Sterkens White Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Sterkens White AleSterkens White Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 10-10-2001

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Reviews by mattfancett:
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3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer leaves a nice head-ring around the edge of the snifter I'm using. Good hearty scent. Doesnt smell all that light. Very clean tasting with no funky aftertaste, which seems to be a common mistake in whitbiers. The citrus is kept to a minimum, which is interesting and different. Could use a little more "oomph" in the flavor department, but overall this is a very fine beer.

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Photo of JasonA
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little cloudy golden ale with virtually no head. Lacing throughout.

Smells light belgian, maybe some citrus sweet. Hard to get anything.

Sweet Belgian. Virtually no hops. Citrus finish. Can taste the unfiltered apsect. However, not prevelent.

Smooth, not lots of carbonation. Little biting, but not much.

Not a very interesting beer. Not bad for the style, but I would like for there to be something more. Not a beer I would head back to.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy faded orange yellow with a more than decent white lace that leaves sticky patches all over the glass.

Smell: Coriander is dominant though hints of citric tartness and earthy grain and yeast are evident.

Taste: Lively and smooth carbonation, moderate body with a silky mouth feel. Coriander is in the forefront with a slow yet gaining citric tartness. Grainy with a mealy flavour in the back. Hops are distant and merely help to balance though a faint peppery flavour comes around towards the end. Tart orange candy finish yet ends dry real quick.

Notes: A White Ale in the raw and not a sterile as other beer of the same style, a down and dirty version … this works to its advantage. Went well the salad of mixed greens with a fresh feta vinaigrette.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, without freshness dating, Pours very light orangy/yellow, cloudy, alot of yeast particles floating around. Tiny bubble white film for a head. nice stringy lacing. Nose is yeasty and fruity. This is afairly light bodied and tasting wit. Mid section is a tad watery. Lightly spiced, finish is sort of starchy, not my favorite of the style.

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Photo of Osiris9588
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

From a 11.2oz bottle. It pours pale, the color of white grape juice. A large amount of pulpy sediment floats in suspension from the bottom on up of my pils glass. A two- finger white head dissipates in the blink of an eye, leaving behind not lacing, just some slight bubbling on the surface of what now looks to be a flat beer--except for the slight bursting of bubbles.

The smell is light and lemony, full of citrus, yeast, some wheat and other grainy characteristics. The flavor bursts with citrus, followed by a touch of honey, a strong presence of adjuncts, and only a whisper of spice.

The mouthfeel is light, bordering on watery. For all the citrus elements in the taste and aroma, it seems quite sluggish and dull on the palate. The most pleasant part is the finish, where you can sense what little spice there is, and a bright burst of berry.

Drinkablity is good I suppoose, but the flavor and mouth is so dissapointing I won't be drinking another. However, I could see why some might go to this on a summer day, or to accompany a spicy or seafood meal. I could also see some uninitiated folks at a reasturant squeezing in some lemon and and enjoying it.

I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I would definitely go with a Wittekerke or even a Paulaner Hefe-Weissen over this.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold appearance with small chunkies and a bright white head of 1/4 of an inch. Laces in fine webbed strings. Very bready aroma and sweet, leaning toward a carrot cake kind of experience. Kind of chalky in mouthfeel, doughy and spicy, with seasoning of sweetened citron candy and clove notes (a sense that, in some Wits, gets too much for me). Finishes mildly astringent and fairly dry. There is a bit of mid mouth warble to the flavor profile that is interesting but strange to my taste buds. OK in style, not a favorite for me...

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Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very good. A winner of a Wit here.
Standard, but yet still very nice hazy light golden in color. Head you could lay down upon...very fluffy.
Yeasty and spicy smell, very interesting.
Taste is smooth, yet highly carbonated. Spicy yeast notes up front, balanced out with a sour (citric) hoppiness that evens this beer out and make you beg for more. The yeast is really the all-star here, adding alot of spicyness. It finishes fairly dry. More please.
Complexities seem to vary from sample to sample. But is it always quite nice, and extremely drinkable.
An absolute winner. Drink up

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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, 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!

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy color somewhere between white and gold, topped by a robust, creamy, stark white head. Crisp, spicy aroma of wheat and light citrus, with peppery notes and a hint of clove. Palate is again clean, with a solid body of light wheat supporting notes of clove, pepper, and very light citrus. Body is light and ephemeral, but just a tad foamy. Very drinkable on a warm spring night; I'm a fan of this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy white body with a small amount of carbonation and a small head. Aroma is an absolutely delightful mix of honey and coriander. Taste is very crisp and refreshing. Ahh, it is good to be in the hot summer weather again! Overall a great representation of the Belgian wit bier style.

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

Sterkens White Ale: pours a bright golden color, very hazy. Not much head, despite a vigorous pour. Mild aroma, mainly yeasty bananas, and a bit of citrus fruits. Hmm, very nice taste, presents as very dry, but with a nice fruit/banana/mild floral tart taste, not unlike dry champagne. Fairly well carbonated, but not at all overwhelming, rather it seems to complement the beer nicely. Somewhat of a malty/biscuity aftertaste, with a long lasting sweetness, leaving a hint of a tart bite long after the beer is gone. Nice.

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Photo of bditty187
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, ghostly pale yellow-white hue, the head was very modest in height, maybe a half of a finger, it was white in complexion, standard in appearance for the style. The tiny head held reasonably well, it turned soapy after awhile before completely leaving. No subsequent lace was produced. The nose displays a tart fruitiness with traces of wheat, a kiss of orange peel, lightly tart on the finish, not much complexity. The aroma says “Wit” but I’m not convinced I want to take a sip. But I do. Major disappointment. The palate is tart upfront, a kiss of orange peel in the middle with pear-like fruitiness, wheaty, largely empty of tasty goodness; the finish is quick and uneventful. Maybe my sample is tired or maybe this is just a below average White Ale. I’d like it tastier, especially in the coriander department. The carbonation is appropriate, modest but caressing, medium-light in body. The aftertaste is wheaty and dry. I’m not really impressed with this offering; I can’t image the need to drink it again. Purchased in Omaha.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty clear pale straw color with bubbly head.

Wheat and yeast smells with slight coriander spice and candied citrus peel.

Lots of flavors here: all of the yeast and fruity esters of a Hefe with more delicate notes of green apple and white grapes on the fairly dry finish.

The aggressive carbonation balances this light ale very well in my opinion.

Honestly, most witbiers I try I have to pour out, but this one is highly drinkable- the fizzy carbonation really makes the soft and earthy/spicy brew more palatable.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An off-yellow, pale, dull hue, tons of chunky sediment. Definite wheat-like aroma combined with some yeast, fresh bread offerings. Up front, quite thin, some yeast and spicy notes, very carbonated, exteremely clean palate. Lemony, citrus notes, creamier as it warms, buttery, near oily-slick; a well-defined 'yeast-like' presence, might be an ugly looking beer with it's swamp-like appearance, but a very clean and quaffable white ale.

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

A hazy chunky yeast in a straw gold fluid. Appreciable head that gently fades. Not much if any lace. The nose if full of apples a touch of grape and wheat malt. Taste is very traditional with a good mild lemony sourness and spices. Low bitterness and a dry clean finish that leaves notes of malt and lemon lingering. Feel is just heavy enough to be above water but light enough to be crisp and refreshing with a lively carbonation. Silky on the tongue. Drinkability is off the charts and so perfect at this time of year that it is all I can do t keep from scoring it higher. Just a perfect and classic Wit.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy off white with tons of bits of sediment floating around, they way a witbier should. Citrus and coriander dominate the smell. Citrus flavors are up front and bready malts finish it off. Not breaking any boundries with the taste but who cares this is a damn fine ale that is a true example of what a witbier should be. I'll take it whenever I can get it.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly pale golden color, massive fluffy and craggy bright white head. Lots of coriander, orange peel, and bright citrus fruit on the nose. Smells incredible.

Sweet coriander upfront followed by rich wheaty and graininess. Coarse full mouth mouthfeel. For how dirty and unarranged these beautiful flavors are the slightly peppery finish cleans the palate making for a super clean finish. Bright citric acidity and excellent balance. My only complaint is that at certain moments it thins out in the mouth. Overall awesome though.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a cloudy, murky brown-orange color with about an inch head that shrinks to a small layer on top, little to no lacing.

S- floral, citrus, bubblegum, coriander, spices. Yeast and doughy bread more noticeable about half way through. Nice!

T- Spicy up front, with notes of coriander and citrus, well water. Wheat and malt has a presence, with just a small trace of hops. Mouthfeel over is very light with high carbonation, quite drinkable.

Overall- on par with the specifications of a witbier but the balance just seems a bit off. The taste didn't come through like I was hoping after the amount of smells that was coming through. However if you are into this style I would still give it a try.

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Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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Sterkens White Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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