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 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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 Knapp85
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bink Tripel is a very nice yellow color that is not transparent at all. The look of the beer has a thin white head that leave just a tiny lacing down the glass. The aroma is very inviting, it's got some sweet grains and a little citrus on the nose. The taste is on the sweet side with just a little bit of spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very refreshing. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a firm Belgian head that persists throughout and leaves many shards of lace

Smell: Pear and green apple, honey and candi sugar, but a distracting amount of fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens sweet and fruity, with nice candi sugar and pear flavors; by mid-palate, the hops start to kick in and offset the sweet flavors with a green apple-influenced bitterness that has a balsa wood character; after the swallow, the earthy elements join the bitterness and provide for a nice complex finish, in which the honey sweetness lingers on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice example of the style; I particularly enjoyed the hoppy element which is often missing from tripels

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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 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 rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/04/07- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Code imprinted on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Light orange hazed color. A touch clouded with small yeasties floating here and there. Smaller 1/4 inch head which quickly evaporates. Leaves behind small streaks of lace.

Smell- Lots of citrus and spice. Corriander and cloves intermixed with pears, peaches and a boquet of other tropical fruits. Slight alcohol notes detected.

Taste- Dead on with the scent. Clove is prominent in the spice dept. and I get a lingering lemon and orange taste. Very little alcohol in the taste, but lots of good flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level, with a spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Compare it to Westmalle Tripel, but without the major alcohol burn. This one dominates IMO. Not the best, but one of the better ones I've tried. A bit steep in price though at $13.99.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 Gueuzedude
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labled as Bink Tripel
Pours with a frothy, eventually rocky surfaced, lace inducing, light tan colored, two-finger thick head that is propped up by an ample carbonation. The beer is a brilliantly clear yellow-gold color. The aroma is a mix of grassy hop and grain notes; I get notes of just barely toasted grain, dusty barley flour, a sort of earthy grain character, a lightly sweet honey note . The aroma is rounded out by some spicy notes from the fermentation, nothing specifically jumps out at me, but as an aggregate the spicy aromatics are definitely noticeable. Perhaps some notes that are something like coriander (both the earthy and citrus character), a hint of ginger and some clove as well.

The taste has a certain sweetness to it up front that is then dried out by the ample carbonation, but soon grabs hold again, but ultimately succumbs to a spicy, astringent, dry bitterness that lingers on in the finish. This beer has a certain creaminess to the body that is just so inviting, and it still has this despite the ample carbonation. In fact I think that the carbonation adds a certain lightness to this beer that otherwise might be a bit chewy than I might want in this Tripel. Spicy notes of ginger and pepper are followed by notes of clove, perhaps a hint of lemon zest, and a definitely herbally astringent finish. The finish is quite sharp; a combination of a solid hop bitterness and that aforementioned herbal astringency.

This is quite a drinkable brew. Complex yet straightforward at the same time. I really like how the hop bitterness, and even some of the herbal character, balances the typically sweet malt (almost honey-like) character of a standard Tripel.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Winey yeast dominates the nose. Pours cloudy yellow gold without a thick film of a head. Caramel mixed with fruit somewhere between large pitted and tropical over malt dominate the palate with a drying bitterness on the finish. A touch below medium on the body and a touch above on the carbonation.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazy, light gold with tons of CO2 rising to the top. A 3 finger head of fluffy white foam gradually fades out. Massive amounts of lacing is left behind.
Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, golden raisins, light vanilla, doughy yeast with notes of melons and bananas.
Flavor mimics the aromas with a yeasty, herbal taste with highlights of citrus, pears, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, yeasty, slightly chewy with a lovely finish that makes you crave more.

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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 mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin, lingering white mousse. Looks like a tripel.

S: The nose is dominated by notes of bitter orange, lemon, grass, and caramel. It smells hoppier than would expect.

T: Opens fruity and smooth with a mixture of caramel, cream, vanilla, and biscuity malt flavors, but the hops quickly assert themselves as flavors of grass, lemon, bitter orange, and kumquats emerge. The finish is hoppy and bitter with citrus and grass notes underscored by a peppery prickle of alcohol.

M: Relatively full-bodied, thick, and luscious. Carbonation is present, but not overly distracting. Not quite as dry as some examples of this style.

O: Truth be told, I'm a huge fan of Marc Limet and Brouwerij Kerkom. They've yet to let me down, and Bink Tripel is no exception. A very well-executed tripel.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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 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 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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Bink Tripel from Brouwerij Kerkom
Beer rating: 81.1% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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