Bink Tripel | Brouwerij Kerkom

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Bink TripelBink Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 03-06-2005

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of SFLpunk
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL brow glass (fake) cork and cage bottle. No date. Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

No pop at all on the cork. Pours a really still hazy golden amber with very very thin white head. Nose is very sweet smelling, honeyed and floral. Palate is fairly flat and honeyed in both texture and flavor. Flowers and dried herbal hops are in the background of the sticky-sweet pale malt. There is no texture at all to this beer, just cloying really. Mildly bitter finish, but leaves me feeling sticky.

Notes: Wow, how mediocre can a triple/tripel be? Oh, this is it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Euroglot
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and spices. Taste is much the same with grain and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel is off on this one.

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Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of acrawf6
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a rich clear orange amber with a small fluffy white head. I poured rather vigorous, yet the head just did not rise like i wanted.

Smell. Has a heavy sweetness, rich with fruits and alcohol. I get ample apricots in this one, and under is some green apples and a pear smoothness. Good amount of light honey as well.

Taste. Still fruity, taste much like the aroma, except the fruits are more alcohol drenched in flavor. Has a slight tartness. As it warms even more, i get a sweet apple juice characteristic. There are a little spices that come out, touch of clove, but very faint to me. Aftertaste has a honey sweetness, but not a sweetness that i prefer.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium with a relatively low amount of carbonation.

Overall, a decent tripel, but there are plenty of others that i would choose above this one. nothing great about it, imho, but nothing offensive.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some white head on light yellow. Initial carbonation that calms after a bit. Farm musty taste that is better after bottle uncorked a half hour or so. Good buttery mouthfeel. Not much complexity,molstly just some yeast taste and a bit of sugar, but drinkable and satisfying.

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Photo of putnam
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fair honey colored with a weeping clutter of foam. Butterscotch glazed dried fruits, citric fumes and eggy blond cake aromas. Nectarine pits. On the palate it is boozy, bitter and sweet with impressions of wilting white fruits and decomposing leaves. Old barrels of Romanian Muscat. Interesting. Gas forms and swelters in the alcoholic broth, barely able to contribute structure. Erect bitterness. Leaves, roasted green apple and roasted pineapple flavors linger amid the fruits, rinds and husks of the finish.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Butternut squash gold with a generous infusion of pumpkin skin orange. The beer is chock full of fine particles that are being gently buffeted by a typically rowdy amount of bubbles. Within minutes, the bubbles become much more sedate in their journey up to a fantastic looking head of creamy alabaster meringue. This is one of the most gorgeously sticky heads (and, eventually, lace displays), that I've seen in quite some time.

The nose is classic Belgian tripel. Even through a thick crown of froth, I can pick out pears macerated in fruit brandy and sprinkled with ground clove. Thankfully, very little of the almost double-digit alcohol finds its way to my nose. It isn't quite in the same league as some of my favorite tripels, but it's more than solid.

I feel the same way about the flavor, more or less. I like it just fine, it's just that I'm not tempted to heap as much praise on it as I do most of what comes out of this country. This is now my fifth or sixth Brouwerij Kerkom beer and they've ranged from barely above average on the one hand, to good but not spectacular on the other. Bink Tripel is a member of the latter group.

The more I drink, the less impressed I am. I kept waiting for the flavor profile to develop some degree of complexity, depth or nuance as it warms, but it seems incapable of making a move in that direction. It tastes a little ragged to me rather than finely tuned and crisply firing on all cylinders.

It's still orchard fruity and coarsely spicy, but the pears taste like they've been soaked in grain alcohol rather than Grey Goose or Poire Williams. Since I love tripels, I'll have no trouble finishing this 750 tonight. Still though, it'll be much slower going that I'm used to. I think the bottle is fairly fresh, so I might have been better served by letting it rest for a year or so. Too late now.

The body/mouthfeel is on the full side of medium with a lightly sticky finish. There's more fine-gauged carbonation than expected after noting the diminution of visible carbonation within minutes of the pour. A minor ethanol burn would be more welcome if I was more enamored with the flavor.

As noted above, Brouwerij Kerkom is not one of the lengendary Belgian brewers as far as I'm concerned. Not one beer in their lineup has blown me away, although Bloesembink and Winterkoninkske were pretty good. Bink Tripel doesn't quite make the grade in a style that pleases me more often than not.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of camartin27
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of RochefortChris
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of albern
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a bit of discrepancy here. The bottle lists the beer with a 7% ABV, while BA has it pegged at 9%. This does taste a bit stronger than a 7, but who knows. The beer pours a very prodigious white frothy head, tons of lacing and retention. The color is a nicely cloudy orange amber. The consistency is medium bodied, some candied sugar residuals, plenty of yeasty snap in there too. The taste is pear, sour apple, maybe some apricot, definitely a soury yeastiness about, and a bit of a snap at the end. There are some interesting spices that emerge at the back end and they are difficult to pin down exactly, maybe clove, maybe allspice. The carbonation is moderate. This is a good beer, a nice trippel, not my favorite, but worth seeking out. The alcohol tones are subdued, the aftertaste is moderate as well. It doesn't have that biting, throaty aftertaste so reminiscent of trippels. There is a bit of creaminess on the tongue with the mouthfeel quite good. There is a certain refreshing character to this beer as well. L'Chaim.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden with an amber hue and a white frothy head which rose well and lasted even better to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and floral when first poured, after the head died back a bit the aroma revealed a strong and malty caramel presence and a light orange citrus. Some candy character was present and a light Belgian yeast spice.

The flavor was less dramatic than the flavor with an earthy presence and a very slight and fleeting sweetness when the beer first contacted the palate. The flavor quickly dried and became a woody (not woodsy) and very lightly spicy beer. The bittering was fairly high, but did not stand out as an attribute. The flavor became more citrusy as the beer warmed.

The finish was bone dry with just a lasting bit of earthiness into the aftertaste. The body was just above medium with a good carbonation. An alright beer, but a bit one dimensional in the flavor and also a bit of a letdown after the promise of the aroma. The bittering was high, but did not present itself as a particular hop cultivar.

750 ml bottle. Labeled Bink Tripel with Golden Belgian Ale below the word Tripel.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear dark gold body with one finger head and a decent head and lace patches. Aroma is a mix of candi sugar and dark fruits as I swear I get something akin to figs or toffee, possible other light fruits like apple or pear. Smooth, yeast is present, slightly sweet from fruits and sweet malts but also a bit boozy and then a finish of dry crispness thanks to a smattering of hops. Balance is a little off but it's good.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When tasted three years ago at the London Drinkers Beerfestival, it was called "Kerkomse Tripel" with a different beer label. This 750ml, corked and caged brown bottle is said to be the same beer so the review is entered here. No freshness date printed on the label/bottle , served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped bulb wine glass.

A: pours a bright orangey-golden hue with good clarity, while the initially thick and froth white head retreats gradually to a thin blanket lasting throughout the drink.
S: the aroma is not immediately "in the face" but still pronounced in terms of the exotic fruit-estery aroma (esp. the overripe-pineapple-like semi-stinky sour-sweet yeastiness), backed by lots of orangey hops, lactose-drink yeasty flavour, and a rather light malty backbone (with grains and candy-sugar at play). Integrated aroma, clean, aromatic, despite slightly lacking complexity.
T: lactose drink, creamy malts, rich orangey fruits, with a mild tinge of peppery spiciness and (just like the nose) overripe-pineapple-ish fruit-esters... developing slowly towards a mildly veggie and mashed-Chinese-green-beans-like aftertaste underlined by a quietly expanding hop bitterness, dryish spiciness, and faint Oloroso-Sherry woodiness that stretch the finish inch by inch.
M&D: softly carbonated, medium-bodied, refreshing and utterly dangerously drinkable, given such a clean palate and little sign of alcoholic strength... For a Tripel, the balance gears towards the fruity side a the expense of a drier and bitter aftertaste, but overall it hasn't suffered from too heavy a malty profile either. Very good!

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Photo of rodrot
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a darkish yellow color with a fluffy one inch head. Aroma was malty, spicy and slightly citric. Taste was quite sweet with notes of Belgian candi sugar, fruit(pears?), hops and a slightly sour finish. As the beer warmed, I noticed that the sourness became more pronounced and took away from the overall drinkability of the beer. Overall, this a fairly full bodied Tripel and a little different for the style.

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Photo of stephens101
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apricot in color. One-finger of off-white head thins out quickly.

Aroma is thick with bubblegum, cotton candy, pear and orange. Are we going to be too sweet here? We will find out soon...

Mostly sweet with caramel, sugar cane, subtle spice and slight hops. Balance isn't bad, but definitely leans to the sweet side.

Medium bodied and creamy with a dry finish. Alcohol is fairly noticeable, a fact that works well here.

Digging this one and daydreaming about a future Belgian adventure where I will surely make a stop and enjoy this one at the source.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Myst
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a nice hazy amber with a modest head that leaves lacing and eventually diminishes to a thin layer with a solid ring with lakes and even a few mountains (bubbles). Aroma is somewhat sweetish with some hoppiness present, but the problem could be my bad nose. Taste is a pretty well balanced tripel with some hoppiness. Nice!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Got one of the later pours out of the bottle, so it was a bit yeasty. Slightly hazed golden orange color with a finger of white head.

S: On the sweet side with a lot of sugar notes and some pale malts. Notes of light fruits such as apples and pears, with hints of banana. Sweet orange and orange peel are there as well. As it warms up, a stronger and stronger caramel smell comes through.

T: Caramel all the way through with still quite a lot of candi sugar and pale malts. Banana esters increase with intensity as the beer warms up. Good fruit notes of apple and orange, as well as some orange peel.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: A solid tripel. While it is sweet, it's not cloyingly so.

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Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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