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Bink Bruin | Brouwerij Kerkom

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stcules on 01-28-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
110
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
14.72%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 110
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Westmalle chalice.

A: Very dark brown body. Head is tan colored and has fine bubbles.

S: Malty caramel notes, maybe the illusion of sweetness on the nose. Yeast aromatics complement the rich maltyness well.

T: Lighter tasting than expected from the aroma (but not from the stats and description). This has the malty caramel flavors from the aroma, but is fairly light. Yeast flavors come through behind the malt, and the bitterness is only enough to balance everything else. Flavorful easy drinking.

M: Fine bubbles, finishes a little sweet, which i think is appropriate.

D: Highly drinkable, flavorful and refreshing, maybe a little sweet on the finish, but I wouldn't mind having a few on these on a summer afternoon.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

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Photo of dgallina
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

333ml brown bottle dated best before 2/2006.

Poured dark mahogany with miniscule tan head, light lace. Smells of roasted caramel malt and nuts with undercurrents of toasted bread, somewhat bitter oak and vanilla. Rich caramel and toasted marshmallow in the mouth. Develops nutty notes in the center. Finishes very cleanly, leaving pleasant mouth-coating roasted malts and vanilla behind. Nice balance of carbonation and creaminess in the mouth. Very good!

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Photo of Absumaster
4.39/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut brown with a tall tan head that gently falls. It smells sweet and enticing, but I can't entirely work it out aside from the raisins. Rich raisin and caramel sweetness, that's also vinous. It seems stronger than it really is. (like Ebulum) As it warms up, it gets much more interesting, with vanilla and hazelnut highlights. It puts me in mind of a scaled-down Benevolence.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle dated best before 2/2006. Pours a clouded chestnut brown color with a generous beige head that lasts into the puffy foam stages. Mild earthy, peaty notes, dark, caramelly malt, hints of cocoa, and grain-like smells, like wheat stalks in the aroma. The yeast imparts a mild raisiny fruitiness. Overall impression on first sip is that it's thin, but it certainly doesn't lack character. Chocolate covered raisins and caramel notes in the malt, very sparse hopping, but a small leafy dryness shows up in the finish. It has some similar yeast qualities to the Winterkoninkske, I'm just wondering if it's part of a signature style of theirs, from a unique yeast strain. I'll find out soon enough, because the Blond and Bloesem are in my posession as well, awaiting imbibement. This is a nice gem of a beer, low ABV, yet chock full o' goodness.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby-brown, with a little tan head leaving some nice lace.

S: Christmas fruit cake. Caramel.

T: Chocolate covered cherries, bready malt and a little sherry. No perceptable hop bitterness... just dark malt. Balanced slightly to the sweet side (not at all cloying). Plenty of depth for its weight.

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: Should have broad appeal, easy/pleasant drinker.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured off of its solid sediment its a clear, deep mahogany brown with chestnut highlights beneath a full, creamy head of light tan foam that holds quite well but leaves only spotty lace. The nose is limited but complex in its combination of yeast and malts with varying notes of sublime cocoa, a dark fruitiness (raisins, berries), a subtle spiciness, and wet wood. It's medium-light and just lightly crisp in the mouth with a very fine and natural moderate carbonation. The taste follows the aroma but follows a tighter path with some dark and lightly sugary malt flavors and a subtle acidity but no fruitiness; and there are some grassy hops that appear although they're not found in the aroma. Undertones of smokey roastiness and black licorice are present as well, but never manifest themselves. It finishes semi-dry with some lingering, mild dark malt and a yeastiness without fruit.

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Photo of harpus
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - darkbrown slightly cloudy color, smooth foam, not very persistent.

S - great nose here: chocolate, nuts, dry fruits, a little of roasted, malty sweetness and licorice, this one when just opened and after the second poured.

T - smooth, harmonious, balanced taste: licorice, chocolate, something from citrus fruits and a good sense of bitterness in the end.

M - creamy, dusty and smooth. Low-medium body (maybe need more), not excessive carbonation.

D - very drinkable

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of aleyeast
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a very good drinking Belgian Dark Ale.

Poured an excellent Dark brown with reddish highlights, nice medium tan head. Nose is slight yeast and sweet malt. Taste is deeper than I thought for the abv, but mostly malty sweet with slight sour taste that balances out the sweetness.

This is a highly drinkable brown from a brewery that seems to produce very good drinkable beers. I would definitely recommend a try on this one and I would buy it again in quantity to keep on hand.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark, russety-brown color, with reddish tinges, below a good layer of creamy, bubbly froth.
Aroma: creamy, with notes of cocoa, nuts, coffee, dark, yet sweet flavors.
Taste: small amount of hops on the palate, with a huge, and tasty portion of maltiness. Wonderful wash of dark fruity flavors, sweet, succulent. A slight coppery tinge occurs, but doesn't spoil the taste. Medium body, nice, long finish, a wonderful brown ale, one I wouldn't mind having again and again, if it weren't for the price ($4.59 is what I paid for an 11.2 oz bottle).
Flavor gets richer, fuller, tastier, thicker as it develops...put this one in the "plus file", fellers.

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Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz

Bink bruin pours a deep mahogany brown color with bright highlights and rim shine. It sports a small off white head that dissipates quickly and leaves patches while it thins out. The nose is classic Belgian dubbel, sweet chocolate and caramel malt, subtle notes of roasted coffee, cream and cherry. Its flavor is rich and smooth, big chocolate and toasted malts, brown sugar, slight Belgian spice/yeast and maple syrup. It has a nice medium body that thickens slightly as it warms, very bright carbonation like root beer. A very nice beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is super-dark, almost black, with a terrific-looking brown retentive head.

Smell – The gigantic burnt toast aroma leaps from the glass even when cold. The yeast and dough notes are there as well.

Taste – The burnt toast and baked bread are what caught my attention at the taste. It’s a lot like picking at a yeast ball that’s rising. There’s also quite a bit of brown sugar flavors to this one as well.

Mouthfeel – This ale is on the light side of medium-bodied. I thought it needed a bit more structure to carry along these huge, sharp flavors.

Drinkability – This is a good BDA that’s on the fringe. It’s simple and lacks the complexity of other examples of the style but is very direct and a solid drinker.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out fine with a yellowbrown head and beer has a deepbrown almost black color with bordeauxred shine from lights. Head not too stable and soon dissappeared. Nose is very caramellic, sweet, roasty and just litle citrussyfruit from hops and yeast. Taste is burnt, sweet caramellic malty and a bitter aftertaste in wich hops and roast dominate. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and inviting to take antother sip too please your tastingpupils. Good beer that I'll drink again!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With this brew, a beautiful thick head sits atop a slightly reddish, dark and hazy brown liquid. The aroma is intensely chocolate and very malty. There’s just a little fruit and yeast in the smell, and it’s otherwise very clean. The taste is sweet, with a little caramel and moderately roasted malts coming through, in addition to the chocolate flavor. The beer is a little chalky and grainy in the mouthfeel, but is otherwise full and satisfying. This is a good Belgian brew that spotlights the roasted malts.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance&gt; Beauty! This nice modern take on the tulip glass (served at La Trappe, SF) is showing off the Bruin perfectly! The ale is dark, dark brown with a big pale, chocolate head. Slightest smidgen of lacing.

Smell&gt; heyouge yeast aroma and some sweet malt notes also.

Taste&gt; Sweet start, sours a bit, big malty punch, and a toasty hang.

Mouf&gt; pretty good

Drinkability&gt; darn drinkable. Couldn't wait to pair it with mussels... which I promptly then had to order and devour (even though I had just finished dinner)... Good stuff.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly, like most dark ales I've had. Lacing is negligible.

Smells of roasted malt, candied sugar, plums, and some other esters. Taste follows suit, with roasted malt being predominant. Sugar and chocolate follow, along with some metallic phenols. Good balance between the bitter roasted malt and sweet sugar.

Mouthfeel is decent--thick with noticeable carbonation.

Though I was a bit disappointed in it at first (I had incredibly high expectations I had after trying other Kerkom brews), this is a pretty decent, drinkable bruin ale.

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Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. It is different than the one pictured here.

It pours a dark, dark blackish brown with a dark red raspberry hue when held to light. Th head is big, foamy and off-white and produces some decent lacing as it recedes.

The smell is super fruity and yeasty. It is predominately tart cherries and dark dried fruits like raisins and dates. It also has some caramel, sugar, and dark bread.

Teh flavor is interesting. It is very earthy and spicy with even a bitter hop note. It has a very medicinal and herbal flavor with a slight hint of caramel sweetness. Some malted barley comes in on the finish. It isn't bitter, but it isn't sweet. It is just a very herbal and satisfying brew.

It is a creamy brew and goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. Generous 2/06 expiration date.
It pours a muddy brown color with a one finger off-white head and very little lacing.
A dried hay and oaky smell dominate, while a light smell of earth and barn are noticed with some concentration.
The malt has a distinct wheaty taste. Light notes of sweet caramel appear as it warms. The hops have a light citrus bite and mild metallic tang. A bit of an astringent camphor taste blends with the light alcoholic fuminess.
Bink is a style of its own. Maybe a cross breed of Brown Ale, Trappist and Hefe-Weizen?

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