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St. Stefanus - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Fux on 03-08-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

05-26-2013 22:24:03 | More by VAcrossr
Photo of REDAMI


4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Medium amber, pours clear...until you swirl the bottle to get the yeast. Small, moderately laced, white head.

S - Sweet, malt, mango, almost tropical.

T - Hawaiian bread, hint of tropical fruit, mild spice, slight metallic notes, banana bread esters.

M - Sharp carbonation, slick sweetness. Pleasant finish.

A beautiful bottle entices you to pick it up. The beer inside is a nice golden ale; closer to a tripel than the hop forward BSPA it is called.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:45:11 | More by REDAMI
Photo of Radome


4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass.

A - Medium gold color; just a bit of haze. Head is white and thick and made of tiny, creamy bubbles. It is persistent and builds impressive cascades of lacing when the glass is tipped.

S - Classic Belgian pale ale aromas. Bready, grainy malt. No hops evident. Yeast shows as low black pepper and bubblegum. Just a tiny bit of alcohol aroma. Very clean, but not overly complex.

T - Taste is balanced between earthy, gentle hops and grainy Pilsner malt. There is some lemon-like tartness and black pepper, likely from the yeast, which are softened by light sugar sweetness. The hops bitterness is low to medium. Very clean and well-made.

M - Light body. Low to moderate, smooth carbonation. No alcohol burn.

O - This is a great beer. Very drinkable but full of all the right BPA flavors and aromas. All it lacks in my view is a bit more body and complexity, but that is splitting hairs.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:13:27 | More by Radome
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle into a snifter. "cellar release 4-2012" stamped on the bottle

Pours a darker copper color with a 2 inch white head. extremely fizzy, bubbles shoot from the bottom to the top and seem to make the head even larger as it lingers in the glass for a bit.

sweet honey aroma on the nose. yeasty and bready as well.

taste is pretty great. sweet and fizzy, like drinking an extremely carbonated soda. classic belgian yeasts show through on the finish. tad of bitterness on the back end. this is a very complex beer that will change drastically depending on how long you age it. lighter side of medium bodied with high carbonation. this isnt something you chug down, but honestly you could if you wanted to. its quite easy to drink.

overall picked this up on a whim as it was extremely cheap, and am thoroughly impressed. glad i got a 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 20:29:20 | More by Axnjxn
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4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Cellar Release date 8-2012. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, St. Stefanus is hazy, dull dark gold. The huge, frothy white head has medium-sized bubbles and is fairly slow to settle, leaving rocky foam and pockmarked lace.

Smell is pithy, some what chalky minerality with light tropical fruit reminiscent of a saison, which I love. A touch of over-ripe banana, caramel, bananas foster, but it's a distant secondary note. I'm sure it will grow pronounced with time, as this is only 11 months old from release. I like it here.

Taste is similar, this really has a nice pith too it, but the banana is more pronounced than the nose. A little oxidized, the esters are stronger and more over-ripe. Still nice clean maltiness.

Mouthfeel is on the dry side, with full but soft effervescence. Medium light.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's a solid Belgian blonde, but I wish I had had it on the fresh side, and the mineral notes hint at what would probably be right in my sweet spot of fantastic beer closer upon release. Still quite good now however.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:53:30 | More by ccrida
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light and glowing, slightly amber gold. Head is nicely bubbly and good in size. Holds a 1/4 inch once faded. Lace is straggely and blotchy.

S: Aroma is spicy, flowery, bright with lemon, and there's plenty of cookies plus crackers.

T: Spice at the front here also. Sweet sugar cookies with lemon, soft candy orange, cream, apples... A variety of well organized flavors.

M: Texture is pronounced syrup with tingly carbonation. This has a fullness to it but its very easy to drink.

O: Quite a lot of interesting and enjoyable things going on here. Score.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:24:16 | More by tastybeer
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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Now that is the coolest bottle cap ever. Ever.

I can't remember the last time I tried a Belgian-brewed ale. This is a nice one. Nice yeast tones with a good level of sweetness. Carbonation is a but aggressive. No matter though; another nice brew from Steenberge.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 04:32:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, 4-2012 Cellar Release. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like orange and lemon peel, peppery spice, herbs, root beer, and some green apple. It tastes like cloves, peppery spice, orange and lemon peel, bubblegum, tangerines, pears, and a bit of licorice and apple. Very yeasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with a good amount of soft carbonation that makes this easy to drink. I liked this brew, certainly worth trying if you've never had it before. $11.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 21:51:14 | More by bluejacket74
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New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it at a tasting event. Poured from a 750ml bottle. The packaging date marked on the bottle was 4/12. So it was 6 months old. Bottle had a description of its complexity and flavor profile with age, with it being most complex after 18 months from packaging. So i had it when it was still on the younger side.

Pours with small head which fades with time. Color is golden and the ale is a lot clear. Mild carbonation.

Smell is prominently fruity and has a good mild nose. Smell definitely is complex in terms of no clear fruit bias.

Tastes slightly sweet No hops discernible either in smell or in taste. Fruity, somewhat watered down honey like taste. Alcohol intensity is not at all felt.

Mouth feel. Medium to light bodied. Very easy on palate. Smooth as hell. One of the smoothest beers i have ever had. Easy to drink. I can have it all day only if it costed less than 12 bucks.

Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 23:33:49 | More by AmitC
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellar Release: 4 - 2012

Picked this 750 up on a whim for the low, low price of $3.99.

Clear gold, a nice, richly creamy head rests atop. Spicy yeast, apple, pale cookie-like malts, honey, clove, lemon, perfume-y floral notes, and light dried banana. Sweet malt, juicy apple, plenty of yeast, slight coriander, ripe banana...spicy and crisp. Dry, medium body, with some creaminess.

A lot better than expected. Honestly, I had never heard of this particular Van Steenberge beer, but I needed to meet the minimum for using a credit card at a local convenience store and this caught my eye. Glad I did...really decent stuff, especially considering what I got it for. I'd like to try a slightly younger bottle for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:24:21 | More by wedge
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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could be a blonde with some tripel aspirations. Very good look, aroma, and head. A little dry in the taste department. While not mind-bendingly good, it is an extremely good blonde. The packaging and price set up higher expectations, but if you put this in a Leffe bottle your jaw would drop. Very nice. Will keep an eye on this brewer and importer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:22:43 | More by hops4life
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a Duvel glass. Like a few before me, I picked one up for $3.99 at Triangle Wine (and then went back for a couple more).

A - Golden and clear with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. A nice steady rise of bubbles from the center of the glass. Great lacing! Very inviting.

S - Spicy and fruity with subtle notes of black pepper, lemon, orange and peach.

T - Crisp and dry with a nice fruity / spicy balance and the slightest hint of sweetness in the finish.

M - A moderate consistency but feels light due to the high carbonation.

O - A solid beer and a steal at $3.99/750ml.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 12:00:36 | More by GJ40
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4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really enjoyed this beer - easy drinking and tasty: perfect for relaxing in summer

aroma and taste: orange blossom, clove, champagne, cardamom and slight honey. Taste also includes some nice malt flavours and also flavours that more resemble a hefeweizen.

Shared with my Wife who also enjoyed - caters to many tastes. Is very well balanced and will be seeking out again

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 08:42:22 | More by admiral
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-12-2013 09:02:23 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-06-2012 02:16:06 | More by jpstevens10
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-16-2013 18:01:22 | More by bconsidine
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-25-2013 02:09:22 | More by Kunstman
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-23-2014 18:47:42 | More by Hendrick24
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

01-12-2013 00:40:56 | More by Pelicanrocks
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-12-2014 20:20:43 | More by ArtZan
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-23-2014 23:10:10 | More by mtbdonn
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-02-2012 01:32:46 | More by Chugs13
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-22-2014 20:37:58 | More by Jerseyislandbeer
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-16-2014 20:59:34 | More by pknyc
St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.