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Bink Bruin - Brouwerij Kerkom

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown cloudy body with some garnet highlights; the head declines to a ringlet leaving just a touch of lacing

Smell: Raisin bread, apple cake and an earthy, yeasty tone

Taste: Starts out with a rather bittersweet molasses and apple character which lasts through to the finish but fades; a touch of malty chocolate joins mid-palate; some musty tobacco bitterness on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light for the style; decent carbonation

Drinkability: Good in a pinch but there are far better examples of the style out there

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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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: A large creamy 2+ finger head fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Dark mahogany brownish color with reddish hue and super hazy.

N: Some sweet malts, brown sugar and molasses, very light tangy fruit and sweet cherry from the yeast I assume, and it's also a little yeasty.

T: Starts again with sweet dark malts, caramel malts, brown sugar provides some semi sweetness, hints of fruit, quite a bit of raisin, toasty malts, some bitterness, and a smooth aged feel. A little yeasty. It's also a little spicy, like hot pepper spicey, which is really weird!

M: Pretty thick, smooth, good carbonation

F: Still lightly sweet with brown sugar, some rich porter, malts, and bitterness lingering. The spiciness really lingers with it. What IS that?!

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Photo of mactrail
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.

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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.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, russety-brown color, with reddish tinges, below a good layer of creamy, bubbly froth.
Aroma: creamy, with notes of cocoa, nuts, coffee, dark, yet sweet flavors.
Taste: small amount of hops on the palate, with a huge, and tasty portion of maltiness. Wonderful wash of dark fruity flavors, sweet, succulent. A slight coppery tinge occurs, but doesn't spoil the taste. Medium body, nice, long finish, a wonderful brown ale, one I wouldn't mind having again and again, if it weren't for the price ($4.59 is what I paid for an 11.2 oz bottle).
Flavor gets richer, fuller, tastier, thicker as it develops...put this one in the "plus file", fellers.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bink Bruin

Pours a dark brown color with an off white collar. Aroma is very malty, with notes of dried dates, prunes and raisen all pulling through. In the taste, more dark fruits, a chocolatey maltyness and restrained bitterness. Very much in the dubbel vein, but alittle lighter in ABV. Dark fruits abound, with a caramelized, sugary maltyness. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewey. Overall, a tasty little beer, worth revisiting.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this was quite an old bottle, picked up from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Dave promised that it was likely to be good and mellow, however, although any hop character it may have had was probably gone. Fair enough.

Pours a muddy, murky reddish brown colour, quite thick in the body, with a fine head of yellowish-white bubbles forming a persistent film across the top of the glass. Carbonation is insanely fine, and the body looks very thick to promote such languid, lethargic carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is indeed mellow, with sweet dark fruits and raisin characters forming the basis, with subtle aromatic spice characters coming through as well. Yeasty notes come through later, and the spice is really pleasantly attuned to give the hint that it's a bigger and more alcoholic brew than it is.

Taste is mellow and light-bodied, rather surprisingly. Dark dried fruit characters come out on the fore, along with a touchy, rather erratic sweetness like chalky caramel or carob. On the back, the age is indeed noticeable, with a limp, rather dry finish and a hint of wet cardboard oxidation.

It's interesting, but I think the warning was deserved—this feels certainly a little past its prime, although the base characters are worthy. It's certainly still drinkable at this age (Dave said probably two years), but I'd love to try it young as well.

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Photo of John_M
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick, pale brown two-fingered head, fades very slowly but leaves hardly any lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Color is a cloudy amber. Nose is raisiny and overall flavor is raisiny with a hint of hops. Pricey, $4.30 for a 330ml bottle.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby-brown, with a little tan head leaving some nice lace.

S: Christmas fruit cake. Caramel.

T: Chocolate covered cherries, bready malt and a little sherry. No perceptable hop bitterness... just dark malt. Balanced slightly to the sweet side (not at all cloying). Plenty of depth for its weight.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Should have broad appeal, easy/pleasant drinker.

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Photo of harpus
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - darkbrown slightly cloudy color, smooth foam, not very persistent.

S - great nose here: chocolate, nuts, dry fruits, a little of roasted, malty sweetness and licorice, this one when just opened and after the second poured.

T - smooth, harmonious, balanced taste: licorice, chocolate, something from citrus fruits and a good sense of bitterness in the end.

M - creamy, dusty and smooth. Low-medium body (maybe need more), not excessive carbonation.

D - very drinkable

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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.

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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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let this warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, large, thick, foamy, frothy, fluffy, creamy, tan head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is an opaque brown with a little red and lots of sediment in suspension. Aroma is roast, cocoa, molasses, spice, yeast. Flavors almost exactly the same, just more intense plus a nice balance of carbonic tang and just enough sweetness. Body and carbonation are good. Beer is a little chewy. Finish is of average length and satisfying. Decent beer.

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