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St. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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St. Sebastiaan Grande ReserveSt. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 12-20-2001

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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Orangish-brown body with a nice head that laced the glass.

Smell – There’s a nice, light, spicy fruit aroma from this one. The melons, peaches, oranges, and apricots are touched off with a bit of coriander and cinnamon. The (very) lightly toasted malt backbone is present as well, but this is all about the fruit.

Taste – This is big flavor. The multitude of spices are out in force, deeply soaked in the light fruits from the nose along with cranberry and apple juice. The malt fades a bit at the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This is lightly carbonated and medium-bodied. The alcohol is there, but comes out more like a light, fruity mixed drink that’s been spiced with white rum.

Drinkability – This one is big on the melons and (especially) peaches, similar to its “Golden” cousin, which makes it go down smooth.

Update – I first rated this in 2003. Oh, Lawdy, have I been a BA that long? Anyway, here we are four years later and it tastes almost exactly the same. If nothing else we have to award points for consistency. Nice job, Sterkens!

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Photo of truthbrew
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this back a couple years ago and remembered it as a favorite then. Now with much more experience behind me, I try it again.

Exceptional crystal clear view with a white rocky head. Aroma is quite fruity without a lot of sweet. Nice full mouthfeel, malty malty without the feeling that this beer is 10,0%. Starts light and malty but turns very warming by the time it leaves the back of your tongue.

Strange it's served in a 16oz crock/swingtop but only is capped. :-/
This beer deserves to be corked and aged, that is my only complaint.

(I bought a case [12x16oz] of this brew after reviewing this)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnce: lovely, light peachy color, with a firm, proud, creamy head.
Aroma: big on the citrus!, though sweet, and loaded with fruit (grapefruit, peach, orange), rich, sweet, yet sour.
Very well-rounded fruit overall, altogether a mellow brew, perfectly integrated, but acking in any complexity.
Tasty texture, full-bodied, luscious yeast element, very delicious and easily drunk down.
But, however, the trouble is that I have reservations about exactly how Grande this might suppose itself to be. I've had it many times over the years, and remember a better, more transendent experience than this. A representative from the importer/distributor revealed to me that the brewer had purposefully cut back on the recipe and "farmed out" the brewing to cut back on costs, making it far less dramatic in flavor. Such a shame, nothing Grande about it. But, despite that, a nice ale, anyway.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, clear and bright orange in color with a medium head and thin lacing. The aroma is floral and citrus, specifically oranges. The taste is very light on the palate, fruity and finishes honey sweet.

There is almost no trace of alcohol in the taste, a credit to the brewer with a content this high.

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Photo of worldsbeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a very nice amber golden color in to my goblet. Head is medium but not huge...disapates somewhat quickly. Aromas of fruity esters and honey...rose? Initial sips of this nectar nice carmel notes, honey, and good use of bittering hops...perhaps Hallertau. Body is med and has a wonderful lingering flavor. Great beer from Sterkins...but my favorite still from their is their Porter.

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Photo of ADR
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just slightly hazy light yellow-amber, yellowish head that's mostly skim. Yeasty aroma, with some dried and deep fruit smells. Full body, impression is similar to a Doppelbock in stickiness and heartiness. Sweet toffee, elements of dried citron, and a touch of diacetyl (really?). A little pepper and clove in the mid mouth, hops do a fine balancing job. There was a lot unexpected in the flavor profile but I loved it, satisfying brew here. Another cool crock, this one was a 16 oz swing top.

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Photo of BKotch
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 16-ounce crock with a bottle cap, not a cork, and a wired stopper. Poured a clear orangey-gold with broadly dispersed bubbles but virtually no head. The nose and palate are fruity and sweet, reminding me of peaches and pears. There is a slight bit of dryness to balance the sweetness -- just a bit, mind you. The mouth feel was decidedly syrupy. Also very pricey at $7.20 for 16 ounces.

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St. Sebastiaan Grande Reserve from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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