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Bink Blond - Brouwerij Kerkom

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BA SCORE
86
very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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: 122 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by waughbrew:
Photo of waughbrew
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden beer with a mediocre head that doesn't stay but laces OK. But the aroma....I am in love. Sugar-coated melon, apple-cinnamon, cloves, light pepper. Flavor is gently spicy above marshmallows - reminds me of St. Bernardus house character. Well-rounded and very quaffable. I wish this were available in affordable six-packs around here. I could see this being a regular of mine if I could afford it.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rallison
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is an older bottle, so the hops have mostly diminished.

A: Cloudy amber brown with a 1 finger white head that mostly dissipates, but leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Smells of a bit of funky Belgian yeast with earthy notes.

T: Nice earthy malty flavor. While I might not say it tastes of soft cheese as other reviewers have said, I can see that connection. Does seem to have some of those characteristics at least. Would definitely pair well with some cheeses. Some grassiness in here too. Hops are still slightly present (I need to sample a fresh bottle too for comparison). Some pepper flavors are present. It's different, but quite nice as I continue along. First sip, I thought this beer could go either way. But, halfway through, I must say I like it.

M: Nice full body (especially for the alcohol), with low carbonation that lends a creaminess to it - nicely done since such low carb levels leave some beers tasting thin and watery.

D: Extremely drinkable. This makes for the perfect Belgian session beer. Stella Artois? Nah, go drink some Bink.

Recommended.

Photo of edskirk3
2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle, no freshness/bottled on date or code to be found.

Pours cloudy gold with a thick fluffy white head. The yeast sediment in the bottle is pretty loose, and I let some get in the glass.

Aroma is flowery, perfumelike with yeasty features. It's medicinal.

The hop bitterness makes itself known as soon as I taste, then the yeast comes in. It's a harsh combination in my opinion. I feel like I'm laboring my way through the glass. It's very perfumey, though the hops dominate the palate more and more towards the end.

Mouthfeel, however, is somewhat smooth and light. Not too carbonated.

Too much medicinal flavors for me. Not a big fan.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of geetlord
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light golden color, with some slight clouding from yeast. It had a tall light head, that quickly subsided to nice lacing. The aroma was mostly hoppy with some yeast from the bottle conditioning. It tasted very hoppy as promised on the bottle, and a bit yeasty as was expected from the bottle conditioning. It had some hints of spices and tiny hints of fruits, but Hops is the predominant flavor. Overall it is an ok beer, but it dosn't have much character beyond all of the hops.

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

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date. The body was marmalade colored, slightly murky but bright. The moderate white head faded to the tiniest ring.

Smell was Concord grapes. Soft yeastiness. Bready malts and damp stone.

Taste was of apple peel and sweetness. There was a sharp bitterness rising in the middle which smoothed out toward a lingering finish. There was a nice complement of flavors, not balanced but seamless.

Mouthfeel had a pleasant sizzle. Medium to full in body. The sizzle smooths out toward the end. Overall a flavorful and fairly complex beer.

Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker shade of gold with a flimsy white head.

Smell is honey and apples with cinnamon and ginger spice and black pepper. Sweet smelling with a clove scent that reminds me of Aventinus. Good scent of cookie dough in here. Faint woody scent but this is very spicy smelling.

Taste is drier than it smells, but is still a little sweet and malty. Flavors of honeysuckle, and black pepper dominate, after a bit the hops show themselves. Mild bitter finish. The taste is a let down compared to the great smell.

Mouthfeel is thin.

An OK drinkable brew that I could see having with lunch but not an outstanding beer.

Photo of Sallerj
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a strong, enticing aroma-- fruity and hoppy, with caramel, citrus, and sugar. It tastes like orange rind and caramel, with a hint of toasty sugar, and a nice earthy hoppy finish. The carbonation is fine. I could drink a lot of this beer.

Photo of Absumaster
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A orange golden beer with a settling head and a large protion of yeast flakes.

Smell has doughy and baked bread smells followed by dextrine, ambermalt and vanilla notes. Some noble hoppiness, which I guess are Styrian Goldings.

Taste is sweet and doughy with dextrine and vanilla notes. A full bodied beer without being overly sweet. The hops are mostly overshadowed by the big body, but there is still some earthy and somewhat lemony hops. A nice beer that exactly does what it promises.

Photo of Loki
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 11.5 oz bottle with numbers marked out on the sides that I couldn't figure out. Maybe this bottle was over the hill, I hope so. b/c at $3.96 for a 11.5oz bottle this was definitely not worth it.

Poured a clear, golden color with a big, white head and tons of carbonation streams of bubbles. The sample left very little lacing.

Smelled of yeast, citrus, and hops. Lots of hops. Smelled pleasant, but nothing spectacular.

The taste started out with yeast, citrus, and malt but then took a huge turn into a hop bomb full of powerful and unbalanced hops. Then the aftertaste of copper kicked in. It left a taste in your mouth like you had been sucking on pennies or had a draft beer from a place that hadn't cleaned its lines in years. Not pleasant at all. I was very disappointed as I was looking forward to this beer. I certainly wouldn't pay $3.96 for a 11.5oz bottle when I could have a 22oz Rogue for four cents more.

I hope this bottle was over the hill. Maybe someday somebody can explain what looked like the dating system on the bottle to me.

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with a quickly fading bright white head.

Fruity perfume of apple and pear along with Belgian yeast and candy sugar.

The taste is much like the aroma. Apple, pear, and banana along with candy sugar, soap, yeast, and tea. Finishes clean.

Thinner bodied and quite dry with a fizzy carbonation.

An enjoyable Belgian Pale but a step down from the best of them.

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Bink Blond from Brouwerij Kerkom
86 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.