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St. Stefanus - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Fux on 03-08-2012)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pelicanrocks, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of bbrown12
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

bbrown12, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev +1.8%

mmilyko, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nightrain87, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
cellar release 4/2012

A- This beer pours a thick 3/4 full glass of off-white head even with a very gentle pour. Eventually the clear orange body comes up with strands of racing microbubbles.

S- A mineral and club soda aroma has a nice full yeasty aroma with some fruity characteristics.

T- The dry slightly fruity yeast reminds me of Orval yeast with a nice soft green note in the finish and a dry banana ester coming through as the beer opens. There is a light white bread flavor underneath and some hints of more yeast character as it opens but it stays subtle even though it has some nice complexity.

M- The light mouthfeel has a more full tight fizz but no alcohol noticed. And there is a nice crisp texture in the finish.

O- This beer is very sessionable with a nice flavor and depth to the yeast profile with some soft support from the malt. I'm not sure aging it would help any, as the bottle suggest, but I could be wrong.

rhoadsrage, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jheezee, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Beerdudenumberone, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of warrenout330
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml pour, swirled in bottle to break up yeast

A- pours a hazy golden amber color... decent sized head.... turns to a thick ring around the beer.... light streaks of lace

S- whiffs of sour apple's, light earthyness, slight grass ... litter bit of pear

T- faint sour apple... light grain and yeasty. A tad tartness in the finish

M- medium bodied, above average carbonation makes it almost buttery. Lingering dryness for a clean up

O- I don't know? I wanna like it, but it lacks complexity. I know who imports this and the idea behind this beer from these "macro" giants.... but I'm just not buying it.... don't be fooled, because that's what they're exactly trying to do...

warrenout330, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of pweis909
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am liking this beer. It is what I want from a Belgian blond.

It is golden yellow, translucent, initially with a 3/4 inch foamy head that recedes to a persistent 1/4 inch head. The beer has a delicate aroma that reminds me of pear, perhaps tend a little toward apple, with a slight amount of hazelnut hiding in the background. The flavor has a cereal graininess that stops short of being sweet, and the hazelnut of the aroma is elevated just when the beer is swallowed. There is also a very slight clovey spiciness from the yeasts phenol contriibution. In the mouth the beer is prickly and light-bodied. It is not filling, but at 7% ABV, I suspect it is less drinkable then I think it is.

pweis909, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of snowsurfer422
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

snowsurfer422, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Chugs13, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Cellar Release: 4-2012.

Appearance: Hazy, amber-gold body with two full inches of airy, pillowed, near white head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of golden syrup dotted with crumpled cookies dusted very lightly with ground spice and housing a conspicuous fruitiness.

Taste: Golden syrup coated barley ushers in a juicy orchard fruitiness of pears, peaches, and Golden Delicious apples. Slightly spicy, herbal touch nudged by the bright carbonation. Sweetish cookie/cracker vibe on the quite crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High carbonation for a lively mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty, refreshing, spirited Belgian blonde ale. I enjoyed it quite a bit, actually.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Dburke
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Dburke, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of pleasewearpants
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahh St. Stefanus. The patron saint of graphic design right? Aroma is green apple, vegetal, cooked corn. Mild notes of yeast and bread. Flavor is typical. Bit of sweetness followed by an unpleasant bitter finish. Cant help but think this is a purely boardroom driven beer. Nice labels bad beer.

pleasewearpants, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Masterhin
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Masterhin, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jpstevens10
4/5  rDev +1.8%

jpstevens10, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of JimTeal
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic don't judge the beer by the label. This is an extremely cool label for an above average Belgian brew, but still it is "just" very good. The beer experience with this St Stefanus is way above average, tastes clean with just a touch of sweet. Nice finish, I didn't get any bitterness, but I did pick up some citrus tones. I recommend this brew to all who are working the Belgian blond beer experience. The color is classic clear but just a hint of haze (now figure that one out for yourself) so it's fun to see and enjoy. But not to be blinded by beer snobness, the label is so cool, it almost looks like one of the monks prepared this bottle just for me. My standard for Belgian aged blonds is very high indeed, so a 4.0 means enjoy this one for the beer, but save the label.

JimTeal, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.8%

kjkinsey, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of AmitC
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

AmitC, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of graz34
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

graz34, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3.38/5  rDev -14%
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.

JackieTH, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Gww1864, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the matching goblet; standard orange hue with a 1 finger white head...excellent retention, lasting forever really with nice lacing.

Nose; pretty muted but notes honey, grains, and a touch of floral hops come through.

Taste; soft sweetness upfront (caramel and honey), some corriander, and mild floral/citrus hop presence in the finish. Honestly, that's about it for the taste. Pretty one dimensional, yet it is well balanced and quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel; soft and delicate with a mild carbonation.

Overall; well balanced and tasty but lacking real character separating from the rest in the style...

pixieskid, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

WastingFreetime, Oct 12, 2012
St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.