Bokrijks Kruikenbier | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

BA SCORE
86
very good
84 Ratings
Bokrijks KruikenbierBokrijks Kruikenbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Belgium
sterkensbrew.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-23-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
60
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.54%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jsolack
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of Wildman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color and formed a nice foamy white head that acted a lot like a float and left circular lace as it slowly subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and citrus. A taste of malt and caramel which gives it a bit of sweetness in the fairly astrigent finish.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudless golden orange color, the head bright white, smallish in size, frothy in texture and it evaporates quickly leaving a patchy sheet of lace. Nose is malt, citrus crisp and fresh, somewhat sweet, as is the malt-laden start with a middling feel to the palate. Finish is brutally acidic, vinous, and the hops give a decent spicy bite with the aftertaste desert dry and long lasting. A drinkable beer, but there are many better Belgian beers to be had, and I can’t see much more than a bit above average on my numbers.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional golden color and head. On the sweet side, but smooth and flavorful. Goes great with French cheese. Neat bottle;on the expensive side.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint 9.4 oz ceramic flip-top jar. Belgian Golden Ale stated on the label, no freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy pale golden with a creamy white lace, good head retention.

Smell: Good quantity of pale malt sweetness in the nose with hints of fresh mowed hay and mild phenolic / medicinal aromas.

Taste: Fairly snappish carbonation leaves a smooth malty mouth feel. Loads of big pale malt flavours; sweet, smooth and alcoholic upfront. A bit warming. Sugariness turns honey-like with a semi-slick butter flavour. Hop character brings a lime rind / peppery bitterness that comes as quickly as it goes though the lime rind flavour fades slowly. Mild phenols make it known that this beer is Belgian. Alcohol becomes more noticeable towards the end of the glass. Finishes dry.

Notes: Deceivingly alcoholic due to the sweetness, outstanding malt profile makes for high drinkability. A damn fine, rare, Belgian Golden Ale. Very enjoyable, interesting and complex.

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Bokrijks Kruikenbier from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
3.9 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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