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Bokrijks Kruikenbier - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Bokrijks KruikenbierBokrijks Kruikenbier

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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clouded, milky yellow body with a modestly-sized, fizzly white head.

Smell: Aroma of lightly grainy malts and sugary cereals. Slim notes of lemon zest, meadow flowers, spice, and white peaches, which attaches to a waft of alcohol giving a little sniff of schnapps.

Taste: Light pale maltiness, perhaps a bit of pils in the mix, with a moderate sweetness to it. A sousing with water, then a slip of alcohol. Fruitiness of white peaches and soft lemon. Only a slight bitterness is felt. vague peppery spiciness. A bit of enduring sweetness for the lightly acidic, lightly warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A beer that never really grabbed me, instead one I just got through, like paying bills or doing the laundry. I found it to be less than appealing and pretty forgettable. You might like it though!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of impending
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy dull light yellow, minor dense head, ok lacing.

Aroma is mild yeast and minor light skinned fruits plus a hint of citrus.

Taste is undefined, lacks focus. Barely sweet, barely dry, barely bitter. The taste is barely. Only at room temp does this have personality. Thin smooth mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

impending, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -23.5%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Gonzoillini, Nov 13, 2013
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 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 BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this one for the bottle, hoping that there was a great beer inside. Turns out to be an average Belgian. Clear straw in color with good CO2. Fruity sweet upfront with red apples, honey, and white wine notes. Mildly spicy of cooriander, ginger, and pepper. Fruity and spiciness prevails in the nost through the flavor but weakens in the body. Fact, the entire beer weakens somewhat. Leaving slight alcoholic warmth in the finish. Crisp and carbonated finish.

BEERchitect, Aug 22, 2005
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 smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dramatic head which does not leave very much lace (too slippery). Nearly straw in color with a very slight haze.

Warm alcohol; a lot of fruity esters, slight farm aromas.

This is a sweet Belgian that seems fairly one dimensional to me. The flavor profile is malt from beginning to end. The alcohol, while not as high as some, is assuredly present. Very creamy for such a light colored brew; carbonation is equally high. The aftertaste features a lip-smacking coating of the tongue with an almost sour-milk flavor.

If you like malty Belgian beers, this may be a good one for you. Not my style.

smcolw, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours golden/orange, has a one finger head with little retention or lacing. The aroma was fruity and bread-like. The taste was malty but it left a floral hop bitterness in my mouth. This might sound strange but the whole time I was drinking this beer I was thinking that it tasted like fresh green-beans.

Reflection:This beer I found to be average, I was expecting more from a Belgian ale.

Kookiekwan, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of jameaterblues
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I used to get samples at my old job and this is one that followed me a couple hundred miles...
A-So I agree these people know how to present their beer....beautiful bottle...but thats where the points are for the appearance....it really looks like a bubbly pale beer...1/4 inch white head...light thin bubbly lace...overall after it comes out of the bottle it looks kinda plain.
S-Belgian yeast...fruity esters...slightly sweet....maybe some banana...but that is also probably from the yeast too...light malts...no detectable hops...
T-OK I know that it is probably the yeast, but it tastes kinda like a wheat, and the banana is coming through in the flavor...light bitterness throughout beer...
M-light, alcohol not detectable in taste...bubbly.
D- Its not bad but these beers are kinda expensive(like $10 where I used to work) given the price I really don't think that I will pick it up...there are alot of good Belgian ales....and at better prices

jameaterblues, Sep 28, 2006
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 vapodge
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

vapodge, May 19, 2013
Photo of Bierman9
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml crock-type bottle. Has a rich, clear, medium/dark golden color, with a slow, steady stream of bubbles rising within. Head was white, creamy, and fine, leaving an attractive trail of lace in the glass. Aroma was heavy on the breadiness, with grassy hops also appearing. Body was a decent medium, and the bier was fairly smooth passing over the tongue. Taste had some light sweetness initially, with a crackery malt flavor. It soon turned dry, with grassy hops similar to a Pils coming into play. I also picked up a touch of a metallic taste, which didn't help matters at all. A good looking bier, but nothing I'd seek out.
Prosit!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3

773

Bierman9, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy lemon blonde with pitted lacey white head. Tangy yeast on the nose - a bit of lemon, bit of clove, bit of wax.
Dusty lemon, Saltines, some wax, a bit of white peach, and an herbal cough drop ending.
Lemon rind sorbet finish and more wax lingers. Dry, crisp, a bit of heat.

Brewed by Duvel/Moortgat, I believe.

Too lean, too hot and a strange compote thing going on. Too estery? Average blonde.

StJamesGate, Jun 19, 2012
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
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
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. ceramic Monsters bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Out of a very unique 'Monsters' flip top ceramic bottle, this pours a hazy golden tangerine color. Lots of resplendent carbonation refreshes a creamy white head. Initially a large cap rests on top, but a thinner film remains for the duration of the glass. Nice lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fairly sweet. White grape and green apple work with a honey sweet pale malt to provide this effect.

Taste: The flavor is fairly sweet as well. A gentle honey sweetness and bready malt carries the flavor into the fruit. White grapes and green apples and then a vague spiciness. The end of the sip has a slightly medicinal flavor and remains sweet.

Mouthfeel: The body of this beer is on the fuller side of medium. The carbonation is soft and creamy smooth. A grainy feel exists in each sip.

Overall: Without a ton of complexity, this ends up being a fairly plain, fairly sweet Belgian Strong Pale Ale. The best thing about it is the bottle. But since that was the reason I picked it up in the first place, I don't really have much to complain about.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 03, 2011
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 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 mschofield
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a nice stoneware bottle, pours a sparkling clear gold, topped with a one finger white head, leaves white webs of lacing.
Honey and fruit aroma.
Honey, pepper, alcohol, fruit, bread and herb notes in the taste.
Medium bottled. The name made me think of cherries, but kruikenbier means 'beer in a crock'

mschofield, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of bacabuck
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let's not forget that the bottle clearly states it is a "blonde ale". Too many other reviews of this brew seem to be comparing it to other Belgians that are of a different structure.

Poured into a goblet at ~45'F. Pale honey blonde in color. Good head that quickly disipates to a 2mm thick head that leaves considerable lace on the glass.

Unfiltered and smells similar to the Wonder Bread factory that used to be off the Lodge Freeway in Detroit. That's not a bad thing however. Just lots of yeast on the nose.

The first few sips displayed pear and apple flavors. Light and crisp. As the brew warms slightly to 50'F the taste slightly changes and takes on a creamy tone. May be due to the fact that the carbonation is dramatically decreased at higher temps. This seems to be the beer's perfect state.

Alcohol doesn't seem to come through until you start quaffing it down so it doesn't get too warm or you finish the bottle. Nice beer.

Other reviewers have pointed out that there are other, better ales at lower prices. They are indeed correct but this is still a fine drink on it's own merits. I enjoyed it, but most likely will try other beers before coming back around to this one again.

bacabuck, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of REDAMI
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Straw gold with some slight haze. A white laced foam.

S - Fruit, peach/apricot, lemon zest, sweet malt and candi sugar.

T - Phenols, alcohol, candied fruit, grapefruit-like hop bitterness. Mild sweetness and peachy ester notes.

M - A medium body with a slightly astringent finish.

The smell was fantastic, but the flavors come through in the wrong order. The alcohol and hop astringency really throws the balance.

REDAMI, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of diodeelph
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

diodeelph, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip glass, and the brew makes a good strong three finger thick bright white foam presentation, and the body is hazy with a nice golden color.

The aroma is grains, sugar, orange with a twist of lemon.

The taste is of powdered sugar... Kind of like original bubble gum flavor. There is honey, metallic qualities, and orange rind is detectable.

Feels well carbonated, powdery dry, and slightly warm in the end.

TheSarge, Apr 17, 2012
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Bokrijks Kruikenbier from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.