Brussels / Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 13, 2017
F: thin, brown, quick gone. C: dark brown, hazy. A: malt, chocolate, cocoa, raisins, molasses, candy, light red vine, hint of coffee. T: malt, chocolate, dark desert cherries, cocoa, candy, raisins, dark fruits, vinous, full body, low to medium carbonation, very nice winter warmer beer, 0,33l bottle from Prik & Tik ABC Drinks in Leuven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wixie (557) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2017
Dark brown liquid, average, light brown head. Aroma of malt. Medium body, strong carbonation. Taste is sweet, bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (14229) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle at level 42, thanks to Wingman. It pours dark ruby - brown with a thick tan head. The aroma is very spicy, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, treacle, toast and earthy roast. The taste is sweet, sticky, treacle, festive spice, candi sugar, sugared plum, Dandelion & Burdock, alcohol, ginger and dried fruits with a dry, spiced finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A pretty ok spiced Belgian strong. Couldnt drink too much of it though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3299) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle picked up in a shop in Brugge last week. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Typical Belgian spice, caramel aroma. Tastes sweet, malty, dark fruit, caramel, spice. Decent Belgian winter fayre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7812) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
December 2016 - Bottle share at 1 Canada Square. Many thanks to Dave. As Kerkan Winterkoninkske anno 1878, 8.3%. Dark brown with a slight orange hue, foamy brown head. Aroma is big on the banana bread, also chalky. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste has more banana bread and foam banana sweets, bready malts and a spicy finish with some booze showing up. Quite nice. (3.6)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (7647) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 21, 2016
33cl bottle shared in CW. Many thanks to Dave for this one. It pours a clean brown color with a minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty with esters and caramel. Taste is also sweet and malty, with savoury esters. Medium bodied with OK carbonation. Overall, decent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ozzatoadisback (155) - ITALY - DEC 20, 2016
Opaque black. Small off-white head, shows nice retention and some lacing though. Aroma shows a soft yeasty and sugary base with notes of liquorice, slight spiciness and maybe a hint of dried fruits. Not super intense but definitely very nice. Taste has a caramel malts base and sugary sweetness, its both sweet and soft. Notes of liquorice, slight coffee, dark fruits more easily noticeable as the beer warms up. Again a slight hint of spiciness. Overall its obviously mostly sweet, but those light coffee notes and a slight hint of bitterness in the aftertaste are bringing good balance. Body is a bit lighter than your average per style, average carbonation, overall very easy but still warmingly soft. Very good stuff

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