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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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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."


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 4, 2003
Dark amber in coloration, tan head with a nice lacing. Heavy smell of malts, much like a brown ale. tastes malty, maplesque... its a brown ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Malty aroma of brown sugar caramel and bananas.Chestnut red appearance with a pillowy head.Mild sweet caramel,slight dark fruit flavor with a slightly sour very mild hop finish.Hid alcohol well but lacked complexity.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2003
The bottle is super cool, solid with a normal bottle cap yet a grolsch style resealable cap. Poured amber with a thick, coarse beige head. Floating particulate. Aroma was very big, yeast and nuts. Flavor was somewhat milder than what I was expecting, everything about this beer was bold until now. Taste was yeast, alcohol and grapes going down. It didnt really come together well and it bored me--thin to boot....this beer had so much going for it before hitting a wall.....still not bad though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Just like the golden but with a bit more flavor to it. Chocolate, nutty, coffee flavor. Wonderful

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Pours a dark murky caramel brown with a large tan pillowy head. Complex malty aroma with good bready Belgian yeast. Body is semi-sweet with an earthy chocolate palate with lots of carbonation. A good Belgian ale with nice flavor that won't knock you out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Yep, the alcohol is here. Nutty and sweet. Yeasty. The problem here is that there should or at least could be more flavors.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2003
I bought this beer because of the bottle. Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a nicely cloudy, dark-brown with little head that quickly disappears. Aroma is sweet with walnuts, hazelnuts, molasses, and slight alcohol. Flavor is nutty, yeasty, and alcoholicy... not much else. Easily drinkable. Sampled at 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2003
Ruby body with little carbonation and a quickly diminishing off-white head. Sweet malt aroma of raisins and pepper. Light hops and yeast. Moderately sweet start followed by moderately bitter finish. Alcohol is pronounced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2003
Tasty Belgian ale. Aroma is nice and complex with hints of raisins, spice, and alcohol. Pours up big fluffy head that is mostly diminishing. Beer is burgandy colored and exhibits light lacing. Nice complex flavor to compliment the aroma. Almost excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Comes around with a nice ruby copper tone and a nose full of brown sugar, raisins, and yeast. Decent head, some fine microbubble sheets form on the side of the glass. Beginning is a shade on the sweet side, but rounds out into a slightly sour ending which is quite nice. It has Trappiste overtones, but it's not quite as complex. Good, but I find myself searching for more flavors that aren't there.


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