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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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very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-20-2001

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Ratings: 137 | Reviews: 97
Photo of Jdbateman83
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of bmwats
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of matthewweippert
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of imfrigginfly
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tgraven
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of ChefCos
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw, stark white head, tight bubbles, not much cling.

S - Light juicy fruit, malt.

T - Fruitiness and esters more prominent, bittered nicely.

M - Light body, good carb and balance. The alcohol is well hidden.

D - An enjoyable beer. Would try again.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.59/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Photo of hopmashian
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of conradh
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of drperm
4.8/5  rDev +24%
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.

Photo of Drinkerofales
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden honey with a big dirty white head that dissipates rather quickly to leave some lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast, and nutty bready malt. A light peppery smell is in the back ground.

Taste is yeasty tang, spice, a hint of citrus on the end accompanied with booze. This lessens with warmth.

Feel is smooth, carbonation makes it glide, but the finish bites you back and is a little tough. This effect also lessens with warmth.

A fine beer, just remember to drink it 20 minutes out of the fridge.


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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazy, golden amber with energetic carbonation. A big, puffy, off-white head turns creamy as it settles, but never drops below half an inch. Big patches of lace are left behind on a Unibroue tulip glass.

There is some cedar and lemon with undertones of peach and spice. Yeast and funk are evident. Overall, the aroma is much fresher than anticipated.

Musty and much earthier in flavor than aroma. This is well balanced with sweetness, bitterness, sourness. It has a long, subtle finish of honey that eventually turns sour.

Dry with a medium to full body and tingly carbonation. Alcohol is perceptible, but surprisingly absent for a 10% beer.

St. Sebastiaan improves with warmth, reaching its best with cheese and cured meat. This one lacks the power and complexity I expect for its style.

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St. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.