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Bink Grand Cru - Brouwerij Kerkom

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 116
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 19.51%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 116
Reviews by Manoftyr:
Photo of Manoftyr
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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


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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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmann1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to almost black color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and alcohol. There is also a little bit of dark fruit, but what stands out the most is the very hot alcohol.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of alcohol. The beer is fairly sweet and there is some nice dark fruit notes in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GarrettB714
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of weonfire
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of henrisimo
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of astidad
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a thin dark tan head that quickly dissipated.

The smell is deep and full with a sweet dark fruit quality, along with hints of chocolate and molasses.

The Flavor is very sweet and malty up front with a big blasted of toasted caramel malts and alcohol. Dark cherry and raison really seem to dominate along with deep dark bready flavors and the alcohol there are a bit of hops in the finish leaving a touch of medicinal bitterness, but still way out of balance even for this style.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and syrupy.

Overall its drinkable and nothing really off other than the balance, but a bit average.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a 750ml foiled, caged, and corked bottle. Pours a deep brown color which showed some chocolate brown highlights when held up to a light. The tan head was small, yet dense and settled into a solid ring and sparse cap.

The aroma has a big raisin flavor with some red grape juice and a touch of carob. The aroma is quite sweet, with a big toffee presence, and has an olde ale character to it.

The taste is of raisins, prunes, and toffee with some brown sugar. There is some carob to offset the sweetness. Some rum alcohol notes pop through in the end. The taste is quite sweet and boozy.

The feel is moderate with very fizzy carbonation. The beer probably would have been quite slick if not for the carbonation. The ABV is quite noticable and provides some belly burn. The beer borders and passes on being cloying sweet. It is hard to drink a glass of it.

The beer is a big BSDA but the flavor doesn't match the ABV. Some nice raisin and prune flavors but it needs more of a malty/earthy presence to offset the sweetness. Its fine but I don't think I would pick this up again.

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Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Psychmusic
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of MSCUSN
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of dcisco44
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Bubbles
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is opaque brown in color and poured with a thin beige head that died down and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of dark fruits with notes of sweetness on the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite sweet and has flavors of brown sugar, dark fruits, molasses and port wine.
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: Although the alcohol is definitely perceptible, it tastes more like 9% instead of 13%, making it surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of mwilbur
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 300th review! Hope I picked a good one...
Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a very very dark brown with 1/2 inch tan head. Good retention and some lacing.
S: Fresh belgian yeast, melon, milk chocolate, and in the background some spice. Some alcohol too, but not nearly as much as you'd expect.
T: Wow! Several layers of complexity here. There is a quick hit of melon and almost burnt chocolate. This transitions into a perfect balance of smooth caramel malt and sharp hops (?piney?). Fresh doughy yeast, belgian spice, plum wine, dark dried fruit, and herbal notes make appearances as well. Nice alcohol burn in the finish. That combined with the pine note make it almost gin-like. Very complex...very nice.
M: Smooth and silky at first, then turns toward grape-like sweetness and then bitter (hops). Finishes with a pleasant but strong alcohol burn. Medium-heavy feel (not as heavy as you'd expect).
D: Given the ABV, this is very drinkable. Very complex...nice sipper. I'm very glad I have more of these to enjoy. I am intrigued to see how this will age. Seek it out!

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Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75 cL bottle, Tasted this at the 16th christmas beer Festival 2010 essen belgium

Pours dark and brown to black with a small, lacing and tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, light liqourice like note. Sweet, liqourice, dark bread and distinct roasted pumpernikkel , flavoured. Lingering roasted and sweet malty finish. Smooth, sweet and nice malty.
Awesome beer

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