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Witches' Brew - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 10-17-2007

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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice

Appearance – The beer pours a light orange-tinted golden color with a one finger head of pure white billowy foam. The head has a great level of retention, with the big carbonation bubbles of the foam popping over time, leading to the head slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of a dry cracker smell mixed with a light fruity smell of grape, peach, and pear and a little bit of candied sugar as well as a hint of grass. Along with these smells comes some notes of a yeast along with a strong showing of coriander and clove, which with the cracker, really dominate the smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker flavor along with a moderately strong showing of yeast and spice of clove and coriander, just as the nose would have suggested. As the taste advances to the middle, the spice and yeast grow even slightly stronger, but are nicely complimented by some sweeter flavors of candied sugar and fruit of a white grape, pear, and peach nature, with the cracker transitioning to a more bready like nature. While these sweeter flavors come, they later go, and end up bringing back the drier cracker taste. With some grassy flavors and a bit of a boozy alcohol coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a drier and crisp triple like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the more dry nature of the brew, mixed with the light fruit and grassy flavors, the feel is quite fantastic as it mimics a more brut champagne like nature, with the flavors of the brew all matching these characteristics rather nicely.

Overall – This is a rather nice Belgian Strong ale that has the characteristics of a dry sparkling white wine, all while still having a nice cracker and yeast-spiced base to keep it of the Belgian beer style. A great one to try if you have the opportunity.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $8

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Cloves, breads/grains, grapes, corn, a mustiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves, and a musty grape flavour. There is also a corn flavour and a touch of vanilla.

Overall - Best before date is only a few months away, maybe the musty flavour isn't typical. Still a decent tripel just nothing mind blowing. It also has a touch of an adjunct type flavour to it. Not a repeat purchase for me.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Badger6
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a red wine glass (traveling...had to make do).

A: Hazy golden orange with huge fluffy head with decent retention. Lots of visible carbonation, and nice lacing.

S: It's Belgian! Yeasty, malty, and spicy aroma with hints of dark fruits, citrus, and candied sugar. But, the smell is not overpowering or overly bold.

T: Yeasty taste up front. Fruity esters layered within the malt and lot of spiciness- cinnamon and nutmeg especially. The fruits are complex- raisins, figs, grapes, pears, citrus. The malts are bready and sweet. A slight booziness at the finish. Not funky at all.

M: Body is substantial, but not heavy or thick. Lots of carbonation makes this prickly, in a good way. Some alcohol warming, and slightly astringent feel as it finishes.

O: A good example of a Belgian Tripel. The smell is nicely subdued, but offers a clear preview of the flavor. The flavor is bolder than the aroma, and while it is complex, and well ordered, the profile seems to follow a strange arc initially. Starts nicely goes to stratosphere in the middle, and then calms as it finishes....not a bad thing, but not expected. Overall, a good brew, and one worth sampling again.

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Witches' Brew from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.