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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
87
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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Belgium

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 midaszero
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9/11/11

A - Clear golden orange with 1 finger of white head

S - Lots of citrus and apple smells

T - Taste like a Belgian gold with some apple laced in. Alchol is hidden pretty well for 10%. Some honey and spice mixed in as well.

M - Medium body, light body, and creamy

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Photo of MichaelGreene
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is GREAT, in the bottle. I didnt even pour it into a glass. I just drank it from the jug. How great can one beer be. Sweet honey and molasses. Figs and dates. Super malty, no hop. Just sweet, beautiful aftertaste, perfect mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. This is one of those beers. I will buy a case of this.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of sweet Belgian style malt with some fuse alcohol also noticeable. Taste is also somewhat one-dimensional with some discernable alcohol and some overly sweet Belgian style malt. I thought it was lacing some ester or some yeast character too be truly engaging. Not bad but not something I would go out of my way to try again.

Photo of daythree16
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really heavy 16 oz. ceramic bottle. Poured into a tulip glass. Nice honey golden color with that big fluffy head that comes with the style.

Smell is a little spicy and wine-like. Fruity esters play a big part in the aroma. Taste is the sweetness of honey and grapes. It's also a bit peppery/spicy.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and medium-bodied. Overall, the flavors are very subdued, and it's not nearly as tasty as others of the style I've had. However, it's decent for sure, and drinkability is very high.

Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a small chunky white head. Decent head retention. Sparse carbonation rising.

Aroma of hops, hay and light fruit.

Taste was very sweet. Some honey, cherry, apple. Light hops and malt. Slightly medicinal.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy and cleansing.

Overall, a decent beer. Goes down easy. Not a beer I would have too many of due to its rather strong sweetness profile.

Photo of JeremyK
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Amber copper in color with a full cremy head that slowly diminishes through the drink, but lingers. a nose of rich nutmeg and subtle clove. This beer is medium to fuller bodied and very well balanced (hops/bitterness) with a lingering aftertaste. This beer is very drinkable with balanced bitternes that keeps you coming back for more. A restrained belgian beer unlike others.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours very clear light caramel color with a slight amount of white head.

Slight bubblegum aroma, dried or candied fruit, some sourness, very little alcohol on the nose.

Strange sweetness combined with peppery sensations on the back of the mouth. Sweet candied fruit taste finishes suprisingly dry. Very mild pleasant sourness. Fairly carbonated, bites a bit. Sweetness becomes very strong at the end, affecting drinkability a bit.

Intersting brew.

Photo of Onslow
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

... kinda nice, good after a tiring day at work ..." if you label me, you negate me" ... tastes of honey, crunchies, dust, NA mead ... goes down easily, abv is well covered ... light orange-gold with a slight haze ... nothing that will blow you away but an enjoyable kinda tasty beer...

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5 liter ceramic bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Best by 9/11/11. Poured a pale gold with little to no head. Little carbonation. Sugar and a little clove in the nose. Slightly spicy flavor, medium body. Candy sugar sweetness. A little yeasty in the finish. Some alcohol warmth. Pretty bland for a Belgian beer.

Photo of trackstar1043
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful hazy golden orange with 2 in of off white rocky head and extremely sticky lacing leaving visiable rings after each great drink.

S - A strong aroma fo wheat, bitter hops, sweet carmel and a citrus fruits.

T - Similar to the nose, with a great balance of bitterness and malty sweetness.

M - Med bodied with lively carbonation and a clean refreshing finish.

D - Very easy to drink and great for a warm summer night.

Photo of evilbeefchan
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the ceramic bottle with stopper, exp date 09/11/11.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with fairly vigorous head that resembles wet foam. Dissipates to 1/3 of it's full size within 2 minutes, leaves little lacing. Fairly hazy, not sure if this is very tiny sediment as it's all uniform. (Hazy enough that you cannot see your hand through the glass.

Smell: Honey, with touch of grain at the end.

Taste: Hard to identify at first due to harsh carbonation. Once it setles, a crisp sweet honey finishing with a lasting dry hoppy flavor. The alcohol starts to creep up at this point, though.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated at first pour, once it settles down it gets better.

Drinkability: I had a really hard time with this beer at first. Again, it's worth waiting for things to subside before going in. The carbonation made it difficult to get down, and fills you up very quickly. Once the carbonation eases, it's crisp and fairly refreshing (though at this point the temperature may cause the alcohol to show itself).

I honestly had to take a break before I could finish, as the first taste left a bad impression. This is my first time dealing with a ceramic bottled beer, as well as something calling itself "Grand Reserve," so the initial impressions I had may just be a first time folly. Once the beer had time to come up in temperature (had it in the fridge overnight), it became more drinkable, and actually pretty enjoyable. At $7 for 16oz, it isn't necessarily a bad buy, but still makes it a tough recommendation.

Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow. A large white head forms, then recedes to a rim. Plenty of lace left behind.
S: Sugar and yeast aroma with plenty of fruit. Apple's, peaches, banana's, and other citrus fruits.
T: Very tart and sweet. The same fruity flavors that were in the nose.
M/D: Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Lots of harsh carbonation on the tongue. The 10% ABV does not show itself too much, but the carbonation makes it a little hard to drink.

A middle of the road Belgium Ale, nothing more.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 bottle marked as best by 09/11/11. Aroma is moderate citrus hops with some raisin, pear and champagne and yeast. Pours with absolutely no head whatsoever. Honey colored and a dash hazy. The taste is sweet and fruity, a tad bit of mead flavor. Goes down like cream with very soft carbonation. Not bad and quite potent. I don't think this beer is retired, as I still see it quite often.

Photo of BucBasil
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured from the awesome 16oz ceramic bottle with a handy swingtop into a tulip glass. The beer is a hazy orange with a strong 3 finger offwhite head.

Smell: Nice light fruits at first glance - crisp apples and pears - as well as a refreshing citrus aroma.

Taste: Starts off a bit flat... A bland, slightly sweet note introduces the tongue to the brew, which is slightly offputting. Thankfully that is followed up by a nice honey note, as well as some light fruit, notably an interesting apricot taste. Finish is subtle with a hint of Belgian yeast.

Notes: Slightly disappointing. I don't know how a beer with such a great aroma can taste so bland. Granted, there are a lot of good things about this beer too, but not enough to make me want to buy it again.

Photo of dirtsocks
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a ceramic bottle, it pours with a nice big white head and has a constant bubble. The smell is a bit fruity and has some earthy smells. The taste of alchol kind of overpowers the natural flavors. This beer is ok but is not on the same level as some belgian ales(chimay) overall this was a good buy, but the cool bottle might have been part of that. :)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Retired? A 16oz resealable porcelain dated 12/01/11.Pours a slightly hazy (sediment) golden amber with a big off white head that leaves a good amount of lacing in place. The smell is fruity over an earthy yeast aroma. The taste is reasonable but reserved; a slightly tart lemony flavor. The initial carbonated tingle in the mouth feel tapers off rather quickly. The flavor and mouth both finish dry and clean so quickly that I'm going back rapidly to consider it, which might be dangerous being that it's clocking in at 10%. I'm having a hard time believing that was 10%...well hidden to say the least.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Retired?? Oh well this seems to be trend with my & Belgian beers lately. Date code of 15/15/11

Pours bronze/amber with 1+ finger of off white head. Hazed up up a little a the end, probably sediment. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Perfumy hops, pineapple, honey

T: Dryness, lemons & grapefruit & some apple skin up front. Once this warms I get dryness, dates, figs, honey & more citric hops. Finishes dry, with lemony, pineapple & date notes, plus boozey warmth

MF: Slick, with stickiness at the very end, with moderate carbonation & medium body

Drinks really easy for the ABV & style. A pretty good example of the style, albeit a little fruittier than, say Duvel. Shame this is retired. I'm not sure how well this would hold up four years from now though

Photo of mithrascruor
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber-peach color. Unfortunately there is basically no head. Just a few moderately large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Little to no visible carbonation.

Smell: Quite a bit of apricot in the aroma, together with malts and a bit of grain.

Taste: The flavor seems to generally be a combination of fruits, malts, and grains. Nothing is very distinct or impressive; it lacks any complexity. A bit of hops and some alcohol in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied, but almost flat. Very little "feel" to it.

Drinkability: The alcohol is noticable, but not really oppressive. It's hardly an interesting drink. I don't feel inspired to finish it, which is rare for me.

This beer was quite a disappointment. It seems to lack any life whatsoever. I'll curious if the other St. Sebastiaan beers are this uninteresting. Not recommended.

Photo of Cascadia
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a great clay bottle, love these things.

Apperance- good color, golden amber with a nice two-finger head that sits nicely.

Smell- nice citrus notes and good floral nose, green apples in there too.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Good carbination, nice flavor, a little less complex then I thought it would be, but very clean and crisp. Refreshing. Suprisingly little yeast coming though. Dry finish. Great ballence with bitterness and malt, spot on.

Overall, very drinkable and refreshing. Worth the purchase. As far as Belgian Strong Pales go, this is a great representative and a good place to start exploring the style from as a zero point.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like the best buy date is 12/01/11…I’m assuming that’s what this date is on the back of the bottle.

A: Extremely low carbonation, no activity inside the glass and only a minor wisp of white scattered bubbles float on top. The body itself is clean, a vibrant golden tangerine hue.

S: Medicinal herbs, bubble gum, camphor, honey and yeast.

T: Starts fruity of the likes of kiwi, green apple, old lemon juice and honeydew melon. Very nectar like, as if flowers were juiced in the process of making this beer. A lot of honey as well, floral and spicy. Quite sweet this beer is, reminiscent of chewing on a fresh cane of sugar. Finishes mildly bitter with dirty aspects to it and a long honey finish.

M: Medium body, smooth and syrupy.

D: Not bad, but nothing truly remarkable either. Definitely drinkable but not memorable.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange/amber with a small foamy head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Candy sugar and bubblegum. Apples and some faint hops.

Taste: Malty and sweet apples. Some mild hops to balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really going on here. Seems rather flat.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but nothing really stands out.

"Grand Reserve"? Not to sure that it means much here. And what's the deal with "Top Fermented Abbey Ale"? Seems like the marketing department went tautological.

Photo of coalcracker
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Arena Bar and Grille, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Appearance: Poured out of a very cool ceramic bottle. Golden color with ample head and good lacing thereafter.
Smell: Sweet, mild fruity esters.
Taste: The taste mirrors the smell, but to a larger degree. Sweet yet spicy with mild alcohol punch. Very crisp and clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Full-body with carbonated, alcohol kick, though not intrusive.
Drinkability: At 10% ABV, not a drink to slam...that said, the alcohol is not the dominant factor here- very quaffable.

Overall: Great Belgian beer. Too bad it was only a limited release...

Photo of emerge077
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange pour, yeast particles, minimal head. Smells artificially sweet, some musty grain.

Sweet with some tartness upfront, yeast and candi sugar seem to be the main component to this. Vague fruit that doesn't really have a physical comparison. Odd vegetal flavors barely mask the unpleasant booziness. Drying finish due to the ABV.

Most likely past it's prime, but reviewed since I won't see it around again.
Vintage bottle, located on a dusty shelf in the Chicagoland area.

Photo of clickpush
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 16oz bottle to tulip glass. A huge two and a half finger tan head takes form over a clear amber body. Ample amounts of visible bubbles stream throughout. Head eventually melts to a webbed glass and nice lacings.

Nose: Tart sugars like sour candies or Skittles. Peaches. Malt... not very interesting.

Mouth: Sweeter up front with fruit presence, namely peaches and berries. Finish is complex with toasted malts, spicy yeast, and a wheat flavor that doesn't appear until after swallowing. Strong carbonation slams these flavors into your tongue in an enjoyable montage of brewerama.

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