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St. Stefanus Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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St. Stefanus Grand CruSt. Stefanus Grand Cru
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 11-23-2012

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Reviews by Snow81:
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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Photo of tdm168
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light orange glow with a billowing bright white head that raises high above the glass. Shows no signs of dieing. Smells of fruity pebbles, very grassy and hay like, a bit of barnyard. a little funky

Very crisp clean flavor, tastes better than it smells but it is a little bland for such a big beer. Lively carbonation medium body, bright apple tart sweetness with very good balance on the back end. Pretty good and extremely clean for the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml caged and corked bottle dated 10-2012 and signed in pen by the brewmaster. Sampled on December 21, 2012

How can I in little New Hampshire be one of the first people to review this beer from far away Belgium? But I don't really care because it pours a cloudy straw yellow with a goodly amount of carbonation leading up to a tremendous soft, puffy white head that sits on top the entire time.

In the nose there are Belgian pale malts and sugars, yeast, a hint of grapefruit citrus, a dash of pepper, and bread.

The body falls into the medium range with a slight astringency.

The taste is much like the aroma with Belgian malts, yeast, and sugar at first followed promptly by grapefruit and a short-lasting low bitterness on the tail end. More like a zingy Belgian pale than a Strong Ale but delightful all the same.

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Photo of aswaller
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Dikfour
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Orange tan in color. Plethora of thick billowing head slowly dissipates. Lively carbonation.

S: Booze. Some wheat and flowery esters though light.

T: floral, sweet, a little boozey. Even a little oak. Pretty approachable entry level Belgian Strong.

F: A little light of perfect. Great bubbles. Alcohol dances on the gums. Near perfect body.

O: An excellent first Belgian Strong. Hits most of the tent poles and doesn't dissapoint. Pretty average all around. Would recommend to people looking to get into beer.

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Photo of BlueMoon10
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Gryphon69
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Giggy
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NateF90
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of norrisk66
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nbal4396
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Pours a five-finger cream head that lasts forever leaving a very good lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Very good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet grass & lemon nose and flavor is tart fruit, spicy, slightly tart finish. Bottled 10-2012, $11.99 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, candy sugar, floral, and yeasty notes. In the taste, dryer candy sugar, and quite floral. A small carbonation like bite, and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar presence and floral notes in the aftertaste. Nice, although the candy sugar starts to be too much.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10 2012 - stamped on label.

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a one inch head that lasts a long time. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast, light lemon,and a bit of fruit sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: moderate malt profile with grass, yeast, pepper, pear, and a bit of earthiness. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: easy drinking beer here. Nice flavors but a bit of a milder grand cru compared to others in the style. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy golden orange with a thick creamy 2 finger head that lasted. Aroma of stone fruit and yeast. Taste of plum, maybe strawberry... very complex and interesting.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

St. Stefanus Grand Cru
Van Steenberge

LOOK: Corked and caged, etched and hand signed 22oz bomber. Pours a clear light gold with a soapy white froth. Leaves behind a bit of lace on the glass.

SMELL: Banana and candi sugar leads to a sweet smelling nose. Pale malts and noble hop aromas are also evident.

TASTE: More candy sugar and banana flavored yeast notes. Mild grassy hops do a fair job at balancing, but the brew finishes lightly dry with a saccharine like sweetness. Hides the alcohol well. Some flavor of fresh red apple emerges. Honey like malt flavor, and no doubt alot of malt was used in the making of this beer.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, and there is a small dryness.

OVERALL: Straight forward Belgian strong golden ale, could fit the bill as a triple or abbey blonde. A bit sweet, but its tasty, fun and easy to drink. I would recommend putting a bottle or two in the cellar for a good few years.

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Photo of beerguy36
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Purchased at a Monoprix in Nice. 75cl. Best before: 23/02/18. Lotto: 2310. Green foil-ed over hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Brown glass.

Regrettably brief notes below given a less-than-ideal review environment:

9% ABV.

Serve cold into a dimpled mug.

HEAD: ~5cm off-white head. Somewhat thin. Retention is above average - ~4-5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Fluffy.

BODY: Translucent transparent pale copper. No yeast/lees/sediment is visible within.

Standard appearance for the style, with no unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Lemon. Wheat. Soft floral hop notes. Clean barley.

Aromatic intensity is quite mild/light.

TASTE: Clean barley. Wheat. Mild floral hop character. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

Not the most balanced or complex beer in the style that I've tried, but somewhat pleasant - though I do wish it weren't so boozy. Poor depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

Not a gestalt whole of a beer.

TEXTURE: Crisply overcarbonated - even bitingly so. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Sharp.

There's no harmony of texture and taste here. They really need to tone down that carbonation.

OVERALL: Not the stellar brew I've come to hop for from the brewery behind my favourite Tripel, but drinkable for its high ABV and certainly enjoyable. I'm glad this is available in supermarkets across France, but it's far from a great Belgian ale and I wouldn't purchase it again. It'll get you drunk...

High C / AVERAGE

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Photo of herman77
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crowbar540
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a light grassy gold, slightly hazy, with two coarse inches of fluffy white head. Head dissipates slowly to a froth.

Smells of white wine, grassy malts, bretty yeast and coriander.

Tastes of white wine, bretty yeast, grassy malts, some mild citrus, a hint of fruity hop, and a bit of spice like coriander or lemongrass.

Full body with fluffy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty great pale Belgian, very tasty and nice body like you would expect. I've had a few better for sure, but this one is definitely worth a try and goes down easy. Hides its strength fairly well.

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Photo of mmsimmons
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

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St. Stefanus Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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