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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

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RATINGS: 328   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."


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MRMedellin (209) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - NOV 7, 2013
Interesting beer, when itís poured In glass a dark brown beer is seen. This one in particular exhibits a small and persistent foam head. The aroma reveals some coffee, floral, citrus, raisin and vanilla notes. When itís tasted a strong body can be felt, the flavor is strong and constant, leaving a nice final perception. Really good Dark Belgium Ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (2047) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Pours a light brown with no head. Aroma of figs, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is caramel, dark fruits, oxidation. Not exciting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4902) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2013
16oz ceramic bottle. Poured a clear reddish/brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is some dried fruits, brown sugar notes. Malts with notes of caramel, toffee. Flavor had notes of of toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Fruied fruits were a bit noticeable here. Not too bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUN 12, 2013
Very dark brown body with a huge off white head. Malty aroma with spices, caramel, brown sugar, bread, some dark fruits, raisins. Highly carbonated, medium body. Bittersweet balanced flavour with caramel, bread, brown sugar, yeast and a slightly herbal finish. Quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1423) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2013
50cl bottle. Dark brown with tanned , cheesy head. Nose : yeeast, toffee, roasted, burned caramel, cheese. Sip : creamy with good carbonation. Medium body. Sweet and full of burned caramel, toffee background. Dark fruits, dried ones like figs. The beer had a mellow finish, very moderate bitterness. Quite drinkable and enjoyable in mouth thanks to creamy body. Itís the best St. Sebastiaan I tried for the moment.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NeoHippie2 (1057) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 24, 2013
This was decent but not nearly as flavorful as I was hoping. Pours a dark brown into the glass with a nice off-white head (filtered). Malts on the nose with notes of some dried fruit but primarily just malt. From the stand point of just a dark beer, itís a classic example of a solid dark belgian ale. From the standpoint of fine belgian brews, itís a bit one dimensional and pedestrian. Not bad, not great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VALIS (228) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Smell of malts and raisin but not sweet, and actually I also get a smell reminiscent of Chinese barbecue. Taste is drier than I expected, malty, with a mildly sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jordinc (104) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Ceramic Bottle. Pours brown with about a 1 finger cream colored head. Head reduces to a nice film which remains for the whole glass. Aroma of raisins, toasty sweet malt, and yeast. Medium carbonation, but very creamy and smooth on the palate. Detect notes of raisins, dates, vanilla, yeast, and perhaps a little cocoa. Finishes very smooth, lingers briefly with a slight bite, then fades. Pretty drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
16.9oz Ceramic Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced down to a medium film and collar with excellent sheeting of lacing. The aroma was strong of a musty Belgian yeast and a toasted grain malt with notes of toffee, dark fruit (dates and figs) and a mild medicinal odor. The taste was a tad sweet with a nice malty feel, a hint of toffee and a slight chocolate presence from the start, becoming ever so lightly bitter with a good sweet yeast taste and a note of dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor right at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a dry, bitter and slightly fruity taste left lying on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a ticklish carbonation. Overall this was a decent enough Dubbel, which was rich and creamy and had a nice bold yeasty taste. Although I did think it was a bit over carbonated, it did still possess a smooth and satisfying drinkability...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Poobah (286) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Dark brown with a thin head and some lacing. Easy entry with a mildly carbonated mouthfeel and a raisiny, vanilla finish.


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