Monday, 19 December 2011


The next Christmas beer up for review is the winter offering from Sint-Truiden based brewery Kerkom - brewed since 2000 Winterkoninske is Flemish or winter king, also what appears at first sight to be a robin sat on a hop plant on the label could in fact be a wren because the Dutch word for this tiny bird is Winterkoninkje.

Pours a dark brick red topped with a thick, creamy, tan coloured head that slowly recedes to leave a constant centimetre covering.

Fantastic aroma that is full of dark fruits (figs, raisins and black cherries) light spices, caramel, sweet malts and also a slight rich cocoa note.

Taste follows with sweet caramelised malts, masses of dark, dried fruits, spices like nutmeg and clove, dark caramel sweetness and a mouth tingling licourice finish.    

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