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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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Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

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 BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%

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 ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%

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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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!

feloniousmonk, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

WesWes, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%

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 superspak
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

superspak, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Gonzoillini, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

DrJay, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +2%

harpus, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Haybeerman, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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 ADZA
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

ADZA, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 srandycarter
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

srandycarter, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

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 Bung
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

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 stereosforgeeks
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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 kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

kmpitz2, May 11, 2005
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2%

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 DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

DogFood11, Jan 24, 2007
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Bokrijks Kruikenbier from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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