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Bink Bruin - Brouwerij Kerkom

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95 Ratings

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 01-28-2003)
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Reviews by Loki:
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 15:23:00 | More by Loki
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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United Kingdom (England)

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014, so it's a little out of date.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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 23:17:07 | More by jazzyjeff13
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

03-21-2014 04:12:51 | More by mdaschaf
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-07-2013 18:03:35 | More by BillRoth
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dull brown with a look of wateriness. Head disappears to a cream-colored ring, but it lasts and leaves slight traces of lace.

Tough to get a nose on this one. I do get some earth, some very brown bread crust, some brown sugar. Faint.

Malt forward, with some dark bread and brown sugar first, with a touch of fruit and some alcohol. Beer transitions and dries out to bread crust and yeast, bitterness and a little burnt sugar. The transition balances this -- it works.

Medium bodied. Some tingle on the tongue.

I like the multi-charachteristic transitional nature of this beer. It is half rich and sweet, have bitter and harsh. The key is the point of transition. That moment is why I liked this. An interesting brew that is worth trying. I also disagree with some posts suggesting food with this. You'd really lose aha makes this good. The is a sipper by itself.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 00:22:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-17-2013 13:43:33 | More by Coren
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-18-2013 02:00:56 | More by WOLFGANG
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, light chocolate, dark bread, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, raisin, prune, toffee, light chocolate, dark bread, molasses, and earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and complexity of flavors; but were not as robust as I was hoping; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 07:38:06 | More by superspak
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3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 for a 355ml bottle. Some chunky sediment on bottom.

A: nice deep brown color, poured with a nice head that eventually dissipated to thin veil
S: medium nose, flat sweet malt quality, ever-so-slight oxidation, slight mustiness
T: decent beer, nothing unusual or special but good roasted malt up front with some bitter hop finish
M: easy drinking, somewhat thin for mouthfeel but it is a lower ABV beer

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 01:49:49 | More by wisrarebeer
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After popping the cap there is a gross plug of yeast stuck to the underside of the cap and around the mouth of the bottle. Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Chunks of sediment are seen floating around and settling to the bottom of the glass. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and some slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same but quite watery and slightly sour. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that seems to be suffering from a slight infection issue perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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Bink Bruin from Brouwerij Kerkom
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