Sterkens Dubbel Ale - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 6/13/2012. Pours moderately murky deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, prune, cherry, fig, apple, caramel, toast, molasses, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, clove, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of raisin, prune, cherry, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/earthy spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, cherry, fig, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, bread bread, light chocolate, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/yeast balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this was a very nice dubbel style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
07-20-2014 03:55:01 | More by superspak
4.08/5 rDev +10%
A nice Dubbel, with a beautiful brown color and fair amount of carbonation bubbles and good head. Smell was fairly neutral with nothing really standing out apart from some bready and malty aromas. Very little sugar tastes or sweetness in general like a lot of dubbels. Some spicy coriander flavors and touch of dryness. But the taste was still very solid and enjoyable, if not a tiny bit different from many others in this style. Not always a bad thing. Mouth was fairly thin but still fine. Couldn't figure out the alcohol content, but it seemed to heat up just a tad as beer warmed. A very solid Belgian that I would not hesitate to drink again.
06-03-2014 14:40:00 | More by Beer-A-Lot
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Overall - as others wrote, with so many great trappist beers why drink an also ran one?
But even as 2nd tier, it's damn good beer. My bottled was drink by 2015 so may be a bit old since these have 5+ lives.
A: A beautiful cola color and wine-like experience, with an energetic head that fades to nada, and no lacing.
S: grassy. cola and tea like. A bit weak on aroma. Almost like a wine slightly past it's prime, and this is at cellar temp.
T: Very wine like. But sweet, cola/tea like, laid back, a very nice long tingly finish as it should, which dries out the initial caramel, chocolatey personality. A candy shop on a very wet spring day.
MF: Good, wine like, good finish.
Mid pack beer, at Beligian Dubbel prices, look elsewhere. Would definitely include in a taste off and I'd try again. Still a mid-Belgique is still a decent beer.
02-13-2014 20:00:39 | More by Act25
3.66/5 rDev -1.3%
Paid a bit much for this 4 bucks for the single. Into a pint glass.
A - Blegh a ton of floaties in my glass thick and chunky. Color is a deep copper brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a mild lace ring.
S - Slightly sour, notes of wine grapes musky raisins and some figs. Has a sweet edge to it.
T - Has some sour notes but it's rather enjoyable like a Flemish Brown ale. Notes of sweet malts mostly fruity raisins and figs. Finish is rather sweet as well.
M - Light to medium not sure of the ABV (not listed) but its smooth.
Overall not sure of the age but the sediment really kills the experience of this beer. It's actually a very drinkable but the price point I don't think I would ever revisit.
06-27-2013 04:24:05 | More by DrDemento456
3.84/5 rDev +3.5%
Interesting beer from Sterkens. The aroma smells like a sour, the taste is good with a slight sour bite to it. Good carbonation with a thin mouth feel. This is a quality offering and I would buy this again. I look forward to trying other brews from this brewery.
Bottom Line: Worth a look.
02-25-2013 01:29:50 | More by themind
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Look – medium brown color, somewhat murky, with about three fingers’ worth of tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.
Smell – malty, sweet, syrupy, interesting blend of hops, but not necessarily “hoppy”-smelling.
Taste – malty and a bit musky, maybe a bit phenolic and earthy. The middle gets a little bitter, but it mellows out pretty fast. The finish is actually pretty sweet.
Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, not leaning more toward either the watery or creamy sides.
Overall – not a bad brew at all. Good taste, and interesting to think about.
12-31-2011 18:30:17 | More by Nerudamann
Sterkens Dubbel Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.