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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: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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."


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Re-rate I have trouble rating this lower. Aroma is heady licorice sweet. Thick. Pours a beautiful reddish-brown with a thick creamy tan head, mostly lasting. Starts very well balanced, bitter, sweet, complex with hops, malt, and yeast. Definitely estery. Finishes somewhat bitter, lightly sweet. I drank it this time warmer than last, and it is even better. I think I could sit out in the hot sun, drink and enjoy this beer at 75 degrees. I have found one I definitely will be with for a long time to come.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Frog King99 (51) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 27, 2000

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jojojodio (7) - - SEP 8, 2012 does not count
Had it a long time ago but I still remember the taste of it. One of the better dark beers I had in my life. Expensive here in Japan.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Brew pours dark cake bread brown w/ a full, semi creamy froth that slowly reduces to a creamy canopy of lathered lace. Aroma is very Belgian w/ dried dark fruits and granite. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. A malty brew w/ a very mild sweetness factor. Bitter bakers cocoa pushes forward to steal the show. Other flavors of desiccated peaches, cherries, pears, plums and other stone fruit intertwined perfectly w/ woods leather. Theres a defined hop presence that sets in very quickly mantaining a constant bittering while the profusion of fuit and cocoa rally round the family with a pocket full of shells. The finish is bittered w/ a serious citrus rind component. Overall: this brew rocks. Itís one of the few Iíve had from Belgium that shows off the citrus rind hops. Highly recommended.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wade (58) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2000
Certainly not the best beer Iíve had, but I was impressed. The aroma is malty and pleasing, and the flavor allows the hops through. The carbonation is excellent for this style, and the aftertaste lasts and lasts. If it were a bit cheaper, this would be a regular purchase.

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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twocycle99 (61) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2002
Good color, strong smooth taste, one of the better oneís

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonMoore (1875) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2004
Bottle. Great looking, deep chestnut coloured beer, with a rocky, creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, toffee and perhaps chocolate. Taste is dry, bitter, chocolate and roasted almost smokey malts. Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. A class beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 4, 2009
500 ml bottle (Marcelloís, Lafayette, LA) - Aroma: sweet (malt), caramel; Appearance: dark brown, tan head, clear; Flavor: malty, low sweet (malt). fruity (raisin, malt) low alcohol, dry; Mouthfeel: mod body, high carbonation; Overall: dark rich, complex, no to low ester, smoothed flavored beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
This beer was delicious. Tingly carbonation, earthy, dark fruits. Really memorable and leaves you wanting more.


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