Bokrijks KruikenbierSeptember 1, 2003 Meer, Belgium
Brouwerij Sterkens Meer, Belgium Imported by: Noble Union Trading Co. Houston, TX Available: nationally except for WY, ND, SD, KS, OK, WV, VT, AK, HI, ID The Sterkens family began brewing beer in the small town of Meer, north of Antwerp, since 1654. During the French Revolution, legend has it that a monk escaping the destruction of the abbey at Meer entrusted the abbey’s secret beer recipes to the Sterkens family. Alcohol by weight: 5.7 Color: n/a Bitterness: 24 Gravity: 1069
A man goes into a bar. “Make it a Bokrijks Kruikenbier,” he tells the bartender. “Right away sir,” popping the top on the traditional stone bottle. The man holds the beer to the light, savoring the pure golden color and rocky head. He holds the glass to his nose to smell what he describes as “pure sex.” He takes a sip and then another, waxing poetic about the delicious complexity with hints of herbs and treacle. “How is it?” asks the bartender. “Smooth, real smooth,” comes the reply.
- Charles Finkel
Earthy aroma with quite a bit of excessive age and oxidation character. Sorry, but this could have a fresher aroma and probably did much closer to the brewery. There is a slight hint of malt aroma and much fruitiness but that is about the extent of what once was a full-flavored, well-brewed ale. And, oh my! It has some alcohol to warm the soul. This one would be better tasted in Belgium, me thinks.
- Charlie Papazian
It’s a mouthful before you drink it. This Belgian golden ale comes in a hefty stone crock with a resealable, swing-top stopper. It’s golden with a hint of bronze and has a massive toasted malt and peppery hop aroma, underscored by dry raisin fruit. The rich fruitiness packs the mouth, with malt and hops peeping in around the edges. The finish is shatteringly dry, with mighty hop bitterness, tart fruit and well-cured malt. A perfect companion for pizza, pasta or, of course, Belgian frites with mayonnaise.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.