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Bink Blond - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
86
very good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-26-2003)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice balance between fruity and hoppy characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 03:43:08 | More by UCLABrewN84
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good head. A ring of lace after every sip. Very impressive actually. Very cloudy. Orange tinge to the dirty gold color.

Earthy and yeasty are the first smells I detect. There's an element of lavender as well. I do not sense any hop or grain.

Plenty of Belgian yeast in this beer--it's the predominant taste. There's a creamy and mildly sour finish. Short lived. Rich body and a low level of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2013 20:00:38 | More by smcolw
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

is this a blonde? a pale ale? or a light saison? it's got a little of them all in it, but if I had to choose one, I'd say saison - on the mellower side

the liquid is a dank, hazy blonde/light-creme-orange. ridiculous head retention - poured the beer and had to go away for a good 10 min, came back and the head was still tight and full, 1/2" high. pretty impressive

aromas of bready pale malt, creme-y mango and lemon, and a healthy portion of musty/musky spice come forth with a bit of gusto and the same flavors liven up a bit more on the palate. i could swear there's a good portion of wheat in this considering the degree of fluffy softness on the tongue. could be getting a bit of malt sweetness in the end as well.

i believe this bottle is/was in the ballpark of 9+ months old, which would account for the fact that, despite numerous testments to its relative assertive hop presence, I didn't get much of a notable bitterness, while some hop flavor may very well have been intact, perhaps similar to a Styrian Goldings?...

this isn't terribly dry and it's hardly spicy-sharp, which is nice. a nice, satisfying, smooth-ass, tasty Belgian pale whatever. surprisingly good.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 07:17:59 | More by Bouleboubier
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high frothy bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface, a thick collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian and fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some additional notes of sweet malts and hints of peppery spices and honey. The spices become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer nearly rivals the complexity of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but is lighter in body and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:24:30 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a waft of perfume and an anchor of honey malt, this obscure Belgian blonde ale doesn't shy away from the flavors and aromas that make the style great.

Firmly capped with a creamy white foam, the beer beneath shows a burnish copper color with significant yeasty haze. Stubborn retention and ambitious lacing gives this ale its uniquely Belgian appearance.

Very floral and perfumy with spicy notes of citrus and tropical fruits, honey suckle, lavender, cinnamon, clove, and pear. The light honeyish malt aroma gives a candied scent to the fruity scents from yeast and hops.

Honey and thin caramel carry through the taste with an herbal hop taste that transcends floral character and delivers the taste of tea leaves, dried oranges, lemons, sweet basil and mint. Malt flavors trail at mid palate and hop flavors trend bitter as the beer progresses toward a crisp and pleasantly snappy finish.

Medium bodied, the impression of sweetness casues the mouth to interpret the weight, despite the bubby carobnation doing its job to lift the beer from the tongue. Still, light acidity, fleeting malt, hop dryness and the minty warmth of alcohol closes the beer with finess and complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 00:47:22 | More by BEERchitect
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Smells pleasant enough. Pils and Vienna malts, moderate apricot, oranges, lots of spicy phenols, banana and clove, mild caramel and wheat. Lots here really.

Appearance: I saw the huge chunks in the bottle before I poured. Knowing this, I poured extra gentle and stopped early, yet I still have many huge chunks floating about the glass. I generally like an unfiltered or bottle fermented brew, but sorry, not a fan of this. I see some bright gold liquid between the chunks. Little white head, no retention, and no lacing. Ignoring the chunks, the brew is moderately hazy.

Taste: Lots of pilsner malt, spicy yeast, some apricot and spicy clove. Aftertaste is mostly yeast and mild sulfur. Hops are citrus and floral, although welcome, it's not what I was expecting from a Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily and creamy. Finishes just a bit dry from the hops. Very mild carbonation. Mildly warming.

Overall: Not bad for a Bink. Pleasant hops, just a touch of sulfur in the aftertaste is the downside here. Wouldn't get it again, although I'm enjoying it on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:44:38 | More by soulfly1492
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Foggy brown-ish orange with some yellow. Big white foamy head. Some lacing.

S - Very buttery and banana. Nice cloves too. It's Belgian!

T - Decently bland... Not too much "bam" flavor... Thin and underwhelming.

M - Thin. Watery. Slight bitterness.

O - Not recommended. Not too much is going on with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 00:49:49 | More by chugalug06
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a two-finger head that leaves a few streaks behind

Smell: Apple, orange and a touch of apricot; undertones of medicinal phenols and some earthy hops

Taste: A rather sweet and fruity blend, up front, with the herbaceous and earthy hops arriving by mid-palate; both sweet and hoppy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not the best example of the style but decent enough to seek out

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:39:12 | More by brentk56
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 10/26/11.

A - Poured into a Bink tulip a clear golden/amber hue with a one finger head that leaved nice side lacing.

S - Fair malts with a light, crisp hop finish. Slight yeasts/spice.

T - The flavour is mostly semi-sweet malts with a light bitter hop finish. Light esters.

M - Smooth, light carbonation. A bit too sweet for my liking.

O - This Belgian pale ale was a bit too sweet for my liking. Could stand to use a bit more fruit or hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 05:48:18 | More by rudzud
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky orange with a large white head that sinks into great lacings.

S: Yeast and spices. Grassy grainy malt, only semi-sweet. Sour. Hoppy.

T: Grainy dry malt, rather hoppy. Grassy and citric notes. Yeast and spices. Cloves and wheat. There's a faint off-taste of corn ?!?!

M: Long sour dry aftertaste with a medium to light body moderately carbonated.

O: A bit too sour to be a great BPA. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 20:52:25 | More by Sunnanek
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thick whitish head. Looks solid and rather imposing for a lower strength Belgian pale ale.

S: Appetizing aromas of spicy, herbal hops, caramel, biscuits, and yeast make this beer seem immediately inviting.

T: Notes of caramel, lemon, orange, pineapple, herbs, cream, and tart yeast follow a short, mildly tart entry. Finishes in a rather dry and straight-forward fashion with notes of citrus and herbal hops dominating on the brief fade.

M: Not overwhelming in the mouth, this beer falls somewhere between light and medium-bodied, but is perhaps a little closer to the former than to the latter.

O: Bink Blond is straight-ahead, but is highly enjoyable in its way. I feel that this one would be a good gateway ale for those just getting into the Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 16:42:41 | More by mrfrancis
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a hazy honey gold with a small head. There is some sediment floating in the glass.

The nose is bright and floral, with aromas of honey, hops, and cloves.

The taste is a little bizarre, actually. It starts quite hoppy, then gives way to a syrupy honey flavor, then Belgian malts, and finally a barnyard flavor. There is a long finish of constantly shifting flavors.

Overall, this is a complex, well crafted beer, but some of the flavors are so unexpected as to be a little off putting. Nicely made, but one may be enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 17:33:30 | More by rinhaak
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The head on this beer is fantastic! Tightly packed, bright white and leaves a nice lacing. The color is light gold to dark yellow and only slightly hazy.

S - Sour apple, parsley and white wine qualities. Also a light, musty hop aroma. No doubt a hoppy Belgian.

T - More hop influence in the taste. Begins with sweet cereal bit and turns bitter quickly. Light fruit and leafy hop flavors throughout. The finish is a bit harsh, like bitter greens.

M - Light in body, but a creamy carbonation helps fill out the mouthfeel.

O - Not bad for a hoppy Belgian, which is often not a great mix, IMO. Dry with a nice fruit flavor. My only complaint is an overly bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 03:25:02 | More by SirSketch
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a slightly hazy looking golden color. The head was a little sticky leaving a decent lacing down the glass. The smell had a light funk to it but had a good yeast aroma with some hops in there too. The taste was a little bitter upfront followed by some funky aftertastes. The mouthfeel is drinkable. Not overly sure how much I like this brew but I suppose it's a good start for someone looking into the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 18:43:56 | More by Knapp85
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought in a sample six-of Limburg-region beers brewed, Bink is the only one I reconize.
Poured into my new Hommel Bier glass, amber-blond tones brew.
Beautiful full light tan head fills the glass, nice appearnce, around the edges a bit of ruby tones apparent. Lacing is medium. Good lookin' blond!
On the nose,--Clove, sour apple, flowers, malt hops, fermentated fruits, grain, sweet-sour in good balance. Peach, orange, wild grain, grass, --this is in the same category as Leffe?
As warming takes it's place, yeasty peppers and alcohol esthers add a nice touch of spice. Beginning in summer fruitiness, ening in grassy freshness and yeasty wild-peppers? I think quite a good beer has been discovered here.
Flavor does not dissapoint-clove,flower,pepper,spice,apple,sour fruit, yeast-grain mustiness, lemon,orange, cherry.
The complexity/medium ABV balance create quite an enjoyable brew.
Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 17:48:53 | More by czfreeman
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robhunta

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a crisp lear light orange with 3 fingers of eggshell colored head. disipates in a couple minutes.

S - I get doughy fruity belgian yeast with nice hops aromas

T - starts with the flavors of belgian yeast, though I found it a bit watery, finishes with a strong bitter hops taste.

M - clean crisp smooth light

O - Overall I thought this was a good beer, drinks well with nice flavors and balance, but I did find it a tad bit watery.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:06:32 | More by robhunta
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is golden yellow and the head is very nice. I liked the scents of yeast and mild hops, with a bouquet throughout. Taste was along the same lines, with a slight sweetness added to the experience. The balance here is incredible. Felt nice taking healthy gulps from it's custom glass, carbonation is healthy and welcome. An incredibly drinkable beer for a specialty beer, and one I wish I had more ready access to.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:42:19 | More by Wegomlegging
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an old bottle that has been in my reefer forever, predating my move over two years ago. I have no idea where it came from, since I thought that it might have been from my last visit to Europe in December 2001, but it had Shelton Bros. labels on it, so it may have been a gift or a purchase.

I poured carefully so as not to stir up any sediment and I still got better than a finger's worth of tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd musty bubble gum-like scent. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant tang on the tongue. It was slightly sweet, but the yeast was imparting an interesting spiciness also. The finish was tending towards dry, but I could still taste some sweetness on the extreme finish. This really aged well and I am glad that I decided to give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:13:00 | More by woodychandler
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DPFRD

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper to golden hue nice head, dissapates quickly.

S: Bready yeast, followed by caramel malt, slight hop presence.

T: Mild rush of malt sweetness, some traces of pepper and a little bitter.

M: medium to light. Good carb.

D: The beer is ok, not really amazing. Flavor seems to be dulled a bit and as it warms it thins out. I could slam them all day, but won't go snooping around for it anytime soon

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 03:19:02 | More by DPFRD
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jeffaz02t

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Goldish-yellow with frothy foam that dissipates in about a minute. Laces throughout the life of the beer.

S: Yeast right away, followed by slight hop and pepper/grassy aroma.

T: Starts slightly sweet, then turns into a peppery bitterness, then finishes with a slam of yeast.

M: Slightly too fizzy. Could be this specific bottle. Will get another to compare and change if need be.

D: While I could certainly pound these all night, I would not want to. Not bad, as the hops are actually pretty good in this brew, but the yeastyness is almost overpowering compared to the other characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:33:26 | More by jeffaz02t
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BeerSingh

India

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a best by June 12 bottle into a Stella glass. Poured a muddy mustard colour with a 1" off white, frothy head which was quick to disappear. There were tiny specks of yeast noticeable all over, like salt flecks in a bloody mary. I would want my pale ales or any ales to be clearer. The nose was a little stunted - apple cider with musk melon notes, begian yeast funk and candy. It was varied but shortlived. Maybe the beer was a little cooler, but the nose wasn't that deep.
The taste was pleasantly pervasive - the citrus hops were juicy and cutting edge. It was more of a Belgian IPA in taste than a BPA. The yeasty breadiness accompanied by fruits was matched step by step with the hop holiness. Very nice malt - hop balance, something reminiscent of the Arabier. The mouthfeel is medium and slick but is in contrast to the finish - dry and floral bitter. Medium carbonation.
I like this beer, I can have a plenty at a go. The alcohol level is condescending to bash a few together. Sessionable flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 14:23:34 | More by BeerSingh
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in Café the Beer Circus in Brussels. I met the Allstrom Bros and UncleJimbo there and we drank a few beers together.

This one came from the tap and it was my last beer of this evening with the fellow BA's.

Citrus and hops come out of the long glass toward you.

The mouthfeel could have been better, i think the previous beers i had this evening clouded my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 20:29:04 | More by Brabander
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sketchpunx

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours Hazy copper into a fluted goliath glass with a huge rocky three finger head. Nice bubblies rising through a slightly hazy murk of yeastiness. The head on this beer just wont quit!
The first sip reveals a superbly drinkable beer with nice citrus flavor and hop bite. "Man this is drinkable" I think to myself...
This reminds me a bit of orval, with similar overtones, hop character and mouthfeel. Very rich and smooth but with a nice lingering bite. Lots of grapefruit hop flavors and beautiful lacing make for a real nice experience. This is the kind of beer that "belgian style" IPA's are trying to interpret. Also at a relatively low abv%, I'll have an other please!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 05:44:21 | More by sketchpunx
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StJamesGate

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the GBBF.

Pours burnished gold with a clingy head that leaves thin white sheets. Sweet grain and candle wax nose. Honey and spicy cookie malt nose, leaf and some nutmeg in the hops. Medium, some chew, dry finish.

A light and very drinkable Belgian PA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 16:48:14 | More by StJamesGate
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JBogan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head and very little lacing.

My nose is put to the glass and it discovers a marriage of caramel and vanilla. Delightful.

Finally the taste buds get into the act and they concur with my nose. Yes, caramel and vanilla are the main attraction. And what is that, rum?

Let's see what my mouth is feeling now ... ok, it's slightly on the thin side, yet the effervescence and smoothness make for a very palatable concoction. Quite pleasing really.

So, would I drink this little beer again? Yes, yes I would. The best BPA I've ever had? No. Worth having again? You betcha.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 02:18:17 | More by JBogan
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