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Bink Grand Cru - Brouwerij Kerkom

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 114
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.36%
Wants: 13
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: beerpirates on 12-19-2010

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Photo of Kuaff
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,228 characters)

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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. (356 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,621 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at a private tasting, thanks to beerchitect! 2012 vintage, I believe.

Pours an opaque dark brown, bordering on black, with a frothy tan head that dissipated to a light ring of foam. While the aroma revealed pleasant notes of plum, raisins, and dates, the flavor truly shined. This beer was incredibly complex and seamlessly blended rummy dark fruit with toasted malt nuttiness. Simultaneously, there was an upfront flavor reminiscent of caramel corn, with buttery, toffee-like caramel accenting the nutty, popcorn-like backbone. Excellent beer, though some may be put off by the buttery tones. Very smooth and drinkable, for such high abv. (647 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2013 bottle, 750ml split 3 ways.

A - Dark brown color, just a bit of clarity. Beige head becomes swirly cap and ring pretty quickly and retains as such.

S - Raisin, caramel, alcohol, yeasty and bready tones. Decent but kinda generic flavors for a BSDA, really boozy.

T - Wow, al-kee-hawl. Drinks like it's somewhere in the 18% range. Flavors are a little better than the smell - big dark fruit caramel bomb with some chocolate, pepper, yeast, spices, red wine, but unfortunately the booze really detracts here.

M - Slick but kinda thin-feeling mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Sweet and hot.

O - Ehhhh. So boozy, and what's underneath all that seems decent at best. Honestly, all in all, a little painful to drink. (718 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Almost pitch black, light brown head is thin and quickly disappears, nothing more to be expected from a 13%ABV beer

S- A hint of booze upfront, both sweet and roasted aromas, chocolate, maybe liquorice

T- Sweet upfront with a sugary feel and a definitely fixing dose of warming alcohol. Still perfectly balanced with a slightly bitter earthy finish. Notes of chocolate, dark fruits. Very nice

M- Suprisingly light body for the ABV, mostly due to low carbonation. Feels kind of sirupy while filling your mouth with warming comfort

O- A perfect slow sipper for the winter (576 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a major step up from the regular version, this is even bigger, darker, roastier, blacker, and more memorable. thick black color, minimal head. I can smell booze and licorice, as well as light smoke and birch syrup wintery sweetness. not overly complex but distinct from any other brew for sure. I don't get much Belgian yeast from this, mostly just rich dark earthy malt with the oaky smoke. its got a light brown sugar finish, a hint of peppery spice, and a very warming and prominent alcohol presence. smooth as silk in feel though even with the booze. limited carbonation and infinite body make this a slow sipper and a bottle to share, but a very special beer. I will remember the malt profile of this beer above all else, distinct and dark, without being anything like a stout or porter, I would love to know the grain bill. great brew. (841 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation at the surface of the beer and a moderate amount of cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet dark fruits (fig, raisin, and plum) and just a touch of alcohol.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of malty sweetness with strong notes of dark fruits (fig, raisin, and plum) and more moderate notes of brown sugar, molasses, and port. Sweet like a port is...but quite yummy.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: More drinkable than one would expect for a 13% ABV beer, still a little boozy but a lot easier to drink than I expected. This beer is pretty sweet and has a decent amount of complexity making it enjoyable. Definitely one that you want to share a bottle of and sip slowly.

Note: Originally bought for a fairly epic bottle share in Hoboken but send back home with it because we had way too much beer for the time. (1,285 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out almost black in color with a nice light brown head on top. The retention and lacing are really good here too. The smell of the beer is roasted, bready and chocolatey. The taste gives off a really nice dark chocolate flavor, subtle earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy, oily and smooth. Very nice subtle carbonation on this brew. Overall I find this to be severely underrated but to each their own. I really enjoyed this beer. (441 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is malt, caramel, soy sauce, and teriyaki aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some odd aromas but the flavors are quite tasty. (557 characters)

Photo of Manoftyr
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a deep, deep almost-black brown with a little over a millimeter of head that quickly dissolves into a thin lacing ring.

Aroma - Dark fruits such as dates and plums are prominent along with a molasses-y almost slightly butterscotch like malty sweetness sweetness. Phenolic Belgian yeastiness is there though the intensity of the other aromas relegate it to a supporting role but it is by no means invisible.

Taste - Oh wow, this is super nice. Intensely malty sweetness up front with flavors of dates and mollassis as noted the the aroma fades away into a complex yeasty spiciness mid palette, excellent contrast really. As it nears the end slight flavors of licorice and anise come to the forefront and it all ends with a nice warming sensation reminding you of the ABV this beer packs.

Mouthfeel - Lush and syrupy with a very gentle carbonation.

Overall - This is utterly fantastic! Really complex and absolutely delicious. (947 characters)

Photo of weonfire
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

A- Black all the way through. no light. very very bottom of snifter glass has a small dark brown glow in the in light. solid full finger, light brown head that lasts 3-5 minutes after pour.

S - Chocolatey, clean, maybe a raison/fig. ALCOHOL.

T- Chocolate, coffe, carmel, fig. alcohol really comes through. 13ABVs are not well hidden

M - burns a bit from the alcohol. high viscosity.

O - not a top choice for strong Belgian dark ale. This needs more aging. Dont know the bottle date. Would not buy this again unless knowingly aged. (584 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, sturdy, and highly characterful, the Kerkom brewery devises a rich Belgian ale that captures the attention of us who adore the darker, stronger, and complex ales.

But much like a dopplebock, the German influences may take hold with a visual texture that's all about creaminess, bready appearances, and darkness. It's steep brown hue grows up on it a thick blanket of light tan foam and stubbornly retains the session.

But its exactly that blanket that mutes aromas because of its sturdy barrier between the nose and the aromatics within. It just doesn't give up its aromas. But a deep dive into the glass reveals deep notes of brown sugar, molasses, prune, concentrated grape, rum, and spice. It's a complex but subtle or lumbering scent that is calculated in its reveal.

Though the early taste is nothing short of rewarding, the beer requires patience for its best portrayal. At nearly room temperature the beer finally gives up its secrets. It's only then that succulent sweetness of brown sugar fuses with candy, peppercorn, and red wine. Savory thoughout, its the notes of cherry, prune, blackberry, currant, and raisins that offer such a rewarding taste. But the balance of fresh cracked peppercorn, vinous alcohol, and mild acidity that offers reprieve and makes the finish satisfying.

Rich and succulent, this Grand Cru only slightly holds true to the dry Belgian character that gives them fame. But in not-so-slight deviation, the beer resides in the bready, malty-sweet textures that only relies on immense alcohol and strong peppery spice to balance the residual sweetness. Finishing very warm, malty-dry, and highly peppery- the beer begs for sharing. This is a very strong ale!

I absolutely love the complex taste that this beer delivers. It is built for special occasion tastings that require communal appreciation, but it is savory and satisfying as an after dinner sipper that I would love to sample with grilled dates and sultans. (1,959 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost completely pitch black with a big dense yet bubbly chocolate milk-colored head. Fades slowly, quite good retention. Heavy ring persists at all times. Pretty good fluffy tendrils of lacing all around too.

S: Woo, this one is boozy. Lots of grain alcohol. Some raisin and caramel mixed in there. Hints of cocoa to boot.

T: Loads and loads of chocolate. Very chocolatey from the very start, through the middle and into the finish. Up front there is a bit of raisin and molasses mixed in with it - especially as it warms. In the middle there is some sweet caramel that makes for a really nice decadent combination. Finally in the finish there is a bit of earthiness and a little more raisin. But I cannot overstate it enough, this is pure chocolate, through and through. Not as boozy as the aroma makes you think, but still a little hot.

M: Not nearly as thick or full as you might think for 13%. It's actually quite good that it's not heavy because given how sweet it is, I think it would make it super cloying.

O: Well, if you like chocolate, make it a point to pick this one up. It might even be more chocolate than Charleville Box Of Chocolate or a Southern Tier Choklat or a Rogue Double Chocolate. It's like drinking watered down hershey's syrup with some booze thrown in. The little bit of typical BSDA raisin in there gives it a nice chocolate-covered raisin taste. Even given the massive chocolate flavor and relative simplicity I will say that I really enjoyed this one. I do love chocolate in my beers so I am biased - I will admit that freely. This is one sweet, chocolatey dessert beer for sure, tread lightly! (1,642 characters)

Photo of impending
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A

750ml into a tulip. Exceedingly difficult to remove plastic cork. Pours a black walnut fully opaque, coffee colored minor head, minor lacing.

Deep delicious stoutish aroma. Rich semi sweet dark chocolate, charred molasses atop the goodness of a bsda with rotting dark fruits enveloped in begian yeast. No alcohol.

Explosive flavor, a depth wholly unexpected. Again the molasses and chocolate. Uber sweet but balanced with a proper offsetting bitterness, stoutish. Minor solvent alcohol as a flavor ingredient. Aftertaste till tomorrow. Full bodied smooth lifeless mouthfeel. Lip smacking. The mouth doesn't taste, it reacts. Hits another stride at room temp when it magically transforms into a barleywine.
can only be sipped
cheers
jd (741 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml foiled, corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep mahogany tone while yielding a 3/4" khaki colored head that lapses pretty quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. nose offers a nice malty potpourri dark fruit, brown and candied sugar; secondary notes of molasses and chocolate, even a touch of funk.

flavor follows the aroma closely. lots of dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, and a little chocolate. complex and tasty, but a little too sweet for my taste, borders on cloying. a bit boozy in the finish but relatively well-hidden on that count considering 13% ABV. medium-bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall i'm sort of torn. on the plus side it's a flavorful and complex beer. the bad, and to repeat, i just find it too sweet. good, but at the price point not one i'll be revisiting anytime soon.

(originally reviewed: 06-28-2011) (884 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium light tan head, very creamy, solid lace.

S: Cherry bark, hint of fig, molasses.

T: Big flavours, lots of dark fruit, prunes and brown sugar with some cherries and cranberries. Nice undercurrent of dark chocolate throughout.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, soft carbonation, quite easy to drink.

O: This is a fantastic beer. Delicious flavour, I really enjoyed this. (414 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bink’s Grand Cru is dark brown passing no light. The head is slight and quickly fades, leaving rings of lace. Each sip leaves a viscous coating on the Dogfish Head snifter.

There is a mix of cherry and acetone, but not much else. One might say this is reminiscent of cough syrup. There is a suggestion of nuts as it warms.

The aroma was dramatically misleading. I found rich dark fruits akin to plum pudding with licorice and rum. This is a big, malty beverage without excessive sweetness. There is also a sense of maple in the lingering finish.

A soft, full body with prickly carbonation and some warming alcohol about as expected. Syrupy residuals are welcome.

This is a great sipping beer, worthy of taking one’s time while reading or indulging in conversation that will allow it to warm. (799 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Paid $22.99 for a 750ml bottle from Bobby's Liquor in San Jose, CA. This was one of the more difficult beers to open I've ever had. Ended up using a wine bottle opener on this plastic cork that was embedded in the bottle. I pour into a La Trappe chalice to review.

Half inch brownish tan head after a heavy pour. Darkest shade of brown before black. Good lacing and a very small layer of retention.

Prune, raisin, fig, plum, grape soda, molasses, brown sugar, a hint of Belgian spice and some mild maltiness to balance out the sweetness. This one does come off quite sweet and a bit boozy.

Taste brings on much more malt and balance. Dark chocolate quite heavy here and the dark fruits now seem to take a backseat to the more stout like characteristics. Still a bit too much sweetness going on here that needs to be tamed down.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky from sweetness. Full bodied and seems to need more carbonation to improve its drinkability. Lasting dark chocolate and candy sweetness in the finish.

For the hefty pricetag, I was quite disappointed in this one. (1,075 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure it looks like the style, more closely resembles a stout or porter, but I like dark beers and this is right up my alley. Pours like coffee. A bit thick, it's completely black. The head is about a finger of brown bubbles. Retention is somewhat lacking.

A couple things stood out. It almost smells sweet, if that makes sense. Wheat is present, as well as some candied sugar. A slight cola-like caramel scent as well.

Tastes like a combination of hot chocolate and a soft drink. Caramel and sugar dominates, but it's not offensive or cloying.

Early on, the sweetness is ok but I have a feeling after another 20ish ounces I'm going to think differently. It's got a creamy mouthfeel that combines with the sweetness leaving a bit of a sticky finish. Deep in the swallow some of the hops and alcohol show up, but the alcohol is well hidden for being 13% ABV.

I was actually scared of this being so high in alcohol, but it's very drinkable and overall, I would like to drink this in the future. Some people are going to find it too sweet, but overall, it's a good choice. (1,077 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winterkoninkske label. Thanks to Bryna for picking this up. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger-plus of tan foam settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Dark brown body that is slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Huge aroma of caramel, candi sugar, molasses, rum-soaked cake, and perhaps a hint of alcohol. Extremely potent and extremely delicious. Like a dubbel on steroids.

T - Taste is also wonderful, with a mixture of chocolate, spicy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, dark bread, candi sugar, molasses, and a hint of phenolic alcohol. There's some moderate anise in the finish that keeps things from getting cloying.

M - Pleasant carbonation, slightly gritty texture - is there undissolved candi sugar? Full-bodied, with reasonably well-hidden alcohol. Could stand to be a bit creamier.

D - This is great stuff - one of the most exciting non-sour Belgians I've had in a long time. If you like big sweet Belgian beers look no further. No major flaws, reasonably well-hidden booze, and delicious aroma and flavor. Will definitely be buying more of this one. (1,102 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

wonderful (non-nitro) cascade reinforcing a brown-sugar froth at the surface

smells like tart chicory to start.

tartness and deep roasted sweetness. a funky stout, really. but actually, not very funky, though certainly very fruity and otherwise belgiany. too sweet, if you ask me. some tang. woody, blackcurrant hop flavors...a good choice for this beer: something lemony or grassy probably would have seemed out of place (424 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared this bottle with Masterski & jrallen34 while visiting in Chicago. Certainly have never heard of this beer before.

I have to say this was absolutely delicious. Just kept getting better and better and I was sad to take the last sip.

Very little head formed on the beer, it was a dark shoe leather brown color. A bit dull in finish. No lacing.

Aroma was sweet, rich and included both brown sugar & molasses.

Flavor was deep, fairly complex and just wonderful. I debated with the others about whether I was getting more brown sugar or molasses. At time we agreed, at others we did not. In the end, both are present along with a moment of licorice. The malt flavors were just spectacular and layered.

Bold body, light carbonation and very well hidden 13% abv. This could be a dangerous beer.

Absolutely love it. Not sure I’ll ever see it again, but I would love too.

Thanks guys for sharing. (903 characters)

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Bink Grand Cru from Brouwerij Kerkom
90 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.