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Bink Blond - Brouwerij Kerkom

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Bink BlondBink Blond

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very good

119 Ratings

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-26-2003

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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by RblWthACoz:
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is touted (by the producers) as a traditional hoppy beer. When I taste it I definitely get a unique flavoring that is deep with a lot of hop on there. But mostly when I taste it, I do feel as though I am drinking something traditional and old world; not something new and flashy. The flavors remind me of an old man rummaging through an attic, slow and dusty, but worth taking the time to talk to. This is a brew I'd say is only good for beer snobs...beer "amateurs" might not be able to appreciate it as much.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden with a nice sticky head that sticks around for awhile,aroma is on the malty side with some iron and slight medicinal notes.Big yeasty flavor up front with that light smokey tinge,beer is on the dry side with a healthy dose of hops that dominate the finish.A nice find pretty darn easy to drink,a good summertime Belgian beer that I had never seen or heard of.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish beige with a tight foamy head, some good retaining lace on the glass. Smelled a bit brash with hops, grain and yeast. Quite fragrant.

Smooth, bottle conditioned smoothness on a moderate body. Fresh hops leap on to the palate with a big bitter bite in the middle, slight malt sweetness and vague fruitiness come a long for the ride. Hints of medicinal phenols and a touch of buttery diacetyl in tow as well. Finishes dry with a hop and yeast bite.

This one reminded me of a smaller Pomperings Hommelbier, absolutely amazing.

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce typical Belgian small bottle, consume before dating notched on the label. Pours dull dried apricot color, cloudy and murky. This little brew lifts a massive, rocky white head and leaves all-star lacing, nice. Nose is funk, must and some of those enjoyable barnyard odors. Notes of yeast, spice, fruity, yeasty, nutty.Very dry finish. Subtle, complex and sophisticated brew. NIce stuff, Cost $2.99 a bottle @ Yankee Liquor in Sturbidge, ma., worth a try, but doubt I'd go for it again. Much better value to go with an Ommegang or Allegash selection.

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dmachado
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of RomanW70
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange with a frothy head that quickly disappears into a ring. Aroma of bananas, spice and yeasty funk. Flavors initially are yeasty and sweet, but move into a clean,, spicy and bitter finish. Finishes like a pilsner. Interesting beer, but not my cup of tea.

Photo of mattfancett
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Wegomlegging
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured off its tight sediment, it's a very clear deep gold beneath a short head of off white foam. The head retention is just average, but it does leave some streaks and splashes of lace that add to its appearance. The nose, however, is more impressive! It's perfumey with floral and spicy hops clearly evident as well as a citrusy (lemon rind, orange peel) over a lightly candyish and honey-like malt. Its medium-light bodied and gently crisp on the palate with a median, but very fine carbonation. Hops return in a flavor that's assertively bitter against it's candy/honey/citrusy character. It finishes dry with a long-lingering sugared citrus rind character that dissolves into a phenolic that explains its candyish nature (bubble gum, cotton candy). And, as you progress through the glass, that phenolic becomes more medicinal as it warms. An interesting and somewhat complicated beer that seems slightly off-kilter but works in some odd way. It's certainly worth a try for the Belgian fan (especially fans of Saison), and possibly the hop lover who's trying to expand his horizons.

Photo of ElGordo
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a small stark white head and good carbonation. Nose is a bit off, with some fairly serious skunkiness (consume by date is 06/06). Deciphering through the skunk, there's a nice hint of Belgian yeast and some light fruit and candy sugar. Nice up front palate, with the typical floral hoppiness and lively, spicy yeast profile of a Belgian blonde. Towards the back of the mouth it develops a dry, smoky character lingering in the background. The carbonation yields a very nice, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of fiedler84
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mj0126
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of marcobrau
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy golden ale with a peculiar aroma; perhaps some spicy hops mixed with Belgian basement? Bink Blonde pours well with plenty of carbonation and a brief flourish of foam that settles to white blanket of bubbles. This beer tastes rather simple; there's a crisp, dry malt character and the spicy Belgian hops and that's about it. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to some fizziness. This fizzy character accents the bitter hop finish, but detracts a bit from the overall enjoyment of this ale. Perhaps a more robust pour is required?

Bink Blonde drinks like a lighter version (less alcohol) of Tripel, with a pleasant hop bitterness.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful golden-orange sunset color, some haziness, with a huge rocky 2 finger white head.

S: Fresh oranges on the nose with a funky farmhouse yeast aroma, that is slightly sour and musky but very spicy (coriander) as well. Beautiful aroma.

T: For flavor there is some fresh apples and pears and a very spicy hoppiness and peppery notes. The palate is very smooth and clean with a very light texture and body with some sugary sweetness coming through. Overall, a very polished beer with a smooth transition from start to finish that is light on the tongue, hoppy on the flavor and easy to swallow.

M: Mouthful is light with the spiciness of the hops warming up nicely providing a spicy hop fade.

D: Very good drinkability, with an subtle yeast sourness.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the corner establishment in my neighborhood.

Pours an opaque, hazy orange. Not overly carbonated or foamy. Smells lightly hoppy, accented by robust and funky yeast. Tastes unique, similar to a soft cheese like others have noted. Almost a smokiness in there, again closer associated to a cheese. Not too malty, the hops come out in the finish, but not overdone at all. Very smooth on the palate, easily sessionable.

A unique Belgian pale, possibly an acquired taste.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy brown color ale with a huge bubbly off-white head with average retention. Aroma is quite malty with some spices also noticeable. Taste is quite malty with some spices and some shy yeast showing up at the end. I guess this is lacking a bit of character and would have appreciated stronger spices with a fuller body.

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of scottg
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Label says that the brewer has determined single-handedly to bring real hops back to Belgian brewing. Let's see how he did.

Pours a hazy lt orange/gold color with a one finger off white head with good retention. Aromas of pale malt, sweet honey and very floral and citrus hops. Up front grainy flavors, light toasted malt leads to the lemon, grapefruit, sweet orange hop middle with some herbal qualities to it. Medium carbonation, light to medium body with a thin syrup mouthfeel and a bone dry, clean finish. High drinkability with the nice medly of hop flavors.

A solid beer. Interesting hop profile centering on sweet citrus and floral varieties as opposed to the big piney and bitter ones. A great beer to introduce someone to the more subtle flavors of hops who say they don't like hops based on some west coast double IPAs.

Photo of Psychmusic
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerSingh
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden, cloudy from a small amount of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Lots of carbonation, but only a thin head covers the beer.

Aroma: Very light- clean, bready, slight citrus. Not much coming up (because of lack of head?). Some earthiness.

Flavor: Lemony sharp, earthy, yeasty, slighty sour. Pleasant, not as processed as blonds like Leffe.

Mouthfeel: Moderate.

Drinkability: Nice easy quaffer. Nothing to write home about, but nice.

Photo of desint
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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