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Witches' Brew - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Witches' BrewWitches' Brew

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BA SCORE
87
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Beerbuddha on 10-17-2007)
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-22-2013 13:18:23 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Badger6

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:02:41 | More by Badger6
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-05-2014 18:11:23 | More by dmorgan310
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-16-2014 03:34:37 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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CorgiDad

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-04-2014 11:57:56 | More by CorgiDad
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

02-13-2014 15:35:11 | More by mrfrancis
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jroberts8811

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-05-2014 23:06:38 | More by jroberts8811
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archero

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-29-2013 09:11:54 | More by archero
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy gold color with an off white head
S-clove, spicy, some citrus in there also
T-Clove, spice, slight malt that leads to a spicy warming aftertaste, with some hop bitterness in that leads to a spice finish
M-high carbonation and creaminess with a medium body
O-was a great beer that I paid $4.99 for a 750ml bottle, and I knew I should have bought more

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:44:38 | More by a0lbudman
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xKALECx

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

12-22-2013 00:06:16 | More by xKALECx
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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-09-2013 19:37:47 | More by Packard
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

12-06-2013 18:15:42 | More by jwg782
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Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

11-24-2013 18:52:22 | More by twelveinches
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Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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bushwack

Alabama

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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DustinSWB

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-06-2013 17:52:28 | More by DustinSWB
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obywan59

Virginia

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

Crystal clear and golden in color with a huge 4 finger billowy white head. Amazing carbonation, like an upside down snow globe in my over sized wine glass. Attractive lacing. Gorgeous!

Fruity with holiday spice. Bubblegum. Belgian yeast. Tart citrus and green apple.

Yeasty with Belgian spice, and sweet, (Belgian candi sugar?) Cloves predominate, but there is some tart citrus and some bitter grapefruit rind as well

Medium to medium full in body. It lays slightly thick on the tongue. A bit drying and astringent, with substantial heat in the throat.

Very well done! Maybe not the best in the style, but it's well balanced and flavorful. A nicely restrained Belgian. Only a hint of funk. Definitely worth a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:31:11 | More by obywan59
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-03-2013 15:48:51 | More by jaydoc
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of bubbly lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very yeasty and spicy Belgian aroma with gig hints of fruits and sugar. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk and a mix of spice esters including cloves, peppers, and slight cinnamon and nutmeg. Big mix of fruit esters with hints of green apple, pear, bananas, and white grapes. Citrus hop hints of orange, pineapple, and apricot. Dark fruit hints of fig and raisin. Big sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, caramel, and cracker. Some good hints of bubblegum as well. A very good Tripel aroma.

Taste: As spellbinding as the aroma, a yeasty and funky taste with lots of fruit and spice esters. Big upfront Belgian yeast presence with a good taste of funk and spice notes of cloves, peppers, cinnamon, and a little nutmeg. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. Lots of fruit esters with notes of green apples, bananas, pear, and white grapes along with citrus hop esters of orange, pineapple, and apricot. Some dark fruit notes of raisin and fig come through. Bubblegum notes also. Bready pale malt with notes of straw, grains, caramel, and cracker. A little taste of booze is noticeable. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the higher end of medium. Carbonation is fairly high. Nicely, spicy, juicy, and prickly. Some alcohol heat is there but its still nicely smooth.

Overall: A very good Belgian Tripel. Good mix of spices, fruit esters, and funk. Nicely complex.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 06:55:58 | More by MattyG85
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-22-2013 17:33:56 | More by RBorsato
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-19-2013 21:58:36 | More by Sspeer1
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alxle140

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-19-2013 00:48:18 | More by alxle140
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Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

08-31-2013 18:35:06 | More by datphoo
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Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Witches' Brew from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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