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

St. Stefanus Grand Cru
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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.45%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 11-23-2012)
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Reviews by jtierney89:
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 06:26:20 | More by jtierney89
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Snow81

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.9%

04-10-2014 20:37:02 | More by Snow81
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -10%

02-16-2014 01:42:49 | More by Kelp
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crowbar540

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

01-06-2014 04:33:32 | More by crowbar540
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:17:56 | More by Cylinsier
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +10.8%

10-04-2013 01:49:40 | More by KJ2013
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beerguy36

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -16.9%

09-11-2013 20:25:55 | More by beerguy36
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 8/28/2012. Pours fairly clear golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, bread, cracker, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with a fair amount of malt balance; and good strength. Taste or pear, apple, grape, light banana, pepper, clove, bread, cracker, honey, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, cracker, pepper, clove, floral, grass, honey, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with a moderate malt balance; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly slick, crisp, and fairly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong golden ale. All around nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors with light-moderate malt balance; and smooth and crisp to sip on for 9%. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 04:46:30 | More by superspak
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly clear golden yellow with a thick cap of white foam that leaves a thin nice layer of foam behind.

S - Yeast esters, lemon, light bready malts with some fruity sweetness.

T - Fairly sweet with yeasty esters, candi sugar, earthy, honey, white grape juice and a weird fruit salad flavor.

M - Medium body and well carbonated. Finishes dry for how sweet it tastes.

D - Decent but I would not go out of my way to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:11:27 | More by brewcrew76
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cowboy83

New York

4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

08-09-2013 00:40:12 | More by cowboy83
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great pop of the cork. Good pour - 3F of tightly bubbled white head over slightly cloudy pale yellow body. Tons of carbonation. Not so much lacing.

Lots of light, tart aromas - lemons, lime zest, light breadiness.

Thinner than expected on the palate, for a 9% Grand Cru. Lots of carbonation may have thinned things out? Quite effervescent. Flavors lead with the aromas - small tree fruits, mostly bitter. Some white grape - slight vinous quality. Would have liked more sweet.

Overall, meh. Was hoping for a richer experience. Not bad, just not worth the $$$.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 22:28:23 | More by BeerImmediately
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%

07-02-2013 19:29:52 | More by lonewolfcry
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3%

06-14-2013 12:33:05 | More by mklisz
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

04-27-2013 00:51:35 | More by Peyton5410
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mmsimmons

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -58.4%

03-22-2013 00:34:35 | More by mmsimmons
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Cellar release 4-2012.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, grape juice, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:07:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 22:58:30 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 21:29:34 | More by Gavage
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-11-2013 00:19:46 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:09:43 | More by puboflyons
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 18:10:43 | More by OWSLEY069
St. Stefanus Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.