Bink Bruin | Brouwerij Kerkom

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82
good
112 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom
Belgium
brouwerijkerkom.be

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
Ratings:
112
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HVH
2.19/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

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 Beginner2
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" pronounced this "creamy and toasty."
My Kerkom notes needed to be hunted down... as this Bruin again.

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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 YvesB
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travolta
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

At Moeder Lambic in Brussels.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

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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 Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of StephRai
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of risteardj
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of harsley
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Bink Bruin from Brouwerij Kerkom
3.6 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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