St. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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4.49/5 rDev +16.3%
A: Golden/Amber with a white head.
S: Notes of orange in the nose.
T: A bit of citrus and a lot of honey in the taste. No taste of alcohol, which I expected at 10% abv (though this was 700 or so beers ago for me) .
M: Smooth, medium bodied.
O: I loved this at the time, but it's been quite a while, so I hope to soon re-review it. I had this beer probably 3 years ago, only a hundred or so beers into my journey (now close to 850).
01-17-2014 00:20:18 | More by BierJager89
3.7/5 rDev -4.1%
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger billowy white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave some great levels of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a sweet biscuit malt smell being a mix of toasted Belgian malt smells mixed with some sweeter caramel and bubblegum like aromas. Along with these aromas are some other fruitier notes of a lighter fruit variety. Apple, pear, apricot and citrus are all there and are joined by a bit of a banana smell brought along by a yeasty smell. Along with these aromas are some very light alcohol/boozy smells and a little bit of coriander and clove.
Taste – The taste begins with somewhat fruity and biscuity taste. The fruit is a mix of apricot, pear, grape and banana which overall bring a moderate level of sweetness to the brew. The fruity flavors remain throughout the taste, but the sweetness associated with them seems to lessen as the biscuit takes on a slightly grainier flavor and some more bitter lemon and a bit of grassy and hay come to the tongue. Toward the end however, the sweeter flavors seem to kick back in with a bit of a honey and caramel coming to the tongue. Along with these sweeter flavors, so too comes some spice of clove and coriander, and with a little bit of a alcohol taste, the brew ends up leaving a somewhat warming and grainier biscuity fruited flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is average as well. Overall the body and carbonation are rather decent for the brew’s style, although a slightly higher carbonation may have been a bit better for the slightly grainy biscuit and lighter fruit flavors of the brew.
Overall – An alright Belgian Strong Pale ale, but at almost $8.50 for the smallish (16 oz?) ceramic gasket resalable bottle (which is pretty cool) it is rather overpriced. A good one to try, but not worth going back to again, as there are better (and far less pricy) Belgian strong pale’s out there.
01-07-2014 01:46:57 | More by Darkmagus82
4.21/5 rDev +9.1%
Expensive, but well worth it. This beer is smooth, complex, easy To drink, good on a warm or cold day. Light spices and malt, very very smooth yet rich taste, hard to describe. Very unique bottle as well. Wonderfull color easy to pour. St. Sebastian is one of my favorites.
08-29-2013 04:46:51 | More by Jdbateman83
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured from a 16 oz bottle, into a footed tulip.
A: Dark golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly, but not completely. Some slight, spotty lacing.
S: Yeast, apricot, and honey.
T: A little yeast, fresh tea leaf, orange pith.
M: Lightly sweet, and a little syrupy. Very well-balanced. The strength is deceptive. Bitter finish.
D: Sip and enjoy.
Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice color, big head, and some fair lacing. Nose is a pleasant combination of yeast, fruit, and honey. Yeasty with some distinct fruit notes, and fresh tea. Very well-balanced construction. Overall, this is a really good quaff.
08-04-2013 02:48:12 | More by bmwats
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
16 ounce ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/27/2014. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, grape, apple, pepper, clove, floral, candi sugar, honey, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with malt notes; but pretty muted for a 10% Belgian. Taste of pear, grape, apple, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters and malt flavors; with a nice moderate malt balance with no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian strong pale ale. Good complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
05-01-2013 04:55:02 | More by superspak
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
Ceramic type bottle with grolsch style lid. Pours a cloudy yellow/tan color with a very large, lasting head and sticky lacing.
Aroma is fruity, spicy, with clove and banana, citrus, a little hops and some biscuit malt.
Flavor is tasty, it's got tons of spiciness, with clove, coriander, pepper notes, banana and bubblegum, and some funk.
Body is pretty thick with plenty of carbonation and slightly noticeable EtOH.
Overall it's tasty. A nice Belgian Strong Pale that fits the style nicely.
12-03-2012 23:47:18 | More by AlCaponeJunior
St. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.