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Bink Grand Cru | Brouwerij Kerkom

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Bink Grand CruBink Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 132
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the growler via Eightball Brewing in a snifter. This boozy beast of a BSDA pours a deep
muddy, muddled, blackish brown color with a nice head of light tan foam that subsides to a
thick ring, thin layer, and nice lacing. Nose of heavy booze, raisins and prunes, subtle leather
and tobacco, and deep brown sugars. Flavors follow the nose with big warming booze awash in
deep dark brown sugars, dark cherry and raisin notes with prune wine warmth. Nice mouth feel,
incredibly warming and substantial---numbing in fact---coating, slick, medium light carbonation,
and a sweet aftertaste. Overall excellence! Worth the price of the growler---40 dollars---and a
welcome memory of a Belgian done the right way although a touch on the extreme side, like
an American would do minus the super extreme hops. Fantastic!

Cheers---A votre santé

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Photo of REDAMI
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

L-Dark brown/black/red pour with medium tan head. Nice lacing.

S-Barrel, booze, vanilla, coffee,

T-Port, chocolate covered cherries, coffee, cordials

F-powerful, smooth, sip like port or cognac.

A slow drinker to warm your night.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black and dark with good carbonation. Smells of rich prune juice. The taste starts rich and syrupy with red raspberry and strawberry notes. Finishes syrupy again but with a fiery hot spiciness from the big huge booziness.

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Photo of KevCan
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Ordered on tap at the Sovereign in Georgetown, Washington DC.

Look: Very dark brown, healthy brown head.

Smell: Boozy, dark fruits, fig, spices.

Taste: Boozy and sweet, maple syrup, caramel, cinnamon, port wine, very smooth.

Feel: Thick and syrupy, medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Absolutely delicious, outstanding.

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Photo of stephens101
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poof! And the tan froth atop this dark brown brew magically disappears.

Aroma with raisin, fresh-baked bread, caramel, faint cinnamon and spent grain.

13% ABV and commesurately hot across the tongue, but there's plenty of sweet chocolate, raisin, burnt sugar, black grape/juice and a slight bitterness in the finish to even it out quickly.

Medium and maybe even a little thin toward the end, but fine drinking with no major hiccups...until later maybe.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam.

S- Boozy sweet aroma with some Belgian candi sugar, banana and dark fruit.

T- Nice balanced flavor of vanilla, Belgian yeast and a bit of spice. Alcohol is decently masked. A little bit of raisin sweetness but it's dryer than other examples of the style which is surprising given the ABV.

M- Soft at first, but then there's an aciditic afterbite. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Belgian engine oil. Not so viscous that you could call it a Belgian stout or even porter but it's got enough malt characteristic that balances out the rich yeasty quality.

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Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle of "Bink’s Grand Cru" served in a Porter Bar goblet. A wire bound synthetic 'cork' is way too hard to remove! Thankfully, the beer was well worth the effort.

Pours dark brown; opaque in the glass but dark ruby highlights at the edges. Weak head.

Aroma: a mix of dark dried fruits including cherries and some pleasant, mild alcohol esters. Hints of chocolate that are more subtle in flavor.

Feel: a soft, full body with light carbonation, some warming alcohol but not nearly as hot as one might expect for 13% ABV. A bit syrupy.

Flavor: rich and complex. Just a touch sweeter and more alcohol laden than I'd prefer. Loaded with raisins and other dark dried fruit flavors. Faint spicing. Good balance other than being slightly over sweet.

Overall: This is a fine sipping Belgian ale, best served fairly warm/ Admirably the high ABV is partially hidden.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage in a tulip glass

A - Very dark brown/black, head dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet, dark fruit and chocolate.

T - Absolutely delicious. Very sweet, one of the sweetest beers I've had, but complex. Lots of sweet dark fruit, with the chocolate and coffee flavor of a very good stout.

M - Thick and smooth, very nice.

O - Excellent. BSDA are my favorite, and this probably jumped into my top five beers. If you like big sweet beers, I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my special birthday beer tonight. Poured into my tulip glass at cellar temperature.

An initially lively cap of tan foam fizzles up and then dies down to a nearly dead calm with only a single ominous stream of carbonation surfacing languidly. The color is a deep, dark garnet that appears virtually black unless held up to the light. A mysteriously, dangerously dark crimson red...

Dark fruit dominate the aroma, with raisins, cherries, and plums coming through assertively. It's kinda vinous, and also has some vanilla, caramel, and molasses coming through. Some subtle spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, too. A superbly scintillating aroma.

Those dark fruits carry through to the flavor, bathing the palate in waves of luscious dark fruit intensity. Along with this comes a complementary chocolaty earthiness that makes this beer knd of taste like chocolate-covered raisins or cherries. Some alcohol is noticeable in the finish with a delightful, slightly musty earthiness.

It's fairly light on carbonation for a Belgian ale, with a smooth but thick, decadent consistency.

One of the better Belgian ales I've ever had, really. This stuff is all class. And the likeness to chocolate covered fruit is just incredible.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. One of the best and most complex beers I have ever enjoyed.

Somewhere between a Quad and an Imperial Stout with the best characteristics of both styles. Slightly tart, dried dark fruits...cranberries, plums, raisins... extremely boozy which I like...then rich toffee, caramel and strong coffee finish. The flavor lingers for several minutes. Awesome. Body is thick, more stout than quad.

This kills any other Quad/BSDA I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Rich and sweet for a dark ale. This one tastes a little different every time I try it, but always great. Its 13% but hits a lot stronger than that. I'd tell you how strong it felt last time but I can't remember. I know there are classier beers out there but I keep going back to this one like an ex-girlfriend because she knows just how to put me to sleep.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage bottling. Pours fairly pitch black color with a small fairly dense tan head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, blackberry, date, fig, molasses, licorice, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, brown sugar, black pepper, and roast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, blackberry, date, fig, molasses, licorice, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, brown sugar, black pepper, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness/earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, blackberry, date, fig, red wine, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, pepper, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, fairly slick, and slightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Belgian strong dark ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5


Rich, almost regal brown color sported a thick and full head of dense foam.

The nose is sweet and strong. Dark fruits like prune and date, mix with caramel, fudge, chocolate, molasses and crab apples.

The flavors are rich and savory with a front of roasted coffee, caramel, toffee and brownie. The middle is a blast of chocolate before it ends with maple, dark fruits and green apples.

The feel is downright amazing. It's velvety smooth and perfectly thick. It's 13 pct and there's no evidence of such.

One of the biggest surprises I've had in the world of craft beer and one I'd urge everyone to try.

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Photo of barczar
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared at a private tasting, thanks to beerchitect! 2012 vintage, I believe.

Pours an opaque dark brown, bordering on black, with a frothy tan head that dissipated to a light ring of foam. While the aroma revealed pleasant notes of plum, raisins, and dates, the flavor truly shined. This beer was incredibly complex and seamlessly blended rummy dark fruit with toasted malt nuttiness. Simultaneously, there was an upfront flavor reminiscent of caramel corn, with buttery, toffee-like caramel accenting the nutty, popcorn-like backbone. Excellent beer, though some may be put off by the buttery tones. Very smooth and drinkable, for such high abv.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.79/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2013 bottle, 750ml split 3 ways.

A - Dark brown color, just a bit of clarity. Beige head becomes swirly cap and ring pretty quickly and retains as such.

S - Raisin, caramel, alcohol, yeasty and bready tones. Decent but kinda generic flavors for a BSDA, really boozy.

T - Wow, al-kee-hawl. Drinks like it's somewhere in the 18% range. Flavors are a little better than the smell - big dark fruit caramel bomb with some chocolate, pepper, yeast, spices, red wine, but unfortunately the booze really detracts here.

M - Slick but kinda thin-feeling mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Sweet and hot.

O - Ehhhh. So boozy, and what's underneath all that seems decent at best. Honestly, all in all, a little painful to drink.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Almost pitch black, light brown head is thin and quickly disappears, nothing more to be expected from a 13%ABV beer

S- A hint of booze upfront, both sweet and roasted aromas, chocolate, maybe liquorice

T- Sweet upfront with a sugary feel and a definitely fixing dose of warming alcohol. Still perfectly balanced with a slightly bitter earthy finish. Notes of chocolate, dark fruits. Very nice

M- Suprisingly light body for the ABV, mostly due to low carbonation. Feels kind of sirupy while filling your mouth with warming comfort

O- A perfect slow sipper for the winter

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a major step up from the regular version, this is even bigger, darker, roastier, blacker, and more memorable. thick black color, minimal head. I can smell booze and licorice, as well as light smoke and birch syrup wintery sweetness. not overly complex but distinct from any other brew for sure. I don't get much Belgian yeast from this, mostly just rich dark earthy malt with the oaky smoke. its got a light brown sugar finish, a hint of peppery spice, and a very warming and prominent alcohol presence. i get a little salty soy sauce as well, which sounds gross, but actually kind of works. more pronounced on this from the tap than the bottle in my experience. smooth as silk in feel though even with the booze. limited carbonation and infinite body make this a slow sipper and a bottle to share, but a very special beer. I will remember the malt profile of this beer above all else, distinct and dark, without being anything like a stout or porter, I would love to know the grain bill. great brew from an awesome brewery!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown in color with moderate amounts of gentle carbonation at the surface of the beer and a moderate amount of cola brown + dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized medium thick patch of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet dark fruits (fig, raisin, and plum) and just a touch of alcohol.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of malty sweetness with strong notes of dark fruits (fig, raisin, and plum) and more moderate notes of brown sugar, molasses, and port. Sweet like a port is...but quite yummy.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with some light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: More drinkable than one would expect for a 13% ABV beer, still a little boozy but a lot easier to drink than I expected. This beer is pretty sweet and has a decent amount of complexity making it enjoyable. Definitely one that you want to share a bottle of and sip slowly.

Note: Originally bought for a fairly epic bottle share in Hoboken but send back home with it because we had way too much beer for the time.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out almost black in color with a nice light brown head on top. The retention and lacing are really good here too. The smell of the beer is roasted, bready and chocolatey. The taste gives off a really nice dark chocolate flavor, subtle earthy bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy, oily and smooth. Very nice subtle carbonation on this brew. Overall I find this to be severely underrated but to each their own. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at GRG1313’s tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is malt, caramel, soy sauce, and teriyaki aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and toffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some odd aromas but the flavors are quite tasty.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a deep, deep almost-black brown with a little over a millimeter of head that quickly dissolves into a thin lacing ring.

Aroma - Dark fruits such as dates and plums are prominent along with a molasses-y almost slightly butterscotch like malty sweetness sweetness. Phenolic Belgian yeastiness is there though the intensity of the other aromas relegate it to a supporting role but it is by no means invisible.

Taste - Oh wow, this is super nice. Intensely malty sweetness up front with flavors of dates and mollassis as noted the the aroma fades away into a complex yeasty spiciness mid palette, excellent contrast really. As it nears the end slight flavors of licorice and anise come to the forefront and it all ends with a nice warming sensation reminding you of the ABV this beer packs.

Mouthfeel - Lush and syrupy with a very gentle carbonation.

Overall - This is utterly fantastic! Really complex and absolutely delicious.

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Photo of weonfire
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

A- Black all the way through. no light. very very bottom of snifter glass has a small dark brown glow in the in light. solid full finger, light brown head that lasts 3-5 minutes after pour.

S - Chocolatey, clean, maybe a raison/fig. ALCOHOL.

T- Chocolate, coffe, carmel, fig. alcohol really comes through. 13ABVs are not well hidden

M - burns a bit from the alcohol. high viscosity.

O - not a top choice for strong Belgian dark ale. This needs more aging. Dont know the bottle date. Would not buy this again unless knowingly aged.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong, sturdy, and highly characterful, the Kerkom brewery devises a rich Belgian ale that captures the attention of us who adore the darker, stronger, and complex ales.

But much like a dopplebock, the German influences may take hold with a visual texture that's all about creaminess, bready appearances, and darkness. It's steep brown hue grows up on it a thick blanket of light tan foam and stubbornly retains the session.

But its exactly that blanket that mutes aromas because of its sturdy barrier between the nose and the aromatics within. It just doesn't give up its aromas. But a deep dive into the glass reveals deep notes of brown sugar, molasses, prune, concentrated grape, rum, and spice. It's a complex but subtle or lumbering scent that is calculated in its reveal.

Though the early taste is nothing short of rewarding, the beer requires patience for its best portrayal. At nearly room temperature the beer finally gives up its secrets. It's only then that succulent sweetness of brown sugar fuses with candy, peppercorn, and red wine. Savory thoughout, its the notes of cherry, prune, blackberry, currant, and raisins that offer such a rewarding taste. But the balance of fresh cracked peppercorn, vinous alcohol, and mild acidity that offers reprieve and makes the finish satisfying.

Rich and succulent, this Grand Cru only slightly holds true to the dry Belgian character that gives them fame. But in not-so-slight deviation, the beer resides in the bready, malty-sweet textures that only relies on immense alcohol and strong peppery spice to balance the residual sweetness. Finishing very warm, malty-dry, and highly peppery- the beer begs for sharing. This is a very strong ale!

I absolutely love the complex taste that this beer delivers. It is built for special occasion tastings that require communal appreciation, but it is savory and satisfying as an after dinner sipper that I would love to sample with grilled dates and sultans.

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Photo of Dope
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours almost completely pitch black with a big dense yet bubbly chocolate milk-colored head. Fades slowly, quite good retention. Heavy ring persists at all times. Pretty good fluffy tendrils of lacing all around too.

S: Woo, this one is boozy. Lots of grain alcohol. Some raisin and caramel mixed in there. Hints of cocoa to boot.

T: Loads and loads of chocolate. Very chocolatey from the very start, through the middle and into the finish. Up front there is a bit of raisin and molasses mixed in with it - especially as it warms. In the middle there is some sweet caramel that makes for a really nice decadent combination. Finally in the finish there is a bit of earthiness and a little more raisin. But I cannot overstate it enough, this is pure chocolate, through and through. Not as boozy as the aroma makes you think, but still a little hot.

M: Not nearly as thick or full as you might think for 13%. It's actually quite good that it's not heavy because given how sweet it is, I think it would make it super cloying.

O: Well, if you like chocolate, make it a point to pick this one up. It might even be more chocolate than Charleville Box Of Chocolate or a Southern Tier Choklat or a Rogue Double Chocolate. It's like drinking watered down hershey's syrup with some booze thrown in. The little bit of typical BSDA raisin in there gives it a nice chocolate-covered raisin taste. Even given the massive chocolate flavor and relative simplicity I will say that I really enjoyed this one. I do love chocolate in my beers so I am biased - I will admit that freely. This is one sweet, chocolatey dessert beer for sure, tread lightly!

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Photo of impending
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


750ml into a tulip. Exceedingly difficult to remove plastic cork. Pours a black walnut fully opaque, coffee colored minor head, minor lacing.

Deep delicious stoutish aroma. Rich semi sweet dark chocolate, charred molasses atop the goodness of a bsda with rotting dark fruits enveloped in begian yeast. No alcohol.

Explosive flavor, a depth wholly unexpected. Again the molasses and chocolate. Uber sweet but balanced with a proper offsetting bitterness, stoutish. Minor solvent alcohol as a flavor ingredient. Aftertaste till tomorrow. Full bodied smooth lifeless mouthfeel. Lip smacking. The mouth doesn't taste, it reacts. Hits another stride at room temp when it magically transforms into a barleywine.
can only be sipped

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