Bink Grand Cru | Brouwerij Kerkom

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Brouwerij Kerkom

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by beerpirates on 12-19-2010

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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by Reagan1984:
Photo of Reagan1984
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared this bottle with Masterski & jrallen34 while visiting in Chicago. Certainly have never heard of this beer before.

I have to say this was absolutely delicious. Just kept getting better and better and I was sad to take the last sip.

Very little head formed on the beer, it was a dark shoe leather brown color. A bit dull in finish. No lacing.

Aroma was sweet, rich and included both brown sugar & molasses.

Flavor was deep, fairly complex and just wonderful. I debated with the others about whether I was getting more brown sugar or molasses. At time we agreed, at others we did not. In the end, both are present along with a moment of licorice. The malt flavors were just spectacular and layered.

Bold body, light carbonation and very well hidden 13% abv. This could be a dangerous beer.

Absolutely love it. Not sure I’ll ever see it again, but I would love too.

Thanks guys for sharing.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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 superspak
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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 IckyT2012
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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 StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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!

edit: not sure if all of these are "american oak finished" or not, but i just cracked a 2013 edition (nearly four years old now!) that said that on the label from the cellar. it was dusty and forgotten, but perfectly mature and spot on for christmas. it has a slight cherry tartness to it, i dont recall that quite so much in the original, maybe something thats developed in the bottle over time. the beer is more unified than ever with some age on it, and i really did love its sweet and tart sooth boozy richness. nothing quite like this out there.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmann1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to almost black color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and alcohol. There is also a little bit of dark fruit, but what stands out the most is the very hot alcohol.

The flavor is more of the same. I get some roasted malt and chocolate, as well as a lot of alcohol. The beer is fairly sweet and there is some nice dark fruit notes in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GarrettB714
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of chinchill
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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 weonfire
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
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 henrisimo
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure it looks like the style, more closely resembles a stout or porter, but I like dark beers and this is right up my alley. Pours like coffee. A bit thick, it's completely black. The head is about a finger of brown bubbles. Retention is somewhat lacking.

A couple things stood out. It almost smells sweet, if that makes sense. Wheat is present, as well as some candied sugar. A slight cola-like caramel scent as well.

Tastes like a combination of hot chocolate and a soft drink. Caramel and sugar dominates, but it's not offensive or cloying.

Early on, the sweetness is ok but I have a feeling after another 20ish ounces I'm going to think differently. It's got a creamy mouthfeel that combines with the sweetness leaving a bit of a sticky finish. Deep in the swallow some of the hops and alcohol show up, but the alcohol is well hidden for being 13% ABV.

I was actually scared of this being so high in alcohol, but it's very drinkable and overall, I would like to drink this in the future. Some people are going to find it too sweet, but overall, it's a good choice.

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Photo of astidad
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a thin dark tan head that quickly dissipated.

The smell is deep and full with a sweet dark fruit quality, along with hints of chocolate and molasses.

The Flavor is very sweet and malty up front with a big blasted of toasted caramel malts and alcohol. Dark cherry and raison really seem to dominate along with deep dark bready flavors and the alcohol there are a bit of hops in the finish leaving a touch of medicinal bitterness, but still way out of balance even for this style.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick and syrupy.

Overall its drinkable and nothing really off other than the balance, but a bit average.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a 750ml foiled, caged, and corked bottle. Pours a deep brown color which showed some chocolate brown highlights when held up to a light. The tan head was small, yet dense and settled into a solid ring and sparse cap.

The aroma has a big raisin flavor with some red grape juice and a touch of carob. The aroma is quite sweet, with a big toffee presence, and has an olde ale character to it.

The taste is of raisins, prunes, and toffee with some brown sugar. There is some carob to offset the sweetness. Some rum alcohol notes pop through in the end. The taste is quite sweet and boozy.

The feel is moderate with very fizzy carbonation. The beer probably would have been quite slick if not for the carbonation. The ABV is quite noticable and provides some belly burn. The beer borders and passes on being cloying sweet. It is hard to drink a glass of it.

The beer is a big BSDA but the flavor doesn't match the ABV. Some nice raisin and prune flavors but it needs more of a malty/earthy presence to offset the sweetness. Its fine but I don't think I would pick this up again.

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Photo of cwd
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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 BirdsandHops
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Psychmusic
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MSCUSN
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of DavidHume
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcisco44
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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