Sterkens White Ale | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

very good
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 BuckeyeNation
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hugely cluttered pale yellow with particles that range from fine to chunky and from white to beige. The cap is simple white, small, nearly featureless and leaves absolutely no lace. The appearance is unimpressive to say the least.

The nose is fairly decent as witbiers go. It's tangy, fruity and spicy; covering all the bases. Coriander is more prominent than orange peel, but the nose as a whole could stand to be more aromatic.

My initial impression is 'good, not great'. Like the nose, the flavor is on the subdued side. Also like the nose, coriander (both an herb and a spice, depending on which part of the plant is used) is the star of the show. Thankfully, the tangy wheat backbone is solid and doesn't get lost in the fruit and spice mix.

Orange and lemon come out to play on the finish. I like the flavor more as the ounces pass. The various components seem to meld more tightly with time and warming. The mouthfeel is light and is style appropriate. This would be a good session beer if the cost didn't become quickly prohibitive.

Sterkens White Ale is better than decent beer and is in the top half of all the wits I've had so far. I doubt that I'll drink it again, but I sure did enjoy the bottle while it lasted.

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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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Big Bear Cafe in D.C. Consumed during a jazz trio gig I had there.

Typical witbier appearance. Cloudy body with a thick white cap. The aroma brings coriander, light spice, orange peel. Pretty easy drinking. Citrusy flavor with a hint of pepper. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy straw. Nose is almost like key limes on the first hit of fragrance. Flavor is a biting crisp. A bit more masculine than others I'd say. Smooth and even, but a bit of a dirtier, earthy edge shall we say? I suppose earthy is a better way to put it. It isn't dirty in a negative way. Feel is a bit doughy, but not much. A bit of a thicker, almost aggressive carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Easily an everyday beer. Can imagine this would be great on a hot day.

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

The beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale scent highlighted with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is good. It is light and spicey with a smooth fruity finish. It tastes a little watery, but it has decent mouthfeel. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent Belgian white. It has good flavor.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sterkens Blonde

Pours a light golden color with little to no head. Aroma has grape and a bit of orange blossom honey. The taste is well balanced a bit of wheat and Belgian yeast fruitiness. Light bitterness. Tasty.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a pale yellow gold body with fizzy well-carb'd two finger head that didn't last long. Spicy, clove-like aroma with a mix of sharp citric, mostly orange zest and just a touch of yeast. Overall, a good but not spectacular wit that I enjoyed but was just underwhelmed with at times. Light bodied, smooth, has a good citric orange like flavor with spicy clove to balance and never gets watery, muddled, or just a disgusting sour texture and taste, but the complementary spices aren't really shining and I don't get much more than orange (no banana, hints of tropical). A good wit nonetheless but not one of the best.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color and some yeast left in the bottle. Light bodied and light-medium carbonation. Nose is a yeasty wheat. Starts with a distinct wheat flavor, finishes crisp and light. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of weeare138
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy straw yellow with a 2 finger white head that slowly fades. Tons of yeasty fallout is just hanging in suspension making the brew look less than appealing. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, toasted wheat, mild citrus, and a touch of spice.
Taste is of the same aromas with a lgentle lemony squeezed tartness that is fitting for the style.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, lightly spiced, lemon zest infused, with the tiny bits of yeast running along the tongue. Mixed feelings on this with hints of it being really good but the funky yeast chunks are a real drag and get in the way of me trying to enjoy it.

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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 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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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 bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a light pale gold color with a small white head. The aroma is on the light side, but nice. It smells like lemon, wheat, and coriander. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes similar to the aroma, but there's also some yeast and orange peel noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it has a lot of carbonation (too much in my opinion) and it's also crisp. Drinkability is decent, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. But it is nice and refreshing and not hard to drink at all. It's not a bad witbier, I'd pick this up again.

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Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 11.2 ounce bottle of this in Western Mass.

Appearance is a a light golden color with a thin white head.
Smell contains lemons, belgian yeast, light overall. Its taste has wheat grain, some orange and other citrus flavors. It is lighter bodied with good carbonation. This witbier goes down easily and is very pleasant. I am glad that I came across it and if I had in my home state, would certainly buy it more often.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer has a hazy light peach color. Small white head tops the brew and laces nicely. I like the wheat malt aroma. Taste is crisp and refreshing, a little spicy (pepper and corriander) and a bit yeasty. There is a minor soapy aftertaste that is not pleasant. If not for that, this beer would rate fairly high.

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, whitish-orange color with plenty of floaties and a generous white head. The aroma is intriguing: coriander, fruit (citrus and melons), flowers, orange peels, and yeast. It’s a delicate, flowery smell. The flavor is similar to the aroma, with a distinct citrus-like wheat-ness. Soft and full body, with a crisp and dry finish. This is a very good witbier.

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

The beer pours from the glass a somewhat hazy golden amber color, the head impressive in size, bright white and the consistency creamy with fine sheets of lace to coat the glass. The aroma of orange peels, malt, citrus fresh and pleasing to the senses. Front is lightly sweet, the top skimpy in feel, the finish biting in its acidity, the hops personable and the aftertaste dry and long lasting. A nice change of pace, a real thirst quencher and a decent beer, not great, maybe “Average” is a better term.

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Photo of ccrida
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my large gulden drak tulip, the wit is the requisit cloudy pale yellow, with a decent sized white head, which is fairly long lasting, leaving light lace.

The aroma is really fantastic. I love the floral sweetness, the citrus, all so bright and fresh, with out being heavy-handed.

Unfortunately, the taste is much more restrained, with only a trace of the sweetness on the nose. Grainy with a little tartness, light and dry.

The mouthfeel is tight and crisp, with too much carbonation for my taste.

This is a pretty drinkable wit in an inoffensive, thirst quencher way, like a lemon seltzer. I'm guessing the ABV is low, 4.5 - 5%.

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale ornage-yellow color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes quickly into a quarter inch of fluffy white foam. The aroma is of vibrant lemon, orange, and coriander. The taste has a little more coriander than the aroma, but there is still enough orange and lemon peel to make things interesting. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied, and is perhaps a little less chewy than a witbier should be. Overall, this is a very nice witbier that I will certainly drink again.

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

Pale yellow/gold color with a thin fizzy white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is lightly malty with a yeast presense. Light-bodied with a grain character along with spice and yeast flavors. Very straightforward and refreshing. The finish is short and clean with some hops and spice aftertaste. Above average summer fare.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sterkens White Ale has a very thick, spongy, white head, a cloudy (which becomes even cloudier when the bottom 3rd is swished and poured in), fiercely bubbly appearance, and no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is mildly spicy, with faint coriander, banana, and citrus, and a bit of sweet, white bread. Taste is of those elements, with an overarching tap water note. Mouthfeel is mostly watery, and Sterkens White Ale finishes semi-wet and easy drinking.


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