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Bink Bruin - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
82
good

101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
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 crossovert
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. It is different than the one pictured here.

It pours a dark, dark blackish brown with a dark red raspberry hue when held to light. Th head is big, foamy and off-white and produces some decent lacing as it recedes.

The smell is super fruity and yeasty. It is predominately tart cherries and dark dried fruits like raisins and dates. It also has some caramel, sugar, and dark bread.

Teh flavor is interesting. It is very earthy and spicy with even a bitter hop note. It has a very medicinal and herbal flavor with a slight hint of caramel sweetness. Some malted barley comes in on the finish. It isn't bitter, but it isn't sweet. It is just a very herbal and satisfying brew.

It is a creamy brew and goes down pretty easy.

crossovert, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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 harpus
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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

harpus, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance> Beauty! This nice modern take on the tulip glass (served at La Trappe, SF) is showing off the Bruin perfectly! The ale is dark, dark brown with a big pale, chocolate head. Slightest smidgen of lacing.

Smell> heyouge yeast aroma and some sweet malt notes also.

Taste> Sweet start, sours a bit, big malty punch, and a toasty hang.

Mouf> pretty good

Drinkability> darn drinkable. Couldn't wait to pair it with mussels... which I promptly then had to order and devour (even though I had just finished dinner)... Good stuff.

1759Girl, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Very dark brown body. Head is tan colored and has fine bubbles.

S: Malty caramel notes, maybe the illusion of sweetness on the nose. Yeast aromatics complement the rich maltyness well.

T: Lighter tasting than expected from the aroma (but not from the stats and description). This has the malty caramel flavors from the aroma, but is fairly light. Yeast flavors come through behind the malt, and the bitterness is only enough to balance everything else. Flavorful easy drinking.

M: Fine bubbles, finishes a little sweet, which i think is appropriate.

D: Highly drinkable, flavorful and refreshing, maybe a little sweet on the finish, but I wouldn't mind having a few on these on a summer afternoon.

51mmz0rz, May 24, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

ne0m00re, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of ibbjamin
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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 jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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?!

jlindros, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
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 glid02
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

glid02, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Lexluthor33, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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 Vancer
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Binker poured a dark and dangerous mahogany brown into the Corsendonk tulip, plenty of tan head and goblets of lace.

A small aroma of Belgium yeast, spicy and malty. Dark fruit dominates in the quaff, bit of black pepper under the sheets, all mixed the backbone of the classic Belgium yeast taste. A bit of musty funk lingers around, distracting from the overall goodness of this brew.

The body is medium with the finish sharp, crisp and spicy. Solid brew all the way around, but just a bit woody by bottle end.

Vancer, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with virtually no head. Nose is soft with brown sugar, baked desserts, and maybe some ginger & vanilla. Palate is in line with the nose, rather sweet with brown sugar and baked goods again. Body is disappointingly thin and finish is rather muted.

yemenmocha, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle.

Poured a deep and murky brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of apples, plums, raisins, some yeast and it also has a light spiciness. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, light yeast, and wood. Tastes on the weaker side compared to the aromas.

Notes from 6/20/06

hopdog, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

philipquarles, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz

Bink bruin pours a deep mahogany brown color with bright highlights and rim shine. It sports a small off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves patches while it thins out. The nose is classic Belgian dubbel, sweet chocolate and caramel malt, subtle notes of roasted coffee, cream and cherry. Its flavor is rich and smooth, big chocolate and toasted malts, brown sugar, slight Belgian spice/yeast and maple syrup. It has a nice medium body that thickens slightly as it warms, very bright carbonation like root beer. A very nice beer, very drinkable.

ATPete, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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...

dsa7783, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Stimack
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this brew up the other day and thought I would give it a try. It poured to a deep brown color with a smallish medium colored tan head which had very slight retention and no real lacing, only a slight sheen at the top of the glass. Nose has a nice malt scent with some fruit highlights and a slight alcohol like aroma. Also some sour aromas come out which seem to go together quite nicely with the malt. The taste is also quite nice, not as complex as I would have thought. Nice malt flavors with a slight sourness that is so ever light. As the brew warms a slight alcohol flavor comes out mixed with some dark fruit like cherries. This is a pretty good brew, I guess I was expecting it to have a little more to it but it is a very easy drinking brew and seems to get a little better as it warms closer to room temp. Overall this is a nice brew, one I would get again.

Stimack, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of deeplennon
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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 John_M
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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
Photo of GClarkage
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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 BlackHaddock
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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 aleyeast
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a very good drinking Belgian Dark Ale.

Poured an excellent Dark brown with reddish highlights, nice medium tan head. Nose is slight yeast and sweet malt. Taste is deeper than I thought for the abv, but mostly malty sweet with slight sour taste that balances out the sweetness.

This is a highly drinkable brown from a brewery that seems to produce very good drinkable beers. I would definitely recommend a try on this one and I would buy it again in quantity to keep on hand.

aleyeast, Jan 19, 2007
Bink Bruin from Brouwerij Kerkom
82 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.