Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium


on tap

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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."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2001
Very nice dark ale, with a strong taste and nice palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2003
Nice white head and brown body. Very fruity smell and taste. Specially plum. Its like eating a piece of fruit. Smooth and easy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4550) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2003
(5oo ml bottle) Pours a reddish-brown bodya nd a thin, almond head. Deep malt nose with underlying plum. Wine, berry and malt flavours. Very Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Very hard to pour especially into a short chalice. Head was rather non-existant even after a fast and very aware pour. More bubbles than anything with a modest sized ring around that glass that laced up well for what it had to work with. Color was burguny with rubyish-yellowish-pinkish highlights. Nice color on this one. Definately cherries in the aroma but I really had to smell deep to conjure up anything else. Once you get those cherries it is very pleasing. Tastes pretty good especially on the mid-palte. Unique is the word I would use to describes its flavor. Fruity and well hopped. Lots of cherries, raisins, dates, some clove on the mid-palate with a well balanced smooth character. Tastes great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (764) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2004
This wonderful belgian pours a murky brown, looks quite good. Smell is of (I am going to have to agree with the previous reviewer) of dark fruits and hazelnuts, slightly sweet smelling, not to bad. Taste is quite bland compared to the cornucopia of smells erupting from this beer. Leaves a great lacing on the glass, nice head... Overall a solid selection, very good. Great packaging too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 7, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 PErfect, this is a Good beer, but I had a similar one previous. NOt as alcoholic, but good quallity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1295) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Deep cocolate brown with a generous beige head and nice lacing. Slight dark fruits in the aroma, but mostly sweet malts, caramelized sugars, and an earthy yeastiness. Chewy sweet bready malts up front, with candy sugar, cherries and plums close behind. Very slight tartness, and a bit of warming alcohol. Medium to full body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, and a lingering maltiness in the aftertaste. There are better examples of the style, but not much. Extra points for the cool ceramic bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vikingguy (816) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours nearly black; some ruby hints when held up to a light. Tall foamy head. Sweet malt aroma. Taste has notes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, some good balancing hops. Lots of malt with a creamy texture. Really liked this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8627) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Dark brown pour. Nose of raisins, caramel, nuts. Taste is smooth raisins, prunes and burnt fruits. Rated 5/18/04

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4249) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 500mL ceramic swingtop bottle poured hazy brown with big beige head and nice lace. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt and nuts. Body is medium as is the carbonation. Is it just me or do beers taste better from ceramics?

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