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Bokrijks Belgian Golden Ale

Bokrijks Belgian Golden Ale

  • Malty citrus
  • Spice (mild anise) and fruitiness, sweet
  • Clean with hint of spice

A kind of odd-duck, the Belgian pale ale has more in common with the hefeweizen than an IPA. The flavor depends a lot on the yeast used, and the Bokrijks Belgian Golden Ale that I had was not very citrusy, leaning towards tropical fruit. Sometimes these tropical-fruit-bearing yeasts make the whole beer taste like banana, which I do no enjoy, but the Bokrijks just skirted banana, yielding more of a spiced mango flavor. I’ve seen other reviews which stress the citrusy flavor, and it leads me to believe that there is a strain of wild yeast used in Bokrijks, meaning each bottle may be different.

A pilsner glass filled with the cloudy golden ale, Bokrijks, next to the ceramic bottle of Bokrojks.

Apparently, I should have poured this into a tulip glass, so my tasting may have been waaaay off.

I’d love to talk about the history of Bokrijks and the brewing methods used, but I know nothing about it. I admit I picked up the bottle because of its uniqueness, and I had no idea what a Belgian golden ale would taste like. I can surmise from the cloudiness that the beer was made with wheat, and I know it’s an ale, but I never would have guessed it would taste as fruity as it does. It was $15 at my local distributor, expensive overall, but a good price for the Belgian import, as I’ve seen it list for $20 elsewhere. The reusable nature of the bottle is a plus.

Bokrijk, where the beer got its name, is a provincial domain in Limburg, Belgium, in Flanders. Bokrijk is known for its open air museum, where the townsfolk continue Flemish traditions, including, one assumes, brewing.


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  1. fred f says

    $10 at bevMos. All Belgium beer are wheat types. Taste nothing like a hef. This guy is a knucklehead.

  2. fervere says

    Thanks for the comment, Fred F! — Fervere “Knucklehead” Ferment

  3. fervere says

    I was intrigued by Fred F’s claim that all Belgian beers are wheat beers, but I could not confirm it. Belgian beers follow the gamut from amber ales to stouts, of course. Belgian lambics are wheat beers, but not all Belgian beer is lambic.

  4. Eli G. says

    False! Not all Belgians are Wheat beers! Quite the opposite. Triples for example are traditional brewed with three types of grains, hence the style name. Most old world “Bavarian” ales are wheat based, the grist being composed of at least 50% wheat. Many Belgian styles, such as Trappists and Golden ales, are composed nearly a 90-96% grist of Pilsner malt(2-row barley). I know this only because I’m a brewer and my favorite types of beer to drink are belgian ales . As for you, Fred, if you’ve ever had a REAL hefe from Bavaria it’s like pure heaven. American hefs are no comparison. Hope this helps

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