Brewed by Brouwerij Kerkom
Style: Belgian Ale
Sint-Truiden, Belgium


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RATINGS: 330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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After the blond and brown version, the brewery made a third type of beer: the 'Bloesem Bink' (Blossom Bink). Itís a beer of high fermentation, unfiltered and not pasteurized, with secundary fermentation in the bottle. We brew this seasonal beer every year in the same period (spring-summer). The ingredients are: five types of malt, one belgian type of hop, brewing liquor, yeast, honey from Sint-Truiden and syrup of pears from Vrolingen. It tastes fruity with a lightly sweet character and a long fruity and bitter aftertaste. The alcohol content of this springbeer is 7,1% vol.alc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2005
This reddish brown ale pours with a short tan head that dissipates very slowly, eliciting a sweet fruity aroma. The flavor is quite complex, beginning with a taste of honey and malt and finishing with a slightly bitter hoppy feel. This is a unique brew which I found quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2005
Bottle Deep brown - reddish, murky body. Lightly brown head, fully diminishing. Fair lace. Malts (toffee, caramel), hints of alcohol in the nose. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Very odd flavour. My taste buds did need some adaption. Not too bad, after all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Big beige head atop opaque garnet body. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin/plum, some flower, metallic. Taste is medium sweet, perfume, plum. Smooth watery light-medium body. Alcohol well hidden. Definitely unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Cloudy brown color,small light tan head that had a decent hang time then faded slowly to leave a slight lace.Nice sweet fruity aroma with a light malt side,maybe a bit of plum and or raisin.The taste starts out quite good with a light pear taste coming through upfront then a slow change to a light honey in the middle and end,with just a hint of hops coming on at the tail end.It has a nicely sweet side that doesnít get in the way of everything else.Over all iíd have to say that this is worth another try,itís surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Murky reddish brown with almost no head. Sweet fruity nose with all sorts of ripe fruit. Apples, plums, raisins, sweet oranges, sweet, perfumed flowers, toffee and a bit of brown sugar. The body is moderately thick, but without any carbonation that would make this very creamy. The flavor is pretty good, but seems pretty old. Strong apple cider and moderate floral elements combine with other sweet fruits and a bit of yeasty elements. All in all, itís not a bad beer, but could be better if it didnít seem so old.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Poured a darker, cloudy reddish brown color with a small off white head. Aromas of honey, pears, molasses, and flowers. The tastes are more subtle than the aromas. Watery and thin body. Alcohol content well hidden.The labled initially worried me (pink with flowers and a bee carrying a pear). Overall, not as bad as I would have though but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2004
Sweet malty aroma. Brown clear with amber tinges. Tan head. Sweet start, strong raisin & dark fruits in flavour. Fruity sweet finish lingers. Suprisingly complex. Medium-full, smooth. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3848) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Ruddy brown, Autumnal and sunsettish. Thin, tightly fluffed head, with creamy lacing. Slight strawberry aroma. Tanginess, deep milky fruit flavour. Flirts with sourness, but not sustained. Metal in places, watery shell. Lacks the sweetness of similar Belgian efforts, but thatís OK. This is a great beer - untainted by any noticeable ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle. Quite aromatic, but definitely on the Belgian yeasty side of things. Slight raisn and caramel, with a touch of pear/apple, quite good, tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Thereís plenty of useful information on this colorful label ( a pretty picture of blossoming flowers, a goofy cartoon bee hugging a pear), but none of itís in English. For instance: "Ingedienten: brouwater, mout, gist, hop." But from further research, Iíve learned that the special ingredients are honey and pear essence, or syrup, or something. Well, letís open it up and find out! Deep, dark chestnut color, nearly violet, with prodigious carbonation, bubbles filling the sides of the glass, and propelling a hugesness of head, in an off-whitish shade, but quickly crumbling down. Aroma: full with fruit, alive with hops, but not too dynamic. I can get the honey, and the pear, but other darker fruit suggestion interject and overpower. Taste: Some sweetness, but nicely balanced out, in fact, at the end, on the palate, rather dry. The pear flavor is delicate, but unmistakable, though, again, it hides under darker sensations. Hops continue to dance, sip after sip, dazzling and delectable, and that honeyish feel rides out on top, bright and tasty. Body is medium, and the finish is light, rather brief, but not without itís rewards. Oh my God! I just burped, and it came out completely pear! Seriously! This is weird. What an unusual brew, or as the label says "speciaalbier", it gets pearier and honeyier as we go, and suddenly this 33cl bottle is too little. A nice, tasty treat from Belgium, try one if you can!

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