Scheldebrouwerij Merck toch hoe Sterck

Formerly brewed at Scheldebrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Meer (Hoogstraten), Belgium


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The beer is made from no less than four varieties of malt, amongst which amber and caramel malts and two varieties of hops, with a spicy touch of Koriander and rounded off by genuine dark sugar candy for refermentation. Dark ruby in color, it is a strong barley wine.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10664) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 25, 2008
Bottle shared with Nosiriwont. Pours a deep red-brown colour with a good head. Sweet dark fruity aroma with raisins and plums. Sweet flavour with dark fruits, roasted caramel and malt. Sweet dark fruity finish. Bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrefwoordPunk (1098) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle 33 cl (my bottle states only 9 % alcohol). Pours a very dark brown with a fading off-white head and roasted grains and candy sugar in the aroma. Flavor is sweet malty, but not to sweet. Just a very easy drinkable 9% beer with caramel, honey, some roastiness (almost like a porter), some fruits and some spices (coriander and maybe some cinnamon). The finish is sweet, with some hoppy spiceyness and a little bit of alcohol. A very nice one and this should be a really great one when aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2007
Bottle. [thank you, Skortila!]
Pour looks more or less like a Coca-Cola, deep nutty brown with a fizzy off white head. Aroma is roasted caramel, lots of plums and raisins and slight spices. Oily and full, but with lively carbonation. Flavour is powerful, sweet malty like a barley wine. Lots of dark fruityness and roasted caramel mixes well with a little coriander. Rastacouere called it effervescent - thats a well-describing word.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
t Arendsnest . Deep murky brown, large lasting tight and lacy beige head. Strong, powerful perfumey nose with a rather mineral character. Also floral though. Develops a certain fruitiness in mouth where figs and raisins touches are enveloped in desserty dark chocolate. All along, quite complex, deeply malty and surprisingly dry for what it is. Medium bodied, very effervescent. A fine Belgian nightcap ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 10/21/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

muddy brown, whispy beige head, rich yeasty malt aroma with nice chocolate and light floral hops, rich chocolate flavor, light tartness, nice yeast character,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1875) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
$5 33cl bottle from Takanaya in Tokyo. Pours thick murky brown with a simultaneous fine bubble brown head as if the bottle were half filled with yeast, but with no sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The smell is a unique and wonderful blend of buttery molasses and a little yeasty maltiness. I want to pour this over pancakes. The head forms a thin cloudy veil over that doesnt fade. The taste is mild, not sweet, but not dry either. Still murky at the bottom of my glass and now I can see some small floaters. Very good beer. Use before 06/2009.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dredd (882) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2007
Pours dead flat with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Reminds me of instant coffee in colour. Not a lot of complexity to this one, strong malt aroma and flavours. This is very very sweet with lots of sugar candy character. There is a kind of funky sourness to this one as well. Maybe it is an off bottle, but at 9% i doubt it. Kind of disappointing really, i expected a lot more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (9325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2007
Bottle. Very small white head. Black body, oh yes black,. Sweet berries aroma with something that tickles my note, I do not know what. Caramel and sugar cane flavor, sweet. The sweetness completely hid the high alcohol percentage. Too sweet though in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 33 cl bottle: Crisp, deep red-brown libabtion with a lasting caramel cream head. First thought on the aroma... banana milkshake made with toffee ice cream?! Let it sit for a minute then rum raisin shows up to join the game. There is also some upfront nuttiness, think roasted (unsalted) peanuts. Alcohol presence with background of roast, chocolate, and dark dried fruits. The carbonation seems to erupt when it hits your tongue. This causes a "soft sting" when combined with the roast and alcohol warmth. As it warms up the alcohol really takes over the aroma. Big bold chocolate and molasses flavors accompanied by sharp vinous character which mellows to port and again chocolate. Some nice complex flavors happening here... however, if this beer was a party, there is one large, loud drunk guy ruining everyones time. The hot alcohol gets in the way, I cant avoid it. The astrigent alcohol bite of this coupled with the oily mouthfeel makes me want to pour a glass of water to serve next to this beer. Maybe I need to try this again sometime, because I am the only one having this problem.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (13808) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2007
Bottle. Creamy off-white fair mostly lasting head. Brown colour. Heavy malty burnt nutty aroma. Heavy sweet flavor. Average syruply finish. Oily sticky palate. Way too sweet and too alcoholic.

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