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St. Stefanus - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of Richardp
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

330cl bottle, cellar release date 5-2013

Poured slowly into Belgian beer bowl glass, slightly cloudy with a very strong head. Highly carbonated, with many small bubbles. Served slightly warmer than suggested 8c (personal preference).

Complex aroma, with honey banana, and slightly sourdough bread hints.

Complex somewhat crisp, and fruity taste, malt and caramel undertones, with a lasting dry yeast finish. Hints of spice, though very background.

Lively mouthfeel, due to carbonation, with a hint of alcohol, and sparkle on the toungue. Lasting coating of sweetness in the mouth augments the aroma.

Overall a complex, light, fruity, beer, with hints of further complexity.

I have another bottle, that is slightly older, and intend to keep it a further 3-4 months, in the hope the spice character develops.

Richardp, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of AFchino
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

AFchino, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Jnet0125
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Jnet0125, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of paleoplant
4/5  rDev +1.3%

paleoplant, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of msquared36
3.24/5  rDev -18%

Golden color with champaign like carbonation - tiny bubbles floating to the top. Nearly solid lacing down the glass.

Strong banana bread aroma from the pour.

Banana and clove present in the taste, along with a sweet malt backbone. Slightly tart aftertaste.

All those tiny bubbles are noticeable, but it's not overly tingly. Light feel without being watery.

The bottling date is 9-12 and the label highlights the change in flavor as it ages. I tried a bottle (with a 9-12 date) about a year ago and recall being more impressed than I am today. I've seen the same untouched stack of four packs at a local market for months and finally decided to try it again. At $15.95 per four pack, I think I'll let that stack stay untouched a while longer. Not bad but not good enough at that price.

msquared36, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

GreenEggsHam1, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of irishpaulie
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a German Pokal beer glass

Appearance - Medium golden and cloudy. Strong lacy 1cm head.

Nose - Clean. Medium intensity yeast, apples, bruised or stewed apples, cider apples, some tropical fruit, pinapple, mango. Brioche bread

Palate - Strong carbonation, malt, yeast, almonds, banana, mango. All in all not very intense.

Finish - A little bit too much carbonation, intensity is light but it makes for a refreshing blond beer. Good

irishpaulie, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of tsalou
5/5  rDev +26.6%

tsalou, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Hendrick24
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Hendrick24, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Bjlps
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Bjlps, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Hopstout, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

grahamboudreaux, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of angolmois
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

angolmois, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast, soft spicy phenols, caramel and candi notes.
More doughy notes as flavours along with caramel and more candi sugar characters. A little cloying.
Carbonation seems a tad excessive.

CrazyDavros, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of SoCaliC8
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BobbyOlson
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

BobbyOlson, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of PolarBear3
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%

Drank from my Chimay Chalice

A - Pours a slightly cloudy and pale yellow colour with a terrific two fingered white head

S - Get yeasty, tropical notes, hint of banana and clove

T - Similiar to the nose yeasty, some tropical fruit, banana although a little more tangy, fairly sweet ,pepper and spice on the finish

M - Medium to fairly high carbonation and light to medium bodied

O - A nice refreshing Belgium ale that is enjoyable to drink. A little over carbonated but recommend you give it a try.

PolarBear3, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of swgwilt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

swgwilt, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of pin
4/5  rDev +1.3%

pin, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of admiral
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%

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

admiral, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

Clear golden colour with a small fluffy white head. Good head retention.

Slightly aromatic. Clove and touches of coriander. Mild citrus and banana. Malt is evident but not overpowering.

Interesting balance of yeast character and bitterness. Good banana and clove notes. Coriander. The bitterness finishes well.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

A solid beer but it does not live up to my expectations. Good flavour but it doesn't shine in any particular way.

dgilks, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +1.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 26, 2013
St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.