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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

183 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 183
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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admiral

Australia

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 08:42:22 | More by admiral
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dgilks

Australia

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 08:49:23 | More by dgilks
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-26-2013 10:04:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz bottle
Cellar Release: 4-2012
Served in a goblet
Thanks to Neil and Joyce for this thoughtful gift.

Pretty slick bottle graphics. It appears that the monks got their hands on the latest version of Photoshop. The beer maturation chart on the label may seem a bit kitschy, but for newbies this info might actually be helpful.

As for the beer, it poured a hazy amber color. A super bubbly and fluffy, one-finger tall, off-white crown topped the liquid. Patchy streaks of lacing coated the glass. The head faded to a lasting cap of froth.

The aroma was really interesting. Super wine-y and rather sweet. This reminded me a lot of a riesling. Muscat grape notes came through strong. Slightly musty. Lots of fruity esters and strong Belgian yeast notes. Spicy and phenolic. Somewhat smoky. A touch of citrus appeared as well.

The flavor profile was stellar. It was similar to the nose in many regards, but perhaps slightly more punchy and complex. Again, the white wine qualities were quite evident. Rich and complex with a stiff, pale malt base. There was a strong Belgian yeast presence. Super phenolic and spicy with clove and coriander notes dominating. Hint of citrus. Touch of smoke as well. A bit of alcohol warmth came through on the crisp, peppery, off-dry finish. Overall, really interesting and dangerously quaffable.

The mouthfeel was simply flawless. Super fluffy and plush on the palate with a fine yet intense carbonation. While the beer was highly effervescent, the liquid quickly settled on the palate and became amazingly creamy and smooth.

I never heard of this beer until I received it as a gift from my girlfriend's parents, and I am very thankful that they picked this up for me. St. Stefanus ranks up there with some of the most interesting and complex Belgian beers I have ever tried. While I could have opted for the "fresh & fruity" flavors of a younger bottle, I am grateful that I carried this out the full 18 months to get something that was truly "complex & aromatic." Sure, you too can laugh at some of the marketing gimmicks on the bottle but, in the end, this beer is no joke.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:43:02 | More by Damian
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-21-2013 02:23:22 | More by ummswimmin
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amp138

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-20-2013 15:18:14 | More by amp138
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-16-2013 16:10:22 | More by wizo
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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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Cindy_C

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-10-2013 04:23:28 | More by Cindy_C
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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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FINLANDski_1619

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

11-07-2013 17:22:30 | More by FINLANDski_1619
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-04-2013 01:59:51 | More by martyl1000
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acashk

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-20-2013 02:42:20 | More by acashk
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

10-19-2013 21:59:02 | More by Sspeer1
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MightyDog

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

10-16-2013 18:28:10 | More by MightyDog
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bconsidine

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-16-2013 18:01:22 | More by bconsidine
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber to a turbinator.

A: light gold/dark straw with a big rocky two finger head that dissipates to a thick disk with slight soapy lacing. hazy.

S: Aromatic fruits like mango, apricots and oranges. medicine. slight aromatic hydrocarbons. slight musty funk.

T: The taste definitely follows the nose. Slight bitter orange, very indistinct sour. Spicy yeasty bread.

M: creamy due to moderate carbonation. bitter melon/orange/apricot finish with sharp punch to smooth tailout. not very boozy for 7.0 % rating. Satisfying and slight lingering of bitter ultimate finish. Crisp finish.

O: very nice brew. I feel that complexity might be lacking, however it is very very drinkable. I would not turn this down if offered a quaff.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 00:30:29 | More by Scrapss
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml into a chalice. Gentle pour builds a one inch creamy head, which fades to a soapy cap. No lacing. The beer is a mostly clear mid-amber. The nose shows sour apple and apricot, with a bit of mustiness. Apricot, green apple, white grape, and a little toffee feature, with some hop bitterness in the finish. Spritzy, light-medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 21:18:48 | More by MCDuhamel
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Zach122

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

10-05-2013 07:43:20 | More by Zach122
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BeerDrinkingDiver

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-04-2013 01:34:42 | More by BeerDrinkingDiver
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HookemHops13

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

09-28-2013 19:34:41 | More by HookemHops13
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REDAMI

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Medium amber, pours clear...until you swirl the bottle to get the yeast. Small, moderately laced, white head.

S - Sweet, malt, mango, almost tropical.

T - Hawaiian bread, hint of tropical fruit, mild spice, slight metallic notes, banana bread esters.

M - Sharp carbonation, slick sweetness. Pleasant finish.

A beautiful bottle entices you to pick it up. The beer inside is a nice golden ale; closer to a tripel than the hop forward BSPA it is called.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 20:45:11 | More by REDAMI
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IRONRakkasan

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

09-11-2013 04:57:26 | More by IRONRakkasan
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2013beer101

Colorado

3/5  rDev -23.9%

09-07-2013 06:18:46 | More by 2013beer101
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

08-30-2013 19:20:30 | More by jongullotti
St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.