Bink Grand Cru - Brouwerij Kerkom

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

Photo of ibbjamin
3/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of rdickey
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown - almost black - into my Unibroue tulip. The relatively rough pour produces a fine tan one-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell: Wow... there's no question this is a big one The booze in the nose hits you almost as soon as you open the bottle and cloaks just about everything else in the nose. Initially hidden inside, but becoming more apparent as it warms, is a huge sugary sweetness and notes of stone fruits, together with Belgian yeast spiciness.

Taste: In some ways this is almost like a port. The sweetness persists in the mouth, and expands to be almost chocolatey. However, they somehow managed to cram enough hops into this balance out the sweetness - not completely, but enough to make it all work together. Finally, there's something almost herbal lurking around the edges, perhaps from the yeast. Obviously, there is a lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is middle of the road despite the smallish head. A touch more wouldn't be unwelcome given the massive sweetness, but that approach might not be consistent with all the complexities going on here. On reconsideration, good as is.

Drinkability: In terms of taste, it's surprisingly drinkable. The massive ABV, though, gets right on top of you (which may have something to do with the fact that it's taken me about an hour to write this). Better not try to take on a 750 of this without a wingman.

Photo of Cozzatoad
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Photo of rfgetz
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet color with a thick red tinted brown head, great retention and lacing. Smell is big and bold and complex, strong notes of fig, prune, port wine, burnt sugar, mulled wine, fresh flowers. Lingering in the back are notes of yeast. taste brings all of the qualities of scent but in a more mellow presentation - its still bold, but not as bold as the scent would lead you. Dark red wine charachters stand out with a burnt sugar sweetness and some mild spicing, alcohol is hidden tremendously well. As the beer sits out and aerates and comes closer to room temperature, the flavors become deeper and more complex - this is where the beer shines. Medium bodied, for bottle conditioned the carbonation is in check. Quite a suprise, this beer develops as it sits and at 13%, it deserves to last you a few hours to enjoy its complexity.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BostonHops
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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)

Photo of Mako82
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

A - Very dark brown (almost black) in color. Dark tan colored head that disappeared quickly

S - Caramelized malts, sweet smell, hint of spice, alcohol esters can be smelled in the background

T - Taste of caramelized malts, sweet coffee type taste, fairly strong hint of chocolate. Alcohol taste is not overpowering even being 13 percent. Slight bitterness

M - Low carbonation, with a dry body

Great beer! Hope to try this one again.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +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.

Photo of bruachan
3.38/5  rDev -17.6%
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

Photo of Chico1985
2.79/5  rDev -32%
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.

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 muttyd
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked & caged 25.4 oz. bottle that took a solid 10 minutes to open (resorted to pliers). Deep brown pour, almost black, with a huge foaming tan head. Aroma is of burnt sugar, some spicy Belgian yeasty notes, and slightly florally. Flavor is of caramelized/burnt sugar, toffee malt, Belgian spice, and estery. Very complex flavor. Thick, creamy body with moderate carbonation. Finishes sweet and sticky, with a warming alcohol presence. Excellent representation of the style (Belgian Strong Dark) and very drinkable, even at 13% ABV.

Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Bink Grand Cru from Brouwerij Kerkom
91 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.