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St. Stefanus - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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St. StefanusSt. Stefanus

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BA SCORE
88
very good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
Belgium

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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pin

Australia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-29-2013 23:41:33 | More by pin
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RickS95

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blonde/pale ale...whatever. Looks like either. Similar to an American pale ale, just a spit lighter, a bit clearer, and with some floaties in it. Regardless, it's nice looking with a contrasting bright white head. The head isn't huge and doesn't last long, but the contrast it provides is welcome and it leaves behind a thin lace.

Nose is pleasant as it melds citrus, spicy pepper, and floral notes. If you take a big whiff, you'll pick up some alcohol and other esters, but overall, the nose is very Belgian.

Great taste. The Belgian yeast is amazing as it provides everything the nose picked up. It's bursting with flavor with pale malts and the yeast completely overwhelming the hops.

Not sure if they used champagne yeast (they used three different kinds of yeast), but it feels like it with its light, airy, carbonated feel up front. The spicy white pepper takes notice mid sip before the carbonation spikes the sides of your tongue in the swallow. Light to medium bodied, despite the 7% ABV. Dry crisp finish.

Overall, this was a pretty amazing beer. It's bursting with Belgian flavors and shows what a difference there is between a good Belgian pale ale and what Americans have done to the same style...no necessarily better or worse, just incredibly different. This is a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:45:06 | More by RickS95
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spointon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

06-23-2013 08:17:50 | More by spointon
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-22-2012 00:32:54 | More by Gww1864
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-26-2013 18:52:21 | More by Kahlerbock
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-14-2013 01:05:27 | More by EmperorBevis
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shehateme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-07-2013 00:49:30 | More by shehateme
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

07-16-2013 08:11:01 | More by OregonGrown7
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

05-17-2014 02:31:31 | More by kew
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erialbill

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

08-23-2013 02:21:45 | More by erialbill
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Cellar Release" 750ml bottle dated April 2012. I'm operating under the assumption that this is a bottling date and not a BB date.

Pours out a very transparent golden straw color with a flash head and only minimal lacing. It could have used a lot more retention time to stack up to the other greats already on the market, to be honest. Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells of cereal grains and a grand medley of stone fruit esters (plums, pears, some light cherries, etc.) blended with a medium strength white grape juice and belgian bubblegum yeast character, with a tinge of alcohol heat and candi sugar in the background. The flavor follows suit but with less complexity to the spectrum of fruity esters on the tongue than in the nose. It also gains a touch of honeyed breadiness in the midsip as the glass warms up, and doesn't quite get as dry as I normally prefer my BSPAs. It's not big enough an issue to call a flaw, it's more like a higher-than-typical sweetness variation. I'd recommend trying this one if you prefer sweeter-balanced BSPAS with boldly fruity noses.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 20:25:15 | More by WastingFreetime
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Celler Release (8-12) so its been maturing about 8 and a bit months more. Poured into a wine glass there was a crowning head of pillowy soft white head with really good retention and lacing. Colour is dark for a blonde, more of a honey caramel brown, with a lot of visible carbonation. 4

S- malty notes and some aged fruitiness, cherries, lemon, also some definite strong yeasty farmy aspects. A bit of a light spice prickle, still some estery minerally florals, some caramel malt, but the yeast is the star, giving a bracing yet complex aroma character. 4

T- initial cloying malty sweetness, leading to some aged lemon, roast ham, toffee notes. A full yeast grip to it, straw, sour cherries, faint farm notes. Some residual malty sweetness and a blackberry note. A bit of a malty biscuit and also plummy notes, some roughness toward the end though. Finishes clean and drying. Some interesting complexities hidden in an allround tasty beer. 4

M - lots of soft carbonation, only a moderate slick body, with a bit of oiliness on the finish. But a surprisingly light and drinkable example of this style. Yet a bit cloying. 3.75

An interesting beer, it looks and smells very good. A decent yeast influence, yet short of fully embracing it. It tastes very nice as well, but I think the standard for potential complexity in this style is a bit lacking here. A bit heavy on malty sweetness, and I might have liked some more hops coming through. It has quite an interesting flavour with some complex notes, but the balance doesn't keep up for me to might have rated it higher. Really glad I tried this though, and its an allround pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 17:04:53 | More by mick303
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dwagner003

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

08-11-2013 23:41:32 | More by dwagner003
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

01-31-2014 18:51:44 | More by grahamboudreaux
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours into chalice a slightly hazy blonde color with a light orange tinge and a bubbly white head that settles at a relatively quick rate.

S: Some fresh and lightly roasted malt aromas and a touch of honey with some fresh apricot. Light and flowery hop aromas and light phenolics from the yeast round out the aroma.

T: Honey kissed apricots with a pleasant fresh bread flavor from the grains and from the belgian yeast. Light floral and spice from the hops give the beer more balance and drinkability.

M: Light to medium body with bubbly carbonation and mellow alcohol.

D: Interesting but not too complex. This beer got better as you got half way down the glass. It is refreshing with a somewhat sweet aftertaste but not cloying. Worth a try if you have not had this before.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 21:12:26 | More by scottbrew4u
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-16-2014 20:59:34 | More by pknyc
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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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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

09-23-2012 04:50:31 | More by Archemedies
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impending

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

B

750ml into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed mid toned golden orange, dense cream colored head retains fed by exuberant carbonation, nice lacing.

Aroma is spices and clean fruits, no low notes. Yeasty. Unripened apricots, dry sweet grass, orange rind and a dab of camphor.

Fairly sweet, particularly in the finish when it sits besides a tiny bitter. Again some apricot but now with a touch of mango. The phenolic taste echo lingers subtly for a while. Doesn't have the complexity of the scent. Grainy medium to full bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 05:24:16 | More by impending
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rob for sharing this bottle.

Poured with two fingers of fluffy head. Nose is very mild, some crackers perhaps. Not much there. Taste is zippy with big carbonation, when this yields, then some underlying cloves and bananas, sweet fruit esters. Not too bad, but not a great deal of flavor. Too light on the flavor and nose.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 16:30:38 | More by JackieTH
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mtbdonn

Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%

07-23-2014 23:10:10 | More by mtbdonn
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Nightrain87

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-20-2012 06:27:13 | More by Nightrain87
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sansho

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-30-2013 22:14:48 | More by sansho
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davey101

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cellar release 4-2012. Stubby 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Interesting "Ed Hardy" styled bottle cap.

A - Golden amber body. Fluffy one finger off white head. Great lacing.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, banana, lemons, grass and hay, a touch of alcohol.

T - Not very BSPA like actually. I'm getting a lot of bready malts with just a touch of spicy yeast, lemons, and skunkiness. Finishes dry with a lingering hop presence and sweetness. Mouth feel is medium bodied with some lively carbonation.

O - Below average BSPA. The taste is somewhat skunky and hoppy and lacking that great Belgian spice and ester magic that makes up a great BSPA. Worth a try but not worth a revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 00:41:59 | More by davey101
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark-yellow with lots of tiny bubbles, huge lingering head.

Aroma of light fruit, mild bready yeast

Sweet grains punctuated by green apple, coriander, black pepper. Crisp, but not flavorful.

Delightful bubbly mouthfeel.

Certainly pleasant, but seemed to lose flavor the longer it sat. Didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 03:03:12 | More by Strix
St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.