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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 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 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 dfried
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

dfried, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

DogFood11, Jan 24, 2007
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 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 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 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 DrJay
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

DrJay, Mar 05, 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 SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

SheepNutz, May 11, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

kmpitz2, May 11, 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 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 cncbofh
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

cncbofh, Mar 10, 2005
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 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 texashammer
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with a fair head that fades pretty quickly. Keep in mind, I believe this bottle is two years old and I don't know its history. We'll see. Smells like almonds, maybe pecans, very nutty. When swirled it gives major yeast aroma. I think it was not treated badly in its life. Nice head upon swirling; stays this time. Yeast is still alive; I see bubbles rising. Very smooth, easy mouthfeel. Very friendly. Finish is all yeast. Well balanced malt and hops. Coriander and nutmeg show up as well. Very interesting and has aged quite well.

texashammer, Sep 23, 2004
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 WesWes
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

WesWes, Mar 17, 2004
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 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 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 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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

feloniousmonk, Jun 15, 2003
Bokrijks Kruikenbier from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.