Bokrijks Kruikenbier - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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86
very good

59 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 82
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2000

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When poured in a pint glass the color was hazy light golden yellow with an orange hue. Also, loads of tight white foam and lace all the way down the glass from start to finish. The smell of fruit and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. Well balanced of flavors. To bad it's so hard to find, just happen to get the last bottle at my Bevmo! (348 characters)

Photo of GoldenChild
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

well just like everyone else had to have it because of the bottle i brew beer and dont have my kegerator up and running yet.

A- these people know how to present their beer beautiful bottle. looks like a pale ale because of the sediment in the beer there was not a ton just enough to make it hazy. two fingers of white head. light thin bubbly lacing on the glass.

S-Belgian yeast, fruity esters,slightly sweet, banana and apricot from the yeast. light malts no detectable hops.

T-banana, orange, and apricot coming through in the flavor . not tasting the hops but they must be in there alcohol not detectable in taste. nice and bubbly.

D- thought that it was a great beer and will probably be picking up a few more of these. wish the bottle was a bit bigger ran out fast(they all do). i paid 7.99 here in michigan for it and drank it out of a glass (856 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle with a flip cap. Poured it into a tulip it forms an easily managed whispy white head. Chunky lacing. Golden body is cloudy and full of fine carbonation. Nice to look at.

Yes! This is the Belgian pale taste that I love. Tons of Belgian yeasty characteristics. Clovey at a nice level. Lighter fruitiness that could include pineapple, tangerines, Bananna, ginger, and a touch of sweetened lemon. The head has amazing staying power drink after drink seems to just rile this bitch up a bit.

Notes: Light and delightfull. Suprisingly refreshing and the alcohol is a complete afterthought. Oh my the beer burps on this one are something I wont forget anytime soon. Yummmy. Somewhere between good and excellent. (723 characters)

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a flip cap.

Poured into goblet opaque darkish tan with blonde touches. A hearty head that has never been seen but settles to 2 finger head with lots of legs.

Smell is overpowering yeast to let you know this is not a starter beer but not hoppy.

Taste-Not a wheat but with the yeast I had to check the bottle again. Gets sweeter as you move down your glass.

M/D: Thick and hearty for all those who enjoy a good quaf. (440 characters)

Photo of roblowther
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big ol' ceramic bottle with swing top, labeled as "Monsters" and a perfect Halloween brew, I figure. It is clear pale gold in color with a frothy white head and very active carbonation. Looks like champagne. Smell is sugar, caramel, oranges, and grass. The taste is toffee and caramel malt, with a slight spicy finish. Very balanced and very good :) It is very carbonated with a nice slickness that holds it in check. Very very nice, malty and sweet without being cloying. This gives Duvel a serious run for its money. (518 characters)

Photo of cncbofh
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear golden color with a half-finger head into my tulip glass.

Smells of fresh hay, sweet clover honey and just a mild spiciness.

The taste was light honey and pale bread malts. Hops and spiciness were present, but too light to put my finger on.

The mouthfeel was much lighter than expected. The alcohol was very well hidden and I had no problem quaffing the entire 1pint and 9 ounces in under 20 minutes. I wanted another one after. Huge drinkability score here.

Great stuff. (498 characters)

Photo of jsolack
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just like a lot of the other reviewers the bottle is the thing that got me on this beer. What a cool container! With a nice swing stop with a tight fit too so this is worth hanging onto.

Onto the beer. I poured it into three separate goblets, each one having about as much sediment in it as the one before it, which is a lot. If sediment in your beer isn't your thing then you may want to avoid this one, but for those of us who can handle a little yeast than don't be afraid!

Nice golden orange color with a light, frothy, egg-white colored head.

On the nose, typical belgian yeast smell, candied apricots, orange peel, mild and mellow.

Very balanced taste, lightly hopped, kinda creamy, hints of vanilla, citrus fruit, apricots again.

This is a winner! (759 characters)

Photo of micahgoldfus
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, yellow-orange color with a pure white 2-finger head that displays the fairly high carbonation level. The smell was of wheat, yeast, honey, and a tad a citrus. In a word: pleasant. The taste was powerful: plenty of sugary, syrupy, yeasty taste that is typical of this beer style. Little alcohol presence, but still enough to remind you of the high percentage. Also citrus and fruit presence, and a little bit of spice, but not as much as I would have hoped for. I think it was drowned out a bit. Still, this is a tasty, full, crisp beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, and would recomend. (599 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/10/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big peach, apricot, lemon, pear, apple, honey, candi sugar, bread, light clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big peach, apricot, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, honey, bread, candi sugar, light clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of peach, apricot, lemon, pear, apple, white grape, honey, candi sugar, bread, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of fruity/earthy yeast ester and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly slick/crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian golden ale. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,395 characters)

Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw orange in color, giant white head that broke apart in big chunks. Bready Belgian yeast in the aroma, syrupy malt, and spicy cloves and others. Some fruity mellon, pears, and bananas, some citrus from the hops. A lot of Belgian yeast in the initial flavor some syrupy malt and candy sugar. Slightly dry mouthfeel and aftertaste reveals an array of fruity flavors, oranges, mangos, pears, apricots, tangerines, mellons, and cantalopes, some playing off the spicy citrusy hops. Spices add to the dry/tart mouthfeel as well.

Verdict: while I now have had better strong goldens, this is one beer that helped open my eyes to Belgians a few years ago. It's a pretty good representation of the style and I love all of the fruity flavors you can pick out. (762 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,124 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Swing-topped, ceramic bottle, 750ml.
Appearance: clear, bright golden color, and blessed with a glorious, blooming snow white head, leaving lace as it slowly settles down to size
Aroma: full of spice, sweet, hot, bubbling with citric fruits and more, zesty and invigorating.
Dazzling with the hops, right off, full of peach, orange and further fruitiness.
Delightfully sticky, chewy texture. Delicious taste, happy finish.
Well-rounded, smooth, eassssy on the tongue, great swallowability.
Not among the top rank of Belgian ales, or even the next rung, but a good drink nonetheless! (588 characters)

Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clay jar it comes in is definitely a smart marketing ploy. How can you not notice it? The beer pours a very frothy white head with very good lacing and foam that hangs around for a while. The beer is a nice slightly cloudy orange/yellow. The smell is a wonderful melange of yeast, citrus, spices, and banana. If you like the smell of Belgian pales then you have found your beer. The smell is the highlight. The taste is very good and it does mellow as the beer warms. This is a very typical Belgian pale, you have the characteristic candy sugar fermentation, yeast backbone, spices, pepperish bite, alcohol notes, and coriander and some sweetish banana and cloves in there as well. The down side is that the yeast is a bit snappish and tart with this beer. This is a medium to full bodied beer with a syrupy consistency, that is oh so characteristic of Belgian pales. The after taste is very malty and slightly less sweet. I think Grimbergen is more representative of the style, but this is a very nice ale that is well worth seeking out and enjoying in its own right. L'Chaim. (1,081 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a fairly clear golden color with one finger of head. The smell is both sweet and spicy. Pale malt mixing with white grapes and lemon. There's some pepper in there too. The taste is fairly light, but has some of that same sweet and peppery goodness. It's really pleasant and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is decently thick, and the drinkability is good. A decent Belgian! (414 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date as 18/01/15 G 12:44

A= Beer pours a nice hazy golden color with a finger of nice white head on it that holds solid lacing and retenion with some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The aroma is a solid malty aroma without much hop character and a bit of a sweet malt. Somewhat quite in the nose with maybe a bit of a yeast spice.

T= The taste is as I thought a nice light Belgian yeast taste with a little bit of bubblegum without being out of hand as well as some slight grain flavor and little to no hop profile. Solid and refreshing sort of reminds me of Duvel only a little less bright.

M= Solid carbonation

O= This is a solid beer in a sweet bottle. Bought for the bottle and I will likely buy it again for the bottle and the beer inside is tasty. A fine example of a Belgian Golden Ale. Not as good as Duvel but worth checking out. (863 characters)

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim from the Belgian section. Figured it'd be a great beer to try in my new St. Sebastiaan glass.

Poured a beautiful clear golden. Obviously unfiltered, particles floating around. Crisp white bubbly head, very nice lacing.

Smell is very yeasty, mild spice and fruit. Faint alcohol presence.

Taste is immensely complex. Starts sweet with a blend of spice, cinnamon, coriander, and clove. Hop is mild and sweet. Flavor is very well blended.

Mouthfeel is sticky, sweet, and medium bodied. Carbonation isn't bad.

Drinkability is good. After it warms a bit the alcohol becomes a bit strong, but otherwise its easy to drink. (644 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color and formed a nice foamy white head that acted a lot like a float and left circular lace as it slowly subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and citrus. A taste of malt and caramel which gives it a bit of sweetness in the fairly astrigent finish. (316 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Giant, rocky white head with spotty lace and decent retention. The beer was straw yellow and slightly hazed. Yeasty, bready aroma with some light citrus. Fairly mild, but quite nice. Balanced flavour with moderate bitterness, crackery malt, and lemon characters. Short finish. Medium/light body with generous carbonation. Off-dry with a solid texture. Very easy drinking - two of us split a 750mL bottle with no problem. Not very complex, but still enjoyable. (459 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the ceramic 'Monsters' bottle a hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of off-white head.

Sweet aroma of fruit cocktail, light spice and Belgian yeast.

Like the aroma, the taste is sweet and fruity with apple and white grapes. A light spicy yeast note carries to the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a sharper carbonation.

This was an easy one to enjoy. A bit pricy ($19) but worth it. (399 characters)

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