Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zvsn (817) - ISRAEL - JUL 6, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2014 Ceramic bottle (500ml). Pours reddish-brown with a huge off-white head. Aroma of prunes, resins, yeast, caramel with a light roast. Sweet with dried fruits and caramel malts flavors, light metallic off-flavors, finishes with medium alcoholic bitterness. Semi-dry, light-medium bodied. Quite drinkable Dubbel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rayaron (461) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle sample, thanks to zvsn. Light brown. Aroma of resins, alcoholic, light hoppy. A bit sour flavor, light hoppy bitterness. Dry and sticky aftertaste. Light body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ippopotamo36 (452) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 11, 2014
0,33 glass bottle purchased in Rome. Pours a reddish dark brown, tick and ivory foamy head. Nose: light caramel notes, red fruits, little yeast. Mouth: light caramel malts predominance, little bitter finish and sad surprise...metallic notes :-( ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomer (1877) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle 6%, cloudy deep brown colour, stable long lasting bubbly head, aroma of chocolate cake and caramel with traces of citrus , flavour of dark chocolate and mud, light bodied. Drinkable but quite simple dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (6534) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 23, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 Ceramic bottle shared at Beer Market Jaffa. 6% according to the importer’s label. Clear deep amber-brown with a big beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, dark fruits and a bit of dark bread notes. Sweetish flavor, caramelly, with some candy-ish character, fruitiness and a bit of bitterness in a drier finish. Medium-bodied. OK, quite clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GoufCustom (931) - HONG KONG - APR 19, 2014

330ml long-neck bottle bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.

Cloudy hazy dark amber brown colour with traces of dirt-like yeast sediments; Three-quarter finger head with crumpety beige foams which lasts for 1 minute; Small sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant sweet aroma of roasted malt, with banana, vanilla, strong caramel, toffee brown sugar, light creamed coffee, Bel yeast and faint grass; Mid to light sweet taste of roasted malt, with strong metallic, light sourness, light nuts, toffee, molasses, creamed coffee, notes of red fruits, Bel yeast, lemon and very light bitter grassy hops; Mid to light body. Slick and slightly creamy palate; Mouth feel is an enhanced version of St. Paul Speciale - slighty thin body, malt is more roasty with prominent taste of toffee and caramel. Not really sweet, booze is well hidden. ester is slightly more fruity, and more Bel yeast. Like the Speciale, the initial metallic and sour notes were strong but gone pretty quickly with fyrther sips. Simple and easy… Hoppiness is faint grass nose, lemon and light grass in taste. Bitterness is very low, mostly malty finish; Slightly dry after taste. Quite easy to mouth.

Comments: This sure tastes richer than the basic Speciale, but the end result is a mix bag: initial metallic and sour notes are strong as ever, body is thinner, better estery aroma, good creamed coffee taste, and lesser hoppiness. An easy-going simpleton just like the Speciale, but if you are looking for more fruitiness and hops in a Dubbel, better look elsewhere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mothroy (82) - - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Deep, russet red colour with a good lacy head. Once the lively carbonation has subsided the beers character shines through. Malty, fruit aroma leads to a smooth, creamy malt, caramel toffee flavour with a good balance of sweetness. Not to heavy for summer drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (3659) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper brown with airy but stable light tan head. Clear aroma of fruit, malt and caramel. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt, interspersed by bitter notes of hops, alcohol and metal. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweetish finish with a rough touch and mild, metallic hints. Warming alcohol presence. OK but would better without the metal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3426) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2014
16.9 oz bottle (Old Notes)-Pours a dark brown with a small head. Aroma of yeast, dark fruits, malt, and toffee. Taste of the same. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EddyBeer1 (976) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2014
Brune acajou, effervescence moyenne, col beige tombe rapidement. Très maltée, légèrement torréfiée, notes de chocolat noir, un rien fruitée, petite astringence.

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