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


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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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). It’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8576) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2004
Bottled - St Albans Beer Festival. A reddy brown coloured beer with thick chewy hop flavours. A dry medicinal cherry type taste. The fruity flavours come through strongly but they are never over-powering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Dark beige head. The body is a dark cloudy red. Aroma is sweet with molasses, a little of flowers and some green beans. The taste is not nearly as sweet. It has a little bit of bread and some rotten apples. It has some sourness at the end. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2004
33cl bottle, BBD 06/06 Pours dark brown with a good head. Aroma of modified malts(munich, aromatic types) and fruity, blossom honey. Taste is more of the same, with a balancing sourness in the end, mingled with a cameo appearance by some bitter hops. Pretty nice overall, nothing super complex and I didn’t think "pear" as I see the site lists, but it was in that realm I suppose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2004
33 cL bottle, snifter. Caramel, cookie, straw malt (M); perfume hops (L); dough yeast (L); pear, honey, bubble gum aromas. Deep brown-red body with a creamy, off-white head that lasts well. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, watery/creamy texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: the pear flavor doesn’t really do it for me, but it’s a solid brew underneath.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
Bottle at spuyten duyvil. Medium brown body, pale beige head. Sweet malty nose with just traces of yeast (peaches, pears, candy, almonds, apples). Light palate, gentle carbonation. Well-hidden alcohol. Original yeast peaks, even for a belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Apricot honey aroma. Light chestnut appearance. Sugary fruity apricot peach pear flavors. Mild hop finish. Long fruity aftertaste. This beer is a fine example of Belgian experimentation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Bottle pours dark caramel, small milk froth like head, lively carbonation, with spotty lacing.   Sweet on the nose, somewhat floral, but moreso like some fruity candy.   Earthy, slightly nutty, with some candi sugar on the tongue.   Perhaps some apple or pear as well.   Medium body and mouthfeel.   Had on tap during SIB2004 and it was more full bodied.   Finishes rather quickly, gets a bit thing, and is slightly dry.   Not bad...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Bottle. Poured a kind of brown color with a nice head that settled to a fine thin sheet. Aroma mostly of malt and some fresh grapes. Taste is oh so subtle, with a sweet maltiness and although I didn’t pick any pear out if the taste, I did notice apples dipped in honey. Tasted more like 4% than 7.1, wow was I surprised Very light bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 Fine beer with a nice hazy brown color and a medium fluffy dirty beige head..It has fine aroma’s of fresh fruits, like sweet apple and white grapes, but also a fine malty side with nice earthy touch. The taste is lightsweet with hints of buttercakes, hard backed bread, soft malts, honey and fruits like pear and lycheé. It has a smooth and fine afthertaste with a great bitterness of hops in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2004
She is an interesting find. She has many elements of her brothers Blonde and Bruin. The family yeast is a common trait. She is a fruity one, but not by her relation to the citruses. While her bio claims honey - I’d say she is more of a peach and a pear. Maybe she was riased on a farm, because her spiciness and mild hop backbone give me a saison tease. All things considered, she’s the finest sibling, and should meet Mr. Stomach with gladness. She’s nuthin’ fancy, just a good ol’ Belgian girl.

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