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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7816) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2011
Apparently sample somewhat aged, unsure how much. Very good, tight dark cream head over opaque brown beer with reddish sheen. Intensely malty, sweetish-aromatic nose with some oxydation, portwine and (dark) honey, inviting. Sweetish/bitterish taste; if well-balanced, rather dullish and way much less complex than the nose. Bit (dark red) fruity & bubblegum. Medium bodied, bit slick, but feeling rather thinnish for a 7% beer. Nose proved remarkable; pity the rest didnít follow.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7014) - Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Awesome-lookings 500ml white speckles bottle with a red foil over the cap and neck and a little necklace booklet. It initially struggles to form a greyish head but then it eventually bubbles up to near the rim of the glass. It leaves some decent lacing as it recedes. The beer is a murky dark reddish brown. The aroma is sweet with a huge dark fruit aroma that carries and carries. It also has some cocoa toffee to it. The flavor is rich and sweet, but the lower carbonation makes it seem richer. I am not the biggest fan of the mouthfeel, it kind of is a bit watery. The flavor is a bit one-demensional towards sugary sweetness, but it isnít bad overall.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prokroustis (682) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - AUG 31, 2011
Pitch dark brown with an off white head. Aroma has spices, fruits, caramel. Neutral flavour with some sweet and some cereal tones. Nice, but nothing very special.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1079) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 24, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown body, fine head. Hoppy aroma with yeast and dried prunes. Full palate. Taste is caramelly and sweet with a roasty edge. More yeast and some licorice in the finish. A decent beer but the green glass bottle makes it look cheap.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (3078) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2011
33cl bottle from Bierzwerg. Poured dark copper color with a white head, nice lacing. Aroma has caramel, yeast and strong floral and spicy notes, almost perfumy like. Flavor is caramel, hops, yeast, bread and dark fruity flavors. Finish has some alcohol warming, being sweet as well. Almost full bodied. Very easy to drink.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2011
8/08/2011 33cl bottle @ home - BB:17/11/12 (2011-370)

Pretty cloudy dark brown beer, beige head, bit stable and non adhesive. Aroma: pretty fruity, oranges, lemon juice, certain soapiness which isnít very pleasant, caramel, candi sugar. On warming up more mocha and chocolate aromas are being released. Taste: pretty sour start, bit nasty, lemony, then some hops. Aftertaste: soapy, then some hop bitter. Pretty nasty soapy bitter finish with touches of mocha and coffee. This particular flavour, which I call soap, is to be noticed in all of the St. Paul beers. It worked for the special, it was ok for the blond, turning it more to a kind of witbier, but it does definitely not work for the double.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4103) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 500mL ceramic swingtop bottle. Poured rich reddish brown color with some sediment and thick beige head with great lace on glass. Aromas of roasted malt and yeast. Tastes of bitter hops, roasted malt and yeast. Great carbonation and mouthfeel.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (7322) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2011
Nice dark color with a little bit red. Poor smell and an aftertaste I didnít like at all. Decent body for a beer 6.9ABV

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2374) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown with less than a coat of beige head. A few chunks. Aroma is yeasty with dough and some cheese, caramel, prunes, grass, lemon. Quite porty. Medium bodied. Taste is quite sweet with dark fruit and sugars. Slightly carbonated mouthfeel. Drying finish where some spices emerge. Decent lighter weight dubbel.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sdaniel90 (324) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a black colour with a vert slight reddish hue and a great tan head with nice lacing, looks amazing. Aroma is faint and I can smell the gas, like a soda (as well as some discreet dark malts). Taste is disappointing, previewed by the aroma. Very watery and insipid.


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