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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2000

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim from the Belgian section. Figured it'd be a great beer to try in my new St. Sebastiaan glass.

Poured a beautiful clear golden. Obviously unfiltered, particles floating around. Crisp white bubbly head, very nice lacing.

Smell is very yeasty, mild spice and fruit. Faint alcohol presence.

Taste is immensely complex. Starts sweet with a blend of spice, cinnamon, coriander, and clove. Hop is mild and sweet. Flavor is very well blended.

Mouthfeel is sticky, sweet, and medium bodied. Carbonation isn't bad.

Drinkability is good. After it warms a bit the alcohol becomes a bit strong, but otherwise its easy to drink.

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Photo of jf2
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P - Poured from a beautiful 750 ml ceramic bottle -- a nice touch to have a real non glass bottle, but in the grand scheme of things, probably unimportant.

Drank from a burgundy wine glass, as I didn't have a snifter in my current location, but the shape still allowed the beer's nose to shine.

N - A slight earthly nose, possibly grass, but not hops, with a sugary-ness, signifying this is, indeed, a slightly sweet Belgian.

A - Poured a golden brown with a quickly dissipating head. Quite a bit of floating yeast, but likely more due to a careless pour than a problem with the beer. A medium/fine lace adheres to the glass when tilted, but quickly falls away.

T - Malty and sweet, but little lingering sugar. Finishes dry, where the alcohol/phenol-ness is somewhat prevalent, but as most Belgian ales, it hides its alcohol content well. Smooth in the mouth. Only mild carbonation.

D - Eminently drinkable. Goes down smooth and easy. As with many Belgians, IMO, it improves as it gets slightly warmer. A good representation of the style.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When poured in a pint glass the color was hazy light golden yellow with an orange hue. Also, loads of tight white foam and lace all the way down the glass from start to finish. The smell of fruit and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. Well balanced of flavors. To bad it's so hard to find, just happen to get the last bottle at my Bevmo!

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Photo of PBoegel
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ml swing top ceramic jar.

Billowing egg shell white head on a hazy yellow body.

Aromas are pilsner malt, faint caramel, touch of sugar sweetness and light fresh mown grass.

Taste is clean malt with touch of Belgian yeast peppery spice.

mouthfeel is effervescent and medium light on body.

Very drinkable pale/golden, a bit too hazy, but overall drinkable and approachable and the packaging is great for home brewing.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a flip cap.

Poured into goblet opaque darkish tan with blonde touches. A hearty head that has never been seen but settles to 2 finger head with lots of legs.

Smell is overpowering yeast to let you know this is not a starter beer but not hoppy.

Taste-Not a wheat but with the yeast I had to check the bottle again. Gets sweeter as you move down your glass.

M/D: Thick and hearty for all those who enjoy a good quaf.

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Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, yellow-orange color with a pure white 2-finger head that displays the fairly high carbonation level. The smell was of wheat, yeast, honey, and a tad a citrus. In a word: pleasant. The taste was powerful: plenty of sugary, syrupy, yeasty taste that is typical of this beer style. Little alcohol presence, but still enough to remind you of the high percentage. Also citrus and fruit presence, and a little bit of spice, but not as much as I would have hoped for. I think it was drowned out a bit. Still, this is a tasty, full, crisp beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, and would recomend.

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Photo of albern
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clay jar it comes in is definitely a smart marketing ploy. How can you not notice it? The beer pours a very frothy white head with very good lacing and foam that hangs around for a while. The beer is a nice slightly cloudy orange/yellow. The smell is a wonderful melange of yeast, citrus, spices, and banana. If you like the smell of Belgian pales then you have found your beer. The smell is the highlight. The taste is very good and it does mellow as the beer warms. This is a very typical Belgian pale, you have the characteristic candy sugar fermentation, yeast backbone, spices, pepperish bite, alcohol notes, and coriander and some sweetish banana and cloves in there as well. The down side is that the yeast is a bit snappish and tart with this beer. This is a medium to full bodied beer with a syrupy consistency, that is oh so characteristic of Belgian pales. The after taste is very malty and slightly less sweet. I think Grimbergen is more representative of the style, but this is a very nice ale that is well worth seeking out and enjoying in its own right. L'Chaim.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of bacabuck
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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 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 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

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Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of mschofield
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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'

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Photo of cncbofh
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3


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