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Sterkens White Ale - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Sterkens White AleSterkens White Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-10-2001)
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, fresh 11.2oz bottle with the best by date of 25/04/12 lasered on the neck. Served at about fridge temperature in a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Appearance- After the yeast addition, this beer pours a hazy gold with a finger-thick white head. It settles to a translucent mat within about two minutes, not leaving any lacing behind.

Smell- An exquisite aroma of sour apple, coriander, orange peel, and yellow cake mix... one of the most complex, interesting, and enjoyable noses on a Belgian witbier.

Taste- The flavors here go far beyond those of Hoegaarden and even Allagash's flagship beer... the character is deep and bold, while remaining soft in its execution.

Notes of coriander and spices flow over the tongue, complementing a soft breadiness that underlies the flavors. It's delicate yet assertive, a unique paradox. The structure and balance is definitely noteworthy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The initial entry into the mouth is explosive, wildly carbonated but somehow not gassy. It softens within a few seconds and becomes totally elegant and silky, finishing with an easy swallow. While I wouldn't drink more than one or two of these at a time, the sheer excellence of the flavors alone would warrant my recommendation to try this lesser-known example of a true Belgian style wit.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:52:45 | More by yelterdow
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adamette

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought as a single for $2.25 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor a few weeks ago into my Trappist Westvleteren silver rimmed goblet.

A Cloudy light yellow body under a brief, thin white meringue like head that dissipated within 30 seconds to a thin layer on top of the beer. Visible sediment in the bottom of the bottle but less so floating about the goblet after pouring (I kept the sediment in the bottle for the most part) 3.0

S I really like the smell of this beer. There is a wheat, lemony smell that is really inviting. Already I can imagine a hot day in the summer where the smell of this beer would be welcomed. 4.0

T A very pleasant Witbier with a high lemony profile that reminds me of some of the Hoegaarden variations that I had while I was in Brussels this past summer. I really like the taste of this beer. I know that that Hoegaarden Citrus (or whatever it is called) was heavily dogged here on BA but I found both that beer and this one quite pleasant indeed. 4.0

M This beer dances across the tongue, Alka Seltzer like, but the rest of the feel is indeed thin. 3.0

D I found this beer to be quite drinkable. It really was easy for me to drink. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 05:06:46 | More by adamette
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luminous cloudy golden color with luxurious white head. Nose has elements of orange fruit and a subtle cleaning component (no, it's not the glass). Orange comes through on the palate with a very wheaty-cracker taste that carries nicely through to the finish. It ends with a light sweet 'n sour flavor that is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 03:16:22 | More by yemenmocha
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SLeffler27

New York

2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A tall, loose, white meringue head quickly drops after the initial pour of this very pale yellow, almost white beer. The final half ounce carries a cloud of yeast into the pilsner glass.

Smells of a dusty, dirty sock with a pinch of ginger and lime. While subtle, these aromas leave much to be desired.

Subtle flavors of grain and dry white wine permeate prior to a quick, slightly bitter finish.

A dry, light-bodied beer, Sterkins has no presence of alcohol. The watery texture has lively carbonation.
Sterkins White could easily be a session beer as it closely resembles a light macro lager. This one doesn't do much for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:36:49 | More by SLeffler27
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale ornage-yellow color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes quickly into a quarter inch of fluffy white foam. The aroma is of vibrant lemon, orange, and coriander. The taste has a little more coriander than the aroma, but there is still enough orange and lemon peel to make things interesting. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, and is perhaps a little less chewy than a witbier should be. Overall, this is a very nice witbier that I will certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 20:19:58 | More by KarlHungus
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BaerBeer

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great fuckin' beer. Haven't had this one in a while, bought some more today. Forgot how much I loved this beer.
What a beautiful yellowish, damn near white color, with a gorgeous white head with decent lacing. I really enjoy the drinkability of this beer. I had two, and forgot to savor the first one today because of how smooth it goes down. Nice aroma of grass, lemons, small hop, and heaven. Excellent mouthfeel, and superb taste. One of this best white ales in its class. Not bad for about 2 bucks a bottle! I remember the first time, I got this in a six pack and I fell in love. Sorry for busting a nut about this beer, but good God.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 04:50:49 | More by BaerBeer
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, hazy blond with an even, creamy half-inch white head.

Smells yeasty, citric, and spicy. Wheat is present, along with a barnyard note.

Very fruity. On the palate, spice, wheat, and yeast play a supporting role to the predominant taste of orange flesh. It's a little thin, and there's a slightly astringent aftertaste, but the carbonation is spot-on.

My note on drinkability is one word: "Yes." So I guess I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 05:03:53 | More by IMincedTheKing
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ThePeskyDingo

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a half finger head that dissipated very quickly. Has a hazy blond color.

Prominent orange and citrus smells.

Tastes a lot like the smell, orangey and citrusy.

Has a smooth, light mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

Easy to drink, feels like a domestic light beer, but tastes better.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 09:57:31 | More by ThePeskyDingo
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HeyItsChili

China

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy, vibrant blond with a big, foamy white head that quickly dissipates but leaves a white film.

S - Sweet, citrusy, strong wheat odor.

T - Wheat, of course, and citrus, white pepper, yeasty when swished around the mouth.

M - Medium to thin bodied, mild carbonation.

Notes - I think this is a solid witbier, but nothing intensely memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 21:52:10 | More by HeyItsChili
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured pale as its name suggest with a cloudy turbid nature. It also poured clumpy as masses of yeast burped and gargled from the bottle into our glasses. Tons of floaties that never settled and danced in the glasses against a hazy lemony cloudy background.

S: It offered a sweet and sour tang somewhat similar in nature to that of hoegaarden but not as spicy. lemon peels, wheat, musky oranges and light banana notes.

T: Hints of slight banana and cloves were present, most likely from the huge amounts of yeast particulates. Mmm vitamin B. Wheaty, with fresh lemons and wheat. A light muskiness of hay was also noted. decent flavor but really doesnt do enough to stand out.

M: creamy, smooth with a slight tartness.

D: Drinkability was fair but not enjoyable. Much better examples per style. Came off rather bland per style.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 00:35:57 | More by beerthulhu
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a light pale gold color with a small white head. The aroma is on the light side, but nice. It smells like lemon, wheat, and coriander. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes similar to the aroma, but there's also some yeast and orange peel noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has a lot of carbonation (too much in my opinion) and it's also crisp. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. But it is nice and refreshing and not hard to drink at all. It's not a bad witbier, I'd pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 00:44:46 | More by bluejacket74
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a luminous hazy lemon yellow with a very fizzy pure white head and practically no lace. good retention on the foam though, it lasts throughout the whole drink as lots of rising bubbles do their thug dizzle.

S- coriander fumes emanate thickly from this one, with some exotic orange peel aroma added to the mix. citrusy and spicy with a good deal of wheat as it nears the proper temp.

T- very flowery and perfume like from start to finish, nectar sweetness giving way only at the end to a fresh pale wheat taste and a light noble hop grassiness with no bitterness to speak of. this beer isn't overly spiced and it isn't to bland, it's goldilocks all the way. coriander sits on the tongue for just a second at first sip then it gets the hell out, and that's how i like it. overall a fresh wheaty and mildly citric brew.

MF- velvety and fuller than expected, the constant top of foam makes for a nice creamy segue into this medium high carbonated palate cleansing beauty. pretty damn refreshing too.

D- not my favorite style, but this is a great example of a real belgian wit and i always hold undisputed authenticity in high esteem. i like it so much more than others because it isn't so heavily spiced, its 'just right' and it still has that grain beer flavor as opposed to a cold fizzy glass of coriander juice.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 17:31:00 | More by hustlesworth
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elniko

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A: Typical witbier hazy coloring, finger of head that dissipated immediately. Average looking brew.

S: Definite spice on the nose but not terribly strong compared with other witbiers.

T & M: This beer has a strong citrus taste to it, almost tart in its quality. The spice apparent in the nose does not come through in the taste. Mouthfeel is quite refreshing.

D: Drinkable, but not among my favorite witbiers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 02:50:39 | More by elniko
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xare

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

No head whatsoever. Poured as cloudy yellow beer with no yeast blobs floating around (always a good thing to me).

Smells like light wheat and a touch of coriander. Not appetizing but not off-putting either. Rather average.

Tastes a bit like orange peel and coriander. Just a hint of wheat but you have to try really hard to discern that flavor. Might be a couple of other spices in the background but overall, a rather plain blend of spices but masterfully done. Rather pleased with it.

Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, and clear. No surprises there. A bit of a soapy kick (very light) at the end. Nicely done.

I wouldn't finish this beer personally, but if you like witbiers, it seems to be a solid entry and something that appears to be very solid overall. I probably would give mine away if I happen to get them in a mixed pack though.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 18:11:09 | More by xare
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
A hefty pour resulted in a hazy, cloudy, and murky straw-colored appearance with a gigantic foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly receding and leaving a fine amount of lacing...
Strong aroma rendolent of bananas, ripe fruits, pears, and apples...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a hammering home of bananas, ripe, fresh fruits, citrus, and florals...
Great mouthfeel - very creamy and rich with an equally good level of drinkability to match...
Good stuff...
Great depiction of the style...
Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 19:16:26 | More by dsa7783
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking this as we speak. It does remind me of Hoegaarden, but without the spice. It has a good flavor, and it may be something I will drink in the futrure. I tend to enjoy it more the more I drink it. This beer tends to grow on you, the more you drink it. A fine selection.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 07:51:47 | More by skeetermoses
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armock

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazey yellow color with a big white head

S - Is of citrus wheaty malt

T - Theres a strong citrus taste to this one but not overwhelming still very good

M - This one has a medium body with high carbonation

D - This is a very easy to drink beer this is a great summertime beer very refreshing worth trying

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 16:41:39 | More by armock
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BeerAngel

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very slightly hazed and very bubbly with a head that dissipates rapidly. The smell is very basic and exhibits very light spicing. The taste improves a slight amount over the smell with a hints of slight yeasty funkiness that I like with these. It is very thin bodied with a finish that is ultra-light. I will say drinkability is high on this one due to the light mouthfeel and finish. It's solid enough that you'll keep coming back as long as you already have some, but perhaps you might not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 22:10:53 | More by BeerAngel
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czfreeman

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out absolutley pale golden color, nice active carbonation. This delicate-looking brew supports a pillowy snow whit head, good moderate retention. As the yeast is added the beer takes on a slightly hazy hue, with strands of yeast swirling in the glass.Sour orange,meyer lemons, coriander,yeasty citrusy nose. Flavor is light, delicate, citrus, oranges, lemony mouthfeel. This beer is a very citric, biting, light example of a Belgian Wit. No overwhelming yeastiness, mouthfeel is contributes some creaminess, but lands more on the citric/acitic spectrum rather than creamy and sweet. I really like this beer, for the price of a 4-pack I will buy over Blanche de Bruxelles whenever I have a Wit ale splurge

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 21:50:36 | More by czfreeman
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Kwak

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

it poured nice with a yellow almost amber color, a little more sediment in the bottle tan I am used to. good thick head that clings to the glass all the way.

good smell of yeast an smooth citrus

nice taste very refreshing smooth and a little tangy lemon

I bought a case of this and was not disappointed the 8th was as refreshing as the first.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 06:31:32 | More by Kwak
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ROMER79

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The first time I had this beer was last night. It reminded me alot of Kasteel Golden Tripple.

A: Light golden, almost transparent color with a sugaresque head and carbonation bubbles running wild.

S: A combo of sugar and citrus

T: A delicious tripple threat of citrus, sugar, and a slight bitter bite at the beginning.

M: Very carbonated and very crisp. It pops in your mouth. Very refreshing!

D: A very delicious beer. You have to sip this one on behalf of the carbonation, but a very easy sipping wit good for any occasion!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 18:35:11 | More by ROMER79
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A massive four finger crisp white snow-beast of a head looks like a pile of powdered sugar. The head eventually settles a bit (down to about a finger and a half), and shows good retention. The brew is lemon-juice in color and quite cloudy. Lots of lace sticks to the glass in big sweeping arcs. This looks like a prototypical wit.

S - Whole lemons...skin, seeds, fruit and all. Along with some powdered sugar and a touch of other spices. Summery and vibrant. Just the perfect beer to sniff during this beautiful 60 degree January heat wave that we're having here in central Illinois.

T - Lemon juice again, with some sweetness added. This is really nice, but it's sort of one dimensional. Lemon juice with sugar and a few other undetermined spices...that's about it.

M - Light bodied, but waxy on the mid-palate giving it a heavier feel. There is abundant fine carbonation, and the finish is dusty, yeasty, off-dry, and very Belgian.

D - This is a great straightforward wtibier that quenches the thirst with alacrity. The mouthfeel is particularly nice. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 16:21:52 | More by pmcadamis
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy straw. Nose is almost like key limes on the first hit of fragrance. Flavor is a biting crisp. A bit more masculine than others I'd say. Smooth and even, but a bit of a dirtier, earthy edge shall we say? I suppose earthy is a better way to put it. It isn't dirty in a negative way. Feel is a bit doughy, but not much. A bit of a thicker, almost aggressive carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Easily an everyday beer. Can imagine this would be great on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 18:51:30 | More by RblWthACoz
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One finger,very bright white head.Cloudy yellow body.

Very yeasty smell and citrusy.

Lemon and some pepper and zesty tangyness.

Effervesent,creamy,delicate mouthfeel.

I like this and look forward to trying more of the style later.This my 2nd or 3rd of the style I tried and it stood out the most.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 05:22:00 | More by MmmIPA
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ccrida

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my large gulden drak tulip, the wit is the requisit cloudy pale yellow, with a decent sized white head, which is fairly long lasting, leaving light lace.

The aroma is really fantastic. I love the floral sweetness, the citrus, all so bright and fresh, with out being heavy-handed.

Unfortunately, the taste is much more restrained, with only a trace of the sweetness on the nose. Grainy with a little tartness, light and dry.

The mouthfeel is tight and crisp, with too much carbonation for my taste.

This is a pretty drinkable wit in an inoffensive, thirst quencher way, like a lemon seltzer. I'm guessing the ABV is low, 4.5 - 5%.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 03:39:35 | More by ccrida
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