Bink Blond | Brouwerij Kerkom

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3.82/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Kerkom
Belgium
brouwerijkerkom.be

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
146
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
 
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 146
Photo of whomas
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brought from my local bottled beer meca bitter virtue, i had wanted to try it for some time, but upon seeing a Bink branded glass for sale i asked if he had any bink blonde in stock, to which his awnser was of course! Its one of my favourite beers! Served just the colder side of cool in a Pilsner Urquel pilsner glass.

A- The beer pours a very attractive blonde/moderate golden colour, with an impressive head about three fingers thick, which disapates a little but stays constant throughout.

N- The smell is fantastic, a nice waft of soft stone fruits; peach and apricots mixed with honey, with a lovely yeasty buttery subtlety. Smells excellent!

T- This is suberb. Fantistically balanced with nice hopy punch comming through midway, the fruity and flowery elements continue in the mouth, there is a honey sweetness but it is masterfully balanced with the hop bitterness.

M &D- The carbonation is as perfect as i have had in a bottle conditioned beer, it is velverty soooth. This beer goes down so easyily but it is complex and rewarding. I could drink this all the time one of my favourite Belgians!

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Photo of rayjay
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent! We loved this beer. As bitter and refreshing as a light, crispy American IPA like Big Daddy. Two main differences: 1) the yeast is Belgian so that makes for a more robust body (although it's still very light); 2) the bitterness hits you early, but fades fast, leaving mostly the bready grains to tend the aftertaste. Hard water taste and feel, with a medium to dry finish. Reminds me of sharp cheddar. Soft, hazy sediment. Hopheads will love this beer, but it is still gentle enough for a non-hopjack (I say if you don't like hops, you don't like beer!) Delicate and balanced. Not sticky or sweet, which keeps me away from many Belgians. Now for the hard part: finding more!

(edit: no date on bottle. Tastes very fresh, though. Perhaps bad reviews are of older bottles, which would bring out the malts and diminish the hops, which defeats the whole purpose on this beer. Bring back the date!)

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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 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 Cresant
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date. The body was marmalade colored, slightly murky but bright. The moderate white head faded to the tiniest ring.

Smell was Concord grapes. Soft yeastiness. Bready malts and damp stone.

Taste was of apple peel and sweetness. There was a sharp bitterness rising in the middle which smoothed out toward a lingering finish. There was a nice complement of flavors, not balanced but seamless.

Mouthfeel had a pleasant sizzle. Medium to full in body. The sizzle smooths out toward the end. Overall a flavorful and fairly complex beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a light bpa with a 'blond' character. pour is orange cloudy with a small head... about one finger. nice lace. 'blond' nose with pollen, dough, lemon sweet with honey malt. palate of lavender and grass, a dry mint pepper. light lemon with a bit of honey sweet. fruit with a soft bitter finish. alcohol suits it fantastically. very mild. summer feel. excellent.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/05/05- Purchased at Plumpjack Wines in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no dating on the bottle. Poured into my Stone Levitation tulip.

Appearance- 1 and 1/2 inch foamy head, a deep golden pour and excellent lacing.

Smell- Witbier like yeast, sweet fruit as well as citrus fruit and hops. Complex smell here.

Taste- Drank this over an hour. Bitter hops really kick in if you sip this over time. Kinda like a saison. Has that mouth drying effect. Mostly hops and a nice citrus backbone...lemon probably.

Mouthfeel- Not creamy, but really smooth. Leaves mouth dry. Streaming carbonation, but not too heavy.

Drinkability- Liked it more and more as it warmed a bit. Got a little watery towards the end, but that is expected if had in your glass for over and hour. Overall, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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 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 Bouleboubier
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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 paterlodie
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring it in giva me in first instance not too much foam but doing it a litle rougher it gave me a nice head in my tulip tasting glas. Quiet big bubles but holding fine. Color is yellow with a litle copper and a slight haze. Nose is very hoppy but with some yeast fruit aples but mostly banana. Taste is starting maltsweet but soon turnes into a fruity mixture before it ends dry with litle yeastbitterness but a lot of hops. Great brew that I could enjoy a whole night threw. Best before 4-06; probably very fresh cause reading a lot of revieuws that weren't as good, anyway when its fresh its a wonderfull brew.

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Photo of Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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 Sallerj
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a strong, enticing aroma-- fruity and hoppy, with caramel, citrus, and sugar. It tastes like orange rind and caramel, with a hint of toasty sugar, and a nice earthy hoppy finish. The carbonation is fine. I could drink a lot of this beer.

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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 mrfrancis
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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 tprokop7
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly cloudy and golden, with a medium thick head. The first thing you smell is definitely the hops, followed by a little malty sweetness and some citrusy flavors. The taste is similar, the hops balance nightly in this brew. You get a little lemon flavor on the finish. Feels nice in your mouth, fairly smooth even with higher than average carbonation. This was a pretty good beer overall... I hope I get to try some on draft sometime.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the corner establishment in my neighborhood.

Pours an opaque, hazy orange. Not overly carbonated or foamy. Smells lightly hoppy, accented by robust and funky yeast. Tastes unique, similar to a soft cheese like others have noted. Almost a smokiness in there, again closer associated to a cheese. Not too malty, the hops come out in the finish, but not overdone at all. Very smooth on the palate, easily sessionable.

A unique Belgian pale, possibly an acquired taste.

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Photo of sketchpunx
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours Hazy copper into a fluted goliath glass with a huge rocky three finger head. Nice bubblies rising through a slightly hazy murk of yeastiness. The head on this beer just wont quit!
The first sip reveals a superbly drinkable beer with nice citrus flavor and hop bite. "Man this is drinkable" I think to myself...
This reminds me a bit of orval, with similar overtones, hop character and mouthfeel. Very rich and smooth but with a nice lingering bite. Lots of grapefruit hop flavors and beautiful lacing make for a real nice experience. This is the kind of beer that "belgian style" IPA's are trying to interpret. Also at a relatively low abv%, I'll have an other please!

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Photo of silenius
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from a trip to Belgium.

Pours a darker cloudy orange with a nice two finger head. Little lacing and small head retention.

Smell got better with time. Started out very lightly floral - almost imperceptible. As it warmed the beer segued into a sweeter caramel smell with some very light hops in the background.

Taste starts as a nice balance between a bright and sweet malt flavor and a hop bitterness. The hops ultimately win out in the end.

Mouthfeel is very good with the carbonation adding a refreshing character while being smooth.

Very drinkable beer. Not too complex. Good for party drinking.

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

Note: This is an older bottle, so the hops have mostly diminished.

A: Cloudy amber brown with a 1 finger white head that mostly dissipates, but leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Smells of a bit of funky Belgian yeast with earthy notes.

T: Nice earthy malty flavor. While I might not say it tastes of soft cheese as other reviewers have said, I can see that connection. Does seem to have some of those characteristics at least. Would definitely pair well with some cheeses. Some grassiness in here too. Hops are still slightly present (I need to sample a fresh bottle too for comparison). Some pepper flavors are present. It's different, but quite nice as I continue along. First sip, I thought this beer could go either way. But, halfway through, I must say I like it.

M: Nice full body (especially for the alcohol), with low carbonation that lends a creaminess to it - nicely done since such low carb levels leave some beers tasting thin and watery.

D: Extremely drinkable. This makes for the perfect Belgian session beer. Stella Artois? Nah, go drink some Bink.

Recommended.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 146 ratings