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Bokrijks Kruikenbier - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2005 03:41:08 | More by Sammy
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 17:22:44 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 15:17:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 22:54:00 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 00:11:53 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It has a nice "golden" scent, attained through the use of pale and carapils malts. It has a fruity Belgian yeast aroma as well. The taste is good. It has a nice light, yet refreshing gold flavor that goes down easy and finishes well. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good Belgian style golden ale. It has excellent flavor and a nice fruity yeast finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 22:12:03 | More by WesWes
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 22:03:28 | More by smcolw
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 17:40:08 | More by DrJay
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 14:32:09 | More by Gusler
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:42:13 | More by superspak
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 02:15:16 | More by RoyalT
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 13:57:50 | More by Bierman9
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ADZA

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the second beer ive drank/reviewed from this brewery and ive said it b4 and ill say it again love these bottles very eye catching and good looking,the beer pours a pale honey colour with nice carbonation that leaves a two finger white as snow frothy head with heaps of lacing,the aromas are apricots,banannas,yeasty bread and alcohol,it has a nice weighty mouthfeel to it first up which finishes rather dry and crisp with flavours of honey,pears and peaches with a touch of alcohol right at the end and it is noticeable but not overly and easy enough to drink for my palette just not a standout in style,apart from the earthware bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 06:43:35 | More by ADZA
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srandycarter

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky light honey, near white head, small, leaves to disk fast. Some chunky cling lace.

S - Wheat and lemon, fruitiness comes through.

T - Banana, cloves, pit fruits. Lemon finish.

M - Very carbed, small bubbles, light bodied, nice balance. Solid feel to it.

D - Not too overwhelming, I would have a few. Nice choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 02:58:21 | More by srandycarter
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a bice golden color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is golden raisin with a slight brown sugar and spice. The flavor is just okay. A little weak. I get slight raisiney and spice, but a metallic finish that I don't like. The feel is moderate at best with a light to moderate carbonation. This is an okay brew. The alcohol is a slight bit warming, but not really apparent on the flavor or nose. A nice brew, but I may not visit again with the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 22:34:13 | More by kmpitz2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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StJamesGate

New York

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 14:48:32 | More by StJamesGate
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Bung

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 20:13:13 | More by Bung
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DogFood11

California

4.6/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 04:48:22 | More by DogFood11
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 18:37:59 | More by Globetrotter
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:01:09 | More by Monkeyknife
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albern

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 22:59:11 | More by albern
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 03:09:22 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Wildman

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 19:19:39 | More by Wildman
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:13:24 | More by jjanega08
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