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Bink Bruin - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
82
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 01-28-2003

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 11.5 oz bottle with numbers marked out on the sides that I couldn't figure out. Maybe this bottle was over the hill, I hope so. b/c at $3.96 for a 11.5oz bottle this was definitely not worth it.

Poured a dark, dark brown with an inch thick creamy, light beige head with lots of bubbles and small dark brown spots in the head. I don't know if it was sediment or what, but the brown spots looked like freckles, moles, or melanoma on untanned skin. It was almost a little disturbing.

The smell was more perfume and fruit than the blond, with wheat and sweet malt undertones.

The taste was very dry with bitter hops and malt. It left my mouth very dry, almost unpleasantly dry. Medium body with a ton of carbonation that was slightly creamy on the tongue, but that was quickly erased.

I sampled the Blond and the Bruin back to back from the same company and I hope they were both over the hill b/c I was very excited to try them. They would have to retail for $3.96 a piece for an 11.5oz bottle and with the taste profile I experienced it would be a tough sale.

If anyone can figure out the cryptic number system on the bottle that I assume is some freshness, best before, or best after dating system please let me know.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a decent head that leaves a trace amount of lace,nice spicey,clovey aroma with some molasses and orange in there as well very eye opening.Molassis is the dominant flavor I pick up up front with a little spiciness finishing with a little dried cherry but pretty abrupt.Like others who have reviewed this one I think its not to complex very straight forward but drinkable but I likely wont seek it out again.

Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is super-dark, almost black, with a terrific-looking brown retentive head.

Smell – The gigantic burnt toast aroma leaps from the glass even when cold. The yeast and dough notes are there as well.

Taste – The burnt toast and baked bread are what caught my attention at the taste. It’s a lot like picking at a yeast ball that’s rising. There’s also quite a bit of brown sugar flavors to this one as well.

Mouthfeel – This ale is on the light side of medium-bodied. I thought it needed a bit more structure to carry along these huge, sharp flavors.

Drinkability – This is a good BDA that’s on the fringe. It’s simple and lacks the complexity of other examples of the style but is very direct and a solid drinker.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl slender brown bottle with a consumer before freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Two fingers of light tan foam settle to an appeasing lace, burgundy brown hue with some haze.

Smell: Soured woody notes bring a tartness to the nose, the yeast is in flux as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a soft smooth carbonation. Mild tart twang with brown bread malt flavours. The light hopping seems faded and a touch cheesy. Hint of warming alcohol shows a quick fruitiness. Some phenols and the yeast take a bite into the palate in the end and ride out the semi-dry finish.

Notes: A tasty little Bruin, delicate and somewhat flavourful with shaded complexities. A pumpernickel and smoked ham sandwich would be an ideal pairing.

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

small, slender bottle, consume before dating notched onto the label. Pours murky/cloudy dark brown with a minimal off white head and some sediment on the bottom of the glass.. Average lacing, faint nose is yeasty/bready. this is an understated brown ale, chalky notes of juniper,spicy caramel, roasted nuts and more yeast. Interesting brew, worth a try for Belgian lovers.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014, so it's a little out of date. I think I bought this one from a Belgian webshop ages ago, but I'm not absolutely sure. Here goes....

Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears virtually black in the glass. Yields a decent head of light-brown foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of brown sugar, raisins, dried fruit, caramel, faint roasted grain, earthy yeast and a touch of stewed leaves. Not too shabby.

Tastes of fruity malt with a lingering yeasty finish. Notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, subtle roasted malt, earthy yeast, stewed leaves and harsh cardboard. Quite sweet, with a dry, yeasty character. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a rather insubstantial body for the style. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and mild fruity malt.

So-so; nothing special. Uninspired looks, while the aroma and flavour are sweet and fruity. Slight off-notes in the background. Insipid, watery body. No great shakes, though I expect the age of the bottle also has something to do with it. No need to run out and hunt it down.

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells mildly of dark fruits - plums and raisins - with an underlying sweetness and a decidedly earthy quality.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muddled malt flavors up front are joined quickly by over-ripe dark fruits. Near the end of the sip a mineral harshness comes out before fading into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished the bottle but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is far from being undrinkable but it seems to be missing a certain refinement.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured off of its solid sediment its a clear, deep mahogany brown with chestnut highlights beneath a full, creamy head of light tan foam that holds quite well but leaves only spotty lace. The nose is limited but complex in its combination of yeast and malts with varying notes of sublime cocoa, a dark fruitiness (raisins, berries), a subtle spiciness, and wet wood. It's medium-light and just lightly crisp in the mouth with a very fine and natural moderate carbonation. The taste follows the aroma but follows a tighter path with some dark and lightly sugary malt flavors and a subtle acidity but no fruitiness; and there are some grassy hops that appear although they're not found in the aroma. Undertones of smokey roastiness and black licorice are present as well, but never manifest themselves. It finishes semi-dry with some lingering, mild dark malt and a yeastiness without fruit.

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Pours a finger of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is a nice roasted malt and nutty.
The taste has lots of caramel malt sweetness, more honey sweetness and some roasted malt.
The texture is smooth.
Not bad, tends to the sweet side.

Photo of dgallina
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

333ml brown bottle dated best before 2/2006.

Poured dark mahogany with miniscule tan head, light lace. Smells of roasted caramel malt and nuts with undercurrents of toasted bread, somewhat bitter oak and vanilla. Rich caramel and toasted marshmallow in the mouth. Develops nutty notes in the center. Finishes very cleanly, leaving pleasant mouth-coating roasted malts and vanilla behind. Nice balance of carbonation and creaminess in the mouth. Very good!

Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a firm but quickly fading tan head with yellow tint;

Nose is banana, walnuts, sweet carmel and sugared coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and light/elegant carbonation. Well balanced.

Flavors are layered but simple. Burnt sugar; burnt toffee/carmel and a general pleasant roasted grain character with some sweetness underlying it all.

Finish is pleasant bitter and semi sweet coffee.

Photo of philipquarles
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly, like most dark ales I've had. Lacing is negligible.

Smells of roasted malt, candied sugar, plums, and some other esters. Taste follows suit, with roasted malt being predominant. Sugar and chocolate follow, along with some metallic phenols. Good balance between the bitter roasted malt and sweet sugar.

Mouthfeel is decent--thick with noticeable carbonation.

Though I was a bit disappointed in it at first (I had incredibly high expectations I had after trying other Kerkom brews), this is a pretty decent, drinkable bruin ale.

Photo of Jredner
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a collage of sweet fruits and malts. Cloudy brown with a large (two fingers thick) but mostly fading head. Flavor is very malty in the fore with some almost chalky peanut skin flavors int he middle. Quite nutty flavors are present in fact with a perfect compliment of darker fruits like raisins and especially dates. I found it to be quite flavorful and appealing if just a bit narrow in the flavor range.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy dirty brown looking ale with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is a mix between Belgian yeast and some malt. Taste is lighter then expected with again the Belgian yeast dominating that one with some enjoyable floral aspect. A bit disappointing or maybe just a middle of the pack Belgian Ale but nothing to write home about.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.79 at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA. in March, 2007. 11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a clean clear brown, a slight head with almost no carbonation. Aroma is slightly sweet, lightly roasty chocolate. Flavor continues with a more pronounced hop bite, as suggested on the label "[the brewer] has determined single handedly to bring real hops back into Belgian brewing". Not that I knew this was a problem, but OK. For me, these dark ales are more about malt and yeast and complex flavors derived therein, not hops. It's decent enough, but does not really interest me.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear very dark reddish brown in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that quickly transitioned to a half finger high dense head and then gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of candi sugars and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the flavors are a bit stronger and there is also some sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer shares a lot of similarities with a dubbel, except that it is a little lighter-bodied on the palate and doesn’t have as much alcohol content. There is some sweetness, but it is not cloying. I would definitely pick up another bottle of this if I see it again.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33ml bottle, best before 02/2006? Drank 03/2007.

Poured into a Straffe Hendrik bowl glass. It looked wonderful for about 20 seconds, sadly the full beige foaming head which appeared on pouring, just legged it to a wispy, half covering of the very dark hamogany red/black body.

No big aroma from my bottle, burnt malts and sweet caramel, but nothing very strong.

Sweet, burnt malts and caramel follow on into the taste from the aroma, the taste is not over sweet, but it is not a bitter, sour brown flavour.

Not the strongest, most flavoursome or thickest brown around, in fact it is almost watery, but that would be unfair, it is average for it's style.

Would I have another if I come across it somewhere? Yes, but I won't pay for it.

Photo of geetlord
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice dark brown with a fairly thick hard ahts slowly subsided to very nice lacing.
The aroma was very mild, I could pick up hops , malts and a hint of yeast, but little else
The flavor was reasonably complex, reasonably malty with hints of yeasts molasses and spices. Hops is clearly present adding some bitterness and considerable dryness. teh finish has a mild touch of alcohol taste to it.
I generaly enjoyed this beer and would drink it again.
I drank it with a blue cheese pasta dish which acompanied it very well, though I tasted it and took notes before eating the pasta. The cheese dulled the bitterness, and made me percieve this beer as slightly sweeter which I personaly prefered.

Photo of rtratzlaff
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found a bottle of this beer that was on sale for 1.00, so no clue as to how old this is but it was next to an 05 Vichtenaar. Let's see if this one is going to be quite as aged and sour.

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer comes out a deep dark reddish brown with an off white head that somewhat quickly dissipates to a thin layer of lace that sticks to the glass.

Aromas are sweet dark malt and cocoa.

The flavor is malty, coffee bitterness comes in late. Quite a bit of oxidation in there as well. Not really much fruit in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is slightly medium to slightly full with ample carbonation.

Overall this is a maltier version of a Belgian Dark Ale. I thought I was getting a true Flanders Bruin, but this certainly is not a sour beer.

Ink a bink a bottle of bink pop the cap and take a drink.
Hey, It would make a good slogan!

Photo of ne0m00re
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap in a snifter glass at Quenchers in Chicago.
A: Deep red brown with a thin lace and good collar.
S: Moldy hopleaf (like grass), raisins, brown sugar, orange zest and grapefruit with oats.
T: Almost the exact same as the smell; I was suprised by the lack of tartness, but there was an underripe fruit character to it. Also, there was a slight cranberry and cherry flavor.
M: Slightly syrupy, but really frothy.
D: Really good.

Photo of ibbjamin
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid $4.99 for an 11.2oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Poured into a Bruery Tulip to review.

Nice sized light tan head that is frothy and pillowey. Dark raisin in color. Only a small ring of retention on the inner rim of the tulip. No lacing.

Nose is somewhat muted of dark fruit (fig, white grape and raisin and biscuity malt. I detect this is going to fizzy and lighter bodied. Not getting much sour notes from this which I am accustomed to in a bruin.

Taste is mild with mainly dark fruits and some Belgian yeast. Some bready hints.

Mouth is light and fizzy. Quite carbonated. Lacks the silky mouthfeel that other great Belgians have nailed down.

This beer seems to be having an identity crisis and is too light in flavor for the pricetag. Perhaps would be a good stepping stone into the realm of Belgian Dark Ales.

Photo of dukeufo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Moeder Lambic in Brussels.

Photo of Absumaster
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown beer with a light head.

Smell is full of ripe dark fruit, lots of cherries. It makes the beer almost smell like a dark red wine. There is even some wood in the smell. Maybe some slight tart notes. Maybe even like a Vlaamse Bruine.

Taste is a great mix of ripe fruit and tartness. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy but not overly sweet and it balanced the tartness. Some wood is shining through. This is not a standard Belgian dark ale with the complex yeast profile and proves Belgians are still creative.

Photo of dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a dense, thick, dark-brown hue with hardly any head and no lacing...
Thick aroma replete with figs, prunes, and rich malts...
Deep, dark flavor rendolent of dates, figs, rich malts, hints of chocolate, mocha, and pudding...
Thick mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability thanks to the modest 5.5% ABV...
Not bad, but nothing above and beyond...

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

deep dark color with ruby tints. Small head and lace.

The aroma of grapes,dark fruit and malts.

The taste starts off with the dark fruit/grape flavor then you get dates and raisin hints. The malts and come through with a hint of alcohol.

the feel was medium body,low carbonation and decent balance.

Notes: It was an o.k. beer with a respectable blance,but it was not worth the 3.75 that I paid for it. It is not just about the price,it just does not measure up with others of this style.
For me it was a one time deal.

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Bink Bruin from Brouwerij Kerkom
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.