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Bink Bruin | Brouwerij Kerkom

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Brouwerij Kerkom

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 01-28-2003

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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 75
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 soulfly1492
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Dark malts, brown and chocolate malt along with some lighter pilsner and Munich. Some floral hops. Mildly spicy yeast. Nice and worty.

Appearance: Dark brown, opaque. A nice lump of yeast falling out at the end of the pour. Head is light brown and dissipates leaving some foam that barely covers the surface. Lots and lots of sediment.

Taste: Sweet brown malt. Chocolate. Some mildly bitter European hops. Pleasant, but not much there. some yeast, a bit peppery.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Mild carbonation. Watery, a bit oily and a bit drying.

Overall: OK, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown hazy full bodied with little head.

Smells is of cocoa, figs, dates, and mild spice.

Taste sweet to the lips with a sugar and spice malt profile. Medium roasted malts. Hops as present at the label advertises but there is enough bitterness to keep the beer balanced

Mouthfeel: Finishes clean. Refreshing and balanced.

Overall: It is good and definitely is a good for a brown ale. Nothing too spectacular. Definitely drinkable. Not worth the price.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

Apparently this was quite an old bottle, picked up from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco. Dave promised that it was likely to be good and mellow, however, although any hop character it may have had was probably gone. Fair enough.

Pours a muddy, murky reddish brown colour, quite thick in the body, with a fine head of yellowish-white bubbles forming a persistent film across the top of the glass. Carbonation is insanely fine, and the body looks very thick to promote such languid, lethargic carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is indeed mellow, with sweet dark fruits and raisin characters forming the basis, with subtle aromatic spice characters coming through as well. Yeasty notes come through later, and the spice is really pleasantly attuned to give the hint that it's a bigger and more alcoholic brew than it is.

Taste is mellow and light-bodied, rather surprisingly. Dark dried fruit characters come out on the fore, along with a touchy, rather erratic sweetness like chalky caramel or carob. On the back, the age is indeed noticeable, with a limp, rather dry finish and a hint of wet cardboard oxidation.

It's interesting, but I think the warning was deserved—this feels certainly a little past its prime, although the base characters are worthy. It's certainly still drinkable at this age (Dave said probably two years), but I'd love to try it young as well.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a thin khaki mousse. Honestly, I expected this beer to look a little more substantial.

S: Bink Bruin displays typical aromas of toffee, figs, prunes, and raisins. It gets extra points for not smelling sickly sweet.

T: Notes of toffee, cocoa, figs, prunes, raisins, dates, dark candy sugar, and earthy, tobacco-tinged hops are present. The flavor profile is more complex and assertive than I was expecting it to be, developing from the initial sensations of the nose in an exciting and unexpected fashion.

M: Feels neither weighty nor ponderous in the mouth. I found it to be medium-bodied or thereabouts.

O: I generally don't care for the lower strength Belgian dark ales, but this one quickly grew on me. In the end, Bink Bruin is just a pleasant, enjoyable beer that is sessionable by Belgian standards.

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

I got this beer a week ago from the guy who works in the liquorstore near my place. Because i know he is a beerlover i gave him a few westy's and this was what he gave in return.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks as to be expected. Nice brown colour and a little head on top.

Sweet smell and dito taste wher the alcohol is well hidden. Not a spectacular beer but well made and very drinkable. Overall a good beer

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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 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 impending
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl into tulip. Pours a deep cola reddish brown, minor head, minor lacing.

Aroma is strong of sweetened figs, very sweet with yeasty dark bread dough. Nice and spicy, more so than most dark ales. Similarities to St Bernadus Prior or St Feuillien Brune.

Taste not up to the level of the nose but has a surprising molasses note. Sweet but not overly so. Zero bitter. Minor phenols appear at the beginning of the aftertaste which fades rapidly. Thin creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Noctilucus
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite fine, dark brown beer, nothing spectacular but a decently solid taste for a beer of 5.5% ABV.

Malty with a hint of roast. Sometimes described as a scotch but less bitter than I would expect, quite smooth. Neither the sweetness nor the bitterness are overdone, striking a good balance.

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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 GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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 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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Bink Bruin from Brouwerij Kerkom
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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