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St. Stefanus - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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%

Svendozen, May 06, 2014
Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

TastyIsBeer, May 04, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass, a thick collar around the edge, and a thin head in between.
S: Moderate aromas of candi sugars are present in the nose along with notes of pale malts and hints of fruity yeast.
T: While the taste has sweet flavors of candi sugars, there are a lot more fruity flavors
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed a lot sweeter compared to most of the other beers I've had in the style and didn't have any spicy flavors. It was also rather drinkable because it managed to mask any traces of alcohol from the taste.

metter98, May 03, 2014
Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières d'Ailleurs, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden color, with white foam head.
Smell : fruity and malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and spicy flavors, moderate bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the style Belgian Ale.

thierrynantes, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

sbanacho, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Stinger80OH, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

pknyc, Apr 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Betajeff, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Richardp
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

AFchino, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jerseyislandbeer, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Jnet0125, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

paleoplant, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of ArtZan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of msquared36
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

GreenEggsHam1, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of irishpaulie
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

tsalou, Feb 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Hendrick24, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Bjlps, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Hopstout, Feb 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

grahamboudreaux, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

angolmois, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.