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St. Stefanus - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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88
very good

235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 11
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Fux on 03-08-2012

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz, dated April 2012, tasted today.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-lemon gold, half inch coarse white head retains as a film.

Smells of lemon, orange zest, light grassy herbal notes, coriander, bretty yeast and candi sugar.

Tastes mildly citrusy with elements of lemongrass, candi sugar, bananas, coriander and orange peel. Some slighty grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Full body with bubbly carbonation on the roof of the mouth and going down.

A really tasty, well-balance strong Belgian ale, lovely aroma and flavor profiles, good body, and highly drinkable. A definite winner.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer came in a beautiful corked bottle (1 pint, 9.4 fl oz) dated 7-2012 cellar release and I am drinking it on 1/19/13. I bought two bottles. One to try now and another to try in 18 months as the bottle suggests the beer ages well and will turn from a straw gold that is fresh and fruity in flavor to a black ale that is complex and aromatic.

A- honey, spicy, earthy, fennel, slightly sweet, esters

A- Let out a crisp loud noise followed by a chimney of carbonation coming out the nose. The beer poured a medium golden color that is slightly clear followed by a large, white head with good retention at 6-7 months old and cellared in the dark at 55 degrees for about a month.

T- a nice sweetness like sucking on a honey suckle, malt presence, very low hop bitterness

M- medium body and strength, very dry and lasting finish

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and it gets better and more complex with each taste. A moderate strength Belgian Blonde with the subtle Belgian complexity that I love in Belgian strong ales. A slightly sweet flavor with a lingering dry finish. One of my new favorites, although I am bias given that Belgian strong Trappist and Abbey ales are without a doubt my favorite styles of beer. emp

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Corked bottle puts out a nice pop. Dated April 2012 as a cellar release. Poured in tulip (Scotch Silly) glass. Big head hangs around for awhile...clear gold color.
Aromas of flowers, root beer, other sodas, fennel.
Significant carbonation lasts for a long time.
Flavors of light malt, minerals, anise, powdered sugar, orange zest, sarsaparilla.
Overall a bright, spritzy brew with nice flavors...nothing really overpowering as it should be for a blonde. No rich malts, strong hops or significant alcohol. I get a good deal on this beer and have been through half a dozen bottles by myself. Very nice starter beer for the evening or with various foods or a great sharing brew. Should age well for a year.
2/20/2013 Having another April 2012 bottle...cork went flying far...can't find it in living room! Poured in Stone tulip glass...modest head Same smell as before with a touch of liquorice. Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel. Similar flavor profile with a touch more bitter bite...I'll give it a few minutes...aaaah....5 + minutes later...has opened up another notch. Carbonation mellows a tad and the sweet malts come out, and some light flowery herbs...some resemblance of a ginger-vanilla soda. In my first review I said it would be a nice starter beer for an evening, actually, after having several nice Wild Mountain IPAs I find this a wonderful follow-up. Can work as a final brew with it's powdered sugar tingly carbonated finish. Very tasty and fun.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.