1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sterkens Dubbel Ale - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Not Rated.
Sterkens Dubbel AleSterkens Dubbel Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

143 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 143
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-08-2001)
View: Beers (17) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 143 | Reviews: 124 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by karengarys:
Photo of karengarys
karengarys

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this pours rich deep amber, and very clear. Little to no head, and the minimal ring sticks to the glass.

Smells very inviting, very floral.

Taste leaves a lot to be desired. It seems like hop flavors and some spices are apparent, but that is about it. [update: I originally tried it too cold, it is better warm. I rated it 2.5 cold, but it isn't that bad at room temp]

Mouthfeel is wet, flat and to me not very good. Perhaps this is good if you like that kind of feel, but I sure don't.

Finish is rather clean with a hint of sweetness. Nice finish.

I could drink another, but would rather not. It is an okay beer, and worth trying, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one, and i wouldn't pay a premium price either. And DON'T buy a bunch until you try one and confirm it is for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 00:44:31 | More by karengarys
More User Reviews:
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-01-2014 02:47:57 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of BeerForMuscle
BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-25-2014 01:22:14 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of bf7
bf7

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

06-06-2014 20:17:47 | More by bf7
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2014 14:40:00 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-25-2014 02:30:22 | More by Latarnik
Photo of Act25
Act25

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 20:00:39 | More by Act25
Photo of pisomojado8
pisomojado8

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-09-2013 01:58:40 | More by pisomojado8
Photo of Mervjahn
Mervjahn

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

09-16-2013 23:46:32 | More by Mervjahn
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 04:24:05 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of gtermi
gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-20-2013 01:27:27 | More by gtermi
Photo of squack
squack

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

04-14-2013 15:45:30 | More by squack
Photo of psmith161
psmith161

Indiana

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-13-2013 22:21:10 | More by psmith161
Photo of ummswimmin
ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-16-2013 23:45:04 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of themind
themind

New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:29:50 | More by themind
Photo of buzzed
buzzed

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

10-28-2012 02:52:30 | More by buzzed
Photo of bzach
bzach

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-21-2012 04:06:23 | More by bzach
Photo of kobeer
kobeer

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

07-27-2012 17:35:51 | More by kobeer
Photo of harpus
harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-22-2012 05:04:56 | More by harpus
Photo of cowboy83
cowboy83

New York

4.75/5  rDev +28%

06-05-2012 18:58:52 | More by cowboy83
Photo of Kam
Kam

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-24-2012 00:16:36 | More by Kam
Photo of javahead71
javahead71

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-14-2012 11:14:10 | More by javahead71
Photo of Vylo
Vylo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-11-2012 11:30:22 | More by Vylo
Photo of Nerudamann
Nerudamann

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:30:17 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of Rochefort10nh
Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-25-2011 23:08:59 | More by Rochefort10nh
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Sterkens Dubbel Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.