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Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Scheldebrouwerij

Style: Belgian Ale
Meer, Belgium

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RATINGS: 318   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."


KajII's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (767) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2012
16.9oz Ceramic Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head, which reduced down to a medium film and collar with excellent sheeting of lacing. The aroma was strong of a musty Belgian yeast and a toasted grain malt with notes of toffee, dark fruit (dates and figs) and a mild medicinal odor. The taste was a tad sweet with a nice malty feel, a hint of toffee and a slight chocolate presence from the start, becoming ever so lightly bitter with a good sweet yeast taste and a note of dark fruit and a slight medicinal flavor right at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a dry, bitter and slightly fruity taste left lying on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a ticklish carbonation. Overall this was a decent enough Dubbel, which was rich and creamy and had a nice bold yeasty taste. Although I did think it was a bit over carbonated, it did still possess a smooth and satisfying drinkability...


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1268) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Aromas of hay, raisins, spice and cola. An opaque dark brown pour with a robust, but short lived tan head, producing fine lacing. The overall taste is fragely sweet. Cola, Belgina yeast, with hints of raisins. Medium body with medium carbonation. Carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, enjoyable but not necessarily outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
polaxis (71) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 15, 2014
500 ml capped stoneware bottle, with swingtop, at home @10°C large and lasting off-white to beige head. Beer is completely dark. Malty with hints of caramel and chocolate aroma. Balance between sweetness and hoppyness is just a tick on the sweet side, but still very balanced. Very good beer, would definitely buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bamsen78 (2413) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours cloudy dark coffee brown with airy but stable light tan head. Clear aroma of fruit and flowers, with notes of malt. Sweet, malty flavour, with fruity and caramellish notes and mild hoppy touches. Bitter finish. Reasonable but I have tasted better beers of this style. Way too expensive, at least where I bought it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (4814) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2014
500 ml capped stoneware bottle, with swingtop. Bought at Alcampo Gran Canaria. ABV is 6.9%. A dark strong beer, brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot. Very dark brown colour, large and lasting off-white to beige head. Moderately malty and slightly spicy aroma, hints of caramel. Malty flavour, hints of caramel, mild spices and brown bread, but not as sweet as many other Belgians.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (2730) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 28, 2014
I was lucky enough to get the lower priced 75cl glass bottle version instead of the pottery 50cl one. Dark red brown colour. Dried fruits in the aroma, raisins, etc. Flavour is generally quite sweet and caramelesque but there’s a background woody, nutty dryness to keep it in check.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (1493) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3307) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Bottle at Belgian Beer Bar in Zhuhai for $220 CNY. Pours opaque brown. Huge tan, foamy head. Clean, but dusty yeast aroma. Flavor is belgium hay. Very clean danky malt syrup, purified. Strong flavor but goes down too smooth, esp. in Zhuhai.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EddyBeer1 (760) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2014
Brune acajou, effervescence moyenne, mousse beige crémeuse et onctueuse. Plutôt maltée, torréfaction légère-moyenne, fruits secs, légèrement rôtie, moelleuse, petite amertume.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nilsas (974) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
Duft av frukter. Mørk kastanjebrun farge. Tynt dekkende skum. Mye karbonering. Frisk smak av frukter og krydder.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ruigo (857) - PORTUGAL - NOV 26, 2013
Shared a 33cl bottle from Cora (Luxembourg). Pours an almost clear reddish brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is yeast, caramel and toffee, roasted and bread. Medium carbonation and medium to full creamy body. Flavour is bitter with a sweet lightly boring and dry end. Overall, not bad but nothing special.


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