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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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Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 129
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 kobeer
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Havion383
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Kam
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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 cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours cloudy straw with a very large bubbly white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a little bit of lacing. Smells of citrus primarily, not much else but a little bit of wheat. Tastes of wheat, the active yeast gives it the normal taste of a white ale. This light bodied beer has good carbonation, and a clean smooth finish. Overall, a decent beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DougHefe
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first couple of bottles were consumed too warm. Once the beer was properly chilled it was pretty tasty. A very good unfiltered beer and very well balanced.

Consumed on several occassions and with different food accompanyments. Goes well with white meats.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Treyliff
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Nerudamann
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very light golden/straw color, a little murky, with very good carbonation and about four fingers’ worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – fruity/citrusy in aroma, much like a hefeweisen. Hops seem fairly present, but not as much as the smell of rye.

Taste – a little bit of a musky taste it from the start. The rye taste is less than I would have thought, but it’s there. There’s also a fizzy, champagne-like quality to the taste as well. The finish and aftertaste are both pretty mild.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but as stated above, a bit on the fizzy side.

Overall – not a bad brew, but a little plain-tasting and uninteresting.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of portia99
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours the expected hazy, pale straw yellow color with 2 fingers of dense and fluffy white head. Foam slowly fizzes its way down to the surface without much success in leaving any lacing on the glass.

S - Oranges and lemons, coriander, spicy wheatiness, a bit yeasty, light breadiness. Lemons really dominate the aroma...nice.

T - Overall flavoring here is on the light side. Dry, wheaty, not much for citrusy fruit, spice or yeast. Pretty bland actually...disappointing.

M - Highly carbonated, foamy in the mouth. Body is light. Its almost like the carbonation is so potent that it overwhelms any flavors that might be in this beer...its surprisingly close to drinking soda water...maybe soda water that was in the bottle that used to contain Sprite...just a hint of residual flavor carried over.

O - Rather disappointing overall. Started off with promise with a on target appearance and aroma, but lost it where it counts in the flavor (or total lack of)...

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3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a hazy yellow with a three finger rocky head that left no lacing. A ring of head did remain for most of the beer.

S- Lots of Coriander and spice, bubblegum, yeast, and some citrus, but not quite as much as I would expect for the style

T- Coriander, hints of orange peel, lemon,mineral like flavor, overall pretty mild flavor. It sounds strange but there is almost a peanut shell salty flavor on the finish.

M- Nice prickly carbonation, refreshing, and smooth

O- A little bit underwhelming in the flavor department for a witbier, but very refreshing and a nice beer on a hot day like today.

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

I have seen this beer around Houston for a while and I have never reviewed it, so there you go. I have one now. Let's give it a go as my first beer of the evening.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow color with a thick head of white creamy bubbles that was obviously maintained by quite a few bubbles rising as it was moving around quite a bit, but it took it almost a minute before it started to fade. It was already leaving some lacing on the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: I initially got lots of clean citrus along with what I am sure is coriander. As the beer sits, you can definitely pick up the grainy wheat. There is a bit of bread dough noticeable as you get farther into the beer.

Taste: The flavor is mixed. It has some defined malty notes mixed with the bread dough and spices to come across a bit like a dessert bread of some sort. The overall mouthfeel is light with the carbonation being pretty high and the residual sugars a bit low, so it goes down really quick. There is no alcohol noticeable as you expect. There is a little bit of oxidation that is coming out as the beer warms.

Opinion: Overall this is a good example of the style. I like that the spice is not overdone as it frequently is with this style. The beer is pretty drinkable, but I wouldn't have more than one, myself. If you dig this style a whole lot, by all means give this one a shot as it hits the style pretty well.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with very lively carbonation. Not much head- more carbonation.
Smell: Quite sharp citrus/fruity aroma instantly upon the pour. Bready presence just beyond this.
Taste: Again citrus builds upon a light but bready base. More citrus and fruit in this than others in its class, lending a slight sour quality. Can also detect pepper and other spice, though not as pronounced. Finishes very clean.
Mouthfeel: On the light side, clean.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Light in ABV.

Overall- For such a light-looking beer, packs some flavor. A nicely-crafted wit. Would return for a second try anytime.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow with thin creamy white head. Descent retention and creamy lace.

S- Yeasty. Clove and banana, bubblegum, wheat, and fruity notes. Spice.

T- Wheat, clean malts, bubble gum and clove. Nice balance.

M- Grainy with a creamy edge. Smooth and crisp.

D- Very well balanced and easy to drink for this style.

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Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very simple but solid beer... something that taste like the field you're working in. wheat. orange... coriander and grass. the nose has a bit of cereal. the palate is more subdued and simple. the sweet is not grain based but mild wheat. and nice grass citrus bitter. great quality for summer.

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Photo of Mcculler
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at Ludlow Wines in Cincinnati for 2.25 as a 12 oz single.

Pours a beautiful towering egg white head over very cloudy pale yellowish brown - like pear juice. Head refuses to go away, receding to a thick 1/4 inch that yet leaves minimal lacing.

Smell - beautiful, complex, delicious: black tea, coriander, chamomille, lemon, starfruit, pears, bananas. This is where the party stops, though.

Taste - after the smell, underwhelming. Perhaps excessively dry, minerally, watery lemon juice dominates, with very little fruitiness or sweetness - though as it warms, the bananas come back. Some tea-like hops are there. Coriander comes through faintly.

Mouthfeel - very watery with very high carbonation that dominates the taste - very little sweetness or flavor to balance this out and so the carbonation just quickens the finish.

Good drinkability of course - but, though Id rather smell this, I think Id rather drink a Hoegaarden ... Ouch... Wonder if its been sitting around for too long ...

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Sterkens White Ale from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 179 ratings
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