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%
 
 
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7
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3
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 110
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 1759Girl
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance> 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> heyouge yeast aroma and some sweet malt notes also.

Taste> Sweet start, sours a bit, big malty punch, and a toasty hang.

Mouf> pretty good

Drinkability> 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 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 ne0m00re
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap in a snifter glass at Quenchers in Chicago.
A: Deep red brown with a thin lace and good collar.
S: Moldy hopleaf (like grass), raisins, brown sugar, orange zest and grapefruit with oats.
T: Almost the exact same as the smell; I was suprised by the lack of tartness, but there was an underripe fruit character to it. Also, there was a slight cranberry and cherry flavor.
M: Slightly syrupy, but really frothy.
D: Really good.

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Photo of ibbjamin
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Paid $4.99 for an 11.2oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Poured into a Bruery Tulip to review.

Nice sized light tan head that is frothy and pillowey. Dark raisin in color. Only a small ring of retention on the inner rim of the tulip. No lacing.

Nose is somewhat muted of dark fruit (fig, white grape and raisin and biscuity malt. I detect this is going to fizzy and lighter bodied. Not getting much sour notes from this which I am accustomed to in a bruin.

Taste is mild with mainly dark fruits and some Belgian yeast. Some bready hints.

Mouth is light and fizzy. Quite carbonated. Lacks the silky mouthfeel that other great Belgians have nailed down.

This beer seems to be having an identity crisis and is too light in flavor for the pricetag. Perhaps would be a good stepping stone into the realm of Belgian Dark Ales.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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 jeranbrews
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Nice frothy finger of sand brown head. Some continued carbonation. Slightly cloudy dark beer bottle brown color. Not much lacing

S - Bready smells. Yeasty ( in a sour way) like a German bakery. Nice, rich smells.

T - Initial taste were malty and sweet but it moved very quickly to a harsh bitter sour taste. Too much dry hopping I wonder. It had a harsh aftertaste both hoppy and sour.

M - A bit loose but still a nice pleasant beer, what you'd expect from Belgium.

D - Not baaad, but not great. Needs to be paired well.

Watch out for that last bit of yeast in the bottle. It's harsh.

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells mildly of dark fruits - plums and raisins - with an underlying sweetness and a decidedly earthy quality.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muddled malt flavors up front are joined quickly by over-ripe dark fruits. Near the end of the sip a mineral harshness comes out before fading into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished the bottle but I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is far from being undrinkable but it seems to be missing a certain refinement.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

deep dark color with ruby tints. Small head and lace.

The aroma of grapes,dark fruit and malts.

The taste starts off with the dark fruit/grape flavor then you get dates and raisin hints. The malts and come through with a hint of alcohol.

the feel was medium body,low carbonation and decent balance.

Notes: It was an o.k. beer with a respectable blance,but it was not worth the 3.75 that I paid for it. It is not just about the price,it just does not measure up with others of this style.
For me it was a one time deal.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found a bottle of this beer that was on sale for 1.00, so no clue as to how old this is but it was next to an 05 Vichtenaar. Let's see if this one is going to be quite as aged and sour.

Poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer comes out a deep dark reddish brown with an off white head that somewhat quickly dissipates to a thin layer of lace that sticks to the glass.

Aromas are sweet dark malt and cocoa.

The flavor is malty, coffee bitterness comes in late. Quite a bit of oxidation in there as well. Not really much fruit in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is slightly medium to slightly full with ample carbonation.

Overall this is a maltier version of a Belgian Dark Ale. I thought I was getting a true Flanders Bruin, but this certainly is not a sour beer.

Ink a bink a bottle of bink pop the cap and take a drink.
Hey, It would make a good slogan!

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Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Binker poured a dark and dangerous mahogany brown into the Corsendonk tulip, plenty of tan head and goblets of lace.

A small aroma of Belgium yeast, spicy and malty. Dark fruit dominates in the quaff, bit of black pepper under the sheets, all mixed the backbone of the classic Belgium yeast taste. A bit of musty funk lingers around, distracting from the overall goodness of this brew.

The body is medium with the finish sharp, crisp and spicy. Solid brew all the way around, but just a bit woody by bottle end.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with virtually no head. Nose is soft with brown sugar, baked desserts, and maybe some ginger & vanilla. Palate is in line with the nose, rather sweet with brown sugar and baked goods again. Body is disappointingly thin and finish is rather muted.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle.

Poured a deep and murky brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of apples, plums, raisins, some yeast and it also has a light spiciness. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, light yeast, and wood. Tastes on the weaker side compared to the aromas.

Notes from 6/20/06

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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 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 dsa7783
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 11.2 oz bottle copped from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a dense, thick, dark-brown hue with hardly any head and no lacing...
Thick aroma replete with figs, prunes, and rich malts...
Deep, dark flavor rendolent of dates, figs, rich malts, hints of chocolate, mocha, and pudding...
Thick mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability thanks to the modest 5.5% ABV...
Not bad, but nothing above and beyond...

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Photo of Stimack
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this brew up the other day and thought I would give it a try. It poured to a deep brown color with a smallish medium colored tan head which had very slight retention and no real lacing, only a slight sheen at the top of the glass. Nose has a nice malt scent with some fruit highlights and a slight alcohol like aroma. Also some sour aromas come out which seem to go together quite nicely with the malt. The taste is also quite nice, not as complex as I would have thought. Nice malt flavors with a slight sourness that is so ever light. As the brew warms a slight alcohol flavor comes out mixed with some dark fruit like cherries. This is a pretty good brew, I guess I was expecting it to have a little more to it but it is a very easy drinking brew and seems to get a little better as it warms closer to room temp. Overall this is a nice brew, one I would get again.

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Photo of deeplennon
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Carbonation from the bottle was woeful.. though I may have an old bottle as my label was different then the picture above and the brewers website.

I have to echo the sentiments of the last reviewer, this beer is very one dimensional, with that dimension being malt sweetness. There's enough Belgian yeast character present to make it clear that you're not drinking an American brew but beyond that not much to speak of. More carbonation in my bottle at least would've improved the mouthfeel a lot.

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Photo of John_M
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was told by Casey at Max's that the they were/are the first to get this beer in on draft. I guess that's a good thing....

The beer pours an impressive looking brown color with a hint of orange. The beer has nice head retention with very good lacing. On the nose I get very little... just a bit of sweet malt. On the palate this beer is very simple and one dimensional. Granted, the flavors are pleasing, but the beer is very malty with little hop presence. The beer has a pleasant mouth feel, with good if very simple flavors of plum and cola. Finish is fine, if nothing special.

A good beer, but nothing special. The beer is drinkable enough, though the beer sheet at Casey's indicated the abv. is 7.5%, rather then the 5.5% noted in this review. Not that I'm an expert, but based on what I tasted tonight, the 7.5% seems more likely.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$3.79 at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA. in March, 2007. 11.2 oz bottle.

Pours a clean clear brown, a slight head with almost no carbonation. Aroma is slightly sweet, lightly roasty chocolate. Flavor continues with a more pronounced hop bite, as suggested on the label "[the brewer] has determined single handedly to bring real hops back into Belgian brewing". Not that I knew this was a problem, but OK. For me, these dark ales are more about malt and yeast and complex flavors derived therein, not hops. It's decent enough, but does not really interest me.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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 BlackHaddock
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33ml bottle, best before 02/2006? Drank 03/2007.

Poured into a Straffe Hendrik bowl glass. It looked wonderful for about 20 seconds, sadly the full beige foaming head which appeared on pouring, just legged it to a wispy, half covering of the very dark hamogany red/black body.

No big aroma from my bottle, burnt malts and sweet caramel, but nothing very strong.

Sweet, burnt malts and caramel follow on into the taste from the aroma, the taste is not over sweet, but it is not a bitter, sour brown flavour.

Not the strongest, most flavoursome or thickest brown around, in fact it is almost watery, but that would be unfair, it is average for it's style.

Would I have another if I come across it somewhere? Yes, but I won't pay for it.

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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 jettjon
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the small 33 cl (11.2 oz) bottle, pours into the cervoise very dark brown and ruby red, nearly opaque. Sediment appears in the bottle of the bottle, but not in the pour. Very few, tiny bubbles rise to fuel a 2-finger head of brown-tan foam that rapidly fades to a bit of scattered foam, a solid rim, and light lacing along the glass. Yeasty/bready nose, with a definite cherry, almost candy-like fruit presence. Sweet up front like liquid candy with a similar consistency, moving toward mild hops, moderately bitter/sour. Finishes with cherry notes. After a few sips, the flavor seems to become more muddled toward a milky/sour flavor. I thought the hops presence was a lot lower than the bottle hype claimed. Consistency is nice and smooth, viscous but stopping short of creaminess. There are no bubbles on the mouth and subsequently it tastes a bit flat. Drinkability is better than average, but 11.2 oz was enough for me. This is a beer to be sipped in my opinion.

Overall: A good but unremarkable dark ale. The cherry-infused nose is the best part, and the flavor is good but seems to become quickly muddled. Worth a try.

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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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