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Bink Bruin - Brouwerij Kerkom

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 3
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 CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

Photo of cowboy83
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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 ssjkyle
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pohldogg356
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is dusky brown with red nuances, a warm off-white head leaving little lacing but good curtains.

A rather weak smell, porridge with nuts and apples, some dust.

Starting with brown bread, then forest fruits, blackberry, a small bitter grape-fruit peel finish.

Medium high carbonation, a fresh texture, good body and a lighty dry finish.

A malty yummy beer, goes very well with robust food.

Photo of druptight
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The half-inch, creamy dark beige head slowly turns rocky over a clear, dark brown beer with dark ruby highlights and minimal lacing. Initial tasting was with yeast in the bottle. A viscous film clings to the walls of a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Strong aromas begin with plum pudding and all of its ingredients. This is a very complex beer with dates up front and some vanilla and a background funkiness. However complex it may be, it lacks progressive layers.

Sweet malt permeates every sip of this beer. As expected, one will find plums, prunes, figs, dates, though little progression with warming and no real sensation of hops.

After adding yeast in the second half of the sample, I found little impact aside from clouding.

This is a smooth, almost slick, medium bodied beer with no real alcohol presence. Carbonation is soft and residual sugars are left on the lips.

An easy-drinking dark ale that pairs well with light conversation. While not quite a sessionable beer, if one takes their time, a second offering would be welcome.

Photo of soulfly1492
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark malts, brown and chocolate malt along with some lighter pilsner and Munich. Some floral hops. Mildly spicy yeast. Nice and worty.

Appearance: Dark brown, opaque. A nice lump of yeast falling out at the end of the pour. Head is light brown and dissipates leaving some foam that barely covers the surface. Lots and lots of sediment.

Taste: Sweet brown malt. Chocolate. Some mildly bitter European hops. Pleasant, but not much there. some yeast, a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Mild carbonation. Watery, a bit oily and a bit drying.

Overall: OK, but I was expecting more.

Photo of Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown hazy full bodied with little head.

Smells is of cocoa, figs, dates, and mild spice.

Taste sweet to the lips with a sugar and spice malt profile. Medium roasted malts. Hops as present at the label advertises but there is enough bitterness to keep the beer balanced

Mouthfeel: Finishes clean. Refreshing and balanced.

Overall: It is good and definitely is a good for a brown ale. Nothing too spectacular. Definitely drinkable. Not worth the price.

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin khaki mousse. Honestly, I expected this beer to look a little more substantial.

S: Bink Bruin displays typical aromas of toffee, figs, prunes, and raisins. It gets extra points for not smelling sickly sweet.

T: Notes of toffee, cocoa, figs, prunes, raisins, dates, dark candy sugar, and earthy, tobacco-tinged hops are present. The flavor profile is more complex and assertive than I was expecting it to be, developing from the initial sensations of the nose in an exciting and unexpected fashion.

M: Feels neither weighty nor ponderous in the mouth. I found it to be medium-bodied or thereabouts.

O: I generally don't care for the lower strength Belgian dark ales, but this one quickly grew on me. In the end, Bink Bruin is just a pleasant, enjoyable beer that is sessionable by Belgian standards.

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

I got this beer a week ago from the guy who works in the liquorstore near my place. Because i know he is a beerlover i gave him a few westy's and this was what he gave in return.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks as to be expected. Nice brown colour and a little head on top.

Sweet smell and dito taste wher the alcohol is well hidden. Not a spectacular beer but well made and very drinkable. Overall a good beer

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.

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.

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