Sterkens Dubbel Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Sterkens Dubbel AleSterkens Dubbel Ale
Sterkens Dubbel AleSterkens Dubbel Ale

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Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 128 | Ratings: 158
Photo of johnnnniee
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Old bottle of unknown age gifted by Todd, thanks for the tick. Brilliantly clear deep amber color without much of a head. Mostly sherry on the nose with maybe a hint of fruit. Flavor is dusty sherry and light fruit. Way past its prime, but drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

time has been nicer to some of these than others, i found a handful of cool belgian bottles i havent seen in ages or forever in a store recently and drank them all in one sitting for comparison. i never have seen this one around before, but it tastes forgotten for too long, like whatever depth and complexity and general appeal may have been there long ago is gone. the beer is reddish brown with a short tan head but relatively unexcited from the little bottle. aroma and flavor show residual grain sugar, a concentrated barleywine sort of density, molasses and maple, and papery oxidation, wet and dusty, like a mop bucket but in a somewhat palatable way. there is trace raisin and fig to this, and the malt is actually more intact than the yeast, which offers little bit some tired esters here, generic in a way it probably wasnt when it was packaged. its hard to really review something like this, more a cultural artifact than a beverage at this point, at least a couple of years old. not amazing now, not by any stretch. i hope to find this fresh someplace one day...

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while back at Top Hops in New York City, having never had this before. I like Dubbels but as far as this was one concerned, it felt a bit weak from start to finish. The ABV was not printed on the bottle nor did I feel any warming effect as I worked my way through this but thankfully, the taste was great and this went down pretty smoothly for something that normally would be slow sipper!

Nice pour to this as the beer had a dark raisin hue, lots of overflowing carbonation, a nice frothy head, and soapy lacing the covered a good portion of the side of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this by any means but there were the typical hints of dark bread and corresponding fruit like plum and fig here. The taste was a bit of a letdown as there wasn't much of those or any alcohol to be found. Not terribly thin, there were just hints of those as well as the malt that gave this just enough body to keep this from being a disappointment. Nice carbonation here and the slick coating that was left on my mouth was proof that this beer had enough going for it to warrant another go.

While not the strongest example of this style, this had enough going for it that it would be easily by my pick for someone who had never had one of these before. Not a bad choice but not the best example of a Dubbel either - more booze, yeast, and fruit flavors would have taken this up another level or two.

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Photo of stevoj
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Normal dubbel type aromas and taste, looks thick but comes off sort of watery. Dark brown, like a cola, with thin skin of a beige head. Aroma is dried fruits and a hint of molasses. Taste is more of the same with a hint wood, eat and bourbon barrel.Very short finish.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of 4/1/2015

Appearance - dark eggplant color with tan head

Smell -aromas of figs, raisins, plums, grapes

Taste - Grapes are predominant, also in the mix are plums, figs and raisins

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness from the grapes upfront and that signature 'mustiness' that is associated with the style on the back end

Overall - good representation of the style, worth a try for lovers of the style

Price Point - $3.50/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color, mostly free from sediment. White head forms and recedes to a ring. The aroma was fruity and malty with plenty of raisin, fig and plum notes. The flavor followed suit with plenty of raisin and plum flavors making for a very tasty drink. Belgian yeast flavor, candi sugar, malts, and fruity alcoholic esters. Damn fine dubbel ale here and at a low price point. Medium bodied well carbonated ale. This could easily win an award in the Belgian style dubbel category. Very, very nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
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.

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Photo of themind
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of danedelman
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Reddish copper with a 2 finger head of both compressed tight and larger bubbles.

S-Sweet Jesus!! I like this one already. This is one beer I never need to drink, just smell. Lots of dried fruit smells, prunes, dates and a touch of a cherry note(not sure if this is just me). Lots of malt background too. Smells a lot like a Chimay Grande Riserve.

T-I am getting a lot of carmel flavor with malt then a bit of the dried fruit which I smelled and maybe even a touch of that cherry/sour note I smelled. This will rank high on my list.

M-a heavier body beer and a bit syrupy but is very enjoyable on this slow sipper!!

I would buy this again and may even pick up a case at the price I paid!!

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Photo of atlason
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .33l bottle to Jever flute. No freshness date and no indication of alcohol content ? Tastes alcoholic for the style, maybe 8 ?

A: Pours clear brown with flaky yeast deposits somehow in my bottle in spite of careful pouring... Nice head that leaves suggestive lacing.

S: Malty and caramelized

T: Mild hop bitterness prominently balanced against the sweet dark malt. Simple design but superbly balanced and well rounded flavours.

M: Feels dry and highly attenuated in spite of the caramelized maltiness.

Overall a great dubbel well worth seeking out.

Re-review on 11/17/11:
Still highly impressed by this. The yeast character is really strong but super pleasant. Incredibly impressive beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a site for sore eyes. A perfect pour. Beautiful in the glass. It is absolutely smooth, with perfect shaped bubbles. I didn't want to drink it - it looked that good.

Of course, it must be drunk, and it is pretty smooth. A litle dark, and the aftertaste reminds you that you singed up for Belgian. This really is a great experience to drink. A great Belgian.

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Photo of sketchpunx
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up from New Beer Dist. in LES. Honestly I wasn't expecting too much, a relatively cheap $2.50 price tag, and it was something I hadn't seen before. Gotta say I was pleasantly surprised!

The beer pours a medium ruddy brown into a goblet with a nice creamy looking two finger eggshell head. Good retention and a strong spicy smell.

What really surprises me about this beer is how dry it is. I was expecting a standard sweetish dubble, but this is different. Nice strong fruity malts like a standard dub, but not sweet at all really. Dare I say a little Hoppy? yeah I think so! I really like this beer!

The mouthfeel is creamy but still well carbonated, leading to a really pleasurable overall experience. I definitely recommend this one, a real nice surprise.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have had a bottle of this sitting in my fridge for like 6 months now so I figured it was finally time to open it. The bottle was left over from a 4 pack that I got on my vacation to South Carolina in mid August of last year and I brought back this bottle with me. Don't recall ever seeing this beer for sale around here. Poured out of an 11/2 oz bottle into my oversized wine glass. This beer pours a hazy medium copper brown color with lots of yeasty chunks coming into my glass. Off-white head is about 1/2 inch when poured, eventually settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass and some decent surface coating. Not much lace though. Aromas of caramel and dark fruit such as raisin, plum, and apple are all present. Nice sweet caramel malt flavor upfront along with the aforementioned dark fruit and a hint of banana, a bit of Belgian candy sugar and a slight touch of spice. No discernible hops whatsoever. Has a crisp, smooth, creamy, medium to full boded mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I did feel the mouthfeel was a bit too thin for this beer. Not a bad beer, but I wish the flavors were a bit stronger overall. Not something I wouldn't drink again by any means, but I certainly have had much better beers of this style.


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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle served in snifter. Undated.

pours a very dark reddish brown, hazy, with a generous tan head and an audible effervescence. The head has little retention, but some a thin partial coat and a nice ring remain.

S - spicy toasted malt; a bit subtle but otherwise rather typical for a Belgian dubbel.

T - like many Belgian style beers, this one is a little bit too spiced for my taste, particularly in the finish, although it is not exceptionally spicy for the style. Quite sweet, especially in the initial sensation. Some yeast flavors, and a bit fruity. Lacks the richness and complexity of the best Belgians.

M - smooth and crisp. Lighter body and more carbonation than expected for a Belgian dubbel, but neither of these led me to downgrade my ratings.

D - a nice one bottle sipper. Good dessert beer?

Enjoyable and good to very good, but certainly not world class.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation; yeast particles are visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin creamy beige head that has good retention properties.
S: There are sweet aromas of dark fruits and malts in the nose.
T: The taste is mildly sweet and has some complexities with flavors of caramel, dark fruits, raisins and toffee. There are some hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky auburn color with a big billowy head. Retention is hood not great

S: Belgian yeast, spearmint, clove, light bubblegum and banana.

T: A little vinous, mostly yeasty. Lots of spices, spearmint, light clove, cardamom! and banana. Estery notes too

MF/D: Feel is a little prickly due to higher carbonation. The finish is Belgian yeast and a esters

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Photo of CHickman
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy hazel brown with a 1 inch foamy/creamy beige head, which lasts for a while; a lot of particles floating in this brew, some good sized chunks which could sink the Titanic. Decent lacing that slides down the glass pretty quickly.

Smells of sweet malt, dark fruits, yeast, brown sugar, grass, sweet malt, candy, and whole wheat bread.

Tastes of sweet malt, cola, yeast, brown sugar, floral hops, grains, roasted malt, pepper, faint spices, pear, raisin or plum, and a slight sour apple finish. Overall, it's sweet and malty with a nice complex flavor that seems to highlight the fruits. As it warms the caramel sweetness leans towards syrupy, but in a good way that covers the alcohol taste and seems like a cola (soda).

Mouthfeel is on the creamy side, with very little to no carbonation; oddly enough, this is a medium bodied beer that somehow manages to have a light feel, perhaps because of its smoothness and the ease to drink it.

Interesting beer, which was tasty and very easy to consume. I liked it and would have it again, so I recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Half a finger of off-white head on top of a medium brown body with some amber showing through. The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Plum and brown sugar notes with some caramel. A bit of spicy yeast character and toffee as well.

T - Thick malt up front with some peppery yeast character. Notes of toffee and brown sugar in the middle with just a hint of roasted character. Finishes with fruity notes of plum as well as warm alcohol notes that mix with the brown malt to form rummy notes. Lingering sweet malt and plum.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This beer has a darker than average malt profile for its style. There are some nice toffee and brown sugar notes, but they might work better in an English porter or old ale than they do in this dubbel. The real issue with this beer is the lack of carbonation; it leaves the beer seeming thick and lifeless on the palate. Not an awful beer, but it has some serious flaws and it is a disappointment after drinking their vastly superior Witbier.

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Photo of Naugled
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fast soda like head, not long lasting. Body has a nice dark caramel color, clear but still has a good amount of sediment.

Rich caramel smell

Good balance of flavor, I think its the high fizzy carb that helps with that, however the flavor is not that complex, sort of 2 dimensional. It has some earthiness but just a hint

Smooth medium to full mouth feel.

Drinkable, but not an overly exciting beer.

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Photo of adamette
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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 Light brown head lasted for about one minute over a mohoagany body that glows in front of direct light. Huge, satisfying clumps (of yeast?) not only hang out near the bottom of the goblet but were visible moving from bottle to goblet. I really like the look of this beer although it is a bit thin looking to get my highest rating. 4.5

S Not a strong smell but there certainly is the requisite malt sweetness and a near absence of hops. Repeated sniffs reveals some dark fruits of raisins and dates but it is minimal. 3.0

T A reasonable, if a little bit weak dubbel by Belgian standards. There are raisin notes and the malt sweetness (really the raisin and malt sweetness are essentially the same taste) and, as suggested by the smell, nearly no hops. 3.5

M A thin beer beefed up a bit by the reasonably high ABV, some raisin like sweetness and so the mouthfeel turns out to be moderate. 3.5

D Pretty good. The raisin like sweetness is pleasing enough and I found the bottom of the goblet without too much problem at all. 4.0

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Photo of ebraun
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle at the San Antonio Central Market. Label is now silver, it appears.

A: Decanted into pint glass. Deep amber color nice head that stayed around all the way down the glass. A ton of sediment. Let it sit for a while to settle.

S: At first not as much on the nose as I would expect. But once it warmed a little it really bloomed. I should have set the bottle out for a while. Malt with some fruit and vanilla.

T: Again, pretty mellow for the style, but very agreeable. Could knock a few of these back and not wear out your tounge as opposed to other dubbels. There are some nice caramel notes and a little warming from the alcohol.

M: A little thin, but I'm not holding that against it. Nice tingle from the carbonation.

Overall this was a very enjoyable beer and hit the spot tonight. If I was looking for a dubbel with huge flavor I would pick up something else, but if I just wanted a drinkable dubbel, this one fits the bill. I'd recommend letting it warm a bit before drinking it though. Straight outta the fridge it's not at its best.

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Sterkens Dubbel Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 158 ratings