Bink Bruin
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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #82
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3.62 | pDev: 11.6%
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Quite a dark mahogany brown, with a slight haze to it (further sediment was left in the bottle). Pours with 2Cm pillowy pale tan head (ps holds well).
S- Quite mild for me, just some toasty grains.
T- Toasted malts and grains then some ABV% like zing comes along, which would be odd for 'just' 5.5%, hence I think it's zingy hops combining with a quite deep flavour to imitate the punchier taste of a higher ABV%.
F- Punches quite heavy for a lower ABV% beer. It has a quite deep flavour so is more of a slow-sipping/colder months beer than sessionable in summer.
O- I like it. It has a moderate richness but nil risk of straying towards sweet - which some bruins do and indeed some cross into almost an outright sweet facet. It has a good deep flavour, and punches above it's ABV% for 'impact on palate'. I'd happily drink this again.
Bought from BelgiumInABox, Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle BB: 27/06/2020

May 03, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark-brown color with a small top of white head that dissolves quickly. Aroma is of dark malts,caramel,tofee ,bread, raisins and matured fruits. The flavours is sweet with notes of dried and matured fruits at the start with notes of malts,caramel and bread in the back. The finish is slightly bitter and it works quite good with the malty tones in the back. Aftertaste has a decent lenght. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft with medium carbonation and a medium body.
A quite good and easy drinking dark ale. A good alternative if you want a belgian with a lower abv.

Nov 18, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown color with tan head. Aroma has wort sweetness and roasted grains with some earthy hops in the background. Taste is mostly malty with roasted grains and some brown sugar. Medium to light body and carbonation. Easy drinking, roasty ale, really similar to a porter.

Jul 28, 2017
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to Luis for the share -enjoyed from the bottle in an oversized wine glass.

The color is deep brown with translucent clarity and light beige head with spotty lace pattern and good retention. The smell is slightly sweet with malt forward aroma with mild yeast ester and gentle malt toastiness in the smell with a light dried fruit essence with mild plum scent. The feel is very good with smooth malt and low bitterness with mild sweet quality toward the middle yet low roast and soft yet dry finish.

The taste is very good with a subtle Belgian yeast flavor with more of a sweetened coffee type taste in the malt with a mild roast component in general with gentle dried fruit in the yeast flavor. Overall I think this is a very good, highly drinkable moderate strength dark Belgian ale

Apr 25, 2016
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MonkeyBread from Nevada

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Earthy, dark raisin bread, smoky this is I suppose best classified as a dubbel or Belgian dark. Lower than typical on abv but you wouldn't know it from drinking. Has a full, chewy mouthfeel. Low on fruity esthers and big on phenols. Big bread notes caked in earthy hops. A bit more hopped than most Belgian beers. Good stuff.

Jan 31, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Pours a finger of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is a nice roasted malt and nutty.
The taste has lots of caramel malt sweetness, more honey sweetness and some roasted malt.
The texture is smooth.
Not bad, tends to the sweet side.

Oct 30, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$ 4.99/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into tulip
Aroma of figs and dates
Head small (<1 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a few random bubbles floating on the surface
Lacing none
Body dark brown, hazy – very dark brown layer of sediment in bottle
Flavor very sweet with tastes of figs, dates, and raisins; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.3125
A very nice dark ale, a style which is rapidly becoming a favorite. This is absolutely delicious and just sweet enough to be desirable but not cloying. The price point is reasonable. The only negative point for me is the absolute lack of head and lacing.

Oct 16, 2014
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014, so it's a little out of date. I think I bought this one from a Belgian webshop ages ago, but I'm not absolutely sure. Here goes....

Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears virtually black in the glass. Yields a decent head of light-brown foam that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of brown sugar, raisins, dried fruit, caramel, faint roasted grain, earthy yeast and a touch of stewed leaves. Not too shabby.

Tastes of fruity malt with a lingering yeasty finish. Notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, subtle roasted malt, earthy yeast, stewed leaves and harsh cardboard. Quite sweet, with a dry, yeasty character. A mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a rather insubstantial body for the style. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of acrid stewed leaves, cardboard and mild fruity malt.

So-so; nothing special. Uninspired looks, while the aroma and flavour are sweet and fruity. Slight off-notes in the background. Insipid, watery body. No great shakes, though I expect the age of the bottle also has something to do with it. No need to run out and hunt it down.

Apr 27, 2014
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dull brown with a look of wateriness. Head disappears to a cream-colored ring, but it lasts and leaves slight traces of lace.

Tough to get a nose on this one. I do get some earth, some very brown bread crust, some brown sugar. Faint.

Malt forward, with some dark bread and brown sugar first, with a touch of fruit and some alcohol. Beer transitions and dries out to bread crust and yeast, bitterness and a little burnt sugar. The transition balances this -- it works.

Medium bodied. Some tingle on the tongue.

I like the multi-charachteristic transitional nature of this beer. It is half rich and sweet, have bitter and harsh. The key is the point of transition. That moment is why I liked this. An interesting brew that is worth trying. I also disagree with some posts suggesting food with this. You'd really lose aha makes this good. The is a sipper by itself.

Nov 17, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very cloudy dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, light chocolate, dark bread, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, raisin, prune, toffee, light chocolate, dark bread, molasses, and earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and complexity of flavors; but were not as robust as I was hoping; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian dark ale. Nice flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Jan 02, 2013
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 for a 355ml bottle. Some chunky sediment on bottom.

A: nice deep brown color, poured with a nice head that eventually dissipated to thin veil
S: medium nose, flat sweet malt quality, ever-so-slight oxidation, slight mustiness
T: decent beer, nothing unusual or special but good roasted malt up front with some bitter hop finish
M: easy drinking, somewhat thin for mouthfeel but it is a lower ABV beer

Dec 18, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After popping the cap there is a gross plug of yeast stuck to the underside of the cap and around the mouth of the bottle. Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Chunks of sediment are seen floating around and settling to the bottom of the glass. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and some slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same but quite watery and slightly sour. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that seems to be suffering from a slight infection issue perhaps.

Sep 14, 2012
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Absumaster from Netherlands

4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown beer with a light head.

Smell is full of ripe dark fruit, lots of cherries. It makes the beer almost smell like a dark red wine. There is even some wood in the smell. Maybe some slight tart notes. Maybe even like a Vlaamse Bruine.

Taste is a great mix of ripe fruit and tartness. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy but not overly sweet and it balanced the tartness. Some wood is shining through. This is not a standard Belgian dark ale with the complex yeast profile and proves Belgians are still creative.

Jul 30, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear very dark reddish brown in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high beige head that quickly transitioned to a half finger high dense head and then gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of candi sugars and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the flavors are a bit stronger and there is also some sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer shares a lot of similarities with a dubbel, except that it is a little lighter-bodied on the palate and doesn’t have as much alcohol content. There is some sweetness, but it is not cloying. I would definitely pick up another bottle of this if I see it again.

Jun 21, 2012
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rarbring from Sweden

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew is dusky brown with red nuances, a warm off-white head leaving little lacing but good curtains.

A rather weak smell, porridge with nuts and apples, some dust.

Starting with brown bread, then forest fruits, blackberry, a small bitter grape-fruit peel finish.

Medium high carbonation, a fresh texture, good body and a lighty dry finish.

A malty yummy beer, goes very well with robust food.

Apr 25, 2012
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The half-inch, creamy dark beige head slowly turns rocky over a clear, dark brown beer with dark ruby highlights and minimal lacing. Initial tasting was with yeast in the bottle. A viscous film clings to the walls of a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Strong aromas begin with plum pudding and all of its ingredients. This is a very complex beer with dates up front and some vanilla and a background funkiness. However complex it may be, it lacks progressive layers.

Sweet malt permeates every sip of this beer. As expected, one will find plums, prunes, figs, dates, though little progression with warming and no real sensation of hops.

After adding yeast in the second half of the sample, I found little impact aside from clouding.

This is a smooth, almost slick, medium bodied beer with no real alcohol presence. Carbonation is soft and residual sugars are left on the lips.

An easy-drinking dark ale that pairs well with light conversation. While not quite a sessionable beer, if one takes their time, a second offering would be welcome.

Apr 21, 2012
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soulfly1492 from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark malts, brown and chocolate malt along with some lighter pilsner and Munich. Some floral hops. Mildly spicy yeast. Nice and worty.

Appearance: Dark brown, opaque. A nice lump of yeast falling out at the end of the pour. Head is light brown and dissipates leaving some foam that barely covers the surface. Lots and lots of sediment.

Taste: Sweet brown malt. Chocolate. Some mildly bitter European hops. Pleasant, but not much there. some yeast, a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Mild carbonation. Watery, a bit oily and a bit drying.

Overall: OK, but I was expecting more.

Apr 06, 2012
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BerkeleyBeerMan from California

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown hazy full bodied with little head.

Smells is of cocoa, figs, dates, and mild spice.

Taste sweet to the lips with a sugar and spice malt profile. Medium roasted malts. Hops as present at the label advertises but there is enough bitterness to keep the beer balanced

Mouthfeel: Finishes clean. Refreshing and balanced.

Overall: It is good and definitely is a good for a brown ale. Nothing too spectacular. Definitely drinkable. Not worth the price.

Nov 18, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I let this warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a nice, large, thick, foamy, frothy, fluffy, creamy, tan head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is an opaque brown with a little red and lots of sediment in suspension. Aroma is roast, cocoa, molasses, spice, yeast. Flavors almost exactly the same, just more intense plus a nice balance of carbonic tang and just enough sweetness. Body and carbonation are good. Beer is a little chewy. Finish is of average length and satisfying. Decent beer.

Nov 07, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this was quite an old bottle, picked up from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Dave promised that it was likely to be good and mellow, however, although any hop character it may have had was probably gone. Fair enough.

Pours a muddy, murky reddish brown colour, quite thick in the body, with a fine head of yellowish-white bubbles forming a persistent film across the top of the glass. Carbonation is insanely fine, and the body looks very thick to promote such languid, lethargic carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is indeed mellow, with sweet dark fruits and raisin characters forming the basis, with subtle aromatic spice characters coming through as well. Yeasty notes come through later, and the spice is really pleasantly attuned to give the hint that it's a bigger and more alcoholic brew than it is.

Taste is mellow and light-bodied, rather surprisingly. Dark dried fruit characters come out on the fore, along with a touchy, rather erratic sweetness like chalky caramel or carob. On the back, the age is indeed noticeable, with a limp, rather dry finish and a hint of wet cardboard oxidation.

It's interesting, but I think the warning was deserved—this feels certainly a little past its prime, although the base characters are worthy. It's certainly still drinkable at this age (Dave said probably two years), but I'd love to try it young as well.

Oct 13, 2011
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin khaki mousse. Honestly, I expected this beer to look a little more substantial.

S: Bink Bruin displays typical aromas of toffee, figs, prunes, and raisins. It gets extra points for not smelling sickly sweet.

T: Notes of toffee, cocoa, figs, prunes, raisins, dates, dark candy sugar, and earthy, tobacco-tinged hops are present. The flavor profile is more complex and assertive than I was expecting it to be, developing from the initial sensations of the nose in an exciting and unexpected fashion.

M: Feels neither weighty nor ponderous in the mouth. I found it to be medium-bodied or thereabouts.

O: I generally don't care for the lower strength Belgian dark ales, but this one quickly grew on me. In the end, Bink Bruin is just a pleasant, enjoyable beer that is sessionable by Belgian standards.

Oct 04, 2011
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer a week ago from the guy who works in the liquorstore near my place. Because i know he is a beerlover i gave him a few westy's and this was what he gave in return.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks as to be expected. Nice brown colour and a little head on top.

Sweet smell and dito taste wher the alcohol is well hidden. Not a spectacular beer but well made and very drinkable. Overall a good beer

Sep 04, 2011
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mactrail from Washington

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reddish brown in the wine glass. Has that classic candied fruit soup taste. Label raves about bringing hops back into Belgian brewing, but I don't think this will win friends. Sweet brown sugar flavor with a touch of vermouth. It does have some bitterness, but most of the flavor comes from the murky, musty funk. Peculiar fruitcake smell with something like artificial vanilla. If this is an authentic and historic beer, I bow down, but it reminds me why I keep vowing not to drink Belgian beers outside of their own land.

Sep 02, 2011
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bink Bruin

Pours a dark brown color with an off white collar. Aroma is very malty, with notes of dried dates, prunes and raisen all pulling through. In the taste, more dark fruits, a chocolatey maltyness and restrained bitterness. Very much in the dubbel vein, but alittle lighter in ABV. Dark fruits abound, with a caramelized, sugary maltyness. Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewey. Overall, a tasty little beer, worth revisiting.

Aug 18, 2011
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impending from California

3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl into tulip. Pours a deep cola reddish brown, minor head, minor lacing.

Aroma is strong of sweetened figs, very sweet with yeasty dark bread dough. Nice and spicy, more so than most dark ales. Similarities to St Bernadus Prior or St Feuillien Brune.

Taste not up to the level of the nose but has a surprising molasses note. Sweet but not overly so. Zero bitter. Minor phenols appear at the beginning of the aftertaste which fades rapidly. Thin creamy mouthfeel.

Jul 15, 2011
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