Bink Bloesem (Bloesembink) | Brouwerij Kerkom

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Bink Bloesem (Bloesembink)Bink Bloesem (Bloesembink)

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by feloniousmonk on 12-24-2003

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of rolltide8425
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very murky brown color that shows hints of red when held up to the light. Doesn't look appealing; fortunately the taste is better. There is a very sharp dryness along with honey and candi sugar. Has almost a molasses type texture to it.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is much better than its average ratings and, I'm speculating, this is because raters see "honey and pear syrup" and might be patterned to think "too sweet."

If so, they are mistaken. This could be described as dry.
But, don't listen to me.
Take it from someone who knew so ever much more and always will. MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said Bloesum was "delicate, dryish and spritzy."

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of plum, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, peppercorn, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aroma with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pear/honey, and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of plum, cherry, pear, apple, caramel, honey, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, peppercorn, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of plum, pear, apple, honey, toasted biscuit, light chocolate/nuttiness, peppercorn, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and solid robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pear/honey, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Light-moderate dryness after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this was a nice fruited Belgian dark ale. All around good balance and solid robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pear/honey, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. The aromas were more impressive than the flavors, but this was still a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Scared to death to enter into Belgian fruit beers, in fear that a diabetic shock is on the brink, Kerkom brewers are careful about those fruit additions and are determined to let the "beer" flavor do most of the talking.

Its dark rusty-mauve character strikes the eye with a ribbon of bright red that pierces the center of the glass to draw the nose right in. And then taken back with utmost fruit aroma, cherry, raspberry, apple, pear and plum all make their presence known, and do so with a musty density of dried oxidized fruit.

Its sweet taste is lightly toasty and spicy regardless of the fortified fruit flavor that's to layer upon the palate in the middle. Peppercorn and caraway offer a tepid balance to the slightly bruised fruit flavor with its sweet and savory medley. But the acidity of fruit and fermentation gives the ale part of the taste a big nod going towards finish.

Sweet and savory to close, the ale is just shy of syrupy but dances on the line of cloying as its ultra sweet lasting impressions seem more of a dessert-like sipper rather than a clean or refreshing choice. Paired with cheesecake and we'll likely have a marriage made in heaven.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy reddish-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same with fruity and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think the smell on this one is slightly better than the taste.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Aged at room temperature for at least a year.

Dark murky body glows like a ruby lampshade when held to the light. A lasting velvety finger of beige merengue rests up top, fed by a steady stream of slow rising micro-bubbles. Thick pasty lacing; good retention.

Unctuous yet subtle aroma that is at once floral and fruity, the esters from yeast forming a lovely intertwining counterpoint to the pear juice. Bread dough and berries add a pleasing base and added complexity respectively.

Sweet malty palate entry with an amplification of the winter fruit and berry elements in the nose. Very subtle spiciness comes forward as the ale warms suggesting a touch of pepper from the yeast. Finishes medium-dry and refreshing. Honey is present but extremely mild and there is almost a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste.

Creamy, soft, medium-full body with decent effervescence.

Delicate and sophisticated yet rustic - a well crafted character-filled Belgian ale that isn't overwhelmed by the fruit or honey.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Fullers snifter glass.

Pours a dark yet clear brown colour, with a nice head.

Smells fairly sweet.

Tastes quite bittersweet, definitely tasting the honey and the muffled sweet and tangyness of the pears.

Overall a really pleasant beer, my only criticism would be a toned down bitterness.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle, best before 12/2012: poured into a Westvleteren chalice at home during 10/2012.

Considering this beer has both honey and pear syrup in its list of ingrediants I am surprised it wasn't a lot sweeter than it was.

The beer looked a Toffee Apple Red colour, a head of poppong white bubbles started thin and became a wisp and collar very quickly, pity, I like to keep my beers with a head for as long as possible. No sediment left the bottle.

The nose as you'd expect was very floral, I detected Red Berries (but no honey or pear esters) and hints of both caramel and yeastiness.

The taste had Raspberry notes and was extremely floral: not too sweet really, the beer grew on me as I sipped it. The finish is a little harsh (bitter wise) and overall it wasn't a bad beer, might be better in the Spring, when things are warmer and brighter than now.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pint glass. I got this from volunteering in the BBF last month.

Appearance: This beer poured a dismal head that reduced to nothing. It is an amber color with great clarity and visions of some bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, spices, apples, pears, sweetness from the honey, and banana.

Taste: A nice blend of above mentioned aromas. Sweetness of apples, bears, honey, and spices is very tasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, but smooth, light to medium bodied, and some lingering bitterness too.

Overall: A nice bear that tastes like a tripel, but is an ale with fruity notes. Alcohol is hidden well at 7% and the beer was nice and warming too. The fruitiness of this beer is very cool and interesting.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark pumpkin color. Good thick head.

S: Belgian mustiness, pineapple, banana, clove.

T: Lots of nutty and vegetable notes. The alcohol really comes through a lot here though. Hits with that clove but the belgian must doesn't overpower the beer.

M: A odd one, the beer has a fuller body but a lighter watery finish.

Overall a pretty solid beer. I didn't get as much fruit as I was hoping for but I think this made good use of the horsey, musty belgian notes as they complimented the beer more than dominated it. It seemed like as the beer warmed the alcohol was better masked by the other flavors that began to emerge.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very little lacing.

S: A faint aroma of malt, and a harsh herbal quality.

T: Tasted of honey (a surprisingly large amount), a big dose of malt, and some herbs. The flavor here is too thin and a bit on the grating side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the most interesting fruit beer I've had. Could have been better.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at alewife baltimore. Pours a nice golden brown with nice head. Banana clove and sweet yeasty aromas. Great honey belgian yeast flavors with banana and clove, some nice pear notes in the aftertaste. Very drinkable and unique, and probabaly one of the best "fruit" beers ever (I'm assuming all the honey?).
Really nice brew.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head at all when I poured this beer, had at room temperature, Banana, honey, thick, hops are nice balance to sweetness, tawny like color.

Paired well with Caesar salad that had bacon in it.

Overall; I think this beer could use more hops coming from a brewery that said "they are bringing hops back to Belgian breweries". Still i would try again colder.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Jester King Anniversary Party. This was an auburn amber colored beer with a great big foamy topping. The aroma was malty sweet, with some honey. Tasted similar, more malty with a touch of honey stirred in. Wasn’t very exciting, even for the style.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaped pint glass.

A: Pours an amber/mahogany with 3 fingers of fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Heavy carbonation is reminiscent of champagne and is very lively. Random spotty lacing is nice and foamy.

N: Honey, light grains, lemon citrus along with subtle notes of pear, banana and bready malts.

T: Honey strawberry, prickly pear and subtle caramel upfront. Strawberry and honey fill out the middle of the palate along with bread and light grains. Finishes slightly bitter with some lemon zest and candy sugars.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, dry, crisp and clean.

O: A nice, crisp and easy drinking Fruit Beer filled with honey, pear and bread notes. Not very complex but it is what it is. ABV is not noticeable at all.

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Photo of benfons
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy dark-amber to brown colour, small head

S: when you pour it a lot of honey, also some red berries some pear-syrup (typical for the area), and something spicy maybe cloves

T: pear and honey in the back combined with a hoppy finish

M: dry, carbonation is fine, not too alcoholic

O: good beer, normally with this kind of beer the honey tends to overpower everything else, not the case here the same is true for the pear-syrup, nicely balanced

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Photo of heymikew
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in De Bier Temple, Brussels

Dark brown-amber, clear with nice head that clears quickly

Some hops on the nose.

Lightly carbonated. Taste grows on you with subtle honey-malt flavor. On the sweet side but not cloying. Very drinkable, would definitely try it again.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and hazy with almost no head at all.

S: Fairly high amount of funk with a big black cherry/apple cider vinegar smell. Also something that smells like cocktail sauce and a bit of red wine venegar.

T: Red cherries, caramel, overripe pear and a touch of honey. This beer had be won over until the finish. Right where the middle of the taste should be, the beer totally dies and the finish is short and watery. A little disappointing.

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Photo of Klym
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into some new glarus glassware!

This had a mellow honey look with a small head. Honey definitely comes off in the nose with some generic maltiness. Pear can be detected but isn't so distinct in the taste, with honey playing a large part too. Flavors are much more tame than you'd expect, and are smoothed down to the point of being dull and the sweetness being unsatisfying. Not really worth reaching for in my opinion.

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Photo of baconsausage
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with 6-8 months in the celler. Very pretty amber hue and good clarity with a ring of foam that laces lightly down the glass. Obvious nose of pears and honey and a little saccharine. Sweet honey and pear are balanced by an almost too bitter, dry finish that is both welcome and unwelcome all at once. A hint of citrus prevails over the whole affair. Nice over all and easy to drink, this is a welcome beer on a summer day.

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Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remembered trying this years ago before I joined BA, figured I would buy a bottle for review purposes.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark reddish brown crystal clear with a fluffy one finger head that fades to a white halo and a nice white cloud.

S - Some nice malty sweetness here. I'm really searching for some kind of pear essence but unfortunately I could not. Did find quite a nice amount of honey though.

T - Tastes just lke the the nose. Some like malt sweetness but again that pear is hidden. Maybe this isnt fresh? There is some nice honey flavour though.

M - Very light mouthfeel. Light carbonation, just enough to make this not feel syrupy.

D - Very drinkable stuff here. Love the honey aspect but I really wish the pear was present in some form or another.

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Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bink? Alrighty then.

Pours a dark ruby red that changes to a tasty lookin' sweet n sour sauce when held up to the light. Huge fluffy head when poured violently that holds up very well. Leaves a ring lace and not much else.

Strong sweet sniffings, with surprising hoppiness. My friggin polyps are bad today, but after some ridiculous nasal intakes (huge silly lookin' sniffs), I achieved to smell....honey.

Here's a huge surprise for you, it tastes like it smells! This go around I can definitely sense the pear. But truthfully, the fruity flavor isn't pronounced enough for my liking. But I do like the smooth and totally pleasant mouth feel. Low carbonation, and almost zero kick. But again, very smooth and inviting.

Bink Bloesem is a shy one, but also friendly. Not a stand-out, but one that'll have people saying 'Tis good'. Probably the last time I'll ever drink this style for this company, but ya know...whatever.

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Photo of wschmit
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into Perfect Pint. No apparent dating

A: A robust, quickly-deflating, barely-tan head rests atop a cinnamon-cider, clear body with some effervescence.

S: Sweet malt with a floral hint up front, and some tartness behind. Some zippy hops in the end, but not much. A fairly mild Belgian yeast scent, for those not into that smell. I get a bit of pear and lychee, but it's a bit hard to detect.

T: The taste picks this up a great deal. Starts off with a bit of fruit juice sweetness that quickly dries off with a surprisingly bitter (for a Belgian) finish. There is a rounded, generic maltiness in the middle to help meld the floral, honey, and pear bits. Tastes better than it smells.

M: Could use a bit more carbonation, I think. It's got just a bit of boozy warmth as it goes down the throat, but I really think some more bubbling would be great. Otherwise, it has a pleasant, slightly viscous feel.

D: Not bad. It's not particularly sweet or fruity, as the style might indicate. Rather it captures some of the nicer essences of pear and honey without beating you over the head with it. Not inexpensive, but not overpriced at $4 for the single bottle. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of crossovert
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a deep brownish red. It looks really gorgeous in the light. The head is foamy and off-white and yields some nice lacing.

The smell is very caramally with Belgian yeast undertones. It also has some dark bread. There is a nice touch of pear peel that can be detected subtly among the other scents.

The flavor is very refreshing. It is sweet with a little bit of bitterness. The main flavor is the malts, they are bready and caramally, there is some spice form the yeast, a hint of metallic flavor that goes away after a few sips, fruity pear, with a floral finish. The alcohol can be felt but it is not a huge presence.

It is complex and delicous.

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Photo of harpus
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a hazy golden amber color with a lite head that receaded to almost non-existing.

S- Honey up front almost mead like with a nice touch of fruit mixed in, slight hops found in this beer.

T- Malts and sour yeasty flavors seem to break down the honey in this as it allows the pears to become more noticible.

M- Tartness from fruit is dominate in this beer, and it has a slight alcohol feel to it for a nice warming experience.

D- easy to have more then 1.

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