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Bokrijks Kruikenbier - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2000)
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Reviews by benfons:
Photo of benfons
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright yellow-orange colour, slightly hazy nice head
S: Lemon and orange, hints of hops and coriander, smells refreshing
T: apricot and orange, slightest hint of spices and hops, a bit too sweet
M: undercarbonated, medium body, a bit sticky
O; does not deliver on the promise, but not a bad beer, drinks easily, not heavy

benfons, Oct 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a lovely, deep yellow in color with a very light orange tinting and a good white head that left significant lacing on the inside of my St B chalice.

Smell - The rich grain and deep yeast are split 50/50 at the nose. The hops, which are also evenly distributed, are grassy but in a very full way. We also have the strong traditional coriander that doesn't overpower but is quite noticeable. There are other aromas here, but these core four are almost evenly weighted and provide a wonderful balance to the nose.

Taste - The spicing picks things up a bit at the taste and the hops falter just a bit but otherwise this is quite pleasing. There is just a hair of medicine cabinet here that is going to place the taste just a notch below the smell but overall this is a nice flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with acute yet full carbonation and a nice texture in between the cheeks. There is a slight bitter finish at the very end.

Drinkability - This is a wonderfully-drinking BSPA. The balance is impeccable yet it delivers on the "strong ale" promise. This is no wimpy beer to be sure.

RoyalT, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overpriced but the gimmicky bottle caught my eye. Light bodied, low carbonation, light lacing, limited flavor. Mildly geuze like funkiness in the aroma and an oddly large amount of maple syrup in the taste. Easy to drink but not very appealing. Nice dark gold/copper body though.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 9.4 oz ceramic flip-top jar. Belgian Golden Ale stated on the label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden with a creamy white lace, good head retention.

Smell: Good quantity of pale malt sweetness in the nose with hints of fresh mowed hay and mild phenolic / medicinal aromas.

Taste: Fairly snappish carbonation leaves a smooth malty mouth feel. Loads of big pale malt flavours; sweet, smooth and alcoholic upfront. A bit warming. Sugariness turns honey-like with a semi-slick butter flavour. Hop character brings a lime rind / peppery bitterness that comes as quickly as it goes though the lime rind flavour fades slowly. Mild phenols make it known that this beer is Belgian. Alcohol becomes more noticeable towards the end of the glass. Finishes dry.

Notes: Deceivingly alcoholic due to the sweetness, outstanding malt profile makes for high drinkability. A damn fine, rare, Belgian Golden Ale. Very enjoyable, interesting and complex.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 23, 2000
Photo of jsolack
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Has a honey color. Very light head. Also slightly hazey.

Smell:
Has sweet carmel smell with hints of pear. Slight wheat scent.

Taste:
Smooth caramel flavor with very little bitterness. Grain flavors come through in the finish. Very pleasing and well rounded flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Has a crisp and light feel in mouth. Has a dry finish. Fits the style well.

Drinkability:
A great tasting smooth beer. Has pretty high alchohol content but tastes very refreshing. Also the bottle is pretty cool.

jsolack, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of Dantheman4162
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

At first I wasn't sure what i thought. Had the standard belgium beer taste, darker beer. It definitely grew on me.

Must confess, I bought it because it came in a really cool ceramic bottle with a resealable stopper.

I may not get it again, but not something to go out of my way for.

Dantheman4162, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of thatothermitch
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured partially cloudy with a big, but rapidly falling head.

S: Very sweet, with strong honey notes.

T: Opens delicate sweetness which reminds me of honey with hints of fruit, a subtle hop bitterness.

M: Slightly astrignent and dry. Hides alcohol nearly completely.

D: Bitterness and astringency are not overpowering.

thatothermitch, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear golden color. Foamy white head. Good retention and moderate lacing.

Smell – Mostly I get some fruits as watermelon, oranges, etc... There are some nice spices such as coriander, pepper, and some cumin. Lastly of course is the yeast.

Taste – Yeast is the backbone, but the fruits put on a nice flavor and the spices are strong. The pepper is a bit much, but not too overpowering. A little more and it would be unbalanced. They walked a fine line here.

Mouthfeel – Medium crisp carbonation on a medium/light bodied beer. Smooth and drinkable.

Drinkability – A nice example of the style. While not my favorite, it is definitely a worthwhile entry.

stereosforgeeks, May 19, 2007
Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -23.5%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot A notched on the label.

I couldn’t walk out of the store without bringing home this ridiculously cool capped and swing-topped ceramic bottle, and I’m glad I made the purchase. Bokrijks poured bold and golden, with a thin, white head and a sweet, familiar smell that takes me back to my studies abroad in Belgium this past summer.

The taste is crisp, light, sweet, and very slightly wheaty, which made it stand out a bit from some of the Belgian Strong Pales I’ve had recently. The alcohol within this beer is like a pillow, soft and round at the edges with a touch of sweetness.

You know what? This is pretty damn good, and ridiculously easy to drink (and did I mention the cool bottle, which even has the initials M.K.M. in the clay beneath the label?). This beer is why I love Belgian Strong Pale Ales – I love it, yet I sense that it’s relatively average for the style.

Doesn’t matter to me—I love the stuff. And if anyone knows what MKM stands for, let me know.

RockyTopHeel, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Looked and smelled like a cider or geuze. Then that's it, a thin mouthfeel pale ale with little taste, aftertaste or mouthfeel. Better than a cheap beer, but very overpriced. Tough to get that second serving of the bomber down with my drinking buddy. Surprise find however at Volo Cafe.

Sammy, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of diodeelph
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

diodeelph, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Gonzoillini, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml clay jar with both a cap and a swing top. A good friend of mine picked this up for me while on an out of state trip. Label has a picture of a thatch roofed building and simply says Belgian Golden Ale. It looks like there are drawings of hop cones around the border. Poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: Pours with about 1 inch of creamy, off white foam. This falls slowly, leaving a lot of lacing and a still substantial coating of foam. The beer itself is a honey golden color with a hint of red/orange.

Smell: Sweet, sugary, bubblegum smell of so many Belgians. Hints of caramel.

Taste: Decent level of carbonation bite upfront. Malty backbone with a not too sweet taste. Mild bitterness. Warming finish shows the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: What can I say, I love Belgians and this one is no exception. Nice spicy and slightly sweet character without being too cloying. This is the kind of beer I can enjoy a 750ml of over the course of the night.

beveritt, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Neog
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Neog, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of hotstuff
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, this beer poured a large white head with small sized bubbles. The body was cloudy and the hue was orange. I found this beer to have a citrus, fruity aroma to it. This beer has a smooth and sweet flavor to it in my opinion. There is a bit of an aftertaste with this beer as well.

hotstuff, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow pour, sticky white head. The thin layer retains well enough.

Very grassy aroma, light funk. Some malt, light fruit and spice.

Taste, tons of pale malt. Musty grass/lemongrass. A pleasant spiciness, not really sure how to describe the detail. Finishes with the a dry pale mustiness.

Light bodied, alcohol is well hidden. A little thin, but that helps with the drinkability which is good. Not something I normally drink, but pretty enjoyable.

Bung, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Count me as another sucker for the bottle...a funky clay/stoneware swingtop with a pebbly surface and deep mustard glaze. So lets get to the contents...

A golden pour with steady carbonation. Fruity yeast in the aroma, creates some anticipation. Taste is light and effervescent, with signature Belgian farmhouse yeast rounding it out. Not too heavy or boozy, this one is a solid strong pale ale. The bottle disappears all too quickly...

Notes: 2007, recently cracked open a bottle that had been in the cellar for a few months. It had probably been on the shelf for well over a year before that...Carbonation was lower, mouthfeel was almost like a fruit juice. It seemed slightly syrupy and sweet. The bottle didn't go over so well with the group.

emerge077, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of AaronRed
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional golden color and head. On the sweet side, but smooth and flavorful. Goes great with French cheese. Neat bottle;on the expensive side.

AaronRed, Jan 20, 2002
Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

OregonGrown7, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudless golden orange color, the head bright white, smallish in size, frothy in texture and it evaporates quickly leaving a patchy sheet of lace. Nose is malt, citrus crisp and fresh, somewhat sweet, as is the malt-laden start with a middling feel to the palate. Finish is brutally acidic, vinous, and the hops give a decent spicy bite with the aftertaste desert dry and long lasting. A drinkable beer, but there are many better Belgian beers to be had, and I can’t see much more than a bit above average on my numbers.

Gusler, Feb 06, 2003
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I assume that this is the same beer, just different "labeling" on the crockery bottle.
This bottle features screenprinted drawings, "Monsters," on the front and back by renowned underground comics artist Mat Brinkman.

Inside, I think it's the same 7.2 percent "kruikenbier."

Poured into a MJ tasting glass (tulip).

Pours a clear golden with a huge, stark white head of over three fingers. Takes a while for it to drop. Leaves some lacing.

Aromas of spicy yeast, no real hop or malt aroma. Some hard candy sweetness.

Flavor of tobacco, lemon zest, peppery spice, a light anise note. Good bitterness. Not assertive. Finish is long, and lingers around the licorise. Odd for such a light colored beer.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, with a light prickle from the carbonation.

Very drinkable. I remember having this years ago, in the original packaging. Same flavor I remember. The alcohol in this one will sneak up on you. A little pricey, but worth seeking out.

JamnesCameron, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of Globetrotter
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yup, my bottle looks like the one in the picture. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 9/30/04, I opened it on 4/14/04.

Pours clear orange with a fairly small 1.5 finger off white head that settles pretty quickly but leaves a bit of lacing. The nose is mild, characterized by sweet fruit and yeast. The mouth is very prickly and light. The opening features mild yeast and malt flavors, wiht a hint of apricot fruitiness. Some hops come through in the finish, leaving a bit of bitterness amongst the malt. This beer is OK, but really no more than average.

Globetrotter, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of PBoegel
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml swing top ceramic jar.

Billowing egg shell white head on a hazy yellow body.

Aromas are pilsner malt, faint caramel, touch of sugar sweetness and light fresh mown grass.

Taste is clean malt with touch of Belgian yeast peppery spice.

mouthfeel is effervescent and medium light on body.

Very drinkable pale/golden, a bit too hazy, but overall drinkable and approachable and the packaging is great for home brewing.

PBoegel, Mar 02, 2008
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Bokrijks Kruikenbier from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.