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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Quote from the bottle: "Dark top-fermented abby ale brewed according to the purity law of 1516."


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2447) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Alcohol is the first smell so only light tones of plums, dates and syrup are recognicable. Amber, more reddish, little head. Warming alcohol taste, plums are the main taste. A bit thin but fullmouth. Nice stone bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2544) - GERMANY - NOV 22, 2002
Spicy, syrupy nose, dark clear amber color, and a low tight head. Brown sugar and cinnamon tastes with a touch of fruit - dates. Medium body and a thick palette that leaves a sweetness on your lips. Very nice and a good balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Very solid dubbel style belgian. Sweet malt? check, caramel sweetness? check, nice yeastiness? check. Not loaded with complexity, but defectless and very solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 13, 2002
Not bad but too expensive for this beer. Nice head, good flavor. $8.00+ for this bottle. The empty will be a fixture on my bar.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Round, clean rum-like nose. Clean, yet unaggressive aroma of peach, coarse hop, almond extract, sharp alcohol (as it warms) candyish malts, alongside cotton candy. Superly dense, creamy foam with attractive lacework. Medium-light texture. Semi-complexity with marshamallow cream-like, touch of fresh hop finish, and cardboard. Slight brash dryness. The hops and malts are of the highest quality here. Refined, yet restrained in all aspects.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2002
Faint hazy dark red/amber with huge ice creamy tan head. Doughy yeast, fruity malt and hops aroma. Medium smooth body. Gentle bitter start meandering to sweeter malty flavours eventually to a light sweet dry finish. Relaxed and relaxing is how I would describe it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 29, 2002
Dark and cloudy. Belgian fizz and head. Spicy and complex, but not as overwhelming as other belgians. Cool bottle. Would buy again if not so expensive.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2002
Cloudy dark brown in color with a light cream colored head. Citrus and yeast aromas in the nose. Sweet toffee like flavor with some subtle fruit tones. Easy to drink and quite enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Bottle (BB July 30/2012). Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel, nutty), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, cola, clove, cinnamon. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty darned good, actually. Although if their best before date is 5 years after the brewing date, then this is VERY fresh...as in, made just over a month ago.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2002
Dark and cloudy in color. Sweet, bitter and very smooth with soft caramel touch.


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