St. Stefanus - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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88
very good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 11
Gots: 27 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Fux on 03-08-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color is an attractive light amber with a sturdy foam. This one pours in a well-behaved manner and forms a tapestry of lacing in the deep-dish Orval chalice. Very prickly and frothy in the mouth.

This is so remarkably dry, it seems to be a showcase for Belgian yeast as it swims upstream to spawn. The fruit that must have been here two years ago has left hardly a trace. The grainy straw is the main flavor, with the bitterish almost perfumey yeast taking over. Hints of oregano. Nothing like alcohol taste.

Now I'm curious to try a fresh bottle. I don't think this argues so well for aging. From the 750 ml corked, caged bottle dated 7-2012 and purchased at Grapevine Liquor in Denver.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged bottle hand dated 7-2012. Sampled on June 19, 2014.

Cloudy copper-amber brown pour leading up a full cream colored head that sits delicately on top.

Lovely Belgian aromas of toasted biscuits, toasted malts, yeast, spice, pepper, but basically no outward hop sensation. Just enticing.

The body is full.

A bit more spicy pepper characteristics playing off the malts and yeast in the flavor. Pleasant sipping beer.

Photo of utfiero
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color- deep honey. Full head.

Aroma- spice, hint of apricot, and honey.

Taste- Starts floral with mild wheatiness in mid-body then finishing with a mildly hoppy crispness. Release 7-2012.

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted Jan. 2013.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Richardp
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.