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

This beer poured a nice dark brown with a fairly thick hard ahts slowly subsided to very nice lacing.
The aroma was very mild, I could pick up hops , malts and a hint of yeast, but little else
The flavor was reasonably complex, reasonably malty with hints of yeasts molasses and spices. Hops is clearly present adding some bitterness and considerable dryness. teh finish has a mild touch of alcohol taste to it.
I generaly enjoyed this beer and would drink it again.
I drank it with a blue cheese pasta dish which acompanied it very well, though I tasted it and took notes before eating the pasta. The cheese dulled the bitterness, and made me percieve this beer as slightly sweeter which I personaly prefered.

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Photo of Jredner
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a collage of sweet fruits and malts. Cloudy brown with a large (two fingers thick) but mostly fading head. Flavor is very malty in the fore with some almost chalky peanut skin flavors int he middle. Quite nutty flavors are present in fact with a perfect compliment of darker fruits like raisins and especially dates. I found it to be quite flavorful and appealing if just a bit narrow in the flavor range.

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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 brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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 oberon
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
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 genaro
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bink Bruin was opaque brown with a 1/2 head with no lace. The aroma was pretty busy - yeasty, grassy at first, then sweeter with elements of molasses and caramel as it warmed. The taste was smooth with some fruitiness to it as well as traces of molasses and a decent bite. The finish was dry, yeasty, and chalky. A pretty good Belgian for people such as myself whose palates aren't attuned to the subtleties of many Belgian beers.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of Chsyhkr
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure what this beer is supposed to be, an artisanal brown ale or a Dubbel?

It fits neither very well.

Aroma is of malt and an interesting nuttiness

Pours a nice amber mahogany with a light tan head that lasts.

Flavor is not what expected, no sourness of a Oud Bruin and no rich caramel maltiness of a Dubbel. Quite bitter for a Belgian beer with a metallic aftertaste.

At 3.49 I would pick anything else. This beer is either mislabeled or doesn't travel well or both.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.76/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured chunky amber brown. The head was white and lasted a nanosecond, but did leave a small bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma was mostly MIA. Slight roasted aroma.

The flavor was also pretty meek. Bitterness in the flavor was definitely present. Some astrigency.

The finish was dry and bitter and the aftertaste was fairly astringent. The body was medium.

This beer was not awful, nor was anything particularly off about it, but it had very little in the way of character and complexity. At $4.39 a bottle I expected much more. Skip it!

11.2 ounce bottle.

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

Pours with a thick, pale brown two-fingered head, fades very slowly but leaves hardly any lace. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Color is a cloudy amber. Nose is raisiny and overall flavor is raisiny with a hint of hops. Pricey, $4.30 for a 330ml bottle.

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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 Loki
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 11.5 oz bottle with numbers marked out on the sides that I couldn't figure out. Maybe this bottle was over the hill, I hope so. b/c at $3.96 for a 11.5oz bottle this was definitely not worth it.

Poured a dark, dark brown with an inch thick creamy, light beige head with lots of bubbles and small dark brown spots in the head. I don't know if it was sediment or what, but the brown spots looked like freckles, moles, or melanoma on untanned skin. It was almost a little disturbing.

The smell was more perfume and fruit than the blond, with wheat and sweet malt undertones.

The taste was very dry with bitter hops and malt. It left my mouth very dry, almost unpleasantly dry. Medium body with a ton of carbonation that was slightly creamy on the tongue, but that was quickly erased.

I sampled the Blond and the Bruin back to back from the same company and I hope they were both over the hill b/c I was very excited to try them. They would have to retail for $3.96 a piece for an 11.5oz bottle and with the taste profile I experienced it would be a tough sale.

If anyone can figure out the cryptic number system on the bottle that I assume is some freshness, best before, or best after dating system please let me know.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before date of 10-06
Pours a dark, hazy brown, murky w/ chunks and a tall, tan head that receads to a blanket over the beer. Aroma is of clean, fruity melon and brown malt with some light yeasty notes.
Taste is grainy and chalky w/ flavors of over-toasted bread with great grassy hop presence and only the faintest hint of sourdough. Not as sweet as expected but not as tart either or disappointing.
Medium bodied with a different sort of roasty, hoppy character.
Postscript: I tried another and liked it less than the first. I took it down a peg in Drinkability because I just wouldnt seek it out again. Worth trying tho.

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 stcules
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colour (like coca-cola...), with a beige and creamy foam, almost as a stout. Smell sweet of sugar (like candy floss), quite sickly. Taste of caramel, but with a commendable contrast between sweet and bitter (hop and chicory). Body medium-low.

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Bink Bruin from Brouwerij Kerkom
3.6 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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