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Bink Bruin - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
82
good

98 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 01-28-2003)
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Photo of stcules
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour (like coca-cola...), with a beige and creamy foam, almost as a stout. Smell sweet of sugar (like candy floss), quite sickly. Taste of caramel, but with a commendable contrast between sweet and bitter (hop and chicory). Body medium-low.

stcules, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of cowboy83
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

cowboy83, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured chunky amber brown. The head was white and lasted a nanosecond, but did leave a small bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma was mostly MIA. Slight roasted aroma.

The flavor was also pretty meek. Bitterness in the flavor was definitely present. Some astrigency.

The finish was dry and bitter and the aftertaste was fairly astringent. The body was medium.

This beer was not awful, nor was anything particularly off about it, but it had very little in the way of character and complexity. At $4.39 a bottle I expected much more. Skip it!

11.2 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Chsyhkr
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure what this beer is supposed to be, an artisanal brown ale or a Dubbel?

It fits neither very well.

Aroma is of malt and an interesting nuttiness

Pours a nice amber mahogany with a light tan head that lasts.

Flavor is not what expected, no sourness of a Oud Bruin and no rich caramel maltiness of a Dubbel. Quite bitter for a Belgian beer with a metallic aftertaste.

At 3.49 I would pick anything else. This beer is either mislabeled or doesn't travel well or both.

Chsyhkr, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of jeranbrews
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice frothy finger of sand brown head. Some continued carbonation. Slightly cloudy dark beer bottle brown color. Not much lacing

S - Bready smells. Yeasty ( in a sour way) like a German bakery. Nice, rich smells.

T - Initial taste were malty and sweet but it moved very quickly to a harsh bitter sour taste. Too much dry hopping I wonder. It had a harsh aftertaste both hoppy and sour.

M - A bit loose but still a nice pleasant beer, what you'd expect from Belgium.

D - Not baaad, but not great. Needs to be paired well.

Watch out for that last bit of yeast in the bottle. It's harsh.

jeranbrews, Jan 12, 2010
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.

ibbjamin, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of rtratzlaff
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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!

rtratzlaff, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of deeplennon
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonation from the bottle was woeful.. though I may have an old bottle as my label was different then the picture above and the brewers website.

I have to echo the sentiments of the last reviewer, this beer is very one dimensional, with that dimension being malt sweetness. There's enough Belgian yeast character present to make it clear that you're not drinking an American brew but beyond that not much to speak of. More carbonation in my bottle at least would've improved the mouthfeel a lot.

deeplennon, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -16.7%

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

risteardj, May 10, 2014
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.

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Dukeofearl, Mar 28, 2007
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reddish brown in the wine glass. Has that classic candied fruit soup taste. Label raves about bringing hops back into Belgian brewing, but I don't think this will win friends. Sweet brown sugar flavor with a touch of vermouth. It does have some bitterness, but most of the flavor comes from the murky, musty funk. Peculiar fruitcake smell with something like artificial vanilla. If this is an authentic and historic beer, I bow down, but it reminds me why I keep vowing not to drink Belgian beers outside of their own land.

mactrail, Sep 02, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/27/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. No freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duchesse goblet.

Apprearance- Chesnut-brownish colored hue. No real head, just a limited light ring. Leaves behind light spotted lace.

Smell- Toasted chocolate malt with some clove and maybe cardamon.

Taste- Not watery, but seems thin. Not really much taste here. Seems like some nestles quick malt powder. Tastes of light clove and nutmeg. Really rather boring.

Mouthfeel- A bit seltzery on the carbonation side. Thin texture as well.

Drinkability- This is just a boring bland ass beer. Nothing bad, but nothing worth sampling again.

GClarkage, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of Noctilucus
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite fine, dark brown beer, nothing spectacular but a decently solid taste for a beer of 5.5% ABV.

Malty with a hint of roast. Sometimes described as a scotch but less bitter than I would expect, quite smooth. Neither the sweetness nor the bitterness are overdone, striking a good balance.

Noctilucus, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Significantly hazy, soft auburn-brown containing some rather large chunks that slowly settle to the bottom of the glass. The compact cap of light brown foam matches the background color of the label exactly. As it slowly expires, the head leaves very little lace. One or two meandering tendrils of dirty brown foam is about the extent of it.

The nose is multi-faceted with dark malt and spice leading the way. As far as which spices, I'd say that clove is most prominent and something equally as warm, cinnamon perhaps, is right there with it. There are subtle chocolate notes as well.

Unfortunately, the beer takes a major step downward on the palate. First of all, the body is surprisingly thin with a tonic water-like harshness. Despite the dark malty aroma, Bruin tastes undermalted and the flavor profile is two-dimensional with none of the depth or personality exhibited by the nose. It's also astringent to the point of being off-putting and those chocolate notes are now more reminiscent of bitter cocoa powder.

A mild sweetness attempts to fight through the bitterness, but it's ultimately a losing cause. The thin, not quite watery, body results in a perfunctory finish dominated by bitterness. At least the initially frenetic carbonation has settled down by midglass.

I wasn't overly thrilled with Bink Blond and Bruin is a lesser beer in my eyes. I'm beginning to realize that there are scads of great Belgian beers out there. Sadly, this one can't be counted among them.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 30, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Coren, Oct 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

outoffocus, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of John_M
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was told by Casey at Max's that the they were/are the first to get this beer in on draft. I guess that's a good thing....

The beer pours an impressive looking brown color with a hint of orange. The beer has nice head retention with very good lacing. On the nose I get very little... just a bit of sweet malt. On the palate this beer is very simple and one dimensional. Granted, the flavors are pleasing, but the beer is very malty with little hop presence. The beer has a pleasant mouth feel, with good if very simple flavors of plum and cola. Finish is fine, if nothing special.

A good beer, but nothing special. The beer is drinkable enough, though the beer sheet at Casey's indicated the abv. is 7.5%, rather then the 5.5% noted in this review. Not that I'm an expert, but based on what I tasted tonight, the 7.5% seems more likely.

John_M, May 09, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

druptight, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 27, 2014
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Bink Bruin from Brouwerij Kerkom
82 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.