Bink Grand Cru | Brouwerij Kerkom

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4.13/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom
Belgium
brouwerijkerkom.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by beerpirates on 12-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,959
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
140
pDev:
10.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of JakerLou
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2015. Medium hard pour. near black with half inch tan head that lasted thirty seconds. Smells of boozy plums, and cherries. Taste is much the same with a touch of molasses. Little carbonation and a syrupy feel gave my belly the woozy, boozy. Shared this with my partner who remarked similarly. I would not be able to drink the whole bottle unless I sipped it all day. Maybe I'll try that. Really good after a light dinner. I might get another in a year.

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Photo of Grinky
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidHume
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buschbeer
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass
2013 Vintage

This beer pours very dark brown in color. Some light just gets through along the edges giving deep amber highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that disappears leaving very little lacing.

The alcohol is still present after three years, but not overwhelming. It smells of fig, dates, raisin, molasses, and brown sugar.

The alcohol is present in the taste as well. It comes across as a little boozy. Once I get past the alcohol flavor I get some of the things that I smelled. I taste dates, fig, molasses, and some spiciness from the yeast.

Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation

It was boozier than I expected with three years on it not that it is a bad thing. I have been craving something a little boozier the last couple of nights. I just with the flavors could have come through the booze more. My favorite thing about this beer is that I bought it in Ohio last January while we still had a 12% cap. I asked the owner about the abv, and he said if they deliver it, he is going to sell it. So I of course could not pass.

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Photo of darktronica
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I think this gave me a cavity just looking at it the wrong way. Incredibly sweet, this is like a very lightly carbonated sherry, but with yeast and grains rather than grapes. An interesting achievement, but not the best tasting one.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -10.2%
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 -3.4%
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 +19.9%
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 -3.4%
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 DeadeyeOTDO
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dactrius
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 nmann08
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hallertau
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +16.9%
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 samEBC
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csustar001
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Bink Grand Cru from Brouwerij Kerkom
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 140 ratings