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Bink Grand Cru - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
91
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beerpirates on 12-19-2010

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 39
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4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuaff
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my special birthday beer tonight. Poured into my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

An initially lively cap of tan foam fizzles up and then dies down to a nearly dead calm with only a single ominous stream of carbonation surfacing languidly. The color is a deep, dark garnet that appears virtually black unless held up to the light. A mysteriously, dangerously dark crimson red...

Dark fruit dominate the aroma, with raisins, cherries, and plums coming through assertively. It's kinda vinous, and also has some vanilla, caramel, and molasses coming through. Some subtle spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, too. A superbly scintillating aroma.

Those dark fruits carry through to the flavor, bathing the palate in waves of luscious dark fruit intensity. Along with this comes a complementary chocolaty earthiness that makes this beer knd of taste like chocolate-covered raisins or cherries. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish with a delightful, slightly musty earthiness.

It's fairly light on carbonation for a Belgian ale, with a smooth but thick, decadent consistency.

One of the better Belgian ales I've ever had, really. This stuff is all class. And the likeness to chocolate covered fruit is just incredible.

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. One of the best and most complex beers I have ever enjoyed.

Somewhere between a Quad and an Imperial Stout with the best characteristics of both styles. Slightly tart, dried dark fruits...cranberries, plums, raisins... extremely boozy which I like...then rich toffee, caramel and strong coffee finish. The flavor lingers for several minutes. Awesome. Body is thick, more stout than quad.

This kills any other Quad/BSDA I've had. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveRinn
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Rich and sweet for a dark ale. This one tastes a little different every time I try it, but always great. Its 13% but hits a lot stronger than that. I'd tell you how strong it felt last time but I can't remember. I know there are classier beers out there but I keep going back to this one like an ex-girlfriend because she knows just how to put me to sleep.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage bottling. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small fairly dense tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, blackberry, date, fig, molasses, licorice, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, brown sugar, black pepper, and roast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, blackberry, date, fig, molasses, licorice, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, brown sugar, black pepper, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness/earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, blackberry, date, fig, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, pepper, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick, and slightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of KYGunner
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012

Rich, almost regal brown color sported a thick and full head of dense foam.

The nose is sweet and strong. Dark fruits like prune and date, mix with caramel, fudge, chocolate, molasses and crab apples.

The flavors are rich and savory with a front of roasted coffee, caramel, toffee and brownie. The middle is a blast of chocolate before it ends with maple, dark fruits and green apples.

The feel is downright amazing. It's velvety smooth and perfectly thick. It's 13 pct and there's no evidence of such.

One of the biggest surprises I've had in the world of craft beer and one I'd urge everyone to try.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Bink Grand Cru from Brouwerij Kerkom
91 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.