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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Quote from the bottle: "Dark top-fermented abby ale brewed according to the purity law of 1516."


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mickblueeyes (106) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
This roasted almond colored beer has a near perfect brownish-white, fizzy head that leaves a touch of lacing. The nose is incredibly malty with caramelized grains and hints of chocolate. The palate echos the intensity of the nose with massive caramel and nutty malt. The finish actually picks up a touch of hoppiness, which quickly fades into marzipan.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Pours a cloudy light brown. Aromas of malt fruit and caramel. Body is very light, with caramel, malt and some hops, that quickly disappears. Alcohol is well hidden, almost unnoticible.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Beer bottle brown with a rosey red glow, medium height, loosely bubbled dusted tan cap, crumbles down to leave a disorderly bubbly skim and intricately woven sheets of lacing that eventually break into spots. Aroma is softly moderate on the nose with slight fruits with some caramel drizzling and butterscotch rum candy. Initially, when first poured, the aroma started out really nice with a whiskey-like perfume of caramel in front, but soon after it sat for a moment it completely sank way into the back. Taste is quick and mild with some slight pear, dullish banana, and berry fruits in front, dustings of cocoa, dribbles of caramel midway. Dry and empty finish. Slight return of fruits late. Feel is light, gets a bit of a pick up toward the middle and into the finish. Its not watery, more or less just thin or perhaps weak-ended, it lacks some depth and thickness thats usually attributed to a good dubble. Finishes dry, but works at it in a tenuous manner. This was pretty average.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
C5Drvr (18) - Tinton Falls, New Jersey, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Pour was a bit disappointing, not a lot of head and it decayed quite quickly to a thin film, and in its defence it did have a descent lace. A nice apple aroma with a hint of spice. Taste is dominated by caramel and malt, slightest touch of hops (tails off quite quickly) with very little change to the finish. It taps the front of the tounge and the top of the mouth until the aftertaste which is primarly the back of the mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
possumjc (149) - Charleston - Mt Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Bottle. Aroma is a nice fruit (apple) scent. Color is deep amber. Very smooth caramel flavor with a touch of hops. Very smooth mouthfeel. I really like this one. It is worth the price just for the cool ceramic bottle!

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2004
Clear mahogany body topped by a medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, raisin, anise. Taste is mild sweet, caramel, anise. Finish is somewhat burnt, with slightly sweet brown sugar. Watery medium body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAY 1, 2004
A medium brown with orange tons and loads of particulates floating in it. A lumpy tan head. A sweet dessert smell, like rum poured over a rich spice cake. Taste is oak, candi sugar and alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2004
Large, fluffy, dense tan head that lingers for some time. Mirky reddish brown in color. Malty somewhat alcoholic aroma. Despite the large head, not overcarbonated. Moderated to full bodied flavor. Flavor is malty, fruity, bitter and yeasty Finishes bitter and somewhat caramel and chocolaty. This is a good belgian ale. It lacks some richness and complexity, but has a very clean finish for the complexity it does have.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
madsberg (10684) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 4, 2004
Bottled: Golden coloured. Unclear. Way too much head, even though you pour the beer gentle. Yeast, fruit (apple) and sirup in the aroma. Vague fruity, alcaholdense and malty flavour. Alcahol is too dominant for my likings. Very vague aftertaste. Alcahol is dominant again. Not a beer I'll drink again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Brown color, light tan creamy head. Caramel,slight dark fruit flavor with a slightly sour very mild hop finish. Easily drinkable. Good Belgian.


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