Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Abbey Dubbel
Meer, Belgium


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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1157) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (3460) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tderoeck (5148) - 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 isn’t 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4402) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2011
Nice dark color with a little bit red. Poor smell and an aftertaste I didn’t like at all. Decent body for a beer 6.9ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2554) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sdaniel90 (407) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zita (4924) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
bread, toast, roasty, nuts, golden amber, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Noctilucus (102) - All over Belgium, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2011
Bought at De Bierloods/Zytholoog. Deep murky brown with a reddish tint and big beige head. Nose of refreshing hops with solid, slightly sweet caramel malts beneath. Taste is less hoppy but all the more pronounced (roasted?) caramel malts, striking a great balance between sweet and bitter. Strong taste considering it’s only 6.9% Pleasant mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation, which fits well with this kind of beer. Very good introduction for me to the Sterkens brews, will definitely try out several of their other beers (St. Paul Tripel & various St. Sebastiaans).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 Green bottle, 330 ml, best before 26/06/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on November 15 2010; eye: bronze, clear, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, no lacing; nose: malt, caramel, light hops, light spices; mouth: malt, caramel, light yeast, light hops, light spices, finale in malt with presence of spices, slightly bitter, lightly sweet; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Bouteille verte, 330 ml, meilleure avant 26/06/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 15 novembre 2010; œil : bronze, claire, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, caramel, léger levure, léger houblon, léger épices; bouche : malt, caramel, léger levure, léger houblon, léger épices, finale en malt avec présence d’épices, très légèrement amère, légèrement sucrée, texture piquante; en résumé : correct

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