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


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Bottle... Hazy, dark, Longhorn-orange ale with a small, creamy, fawn head. Excellent, tight retention. Grainy, meaty, metallic nose. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Perfectly balanced, but thin and uninspired. A touch chocolaty. Crisp, lightly sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
very dark brown. Smell of toffee and roast and alcohol. A hint of sourness and dryness and sweetness, yet none of the above. Complex in every sip, yet simple and very drinkable. Very much liked.A surprise at Volo Cafe.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Thanks to bu11zeye for the 16oz bottle of this Belgian. Pours a murky dark brown with a burgundy tint. Thick beige head and nice lacing. The aroma is malty and nutty, but has some characteristics of a Flemish Sour too. Medium-bodied and smooth with flavors of burnt malt, raisin, sour fruit and yeast. The finish is on the thin side and is rather fruity. All in all this is a decent Belgian. At times it is well balanced and at others it is not, but more often than not it is pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2006
500 ml ceramic bottle. Pretty swish looking packaging. Dark brown orange-tan beer with a thin tan head. Aroma is of brown sugar, honey, toasted rye bread. Fairly simple, light spiciness but the yeast is generally subdued. Light plumminess but also some metallic flavours. Some rumminess as well. Body is a bit thin and it’s fairly bitter for the style. OK, but not great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2004
Looks very good - dark with an off-white head. Aromas are earthy, coffee, sweet and bready yeast. Flavours are sweet malts with roast coffee. Some spices on the palate with more bready yeast following. Not bad - even though it is a little simplistic. The faux stone bottle looks great on the mantle piece (if I had one - I have radiators).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8602) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Dark clear brown. Smells and drinks like an English brown. Vanilla, maple, wood, sweat socks in the aroma and flavor. Somewhat syrupy, and a little bitter. Chemicaly-woody finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
The Lure:
Caramel sweetness under roasted malts and bursting berries. Pretty simple and linear, but nonetheless inviting if that’s what you’re in the mood for.

The Festivities:
Roastiness is overwhelmed by the energetic carbonation, as the berries struggle to remain. Earthiness lies beneath, exhausted. All flavors can be perceived in the aroma, but are presented a little too commonly, to end in a disappointing flaccidity.

Transcendence:
The pie that’s been sitting on the counter for hours can still be satisfying if you’re not too picky.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. I’m pretty stoked about this one. The pour emerges a deep brown/ruby through light, with a 2-finger, uniform khaki head. Nice look. The aroma is of corn flakes, cabernet grapes, some brown sugar, hazelnuts, and very slight aroused female taint. The flavor is malty, with solid almond, caramel, red grape, apple, and cherry hints. Very crisp taste and smooth finish. This one is very good, but steep at 6-7 bucks a bottle. That said, this bottle will rpoudly sit in my bottle collection, as it is a great speckled brown pop-cap ceramic bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2003
Dark brown ruby colour, light brown head. Body is slightly thin. Dark malty flavour with hint of toffee and some alcohol notes at the end. Cheers to Doug for sharing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle shared at kerenmk’s place. Dark brown a big bubbly beige head. Malty aroma with a bit of fruity esters, a bit perfumy, yeasty spiciness, caramel, a bit of licorice and a bit of alcohol notes. Sweetish malty flavor with caramel, some fruitiness, light toastiness, a faint chocolate note, a bit of licorice and a drier finish, a bit bitter, slightly spicy and slightly alcoholic. Medium-bodied and over-carbonated. OK.


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