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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

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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."


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   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2002
Burgundy in color, cloudy, beige head that is creamy and generous, lace that clings in sheets to the glass. Nose is malt laden, over ripe fruit, plummish if you like, earthy. The start is sweet, the mouth feel is full and somewhat frothy. Finish is lightly carbonated, wineish, dry, lightly hopped and quite a quaffable beer.

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   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4620) - 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!

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   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jde123 (765) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3646) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1330) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
16 ounce ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/15/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, caramel, toast, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian dark ale style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2006) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
500 ml crock. Pours a dark brown with moderate head. Aromas of dark fruit, Flavors of juniper berries and wood. Distinct. Bitter with sweet finish. Very nice.


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