St. Stefanus - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium burnished golden amber with a one finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of light stone fruit, Belgian yeast, caramel malt, clove. Flavor follows, with caramel malt, stone fruit and light citrus, clove, hints of banana, starts semi-sweet, but finishes dry with a bit of astringency from the clove. Medium bodied with active carbonation. A nicely made Belgian pale ale with good fruit and light malt flavors, good transition to the dry finish, perhaps a bit astringent in the finish. A crisp, tasty Belgian froma brewery that makes some of my favorite ales (Piraat and Gulden Draak). Always a pleasure.
08-04-2014 04:13:56 | More by LiquidAmber
United Kingdom (England)
4.24/5 rDev +7.3%
St Stefanus has a nice cloudy amber appearance with a healthy , vigorous stream of carbonation rushing up the centre of my Duvel tulip glass. The head starts off big but recedes gradually. Excellent lacing.
The aroma is dominated by slightly funky Belgian yeast. Caramel, banana and white grapes are all suggested. Every time you go for a sip you breathe in that inviting aroma beforehand and detect something slightly different from the last time.
The taste is of yeasty goodness. Slight suggestion of marmalade. A rich, spicy, sweet, complex taste with a bit of bitterness making it very well balanced dry finish. Excellent tasting beer!
Overall, a really enjoyable spicy, yeasty dry Belgian beer. Amazing to me that it's only 7% as it tastes more like an 8% or above Belgian Strong Pale Ale.
My level of enjoyment of this beer was right up there with a Duvel, Delirium Tremens or Brigand.
My percentage rating would be 94/100.
07-31-2014 14:53:27 | More by LagerCognoscenti
3.53/5 rDev -10.6%
Color is an attractive light amber with a sturdy foam. This one pours in a well-behaved manner and forms a tapestry of lacing in the deep-dish Orval chalice. Very prickly and frothy in the mouth.
This is so remarkably dry, it seems to be a showcase for Belgian yeast as it swims upstream to spawn. The fruit that must have been here two years ago has left hardly a trace. The grainy straw is the main flavor, with the bitterish almost perfumey yeast taking over. Hints of oregano. Nothing like alcohol taste.
Now I'm curious to try a fresh bottle. I don't think this argues so well for aging. From the 750 ml corked, caged bottle dated 7-2012 and purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.
07-19-2014 04:20:24 | More by mactrail
St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.