Sterkens Dubbel Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-08-2001

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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 Kips
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LennyBound
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 StoutBoi
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bf7
4.86/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a dubbel should taste like.

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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 Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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 pisomojado8
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mervjahn
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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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