Bink Bruin | Brouwerij Kerkom

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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:
114
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
11.91%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours brown with a firm but quickly fading tan head with yellow tint;

Nose is banana, walnuts, sweet carmel and sugared coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium creamy and light/elegant carbonation. Well balanced.

Flavors are layered but simple. Burnt sugar; burnt toffee/carmel and a general pleasant roasted grain character with some sweetness underlying it all.

Finish is pleasant bitter and semi sweet coffee.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown cloudy body with some garnet highlights; the head declines to a ringlet leaving just a touch of lacing

Smell: Raisin bread, apple cake and an earthy, yeasty tone

Taste: Starts out with a rather bittersweet molasses and apple character which lasts through to the finish but fades; a touch of malty chocolate joins mid-palate; some musty tobacco bitterness on the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light for the style; decent carbonation

Drinkability: Good in a pinch but there are far better examples of the style out there

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy dirty brown looking ale with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is a mix between Belgian yeast and some malt. Taste is lighter then expected with again the Belgian yeast dominating that one with some enjoyable floral aspect. A bit disappointing or maybe just a middle of the pack Belgian Ale but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
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 oberon
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a decent head that leaves a trace amount of lace,nice spicey,clovey aroma with some molasses and orange in there as well very eye opening.Molassis is the dominant flavor I pick up up front with a little spiciness finishing with a little dried cherry but pretty abrupt.Like others who have reviewed this one I think its not to complex very straight forward but drinkable but I likely wont seek it out again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @ Armsby Abbey.

A: A large creamy 2+ finger head fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Dark mahogany brownish color with reddish hue and super hazy.

N: Some sweet malts, brown sugar and molasses, very light tangy fruit and sweet cherry from the yeast I assume, and it's also a little yeasty.

T: Starts again with sweet dark malts, caramel malts, brown sugar provides some semi sweetness, hints of fruit, quite a bit of raisin, toasty malts, some bitterness, and a smooth aged feel. A little yeasty. It's also a little spicy, like hot pepper spicey, which is really weird!

M: Pretty thick, smooth, good carbonation

F: Still lightly sweet with brown sugar, some rich porter, malts, and bitterness lingering. The spiciness really lingers with it. What IS that?!

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Significantly hazy, soft auburn-brown containing some rather large chunks that slowly settle to the bottom of the glass. The compact cap of light brown foam matches the background color of the label exactly. As it slowly expires, the head leaves very little lace. One or two meandering tendrils of dirty brown foam is about the extent of it.

The nose is multi-faceted with dark malt and spice leading the way. As far as which spices, I'd say that clove is most prominent and something equally as warm, cinnamon perhaps, is right there with it. There are subtle chocolate notes as well.

Unfortunately, the beer takes a major step downward on the palate. First of all, the body is surprisingly thin with a tonic water-like harshness. Despite the dark malty aroma, Bruin tastes undermalted and the flavor profile is two-dimensional with none of the depth or personality exhibited by the nose. It's also astringent to the point of being off-putting and those chocolate notes are now more reminiscent of bitter cocoa powder.

A mild sweetness attempts to fight through the bitterness, but it's ultimately a losing cause. The thin, not quite watery, body results in a perfunctory finish dominated by bitterness. At least the initially frenetic carbonation has settled down by midglass.

I wasn't overly thrilled with Bink Blond and Bruin is a lesser beer in my eyes. I'm beginning to realize that there are scads of great Belgian beers out there. Sadly, this one can't be counted among them.

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl slender brown bottle with a consumer before freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Two fingers of light tan foam settle to an appeasing lace, burgundy brown hue with some haze.

Smell: Soured woody notes bring a tartness to the nose, the yeast is in flux as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a soft smooth carbonation. Mild tart twang with brown bread malt flavours. The light hopping seems faded and a touch cheesy. Hint of warming alcohol shows a quick fruitiness. Some phenols and the yeast take a bite into the palate in the end and ride out the semi-dry finish.

Notes: A tasty little Bruin, delicate and somewhat flavourful with shaded complexities. A pumpernickel and smoked ham sandwich would be an ideal pairing.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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 ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

small, slender bottle, consume before dating notched onto the label. Pours murky/cloudy dark brown with a minimal off white head and some sediment on the bottom of the glass.. Average lacing, faint nose is yeasty/bready. this is an understated brown ale, chalky notes of juniper,spicy caramel, roasted nuts and more yeast. Interesting brew, worth a try for Belgian lovers.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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 GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/27/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. No freshness info on the bottle. Poured into my Duchesse goblet.

Apprearance- Chesnut-brownish colored hue. No real head, just a limited light ring. Leaves behind light spotted lace.

Smell- Toasted chocolate malt with some clove and maybe cardamon.

Taste- Not watery, but seems thin. Not really much taste here. Seems like some nestles quick malt powder. Tastes of light clove and nutmeg. Really rather boring.

Mouthfeel- A bit seltzery on the carbonation side. Thin texture as well.

Drinkability- This is just a boring bland ass beer. Nothing bad, but nothing worth sampling again.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.61 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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