St. Sebastiaan Golden | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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St. Sebastiaan GoldenSt. Sebastiaan Golden

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden colored body with high foamy head.. Hops dominate the aroma and flavor, astringent finish. Aroma is hops, pine, floral. Taste is more of the same capped with some light alcohol burn. Decent effort on this one.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from cool 16oz stoneware bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a light-moderate haze and a light effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam which leaves lots of chunky lace on the glass. Very good.

Smell: sweet and malty, with some serious butterscotch character. It's good, although it lacks the fruitiness I like in the style.

Taste: malty and butterscotchy, like the aroma, although not especially intense up front. There is a rather sweet finish, which is appropriate to the style. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a decent creaminess. Pretty good.

Overall: this is a very reasonable tripel, although one I wouldn't go out of my way to get again because its lack of complexity.

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Photo of moviedawg
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Starts out rather sweet, though the yeasty bitterness does a good job of drying it out. The fruit flavors are interesting with a pineapple note and sweet kumquat peel. Something like lemon bars, only dry. Faint hint of crackery malt.

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Photo of mario_ec
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served into tulip pint glass.

Muted gold color with a beautiful, abundant and lasting head of small and medium-sized bubbles. It leaves almost no lacing in the glass.

It has that smell characteristic of Belgian whites, probably due to the yeast, sweet and somewhat fruity with faint alcohol aroma.

Fruity taste with a little bit of citrus and pineapple; also a little bit biscuity. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter with a medium high alcohol taste.

Medium light body with plenty of carbonation.

A nice example of Belgian white with a slightly higher alcohol than I remember for this type. Characteristic color and flavor profile.

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Photo of mactrail
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a beautiful stack of foam in the wide St. Bernardus globe. Pure white suds everywhere. Don't try this in a narrow lager glass, as I did at first. Kind of a musty smell. Totally fizzy on the tongue, and it never lets up. More annoyingly prickly than the hoped-for creamy.

Starts out rather sweet, though the yeasty bitterness does a good job of drying it out. The fruit flavors are interesting with a pineapple note and sweet kumquat peel. Something like lemon bars, only dry. Faint hint of crackery malt.

Authentic or not, I don't think this such a great example of the style. This might display it's rustic charms better in a little joint in Namur, say, with the rain drizzling outside. From the swing-top jug bought at BevMo.

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Photo of bmwats
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16 oz stoneware bottle into a teku.

A: Golden (imagine that). Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Settles very slowly leaving some dry sticky residue as it does. Never fully dissipates. A lot of persistent spider web lacing.

S: Yeast and honey, clove and coriander. A little lemon citrus, too.

T: Very yeasty, bitter pecan shell, with some indistinct hints of sweet and savory spice.

M: Light and crisp. High alcohol is unapparent. Bitter, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Large, frothy head, and pervasive lacing. Yeasty nose with some sweet and savory spice notes and a bit of lemon. Light and yeasty with a deceptive high alcohol content, accentuated with a little sweet and spice. A little bitter and dry. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best before 2/27/17.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, Belgian yeast, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and fruit flavors 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid flavors but I think the smell is slightly better on this one.

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Photo of teromous
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Golden colored, slightly hazy, with a very nice white fluffy head. Pretty good lacing. Lots of carbonation visible.

S: Not a whole lot to smell. There are faint whiffs of spice, some toast, and some alcohol. Pretty below-average for a Tripel though.

T: Not much going on in the flavor department either. There are very light flower-like alcohol flavors, and nothing else.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It is smooth and bubbly, with just enough carbonation to leave a light tinge after the dryness hits the mouth. It is very light bodied.

O: Overall the beer tasted very plain. There wasn't much spice or character to it. I can't say that it was one-dimensional, because it was barely even that. Despite the lack of flavor and aroma, the beer looked and felt very nice. I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce bottle into chalice, best before 4/9/2014. Pours hazy and cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, bread, candi sugar, honey, clove, earth, pepper, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, grape, apricot, bread, pepper, clove, earth, honey, candi sugar, herbal, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian tripel style. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Trappist Glass]

The pour was a clear light golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that had great retention and superb sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a musty sweet Belgian yeast with notes of banana, green apple, citrus (lemon), bubblegum and coriander.

The taste was malty and lightly sweet with a touch of apple and a hint of banana early on, with a nice fruity ester creeping in along with a bold yeasty presence and just a bit of spice at the end. The flavor lasted only a short time proceeding the swallow with the fruity yeast taste lingering for a little while, before fading away entirely.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery yet mildly dry texture and a strong lively carbonation.

Overall a light flavorful Abbey Ale with a great drinkability, which could be dangerous considering the somewhat higher ABV...

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance Strong gold color with slight hazing, white head was real thick upon the pour coming off roughly to 1 1/2".

Smell: Strong yeast, light fruit and sweet aroma.

Taste: Robust and full, not too complex but well worth trying. Yeast is crazy heavy, little fruit taste which adds a notch of sweetness to the beer.

Mouth: Medium-full carbonation and great texture and sticking after-taste.

Overall: Little pricey, but well worth treating yourself to. If you like tripels this will definitely not disappoint. Salud!

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Look - light golden color, almost orange-ish, with about three fingers' worth of frothy white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - very earthy, and a little more on the malty side. A little bit of a hint of citrus or fruits.

Taste - much like the smell. It's a bit crisp, with an earthy hint to the middle of the taste, finishing with a bit of a musky quality.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced...not leaning more or less on either the watery or creamy sides.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Good tasting and pure in its taste, which makes sense given its location.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Back label says 30/08/16 so it's best to be enjoyed by August 30th 2016. Love the clamp-top that can be applied after opening to guarantee freshness.

A- Pours a light straw color with a full inch of head that retains well before condensing to a 1/4 inch head leaving Nice fluffy lacing behind.

S- Very light and fruity with a crisp flow of Belgian yeast that brings about banana notes.

T- Large onset of Belgian yeast and light fruit that recoils into a glassy aftertaste. Some soapiness and a very mild astringency. There are pictures of hops on the label, but not much can be detected in the flavor at all, which is fine. The flavor profile goes along the lines of a no-nonsense light Belgian with just a very straightforward yeast crispness and fruitiness. And speaking of light, I completely forgot I'm drinking a 7.7% ABV beer. I feel like I'm having a 5% quaffer! Now that's remarkable.

M- Snappy and, once again, crisp with medium-high carbonation.

O- This is a wonderful beer. Why hadn't I heard of these guys sooner? Now I want to try everything they offer

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Photo of raznug
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear pale golden color and is topped with angel white head 1½” thick.
Smell: The beer has the Belgian spice and typical Belgian yeast smell just as one would want and expect.
Taste: The taste follows in line with the smell just as most typical Belgian do the spice taste and the yeasty characteristics dominate the taste and are complimented by the malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: This beer maybe a bit on the thin side but not by much it is a decent representation of a Belgian golden but nothing to write home about. This is a typical run of the mill golden ale.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy gold w/a steady steam of bubbles that eventually diminish to a Champagne-like quality. Decent white, rocky cap that morphs into a white ring and no lacing.

S-Some clove, malt and Belgian candy with a bit of bubble gum. Has nice freshness to it that's tough to describe. Very nice.

T-Not unlike it smells! Has a nice hop character that is nicely balanced. Relatively straight forward ale that's tough not to like.

M-Crisp even after it has warmed up a bit, and has a modest creaminess to it. This is a food friendly ale.

O-I'd buy it again.

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Photo of NStLincoln
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of an the amazing Yeast Hoist bottle. It's a swing top with a crockery bottle with some great screen printing on it. It's cloudy and straw colored with a big, foamy white head. Some great looking carbonation, too.

Spiced breadiness on the nose, picking up a lot of allspice and florals.

Bright and floral on the palate. Biscuity with candi sugar and a crisp hop finish.

Bubbly and fun,not the most complex beer in the world. Easy drinking and having maybe the best bottle of all time doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- freakin awesome bottle. lightly hazy golden amber with nice streams of rising bubbles. the head is bright white and airy with decent retention and a lot of lace scooped up onto the sides of the chalice. gangsta.

S- tropical and orchard fruity aroma, becoming more malty sweet as it warms. 'tart' fruits also disappear as it warms, while the sweeter ones remain. pineapple, melon, banana, green apple, pear, white grape, cherry, red plum, a hint of tart citrus, and something like a lemony herbal note. the aroma is rather mild and i wish i had poured this one into a snifter or tight mouthed tulip to help concentrate it a little, which i will definitely do with the other half of this bottle.

T- happy fruit explosion with pale bready malt in the background. mostly pineapple and banana, apple, and white grape, a sharpness from the alcohol (which surprises me being in the 7% range) and a pleasant noble hop bitterness that rounds things out and keeps the sweetness at bay. malt is on the business end of boring, a bit cardboardy, and lends very little character to this beer. fruity yeast and alcohol are the major players along with the zesty herbal hops. alcohol is pumped up again in the finish, more in flavor than in heat, and while it may not be 'boozy' per se, the alcohol is evident as if it were.

MF- perfect expansive, tight, volcano tap your coors light carbonation. what sucks is that the foundation beneath it is crumbly. i'm like damn santa, where did the grain go? the body is juicy at best, sticky lips and dry cheeks, and for being a mid weight monk it stands like a pilsner. that's ok i guess, it could make the beer more refreshing or whatever, but i expect dubs trips quads and bsdas to be somewhat of an indulgence whereas here i got a relatively light bodied 7.7% ale with a fruity kick in a really sweet bottle. THEN when the beer nears room temp and things start to kinda reduce or fuse together, it's like an instant change from light to syrupy. dubya tee eff BRO?! all that being said it's still not terrible.

D- aromatically, this beer is best served in the 50-55 degree range however at that temperature, the fruity yeast flavors are diminished and the alcohol rises to the forefront. highly drinkable, i gotta say, despite it's shortcomings. there's a lot to say about this beer, but it's really only things that could take this one from good to great. i would drink it again, i would buy it again, and the bottle is definitely going on the shelf with the other cool ceramic swing top bottles and steins and stuff.

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Photo of Kromes
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy golden color with a fingers width white head and good lacing down the tulip glass.

S: Clove, booze, candi sugar, tropical fruit, and a mineral aroma.

T: A very nice sweet malt flavor up front with clove and tropical fruit, which unfortunately fades a little to reveal a metallic/mineral tang lingers in the finish.

M: Light in body with high carbonation to give it a nice peppery feel. Finishes a tad dry.

O: While it is nice tripel up front with good flavors, the beer is brought down by the tang in the finish. Got this "Yeast Hoist" version for $1.29, so I'm thinking it's been around for a while and might not be the bet representation of the beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes:

Pours a light gold color with a two finger off white head. Decent lacing on my snifter glass. Fairly clear in appearance. The nose is lemon, citrus, spice, and yeast. Nothing earth shattering here, especially for the style. Taste falls in line w/ the nose profile. It's not bad, it just isn't as good as the best tripels out there. Feel is fairly dry and thin- probably the weakest category for this beer. Overall, I'm glad I tried it, but this won't be one of my go-to tripels. There are many that are better out there. Cheers.

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Photo of shoky01
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, .9 oz ceramic bottle. Served chilled into a Unibroue Trois Pistols glass.

A. Pours golden yellow with inch thick white head. Has good retention, its been sitting for a minute and its still thick. High carbonation, keeps bubbling on.

S. Slight fruity, bannanas, wheat and some spice.

T. Mmm, havent had a light belgian in a while. Tastes a lot like it smells. Only a bit bitter hops on the end but definitely not bad.

MF. Very smooth, almost a little creamy with the head still around.

OA. its pretty average but by no means bad. I love the little artwork on the bottle. This being the Yeast Hoist version of this beer that really didnt affect the taste as far as i know. Will have to try a "normal" bottle.

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Yeast hoist ceramic style bottle.

Pours a clear golden colored ale with a very tall and long lasting white colored head.

Smells of grain, coriander and Belgian candi sugar. Strong and slightly cloying malt scent something like sage honey. Herbs and flower scent something like a good Saison, reminds me of wildflowers and hay fields. When I sniff this I smell sage.

Starts out mildly sweet with a mild wildflower honey aftertaste. Mildly bitter there is a slight sherry wine flavor here, maybe slight oxidation? Very mildly sweet with that slight flower taste reminds you of wildflower honey with every sip.

Mouthfeel is Good.

Overall this is very tasty if a little pricy. Admittedly I bought this because of the unique bottle but it is pretty tasty.

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Photo of chefelf
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I got a limited edition version of this which came in the ceramic bottle with the words "YEAST HOIST" written on it. Took a little searching around to actually link it to this beer.

It pours very foamy and had a more citrusy flavor than I was expecting. Overall it was a tasty beer but for $11 not something I'd likely pick up again. Seems like most of that money went towards the packaging which, I have to say, was very nice.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice cloudy/thick honey color. Head dissipates fast.

S: Smells of hops and citrus. Gentle on the nose.

T: Taste good, but hard to pinpoint. Small alcohol presence. Slightly sweet.

M: Dry light and slight syrup.

O: It’s nothing special, but it’s a great value and experience is satisfactory. At $6 including a reusable bottle, I can see myself possibly picking up another.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If anyone wants to argue about the benefits of cans over glass bottles, just have a crack at this one. A very handsome but very heavy ceramic bottle with a flip top for sealing. Would be great for hanging on to if you're a home brewer.

A. Slightly hazy pale golden amber with a strong typically Belgian head of white foam and good lace.

S. Exactly what I was expecting - a clean, crisp Belgian ale smell with hints of apples, cloves, pepper and a little funk.

T. This is where it starts to go downhill somewhat. There's a flavour in there I can't pin down, but it just ain't right. It's kinda muddled and unclear, like things aren't working together in quite the right way. A little too sweet, and with an unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

M. Oily.

O. It's a shame that a beer which comes in such a useful and neat container is one that I won't be buying again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from a ceramic bottle entitled "Yeast Hoist"

A - Hazy wheat color, very white .5 inch packed head.

S - Wheat, straw, some yeast funk.

T - Delicious. Slightly cooked apples, wheat, light overall fruitiness.

M - Light bodied, great carb, great balance.

D - Easy to drink. Could go all night!

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