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Bink Blond | Brouwerij Kerkom

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Bink BlondBink Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 03-26-2003

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i understand a skunky or oxidized beer in a bottle coming over from belgium, but that shouldnt be the case in the kegs. this beer was weird to me in that it tasted stale and sort of old, despite being poured on tap. i thought kegs were more resilient to that stuff. still not bad, but i was excited to see one of these on draft, and higher expectation. a hazy darker graham cracker colored pour to this, definitely a shade or two darker than what i think when i think "blonde". the head is very dense and thick, just off white, over an inch high, and lasting in the globe the entire time it takes me to drink the hazy beer beneath it. the nose is slightly stale belgian pils malt, or something like it, should be lighter than it is. maybe a hint of slightly toasted bready malt, but its minimal. yeast is tame for what it is, but there is still some nice spiciness to it, with a sort of white pepper and clove complexion, still behind the grain. some bubblegum notes in here as well, a little sweeter than normal for the style, and absolutely richer. its full bodied for what it is, a little sweet, and creamy as can be. an interesting take on the style i suppose, for me it tasted old and tired, not sure why in the keg. my least favorite of their beers so far.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" says this Blond "is refreshing, with a firm fruity sweetness in the middle and resiny hop flavors drying into a cleansing finish. A more sophisticated name might befit such a Martini-like beer."
As for my review, I can't find my notes... but will hunt the beer again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 11.2 fl oz bottle. Sampled on December 19, 2015.

Your basic orange-amber pour with little to no head.

Nice toasted bread aroma with Belgian yeast and light spice.

Smooth but light to medium body.

The taste has a typical Belgian yeast and biscuit character. Bitterness is decent at the end.. Nothing special but not bad.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into chalice

Pours a hazy brown orange

Aroma of malt and a lot of pine, apricot

Taste of malts, fruits, flavor changes as it warms

Medium body

Nice beer

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a bit of yeast. Taste is malty, light fruits, some hops are present, refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but not as flavorful as a Belgian ale ought to be.

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Photo of macpapi
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color with a pretty full and long-lasting white head. There are also a few flecks of sediment that quickly plunge to the bottom of the glass. Overall, this is a very nice-looking beer.

Smell is very sweet. Belgian yeast and candied sugar are there at the start. Those aromas are followed by the distinctive presence of fruit--orange, maybe apricot. There are also floral hints here as well.

Taste is dominated by sweetness. Candied sugar and strong fruit presence are notable. They are complimented by a bit of peppery spice and some hop bitterness. There is a good deal of maltiness as well--this is not a terribly thin-bodied beer.

Moderate carbonation with a nice bit of bite on the palate. Nice full-flavored presence.

This is a nice beer on the whole. It is relatively low a.b.v., but it certainly packs a nice punch of flavor. For the style, I think this is a very well-done and well-crafted brew. A very nice and session worthy Belgian Pale.

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Photo of Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Really interesting Belgium ale. Pour was cloudy, orange and the head was superb; about 1/2 inch and held nicely through the tasting. Smell was yeasty with just a hint of hop aromatics. Smooth, malty, fruity finish with a slightly tart bitterness at the finish. Very refreshing beer. This one has grown on me over the last few years. A few of my friends that don't typically like Belgium ales liked this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice balance between fruity and hoppy characteristics.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good head. A ring of lace after every sip. Very impressive actually. Very cloudy. Orange tinge to the dirty gold color.

Earthy and yeasty are the first smells I detect. There's an element of lavender as well. I do not sense any hop or grain.

Plenty of Belgian yeast in this beer--it's the predominant taste. There's a creamy and mildly sour finish. Short lived. Rich body and a low level of carbonation.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

is this a blonde? a pale ale? or a light saison? it's got a little of them all in it, but if I had to choose one, I'd say saison - on the mellower side

the liquid is a dank, hazy blonde/light-creme-orange. ridiculous head retention - poured the beer and had to go away for a good 10 min, came back and the head was still tight and full, 1/2" high. pretty impressive

aromas of bready pale malt, creme-y mango and lemon, and a healthy portion of musty/musky spice come forth with a bit of gusto and the same flavors liven up a bit more on the palate. i could swear there's a good portion of wheat in this considering the degree of fluffy softness on the tongue. could be getting a bit of malt sweetness in the end as well.

i believe this bottle is/was in the ballpark of 9+ months old, which would account for the fact that, despite numerous testments to its relative assertive hop presence, I didn't get much of a notable bitterness, while some hop flavor may very well have been intact, perhaps similar to a Styrian Goldings?...

this isn't terribly dry and it's hardly spicy-sharp, which is nice. a nice, satisfying, smooth-ass, tasty Belgian pale whatever. surprisingly good.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high frothy bright white head that died down a bit but consistently left a layer of bubbles covering the surface, a thick collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian and fruity yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some additional notes of sweet malts and hints of peppery spices and honey. The spices become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer nearly rivals the complexity of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale but is lighter in body and very easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a waft of perfume and an anchor of honey malt, this obscure Belgian blonde ale doesn't shy away from the flavors and aromas that make the style great.

Firmly capped with a creamy white foam, the beer beneath shows a burnish copper color with significant yeasty haze. Stubborn retention and ambitious lacing gives this ale its uniquely Belgian appearance.

Very floral and perfumy with spicy notes of citrus and tropical fruits, honey suckle, lavender, cinnamon, clove, and pear. The light honeyish malt aroma gives a candied scent to the fruity scents from yeast and hops.

Honey and thin caramel carry through the taste with an herbal hop taste that transcends floral character and delivers the taste of tea leaves, dried oranges, lemons, sweet basil and mint. Malt flavors trail at mid palate and hop flavors trend bitter as the beer progresses toward a crisp and pleasantly snappy finish.

Medium bodied, the impression of sweetness casues the mouth to interpret the weight, despite the bubby carobnation doing its job to lift the beer from the tongue. Still, light acidity, fleeting malt, hop dryness and the minty warmth of alcohol closes the beer with finess and complexity.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Smells pleasant enough. Pils and Vienna malts, moderate apricot, oranges, lots of spicy phenols, banana and clove, mild caramel and wheat. Lots here really.

Appearance: I saw the huge chunks in the bottle before I poured. Knowing this, I poured extra gentle and stopped early, yet I still have many huge chunks floating about the glass. I generally like an unfiltered or bottle fermented brew, but sorry, not a fan of this. I see some bright gold liquid between the chunks. Little white head, no retention, and no lacing. Ignoring the chunks, the brew is moderately hazy.

Taste: Lots of pilsner malt, spicy yeast, some apricot and spicy clove. Aftertaste is mostly yeast and mild sulfur. Hops are citrus and floral, although welcome, it's not what I was expecting from a Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Oily and creamy. Finishes just a bit dry from the hops. Very mild carbonation. Mildly warming.

Overall: Not bad for a Bink. Pleasant hops, just a touch of sulfur in the aftertaste is the downside here. Wouldn't get it again, although I'm enjoying it on the way down.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Foggy brown-ish orange with some yellow. Big white foamy head. Some lacing.

S - Very buttery and banana. Nice cloves too. It's Belgian!

T - Decently bland... Not too much "bam" flavor... Thin and underwhelming.

M - Thin. Watery. Slight bitterness.

O - Not recommended. Not too much is going on with this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a two-finger head that leaves a few streaks behind

Smell: Apple, orange and a touch of apricot; undertones of medicinal phenols and some earthy hops

Taste: A rather sweet and fruity blend, up front, with the herbaceous and earthy hops arriving by mid-palate; both sweet and hoppy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not the best example of the style but decent enough to seek out

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Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 10/26/11.

A - Poured into a Bink tulip a clear golden/amber hue with a one finger head that leaved nice side lacing.

S - Fair malts with a light, crisp hop finish. Slight yeasts/spice.

T - The flavour is mostly semi-sweet malts with a light bitter hop finish. Light esters.

M - Smooth, light carbonation. A bit too sweet for my liking.

O - This Belgian pale ale was a bit too sweet for my liking. Could stand to use a bit more fruit or hops.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky orange with a large white head that sinks into great lacings.

S: Yeast and spices. Grassy grainy malt, only semi-sweet. Sour. Hoppy.

T: Grainy dry malt, rather hoppy. Grassy and citric notes. Yeast and spices. Cloves and wheat. There's a faint off-taste of corn ?!?!

M: Long sour dry aftertaste with a medium to light body moderately carbonated.

O: A bit too sour to be a great BPA. Not bad though.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold with a thick whitish head. Looks solid and rather imposing for a lower strength Belgian pale ale.

S: Appetizing aromas of spicy, herbal hops, caramel, biscuits, and yeast make this beer seem immediately inviting.

T: Notes of caramel, lemon, orange, pineapple, herbs, cream, and tart yeast follow a short, mildly tart entry. Finishes in a rather dry and straight-forward fashion with notes of citrus and herbal hops dominating on the brief fade.

M: Not overwhelming in the mouth, this beer falls somewhere between light and medium-bodied, but is perhaps a little closer to the former than to the latter.

O: Bink Blond is straight-ahead, but is highly enjoyable in its way. I feel that this one would be a good gateway ale for those just getting into the Belgian styles.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a hazy honey gold with a small head. There is some sediment floating in the glass.

The nose is bright and floral, with aromas of honey, hops, and cloves.

The taste is a little bizarre, actually. It starts quite hoppy, then gives way to a syrupy honey flavor, then Belgian malts, and finally a barnyard flavor. There is a long finish of constantly shifting flavors.

Overall, this is a complex, well crafted beer, but some of the flavors are so unexpected as to be a little off putting. Nicely made, but one may be enough.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The head on this beer is fantastic! Tightly packed, bright white and leaves a nice lacing. The color is light gold to dark yellow and only slightly hazy.

S - Sour apple, parsley and white wine qualities. Also a light, musty hop aroma. No doubt a hoppy Belgian.

T - More hop influence in the taste. Begins with sweet cereal bit and turns bitter quickly. Light fruit and leafy hop flavors throughout. The finish is a bit harsh, like bitter greens.

M - Light in body, but a creamy carbonation helps fill out the mouthfeel.

O - Not bad for a hoppy Belgian, which is often not a great mix, IMO. Dry with a nice fruit flavor. My only complaint is an overly bitter finish.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a slightly hazy looking golden color. The head was a little sticky leaving a decent lacing down the glass. The smell had a light funk to it but had a good yeast aroma with some hops in there too. The taste was a little bitter upfront followed by some funky aftertastes. The mouthfeel is drinkable. Not overly sure how much I like this brew but I suppose it's a good start for someone looking into the style.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought in a sample six-of Limburg-region beers brewed, Bink is the only one I reconize.
Poured into my new Hommel Bier glass, amber-blond tones brew.
Beautiful full light tan head fills the glass, nice appearnce, around the edges a bit of ruby tones apparent. Lacing is medium. Good lookin' blond!
On the nose,--Clove, sour apple, flowers, malt hops, fermentated fruits, grain, sweet-sour in good balance. Peach, orange, wild grain, grass, --this is in the same category as Leffe?
As warming takes it's place, yeasty peppers and alcohol esthers add a nice touch of spice. Beginning in summer fruitiness, ening in grassy freshness and yeasty wild-peppers? I think quite a good beer has been discovered here.
Flavor does not dissapoint-clove,flower,pepper,spice,apple,sour fruit, yeast-grain mustiness, lemon,orange, cherry.
The complexity/medium ABV balance create quite an enjoyable brew.
Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of robhunta
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a crisp lear light orange with 3 fingers of eggshell colored head. disipates in a couple minutes.

S - I get doughy fruity belgian yeast with nice hops aromas

T - starts with the flavors of belgian yeast, though I found it a bit watery, finishes with a strong bitter hops taste.

M - clean crisp smooth light

O - Overall I thought this was a good beer, drinks well with nice flavors and balance, but I did find it a tad bit watery.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is golden yellow and the head is very nice. I liked the scents of yeast and mild hops, with a bouquet throughout. Taste was along the same lines, with a slight sweetness added to the experience. The balance here is incredible. Felt nice taking healthy gulps from it's custom glass, carbonation is healthy and welcome. An incredibly drinkable beer for a specialty beer, and one I wish I had more ready access to.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an old bottle that has been in my reefer forever, predating my move over two years ago. I have no idea where it came from, since I thought that it might have been from my last visit to Europe in December 2001, but it had Shelton Bros. labels on it, so it may have been a gift or a purchase.

I poured carefully so as not to stir up any sediment and I still got better than a finger's worth of tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd musty bubble gum-like scent. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant tang on the tongue. It was slightly sweet, but the yeast was imparting an interesting spiciness also. The finish was tending towards dry, but I could still taste some sweetness on the extreme finish. This really aged well and I am glad that I decided to give it a shot.

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Bink Blond from Brouwerij Kerkom
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