Bink Blond
Brouwerij Kerkom

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #16
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,686
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 UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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 brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the GBBF.

Pours burnished gold with a clingy head that leaves thin white sheets. Sweet grain and candle wax nose. Honey and spicy cookie malt nose, leaf and some nutmeg in the hops. Medium, some chew, dry finish.

A light and very drinkable Belgian PA.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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 horndecker
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper orange color with a fluffy but quick head. No lace but plenty of carbonation. It has a caramel, malty sweetness in the nose along with bright citric, tangerine aromas. Slight sweetish start. Just a flash, then mild bitter resinous hops. Somewhat full fruit then bitterness is back in force. Pleasing bitter aftertaste emerges herbal, peppery and dry. Mouthfeel is full and fizzy. One problem I had with this is that there's nothing substantially interesting to accompany the bitter herbal flavors. But enjoyable, not great.

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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 Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy apricot color with a quickly fading bright white head.

Fruity perfume of apple and pear along with Belgian yeast and candy sugar.

The taste is much like the aroma. Apple, pear, and banana along with candy sugar, soap, yeast, and tea. Finishes clean.

Thinner bodied and quite dry with a fizzy carbonation.

An enjoyable Belgian Pale but a step down from the best of them.

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Photo of Goliath
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a half inch off white head. Decent retention and some lacing.

The aroma is ok. Sweet tones up front with notes of apple, raisin, and sugar. A bit of caramel and grain. It actually reminds me a bit of an Eisbock.

The taste is really interesting. A nice fruit profile with raisin and apple, but with a hoppy finish. The hops don't carry much flavor other than a bitterness on the finish. I realize it's supposed to be a hoppy ale, but it's an interesting take as I don't believe I've ever encountered these flavors together. A bit of booze rounds out the back end.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, slightly chewy, slick, and moderately carbonated with a crisp bubble.

Drinkability is moderate to high. The flavor profile is interesting and decent bringing me back for another taste. The alcohol level is relatively low and well consealed. It's a pretty nice ale and a decent experience.

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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 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 StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 RblWthACoz
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is touted (by the producers) as a traditional hoppy beer. When I taste it I definitely get a unique flavoring that is deep with a lot of hop on there. But mostly when I taste it, I do feel as though I am drinking something traditional and old world; not something new and flashy. The flavors remind me of an old man rummaging through an attic, slow and dusty, but worth taking the time to talk to. This is a brew I'd say is only good for beer snobs...beer "amateurs" might not be able to appreciate it as much.

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Photo of Floydster
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Cooke's Market in El Segundo on sale for $1.50, split with my dad tonight, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Pale golden yellow color with a slight hint of orange, small 1/2 inch foamy white head that stuck around for three or four minutes, lots of floaties, not much lacing at all

S-Some weird funkiness and barnyard smell, strong yeast, different types of citrus with orange peel sticking out the most, some sweet malt, floral accents, faint hops and cherries

T-Orange flavor right off the bat, the middle was very smooth and had a light mixture of both hops and bready malt, somewhat sweet finish at first with a Belgian side to it, as it warmed I could taste some lemon and cherry, pretty balanced overall, just rather weak flavors but it was very easy to get down

M-Pretty weak, thin bodied, medium level of carbonation, crisp and slightly dry mouthfeel because of the extremely small level of hoppiness, watered down towards the end though

D-Could drink four or five of these in a sitting, super light on the stomach, pretty low in alcohol, would make a good session beer, thirst quenching and tasted good on the nice day we had here in Southern California

Had seen this marked down a few times and finally gave in and bought one, would never pay the original price of four dollars for it but it was not a bad brew, recommended at this price

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Photo of crossovert
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label calls it a hoppy ale. It comes in a 11.2 Belgian style bottle with hops adorning the label art.

Pours into my Duvel glass with a large soapy looking head over a murky golden/orange/brown beer. It leaves classic Belgian styled lacing behind as the head recedes.

Smells like an aged Duvel. Very strong yeast on the nose, even a sour note. Subtle medicinal, herbally, grassy, earthy hops are there too.

Taste is pretty mellow, has a nice hit of malt up front and some hop bitterness in the finish. Could use a little less sweetness and some more flavor but it is a pretty laid back easy-drinking beer.

Overall it is a decent beer nothing I'd immediately go out and buy more of though. It is ok but isn't anything overly exciting.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange color with a very light tan head of 4" and rising. Ultimately it fits perfectly into a tulip shaped glass. Good head retention, a thin layer of suds lasts on the surface the whole way down.

A slight skunky aroma is what first emerged, then a wheat and citrus aroma.. later on a smell like rising pizza dough hovers over the glass.

The taste is alot brighter than I expected given the smell. Refreshing bready malt and bitter hops all the way.. not just the back end.. Medium-heavy bodied with no rough edges in the flavor-smell profile. Clean tasting. One of these might go well with a spring or fall dinner.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK , this is quite the let down from the fresh tap version.
I bought a single 33dl bottle that was one year old.
It was a deep gold , clear..there was a load of yeast in the bottom, but a 5.5 % ABV and a year old, I decided not to swirl it.
The smell was good...must , grass and bubblegum.
The taste was OK ...some funky bubblegum, slightly sweet malt, grassy...some butterscotch...but that wonderful hop flavor which was so prominent in the tap version was so attenuated that it didn't taste like the same ale. The body was medium , but the carbonation was low.
I did enjoy it , but it didn't come close to the tap.
I hope to try a fresher bottle....and pray that I find it on tap again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 corby112
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy coppery golden yellow color with a huge three finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Crisp golden fruit aroma with a surprising floral hop presence, especially for a Belgie. Hints of apple and pear as well as some light grape, raisin and subtle banana. Kind of earthy.

Very carbonated up front that fizzles on the tongue for a while followed by a spicy/zesty crisp golden fruit presence. Subtle floral hops, again more prominent than in the average Belgian beer, with some sweet estery apple and pear. Excellent balance of fruit and floral hops and the alcohol is very well masked with only a slight bit of warmth in the finish.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with fluffy off-white head. Aroma is a combination of bready malt, candi sugar and some yeast esters. Taste follows with a light sugary sweetness, grainy/bready malts and some earthy yeast notes with a good amount of bitterness. Light body, really dry, well carbonated but feels somehow smooth on the palate at first. Overall this is a really decent and easy drinking beer.

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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 Absumaster
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A orange golden beer with a settling head and a large protion of yeast flakes.

Smell has doughy and baked bread smells followed by dextrine, ambermalt and vanilla notes. Some noble hoppiness, which I guess are Styrian Goldings.

Taste is sweet and doughy with dextrine and vanilla notes. A full bodied beer without being overly sweet. The hops are mostly overshadowed by the big body, but there is still some earthy and somewhat lemony hops. A nice beer that exactly does what it promises.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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 tgbljb
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

piured a medium beige color with monstrous white puffy head. Smell is a pleasant combination of yeast, citrus, and spices. Taste is somewhat dissapointing, with a very nice light fruitiness and spiciness at the front, but a bit too strong hop bite at the end. Finished with too much bitterness that really detracts from the enjoyment of this beer. OK but not great.

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Photo of RomanW70
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy orange with a frothy head that quickly disappears into a ring. Aroma of bananas, spice and yeasty funk. Flavors initially are yeasty and sweet, but move into a clean,, spicy and bitter finish. Finishes like a pilsner. Interesting beer, but not my cup of tea.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 146 ratings