Bink Blond
Brouwerij Kerkom

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #16
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,658
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 9.95%
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
146
From:
Brouwerij Kerkom
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  12
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish beige with a tight foamy head, some good retaining lace on the glass. Smelled a bit brash with hops, grain and yeast. Quite fragrant.

Smooth, bottle conditioned smoothness on a moderate body. Fresh hops leap on to the palate with a big bitter bite in the middle, slight malt sweetness and vague fruitiness come a long for the ride. Hints of medicinal phenols and a touch of buttery diacetyl in tow as well. Finishes dry with a hop and yeast bite.

This one reminded me of a smaller Pomperings Hommelbier, absolutely amazing.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.26/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with hardly any head and leaves no lace. Light carbonation and light bodied. Color is a light, cloudy amber. Nose is vague and not anything distinguisable. Starts with a mix of hops and malt but finishes with a bitter after taste of hops and yeast. Not a good Belgian blonde. Pricey, $4.30 for a 330ml bottle.

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

Poured from a quaint-looking 11.2 oz bottle, it charges from the bottle, producing a billowy white head. The head diminishes slowly-never completely disappearing-and leave foamy lace all over the glass. The beer is a somewhat murky golden-yellow. The smell is medicinal, with more hops than expected. The taste is pleasant and inoffensive but undistinguished. On the bright side, it's quite drinkable and makes a better warm weather beer than most Belgian ales.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden with a nice sticky head that sticks around for awhile,aroma is on the malty side with some iron and slight medicinal notes.Big yeasty flavor up front with that light smokey tinge,beer is on the dry side with a healthy dose of hops that dominate the finish.A nice find pretty darn easy to drink,a good summertime Belgian beer that I had never seen or heard of.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy golden ale with a peculiar aroma; perhaps some spicy hops mixed with Belgian basement? Bink Blonde pours well with plenty of carbonation and a brief flourish of foam that settles to white blanket of bubbles. This beer tastes rather simple; there's a crisp, dry malt character and the spicy Belgian hops and that's about it. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to some fizziness. This fizzy character accents the bitter hop finish, but detracts a bit from the overall enjoyment of this ale. Perhaps a more robust pour is required?

Bink Blonde drinks like a lighter version (less alcohol) of Tripel, with a pleasant hop bitterness.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured off its tight sediment, it's a very clear deep gold beneath a short head of off white foam. The head retention is just average, but it does leave some streaks and splashes of lace that add to its appearance. The nose, however, is more impressive! It's perfumey with floral and spicy hops clearly evident as well as a citrusy (lemon rind, orange peel) over a lightly candyish and honey-like malt. Its medium-light bodied and gently crisp on the palate with a median, but very fine carbonation. Hops return in a flavor that's assertively bitter against it's candy/honey/citrusy character. It finishes dry with a long-lingering sugared citrus rind character that dissolves into a phenolic that explains its candyish nature (bubble gum, cotton candy). And, as you progress through the glass, that phenolic becomes more medicinal as it warms. An interesting and somewhat complicated beer that seems slightly off-kilter but works in some odd way. It's certainly worth a try for the Belgian fan (especially fans of Saison), and possibly the hop lover who's trying to expand his horizons.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cl brown glass bottle with a simple white crown cap and an obverse label per the BA avatar. The label has a picture of the original horse drawn Brewery Dray (which still exists and is on display at the Brewery) in front of the very picturesque Brewery courtyard which also house the Brewery Tasting Rooms, Shop and Bar. Listed at 5.5%, but both the Lot No., and Freshness Dates have no nicks on them.

Appearance: Golden yellow body with a light haze and plenty of streamers. Immense carbonation produces a larger than life off-white head that leaves some fantastic lacing on the glass walls. The head does reduce in size but it never disappears and always remains a tight collar.

Nose: Sharp, almost raw hop odors mix with some grainy malts. A farmyard yeast odor punctuates the back of the nose.

Taste: Nice rasping bitter start, this is certainly a bitter Blond ale, as the hops on the label suggest, but it also has a nice restrained Saison feel. Some light peppers and lemon rind fill the back end. Yet the middle is dry and refreshing and imparts a raw grass feel on the tongue. Finishes with a pleasing pepper laden hoppy bitterness with a sharp citric twang. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is finely tuned, and very smooth, but it nicely supports an average body to give a great feel in both the swirl and swallow, much like a Saison.

Drinkability: This one soon disappeared; the 33cl sample was too small.

Overall: I first visited Bink Brewery in 1996, but back then they only produced one beer. I first tried the Bink Blond at the Brewery during my second visit there in 2001 when the new owners had expanded the range. This is a decent brew, even better on tap when the hop bite increases considerably. But a tad expensive at $3.59 for a 33cl bottle, more of nice change of pace, than one I would pick up again. But a nice reasonably hoppy Belgium brew that wants to be a Saison, nonetheless.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on draught at My Place tonight, a day after the beer tasting with the brewer. Hautacam's previous review is right on. This one is quite special IMO; as there are many flavors working here, but nothing really stands out. They all combine to create a wonderfully balanced blonde. Mark at My Place told me that the brewer said that this draught is the first draught available in the USA. If you like Belgian Blondes, do what you can to get to Newtown and try this, before it's gone.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle. Generous 6/06 consume before date.
It pours a hazy flat gold color with a firm white head.
A cut hay and citrusy smell are upfront. A vague damp cellar smell and hint of alcohol are noticed.
At first sip, the malt seems on the thin side, but shortly a sweet malty body begins to expand. A slight grassy or grainy taste fouls things up a bit.
Citrus peel bitterness and light metallic tang, along with a light astringent medicinal tartness add some complexity, but not necessarily all in a pleasant way. Not bad...not good!

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Photo of RBorsato
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear peach-gold colored with a nice full creamy off-white head and decent carbonation. Yeasty Belgian aromas with lots of flowery hop character. Intensely dry malty, yeasty, and hoppy flavors. Light-medium bodied with a very dry bitter finish; a bit biting ...

Not one I'd seek out for more.

Per BK website: two types of malt, two belgian types of hop, brewing liquor (??) and yeast.

(11.2 oz.)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: purely peachy color, with a mass of swirling floaties about, and a nice, white head that settles quickly.
Aroma: citrus and yeast, bright and bready, with little hints of spice.
Taste: bold, fruity flavor explodes in the mouth, juicy, spicy, very refreshing. Hops are here, and play amiably among the palate, malt is doing it's bit just fine. The fruit returns again and again, and rest happily in the mouth.
Light body, nice, tasty finish. Yum, very nice.

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Photo of taez555
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very slightly hazy pale golden yellow body with a small white head.

Super sweet sugary classic belgian nose. Apple peel and core, honey, dough, earth, prunes and spice. Honestly, the more I smell it, it's very reminiscent of some big german bocks. Weird, but very big and very inviting.

Medium bodied and rather smooth. There's a big yet very dulled hop taste. As if it was overly hopped with a low alfa acid hop then aged for a long time. A fine natural carbonation. A nice german malt type background with hints of fruits. Slightly skunky flavor, a bit woodsy with touches of earth. Ends hoppy and bitter the more it warms.

Interesting indeed. One of the most German like Belgian beers I've every had. Almost tastes like someone made a black and tan using saison dupont and EKU 28.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle, notched dating of best before 6/2006. Pours a hazed golden pils color with some darker orange highlights. Decent off-white head that is big and bellowy, but stickage is rather small. Musty, dusty yeast notes and lightly toasted malt grainy aromas; a light hoppy, botanical tone throughout. A bit of sweet, bready malt and yeasty flavors with a good amount of hops that don't really come across as pungent, but make their presence known; moreso kind of meadowy. Water content is soft and somewhat mineral. End result is one drinkable lower-ABV blond ale. I'm impressed with both the blond and bruin, both 5.5% and highly enjoyable. I'd certainly seek this one out again, and I'd buy more than one bottle next time.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden beer with a mediocre head that doesn't stay but laces OK. But the aroma....I am in love. Sugar-coated melon, apple-cinnamon, cloves, light pepper. Flavor is gently spicy above marshmallows - reminds me of St. Bernardus house character. Well-rounded and very quaffable. I wish this were available in affordable six-packs around here. I could see this being a regular of mine if I could afford it.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy blonde color with a small stark white head and good carbonation. Nose is a bit off, with some fairly serious skunkiness (consume by date is 06/06). Deciphering through the skunk, there's a nice hint of Belgian yeast and some light fruit and candy sugar. Nice up front palate, with the typical floral hoppiness and lively, spicy yeast profile of a Belgian blonde. Towards the back of the mouth it develops a dry, smoky character lingering in the background. The carbonation yields a very nice, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Loki
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | 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 clear, golden color with a big, white head and tons of carbonation streams of bubbles. The sample left very little lacing.

Smelled of yeast, citrus, and hops. Lots of hops. Smelled pleasant, but nothing spectacular.

The taste started out with yeast, citrus, and malt but then took a huge turn into a hop bomb full of powerful and unbalanced hops. Then the aftertaste of copper kicked in. It left a taste in your mouth like you had been sucking on pennies or had a draft beer from a place that hadn't cleaned its lines in years. Not pleasant at all. I was very disappointed as I was looking forward to this beer. I certainly wouldn't pay $3.96 for a 11.5oz bottle when I could have a 22oz Rogue for four cents more.

I hope this bottle was over the hill. Maybe someday somebody can explain what looked like the dating system on the bottle to me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured an hazy brown color ale with a huge bubbly off-white head with average retention. Aroma is quite malty with some spices also noticeable. Taste is quite malty with some spices and some shy yeast showing up at the end. I guess this is lacking a bit of character and would have appreciated stronger spices with a fuller body.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured pale golden with a reddish hue. The head was white and fell quickly, but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with a wee bit of caramel and candy. In the back there was a subtle spiciness to the aroma.

The flavor was dry and crisp. There was a citrus flavor and a substantial bitterness.

The finish was very dry and slightly citrusy into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and very carbonated on the palate.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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

Gauzy apricot-amber with enthusiastic carbonation. The extra large head of shaved almond colored foam has enough creamy density to hang around a while and to leave an attractive display when it finally decides to recede. Chunky, wispy swirls of lace abound.

The nose is Belgian yeasty (emphasis on clove spice) and is replete with sweet peaches and apricots. The flavor is neither as aggressive as the nose, nor as sweet. Bink Blond flavors the lighter, drier end of the style spectrum. It's still orchard fruity, although it reminds me of fruit that has had the great majority of its sugar removed. It's also less yeasty on the palate and the clove is more subdued. All in all, the aroma and the flavor don't have a whole lot in common.

As noted, the body/mouthfeel is relatively light. The generous amount of carbonation isn't out of line considering the country of origin and is easy to manage. Given what came before, it's no surprise that the finale is increasingly bitter and considerably dry. Drinkability, if one enjoys the flavor, is on the high side.

Bink Blond is decent beer, and is semi-interesting, but I just can't get too exited about it. I'm beginning to get my feet wet with regard to Belgian ales--in fact, I may be up to my ankles by now--but I'm fairly certain this one won't be among my favorites.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce typical Belgian small bottle, consume before dating notched on the label. Pours dull dried apricot color, cloudy and murky. This little brew lifts a massive, rocky white head and leaves all-star lacing, nice. Nose is funk, must and some of those enjoyable barnyard odors. Notes of yeast, spice, fruity, yeasty, nutty.Very dry finish. Subtle, complex and sophisticated brew. NIce stuff, Cost $2.99 a bottle @ Yankee Liquor in Sturbidge, ma., worth a try, but doubt I'd go for it again. Much better value to go with an Ommegang or Allegash selection.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden, cloudy from a small amount of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Lots of carbonation, but only a thin head covers the beer.

Aroma: Very light- clean, bready, slight citrus. Not much coming up (because of lack of head?). Some earthiness.

Flavor: Lemony sharp, earthy, yeasty, slighty sour. Pleasant, not as processed as blonds like Leffe.

Mouthfeel: Moderate.

Drinkability: Nice easy quaffer. Nothing to write home about, but nice.

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker shade of gold with a flimsy white head.

Smell is honey and apples with cinnamon and ginger spice and black pepper. Sweet smelling with a clove scent that reminds me of Aventinus. Good scent of cookie dough in here. Faint woody scent but this is very spicy smelling.

Taste is drier than it smells, but is still a little sweet and malty. Flavors of honeysuckle, and black pepper dominate, after a bit the hops show themselves. Mild bitter finish. The taste is a let down compared to the great smell.

Mouthfeel is thin.

An OK drinkable brew that I could see having with lunch but not an outstanding beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Bink Blond from Brouwerij Kerkom
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 146 ratings