Sterkens White Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Sterkens White AleSterkens White Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: 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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Photo of DaPinsker
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of tard24
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of BaerBeer
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a great fuckin' beer. Haven't had this one in a while, bought some more today. Forgot how much I loved this beer.
What a beautiful yellowish, damn near white color, with a gorgeous white head with decent lacing. I really enjoy the drinkability of this beer. I had two, and forgot to savor the first one today because of how smooth it goes down. Nice aroma of grass, lemons, small hop, and heaven. Excellent mouthfeel, and superb taste. One of this best white ales in its class. Not bad for about 2 bucks a bottle! I remember the first time, I got this in a six pack and I fell in love. Sorry for busting a nut about this beer, but good God.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C. Slightly Cloudy
H. Golden Yellow like pee
N. Honey, camomille, very floral

Clean and crisp this beer doesn't hang around long; in taste or in my cup. A little too easy to drink. Very clean crisp and smooth. A sexy blonde. If you like commercial White Ales (Blue Moon, Shock Top, or any others) this would be a good one for you to pick up. It isn't too heave in alcohol so you can have a few of these bad boys...ehh or girls. Good Beer for being outdoors. A Solid White.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of TastyTaste
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours as white of a color as I have seen from any beer, ever. Gloudy with a slight golden tone and a big white head. I haven't had a Wit in a while, but this makes me remember why I like them. Smell is corriander and orange, slightly yeasty and clean. Taste is smooth and has a creamy mouthfeel to it. Flavors are mostly yeasty with only slight orange and spiciness to it. I liked this one a lot, although could be a little bit sharper and spicier, but still very good.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, this is how a witbier should look. The pour is effervescent and the beer is hazy - murky, even - and colored a slightly brownish yellow. The head is pretty good, I suppose; I could wish for a bit more. It leaves robust arches of lacing on the glass as I drink it.

The aroma is floral, slightly bready, and just citrusy enough to be very inviting but not overpowering.

I like what this does on my tongue. There is an instant of slight creaminess followed closely by a long, pleasantly wave of effervescence which smoothly hands off the baton to a wonderfully balanced, crisp citrus finish. A background of yeast presides over the whole affair.

I want another.

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Photo of boblog
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Cloudy pale faded yellow. Big white head which leaves a swiss cheese like lacing.
Smell: Corrander, hints of lemon, nice sweet mellow malt, and light hops.
Taste: Big corrander flavor, with smooth malt, very little hop flavors.
Drinkability: I could down a million of these.
Overall: A very good brew.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Green Flash snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a full inch of head that retains decently before dissolving to an 1/8 inch. Above-average lacing.

S- Sweet with lots of orange and spice. A bit perfumey in a wheat context.

T- Refreshing flavors of citrus and coriander. Very sweet, but not cloying. The yeast works its way into the profile but in more subtle of a way than the rest of the ingredients.

M- Lively and crisp with medium-high carbonation leading the way. A bit of a spice bite and a light body.

O- Very tasty and exemplary of the style.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale, hazy blond with an even, creamy half-inch white head.

Smells yeasty, citric, and spicy. Wheat is present, along with a barnyard note.

Very fruity. On the palate, spice, wheat, and yeast play a supporting role to the predominant taste of orange flesh. It's a little thin, and there's a slightly astringent aftertaste, but the carbonation is spot-on.

My note on drinkability is one word: "Yes." So I guess I'm a fan.

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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 hustlesworth
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a luminous hazy lemon yellow with a very fizzy pure white head and practically no lace. good retention on the foam though, it lasts throughout the whole drink as lots of rising bubbles do their thug dizzle.

S- coriander fumes emanate thickly from this one, with some exotic orange peel aroma added to the mix. citrusy and spicy with a good deal of wheat as it nears the proper temp.

T- very flowery and perfume like from start to finish, nectar sweetness giving way only at the end to a fresh pale wheat taste and a light noble hop grassiness with no bitterness to speak of. this beer isn't overly spiced and it isn't to bland, it's goldilocks all the way. coriander sits on the tongue for just a second at first sip then it gets the hell out, and that's how i like it. overall a fresh wheaty and mildly citric brew.

MF- velvety and fuller than expected, the constant top of foam makes for a nice creamy segue into this medium high carbonated palate cleansing beauty. pretty damn refreshing too.

D- not my favorite style, but this is a great example of a real belgian wit and i always hold undisputed authenticity in high esteem. i like it so much more than others because it isn't so heavily spiced, its 'just right' and it still has that grain beer flavor as opposed to a cold fizzy glass of coriander juice.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of bone white head on top of a hazy, yellow body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Light aroma of tangy wheat with some earthy yeast character. A little bit of coriander and lemon with a malt vanilla note.

T - Tart wheat and spicy yeast up front. Notes of pepper, lemon, and creamy vanilla. Some coriander and cardamom spice notes in the middle reinforce the wheat character. Finishes with more acidic wheat and vanilla yeast character as well as a bit of lemon.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish

D - Very drinkable this beer is light and refreshing but also quite flavorful. The wheat character works well with both the yeast and the spices, which provide a complex array of pepper and lemon notes as well as a rounded vanilla character. This is one of the best Belgian white ales that I have had, it is well balanced with level of complexity and fullness that few examples of this style exhibit.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy. There are things floating in it. This is a wheat ale, let me tell you. This is what "unfiltered" means, I think. I've never seen anything quite like it. It is beautiful.

Smells like wheat malt and bananas. Allspice, too. Cloves. Complicated, but not very intense.

Tastes like WHEAT MALT. Cloves upfront. Very spicy. Mealy in the back, wet in the back. Tartness. Citrus not of nature. Synthetic splash of sweetness like freebasing orange juice. Right into your fucking veins.

Fizzy so great. Excellent mouthfeel like fireworks.

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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 WynnO
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of johntfox
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of vpoxon
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Drew966
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an insane pale color with little head that fades to nothing. White beer is right. White is the only way to describe the color. The nose is a nice balnce between sweet and spicy and ornage-peel. What a nice flavor onthis one. Its really well balanced, mellow, nice subdued mellow malts. This beer is very smooth, a little creamy with a slight tart orange on the finish. The mouthfeel is moderate to thick. This was a nice easy drinking beer. I would try it again if I found it.

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Photo of dauss
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: slim belgian style 11.2oz. bottle. Plain silver label, no date or stamp.

Appearance: Very cloudy light orange yellow color with a lot of yeast chunks floating around. A very small white head rests on top.

Smell: Very sweet malt aroma, lots of coriander, light clove, alcohol, and a slight acidic twang.

Taste: Very light with a large amount of sweet wheat malt. More clove and coriander, with a yeasty spicyness, a clean and dry finish. Very light tartness.

Notes: A very tasty witbier. Not quite as pretty or sweet as Hoegaarden, but they're about the same. I like them both.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, fresh 11.2oz bottle with the best by date of 25/04/12 lasered on the neck. Served at about fridge temperature in a Hoegaarden witbier glass.

Appearance- After the yeast addition, this beer pours a hazy gold with a finger-thick white head. It settles to a translucent mat within about two minutes, not leaving any lacing behind.

Smell- An exquisite aroma of sour apple, coriander, orange peel, and yellow cake mix... one of the most complex, interesting, and enjoyable noses on a Belgian witbier.

Taste- The flavors here go far beyond those of Hoegaarden and even Allagash's flagship beer... the character is deep and bold, while remaining soft in its execution.

Notes of coriander and spices flow over the tongue, complementing a soft breadiness that underlies the flavors. It's delicate yet assertive, a unique paradox. The structure and balance is definitely noteworthy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The initial entry into the mouth is explosive, wildly carbonated but somehow not gassy. It softens within a few seconds and becomes totally elegant and silky, finishing with an easy swallow. While I wouldn't drink more than one or two of these at a time, the sheer excellence of the flavors alone would warrant my recommendation to try this lesser-known example of a true Belgian style wit.

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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

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