Bink Bruin | Brouwerij Kerkom

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82
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115 Ratings
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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:
115
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 75
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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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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Bink Bruin from Brouwerij Kerkom
3.6 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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