Bink Blond
Brouwerij Kerkom

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #16
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,662
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: 91 | Ratings: 146
Photo of macpapi
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange, with a small white head, though it leaves a nice rim around the glass, and full lacing.

S: One of the strongest smelling beers I've had in a while, scents of pears and wildflowers abound.

T: Heavy pear ester flavour hits at first, backed with a little bit of acidity, though more so than in other BPA's I've had. Taken aback a little at first, but this character mellows, and the ester flavour and hops come out, to create a pretty good taste for a BPA.

M: Medium-bodied, refreshing, spritzy, a solid mouthfeel for me in this style.

D: This was a beer that definitely grew on me while I was drinking it. The flavours evolved over time to create a very good, above average BPA. Recommended.

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Photo of JBogan
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a small white head and very little lacing.

My nose is put to the glass and it discovers a marriage of caramel and vanilla. Delightful.

Finally the taste buds get into the act and they concur with my nose. Yes, caramel and vanilla are the main attraction. And what is that, rum?

Let's see what my mouth is feeling now ... ok, it's slightly on the thin side, yet the effervescence and smoothness make for a very palatable concoction. Quite pleasing really.

So, would I drink this little beer again? Yes, yes I would. The best BPA I've ever had? No. Worth having again? You betcha.

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

Reviewed from my notes based upon a 6oz pour served in a small wine glass. The beer sits in its glass like a yellow cloud with a thin cap of white bubbles. There is a slight yeast aroma to it, plus a hint of grass. I can't smell much here, but that could be my fault, not the beer's. It has a sweet and smooth flavor. I can pick out candy sugar as the source of the sweetness. The finish is dry with a slight peppery bite. The body of the beer is rather light, and I can feel plenty of carbonation tickling my tongue. There is very little in the way of a mouthcoat. I find ti to be very drinkable. The slight aftertaste may get old after a while, but I doubt it.

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Photo of scottg
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Label says that the brewer has determined single-handedly to bring real hops back to Belgian brewing. Let's see how he did.

Pours a hazy lt orange/gold color with a one finger off white head with good retention. Aromas of pale malt, sweet honey and very floral and citrus hops. Up front grainy flavors, light toasted malt leads to the lemon, grapefruit, sweet orange hop middle with some herbal qualities to it. Medium carbonation, light to medium body with a thin syrup mouthfeel and a bone dry, clean finish. High drinkability with the nice medly of hop flavors.

A solid beer. Interesting hop profile centering on sweet citrus and floral varieties as opposed to the big piney and bitter ones. A great beer to introduce someone to the more subtle flavors of hops who say they don't like hops based on some west coast double IPAs.

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

A: Pours a beautiful golden-orange sunset color, some haziness, with a huge rocky 2 finger white head.

S: Fresh oranges on the nose with a funky farmhouse yeast aroma, that is slightly sour and musky but very spicy (coriander) as well. Beautiful aroma.

T: For flavor there is some fresh apples and pears and a very spicy hoppiness and peppery notes. The palate is very smooth and clean with a very light texture and body with some sugary sweetness coming through. Overall, a very polished beer with a smooth transition from start to finish that is light on the tongue, hoppy on the flavor and easy to swallow.

M: Mouthful is light with the spiciness of the hops warming up nicely providing a spicy hop fade.

D: Very good drinkability, with an subtle yeast sourness.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a best by June 12 bottle into a Stella glass. Poured a muddy mustard colour with a 1" off white, frothy head which was quick to disappear. There were tiny specks of yeast noticeable all over, like salt flecks in a bloody mary. I would want my pale ales or any ales to be clearer. The nose was a little stunted - apple cider with musk melon notes, begian yeast funk and candy. It was varied but shortlived. Maybe the beer was a little cooler, but the nose wasn't that deep.
The taste was pleasantly pervasive - the citrus hops were juicy and cutting edge. It was more of a Belgian IPA in taste than a BPA. The yeasty breadiness accompanied by fruits was matched step by step with the hop holiness. Very nice malt - hop balance, something reminiscent of the Arabier. The mouthfeel is medium and slick but is in contrast to the finish - dry and floral bitter. Medium carbonation.
I like this beer, I can have a plenty at a go. The alcohol level is condescending to bash a few together. Sessionable flavorful beer.

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Photo of Slynger
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bink Blond: Hoppy Golden Ale. Sounds pretty yummy to me. It pours a pale hazy tangerine-straw color with a good sized, loose, fluffy pearl colored head.

The smell is nice, but light. Sweet floral hops and fruity peaches with some spicy earthy hops.

Light-medium body is a bit lacking due to somewhat limp and loose feeling carbonation. The taste though, picks right up where the smell left off. It is sweet and lightly tart peaches accompanied by sweet and flowery hoppy flavors in the front and spicy earthy bitterness on the back end.

I really enjoyed this offering a lot despite its lacking mouthfeel. I will happily pick up more if I can find it.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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 rinhaak
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +2.4%
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 msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. brown bottle to a tasting glass. Label differs from the one in the photo: mine simply reads "BINK" in bold white letters, followed by "BLOND" and (in very small type) "Hoppy Golden Ale". No "best by" date...but purchased on sale (Beaumont Market) in Feb '07 and consuming in May '07.

A: Golden orange, faintly hazy with some very tiny floating sediment (left a layer of yeast stuck to the bottom of the bottle). Thin creamy head with moderate streams of carbonation, head never quite fades away. Creamy sheets of sticky lace.

S: Lightly sweet, sugary fruit, coriander spice and chewing gum smells wrapped inside a wild yeast, grassy/graininess.

T: More hoppy than I'd expected, dry and a little spicy. Other flavors are mildly tart apples, hay/grass, doughy yeast, lemon zest.

M: Fills the mouth with a crisp, lively carbonation. Bitterness clings on the back of the tongue and cheeks.

D: Not my favorite of the hoppier Belgians I've tried, but still a good one. Hops are a little to dry and bitter, dominating the sweeter malt qualities I'd hoped to find in this beer. Nice to sip on, overall good flavors, light abv. Worth trying and one I'd like to try again, perhaps a little fresher and/or on-draught.

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of tart malt, fruit (banana), and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. A strong tartness is present. Tastes of tart malt up front, then sweet malt, with noticeable hops in the background. The palate is complex, but strangely slightly watery. Still, a very good beer overall.

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Photo of OlaB
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small top of white head that dissolves rapidly. Aroma is of apples,banana,honey, caramel,light bread, spices and floral hops. The taste starts of sweet and fruity with notes of light malts in the back. The flavour then turns more dry with notes of spicy yeasts, before finish of with a good amount of bitterness. Is quite bitter for a blonde ale but is balanced quite good with the other flavours. Mouthfeel is soft and clean, with a moderate carbonation and a medium body.
A good tasting blonde ale, a good alternative if you want a ale with a little lower abv.

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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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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ThirstyBird
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into pint glass.
A - Slightly hazy light golden color. Fluffy head falls to a thick skim.
S - I get lots of honey some green apples some spice
T - Sweet malt up front - I get some earthy, honey, yeasty. Bitterness in the middle, Very dry on the finish.
M/F - Medium body with a gentle carbonation with some creaminess to it.
D - This beer has some nice attributes. Nice session beer.

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Photo of Travlr
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color with a fairly large and fluffy white head. Reduces rapidly to little lacing. Aroma of vanilla beans and black pepper. Decent malt taste with well balanced hops. A very nice dry, hoppy bitter beer with a surprisingly smoky finish - not unlike a rauchbier. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 robhunta
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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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