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St. Paul Double

Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium


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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
In the small village of Meer, north of the city of Antwerp, there used to be an abbey which was famous for its beer named St. Paul. During the French Revolution, the abbey was destroyed and so it was said-one father named Paul, rescued the secret recipes to brew the abbey beer and trust them onto the local Sterkens family, at that time a renowned brewer family. The Sterkens family had been brewing beer since 1654, and their St. Paul abbey beer is still brewed today, respectfully according to the centuries old tradition.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
janubio (543) - SPAIN - JUL 20, 2015
Dark brown colour, with red relections to the light. Small off white head taht leaves ring and lace. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, cloves, coriander,, chocolate. Medium body and carbonation, I would like a thicker palate on this one. Taste of cloves, raisins, chocolate, sweet but a touch of bitterness. Good, but it could be a bit soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1882) - ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2015
Dark brown beer, medium to small tan head. Nose is yeast, chocolate, toasty malt notes. Flavor is semi-dry with sugary sweetness, roasty-fruity notes with malt, caramel. Sweet and dry-ish finish with warm alcohol notes. Pretty nice balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (1712) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 11, 2015
0,33L bottle (from beerExpress, Tallinn). Pours dark brown with beige-light brown head. The head stays. Aroma is sweet, malt, burnt sugar, dark fruits. Flavor follows the nose. Feels rather light for the ABV. Overall: not very complex, but well-made and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (5564) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2015
Courtesey of Kraddel. 330 ml. bottle split by 2. BBF 14/09/2015. Blackish brown, mocha, small coffee head. Nose is sweet cold herbal coffee, liquorish, BE profile with iron, sticky liquorish sweetness. Taste is herbal chicory, coffee, herbal, heavy on iron-rich sweet liquorish taste, ashy coffee,… Thick liquorish body. Pretty decent example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4616) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2015
Pours dark brown, red glow . Small white head . smell is bit sweet, some metallic notes, some malts . Taste is earhty , chocolaty , bit sweet, very chocolaty grains . Like this one !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saintjulien (185) - - FEB 1, 2015
basement aromas, floral, black, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, thin feel, lively

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kustie (442) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle. Black color with thick light brown head. Aroma has caramel, syrup and yeast. Taste is sweet with quite high carbonation. Licorice, caramel and malt in flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (932) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
Bière double refermentée, que le brasseur qualifie à la fois d’abbaye et de spéciale. Elle titre à 6,9 % abv. Mon exemplaire à date en septembre 15 était encore dans les bouteilles classiques, et non celles à bascule comme sur le site. Couleur brun roux magnifique. Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout. Mousse beige bien constituée, qui reste en nappage. Arômes de malt cara, candi, cassonade, miel d’acacia, pointe de café doux. 1ère bouche structurée douce sur du caramel, café, pointe de chicorée. Arrière-bouche maltée sucrée, qui rappelle les bières de table de l’enfance. 2ème à la très belle structure malt et cassonade. Arrière-bouche douce comme un duvet de canard. 3ème avec la douceur d’un malt légèrement torréfié. Arrière-bouche agréable. La longueur reste sur la tonalité, certes sans complexité, mais avec un agrément constant. Les jambes sont marquées, longues. La levure est de caractère, un peu muscadée. L’alcool est bien pour le genre, bon soutien dans l’ensemble. La finale est de texture douce. CONCLUSION : une bière pleine de souvenir d’enfance, qui est simple, mais développe cette simplicité avec beaucoup de goût. Bière à l’opposé d’une bière savante, mais néanmoins très belle. La beauté est parfois dans la simplicité ...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Meilby (9782) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2014
Bottle 330ml @ home
Pours slightly hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long caramel and dried fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (3415) - BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 Bottle bought at the Achelse Kluis, where the Achel trappist ales are made. Dryish, caramelly dubbel with restrained fruity character and some roasted bitterness, bit cliché and a bit thin mouthfeel for the style, metallic too. But the bottle was very nice. Also tasted under the alias Sint-Truiden Markt.

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