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St. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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St. Sebastiaan Grande ReserveSt. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve

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BA SCORE
86
very good

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-20-2001)
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LJC3

California

5/5  rDev +30.2%

04-01-2013 21:44:53 | More by LJC3
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matthewweippert

Virginia

5/5  rDev +30.2%

04-04-2013 11:11:02 | More by matthewweippert
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-25-2011 21:00:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Zorro

California

4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy light brown ale with a fair white head. This looks exactly like apple cider.

Smell is a little sweet with a big fruity scent. Apples, spice, pine and a whiff of brandy are in this.

Taste is mildly sweet and very spicy in the first sip. Flavor of brown sugar and pineapple are dominant at first. Noticeable alcohol flavor but it isn't very strong. Cinnamon stick, allspice, mace, cloves, ginger, malt, and powdery yeast are all in the flavor of this one. Very quickly the sweetness disappears and leaves only spice in your glass. At the end it tastes a LOT like a spiced rum drink, and that isn't a bad thing at all.

Mouthfeel is very good, perfect in fact.

OK this was an excellent beer experience. If it has a defect it would be the color and intensity of the flavor. I absolutely enjoyed this, the bottle cost $11 and it was worth it! Strange that this is listed as retired, every little shop in Solvang California sells this stuff. I neglected trying this for more than a year because of the bottle, I thought it was just a gimmick to sell second rate Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 02:55:27 | More by Zorro
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Fatheranderson

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First thing I have to say: this beer was absolutely excellent. It was the first Belgian produced Strong Ale I've ever tasted and it was definitely one of my top five favorite beers.

Appearance: a smooth, clean golden yellow, rather large and well defined head.

Smell: I distinctly smell apples, with the barest hint of freshly baked bread and flowers. Extremely warm and inviting scent.

Taste: Delicious is the first word that comes to mind. Apples, possibly a little raisin, maybe just a hint of pear, and bread are the predominate tastes, though the tiniest hint of hops is detectable. It might sound strange, but it tastes just like I assume Autumn in a Belgian village would taste like if a season in a village could have a flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lacks carbonation. Reminded me somewhat of Boddington's Pub Ale's mouth feel. That said, it really doesn't detract from the overall presentation of the ale. Also it feels somewhat syrupy which compliments the flavor perfectly.

Drinkability: Exceptional is the only word I can think of. It's amazingly easy to drink and is very refreshing while still complex enough to appeal to even the most discerning beer lover.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:47:56 | More by Fatheranderson
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drperm

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you enjoy a good Tripel, or beers in the Duvel line (Strong Goldens and Strong Pales), this one is sure to please.

Even before getting it in the glass, I predicted that I was in for a treat: the ceramic bottle with the swivel Grolsch-style top is an eye pleaser and a souvenir keeper as well.

In the glass, it's sheer beauty: rich golden colour and hazy, it pours like liquid pirate treasure.

On the nose, it's a melange of Belgian goodness: coriander, vanilla, maple, nutmeg, hay, chamomile, and biscuit.
The flavor is seamless from the nose and picks up where the aroma leaves off: smooth, rich, and creamy, belying the 10% tag it carries. Honestly, it could be a little richer and I wouldn't complain.

The mouthfeel is the definition of smooth. There's always the risk of a beer of this profile having a too-sweet finish, but this one is meticulously balanced.

Overall, a capital winner. Especially for the price of the bottle, I'm wishing I had bought a case of this stuff. It's great on its own, and a perfect complement to everything from rich cheeses to pancakes with maple syrup.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 23:28:39 | More by drperm
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code: 04/07/16
16oz. poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours a hazed apricot with a fluffy white head that holds great retention. Nice horizontal lacing left behind.

S - Tropical fruit esters, pineapple, green apple skins, green mango, orange, peach, cotton candy, banana taffy, grassy hops, sweet malt in the background.

T - Very fruity, pineapple, papaya, lemon honey, biscuit malt resides underneath a grassy hops. Earthy strawberries come out as it warms.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, slick feel, finishes semi dry.

The best aroma I've come across from A BSPA. It couldn't be more perfect. The flavors come across the palate very straightforward but very tasty.
One of the best examples of the style I've come across.
This beer drinks like a 7.00ABV. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:12:58 | More by StaveHooks
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange body with muddy brown highlights yields dense lacing and ornate rings--tremendous. Fine aromas emanate forth--primarily fruit (grape, apple, berry) but also spice--coriander, a hint of ginger. Already I'm very impressed.

The taste is full and complex but a bit restrained, however, nonetheless wonderful. Lots of fruit--grape especially but lots of apple (not too sour), cherry, and some apricot in the finish. The spice is subtle but certainly present. Excellent BSPA.

The mouthfeel brings is home in fine fashion, so very Belgian--smooth, amply effervescent, full and never thin. This is what BSPA is supposed to be. Just terrific.

This really surprised me. I'm so glad I stopped into Friar Tuck for this and others--an accidentally Belgian trip to the shop with others to follow. Better than expected--always the best kind of reviews to write. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 22:37:41 | More by Gehrig
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sammy806

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-14-2014 23:15:29 | More by sammy806
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Jonbw

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-02-2014 16:11:33 | More by Jonbw
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Luiz0930

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

10-10-2013 17:10:56 | More by Luiz0930
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything about this ale is absolutley fantastic. The pottery-like crockery style bottle is very interesting. The ale itself pours a slightly cloudy orange with almost no head. Only a thin, hazy sheet of tiny bubbles covers the top with light delicate lacing around the sides. The smell is quite sweet and spicy with clove like accents. In fact, the appearance, smell and taste are tremendously similar to a hefeweisen. What is not similar to a hefe, is the strength of this ale. One can certainly tell, and quickly, that this a 10%abv.
With almost a total lack of any carbonation, St. Sebastiaan's Grand Reserve goes down smooth. It's just really heavy and really filling. Easy to drink, if you're only drinking one.
I highly recommend this ale to anyone who fancies the hefe style unfiltered wheat type brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 02:26:06 | More by SilentSabre
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BierJager89

California

4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:20:18 | More by BierJager89
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just slightly hazy light yellow-amber, yellowish head that's mostly skim. Yeasty aroma, with some dried and deep fruit smells. Full body, impression is similar to a Doppelbock in stickiness and heartiness. Sweet toffee, elements of dried citron, and a touch of diacetyl (really?). A little pepper and clove in the mid mouth, hops do a fine balancing job. There was a lot unexpected in the flavor profile but I loved it, satisfying brew here. Another cool crock, this one was a 16 oz swing top.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 08:03:01 | More by ADR
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thekanna

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a strong gold color which settles into a nice orange-amber. About one finger of white head.

S: Belgian yeasts, spices; some faint apples, pears, and citrus fruits; somewhat like the smell of Westmalle Tripel. Floral aromas further liven it up and give it a sense of freshness.

T: Belgian yeasts with some strong peppercorns, coriander, citrus fruits, and pears. Candi sugar is present which gives it a nice sweetness, and spice definitely rounds it out.

M: Nice carbonated juiciness.

D: This is frankly one of the beer Belgian Strong Pale Ales I've had in a while. They seemed to have nailed down everything I love about the style perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 06:25:51 | More by thekanna
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a ceramic/stoneware bottle at Butch's in Holland, MI.

Poured during sunset turns into a nice hazy orange in my tulip glass. Globby lacing scattered throughout.

Nose: Rock candy, apples, citrus and spice, maybe how bout apple flavored bubble gum.

Taste: More of the citrusy apple, think of chewing on a piece of pink bubble gum while eating a slice of granny smith apple.

Mouthfeel: Surpisingly light, not too much carbonation, sweet finish.

Drinkability: I don't drink a lot of belgian's any more, i'll say, but i must stress that this beer is quite worth the money. Make sure it is consumed in the proper setting.

A Belgian benchmark.

Hot damn!

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:31:59 | More by midnite2sixman
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Orangish-brown body with a nice head that laced the glass.

Smell – There’s a nice, light, spicy fruit aroma from this one. The melons, peaches, oranges, and apricots are touched off with a bit of coriander and cinnamon. The (very) lightly toasted malt backbone is present as well, but this is all about the fruit.

Taste – This is big flavor. The multitude of spices are out in force, deeply soaked in the light fruits from the nose along with cranberry and apple juice. The malt fades a bit at the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This is lightly carbonated and medium-bodied. The alcohol is there, but comes out more like a light, fruity mixed drink that’s been spiced with white rum.

Drinkability – This one is big on the melons and (especially) peaches, similar to its “Golden” cousin, which makes it go down smooth.

Update – I first rated this in 2003. Oh, Lawdy, have I been a BA that long? Anyway, here we are four years later and it tastes almost exactly the same. If nothing else we have to award points for consistency. Nice job, Sterkens!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 01:11:11 | More by RoyalT
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claireoakhammer

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - clear, golden color

s - wonderful bready nose, slight smell of alcohol, some tart and fruity notes coming through

t - fruity, bready, subtle and understated, some sharpness, definitely unique

m - full yet almost sparkling

d - totally drinkable. love it!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 22:49:13 | More by claireoakhammer
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kbub6f

New York

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, creamy-white, ultra-fine head. Fine, fine sheets of tiny spots of lacing. Clear orange beer. Wasn't expecting that. Sweet caramel in the nose. Some milk. Spicy front: pepper, alcohol and lots of fruit. Dark-tasting malt, almost sour. Nice. Very bitter, grainsy finish. Some fruit. D-licious! Malty, spicy, grainsy, not too sweet. Beauty.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 22:47:59 | More by kbub6f
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impending

California

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange honey, dense orange tinted head slow to subside, nice lacing.

Strong crisp aroma, seems a meld of a strong pale and a tripel. Lively, clean and complex. Much fruit, much floral and spice. Superb depth.

Taste has all the nuances of the nose and adds a pleasant alcohol warmth counter balancing the initial syrupy sweetness. All the hops were just for the scent. Finishes with little bitter or dry, simply fades away rather quickly. Full bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 06:07:13 | More by impending
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scootny

New York

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a case I bought last year. Best before 2011. Ceramic resealable bottle suitable for homebrewing. No problem there only six left. This beer has cellared beautifully. A clear golden amber fluid that produces a large creamy head. Though it fades quickly it leaves good lacing. Some bubbling going on. Subsequent pours add yeast and cloudiness and better head retention.

Smell is honey, grape and apples. Light Belgian yeast funkiness. Clean malt sweetness.

Taste is just smooth. Honeyed malt and candy sugar. Sweet white grapes and apples. Yeast adds a bit of nuttiness. Finish is more smooth tastes. A bit short of crisp it is still dry. Hops are super mild. Clean with a light green apple sourness. Sweet rolls linger in the mouth. Alcohol is just peaking around the corners from time to time, never draws attention to itself.

Feel is cream and velvet. Delightful

Way to easy to drink a couple of these.

I gave some away and traded others. Now I'm holding on to the rest for a special time in a few years. Maybe I can find another case. If you can get some of this stuff grab it. Just a very good sneaky strong Belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 01:36:39 | More by scootny
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allengarvin

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy amber color, with a film of thin foam on top.

Aroma: Vanilla, sweet honey, ripe apple aroma.

Flavor: Burst of fruit (peach? apple? big estery flavor in any case), very spicy yeast character and noticibly peppery alcohol on the sides of the tongue. No hop flavor than I can find (though it's hard to sift through the many flavors), but bitterness comes out at the end, along with some sourness, for a tart, pungent finish.

Body: Very tannic mouthfeel, full bodied, but still somewhat light for a 10% beer.

Other Sterkens beers I've tried have been fairly uninteresting, but this beer is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 03:17:41 | More by allengarvin
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Billolick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Style points go out for the classy bottle that this one comes in. Pours a hazy light golden with a slight green apple tint. Leaves tons of fine wispy lacing and sheeting. Nose is a soft sweet, fruity spicy blend. Soft mouthfeel, notes of melon, honey, pepper, alcohol evident. Tasty, strong, sharp and crisp. Lovely creation in brewing. get some of this stuff and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 01:30:14 | More by Billolick
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Fusion7777

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

08-30-2013 00:10:19 | More by Fusion7777
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imfrigginfly

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-18-2013 16:18:37 | More by imfrigginfly
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St. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.