It’s the middle of winter, and Christmas in July is becoming more of a ‘thing’, so it seemed appropriate to include a Belgian Christmas beer in this months pack.
Brouwerij Kerkom’s Winterbinkske used to be known as Winterkoninkske (Winter King), but back in September 2022 the brewery was taken over by Brouwerij De Ranke. They moved production of all the Kerkom beers to the De Ranke facility and the winter seasonal beer had a slight rebrand and recipe change with the addition of juniper to this version.
It was a friendly takeover, as the brewing facilities at Kerkom were no longer up to the required standard. Since 2009 Kerkom had been brewing their beers at several different breweries, and the friendship between the two breweries led to the unison. The intention is to upgrade facilities and continue brewing at the Kerkom site, at least for the beer that is consumed on the site that is a favourite for riding groups through the Limburg countryside.
Our dark winter beer has a rich aroma of dark malt and a hint of spice. That dark malt s front and centre of the flavour as well. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, black bread, a hint of molasses. There isn’t a lot of sweetness given the dark, high ABV body. Rather there is a pleasant roasted malt astringency, coupled with a firm bitterness and a little spicy sharpness to the dry finish.