Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #14
Ranked #3,384
4.11 | pDev: 11.68%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Notes: Belgian Strong Pale Ale, re-fermented with Bordeaux wine yeast
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored with a half inch of off white head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of Belgian candy sugar and sweet light Belgian malt. I taste lightly sweet Belgian candy sugar and light malt. The mouth is dry, lightly boozy, and crisp.

Mar 13, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Belgian bread and yeast all over the place, sweet malt, sugar and notes of fruit and spice throughout. As was said before, seems a bit one note and I agree with that.

Feb 21, 2021
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Normal pour into chalice producing a toasted caramel / amber colored brew sporting a 1" parchment colored head. Moderate to high carbonation. Decent lacing. Very pretty.

S - Hops, malt, apricot, sour, bready, floral.

T - I've heard boatloads of positives about this one but I'm not impressed. A little syrupy and intense. More or less one note. Floral. With that being said, it's good- just not fantastic.

M - Thick and tarry.

D - Not at all an easy drinker. High ABV and thick. For instance, comparing a high APV Trappist with this is like comparing water to tar. It's more of a meal than a beer. Not impressed.

Feb 15, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of this beer from my good friend and old neighbor from the 'Wego. It poured a slightly hazy golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had slight Belgian beer twang with some white wine highlights. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with Belgian sweet malt base and anise, coriander and and pepper presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Feb 13, 2021
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent, subdued yellow. Within, a raging jet stream of bubbles culminate into a sudsy, white head that’s easily a hand’s breadth deep. Moderate retention with cotton-like lacing that webs all the way to the bottom.

Belgian spices doused by a big squeeze of lemon juice and topped with crumbles of springy, white bread.

A slippery medium whose carbonation is dialed up high enough to feel electrical; crackling across the tip of the tongue, then racing around under it. Concludes on a clipped, tart linger.

Apple cider blended with allspice, nutmeg, and tangy pink peppercorn. At the midpoint, a blanket of warming, banana brandy slowly settles over you. After, you’ll drift into a lively dream of tart fruits and acerbic Belgian yeast.

Bold without veering off balance.

Jan 26, 2021
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark orange color with a small long lived head with lacing.

Smells bready and yeasty. Tastes of sweet malt and Belgian yeast with a slightly bitter, spicy and alcohol warmth finish.

Light body medium carbonation. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This is one excellent, strong sipper!

Jan 20, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

out of the variety pack I bought at the lcbo 330ml at 10.5%.
poured a 1to 2finger head into glass .
leaves a nice lace as you drink it so far all these beers do.
meduim carbonation.
taste is mild sweetness mild malty flavor and bitterness.
goes down smooth and creamy then the warming sensation from the high alcohol
very enjoyable to drink.
another great beer from this Brewery in Belgium
cheers .

Dec 13, 2020
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Matthew_Watson from Canada (ON)

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A truly fantastic ale that has a lot of complexity and fuses many unique elements of different Belgian styles. A warm maltiness with some fruit is followed by a spicy finish. One of my favourite Belgian beers!

Nov 26, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Can to tulip glass. One of the 2 beers I used in making a beer cheese for my homemade pretzels. Yum.

LOOK: dark gold color, a hint of haze/sediment, but mostly clear, solid eggshell head; never truly fades, but leaves impressive legs, excellent head retention (since it never really fully left)
AROMA: banana bread, clove, yeast, light hints of corn, pumpkin, nutmeg.
TASTE: apple-pumpkin-banana-cider, nutmeg, allspice, pepper, some warming brandy flavors. Touch of a sour note at the end, but otherwise very nice.
FEEL: Medium body, a touch creamy, but that is cut by the sharpness of the yeast and "cidery/acidic" notes.

Very Solid belgian. Not too crazy on the wild yeast, but enough to give it some jazz.
The yeasty side of the beer cheese. This was the more integral part, but I wanted to get a darker malt mixed in as well.


Nov 19, 2020
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Sappinicci from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice copper color. Almost no head. The smell isn't strong, kind of minerally and you can definitely smell the alcohol. Taste like a well made Belgian, kinda bready, a touch of something that reminds me of a dark red wine on the back end. Goes down smooth and warm. A nice winter sipper for sure. You can tell it has a high alcohol content but it is not overpowering. Good drink to sit around the fire with.

Nov 07, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bit surprised I had not reviewed this before because I have certainly enjoyed this beer before this evening.

Poured from tap into a tall fluted glass. Clear golden yellow color with fluffy white head and excellent lacing. Fruity smell and taste. Strong esters that settle with a bit of warming (World of Beer serves it a bit too cold). Spicy cloves, pears and honey. Another beer that argues for Belgian beer supremacy!

Shared it with a friend who also enjoyed it!

Oct 21, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle stamped 30AT 1225 poured into a tulip glass at just above fridge temp 10.5% ABV. The beer pours bright light honey amber in color with a big, rocky off white head. The head slowly settles to a fat ring and island leaving a wall of lacing. The aroma is mild with bubblegum, clove and just a hint of the ABV. The taste is sweet and strong pale malt with fruity esters in addition to the bubblegum & clove yeast influence. The finish is mostly dry and moderately bitter with a hint of earthy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with above average & active carbonation. Overall, excellent. I like the the sweet to dry balance and the flavor profile. A well constructed & executed BPSA.

Oct 07, 2020
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timon from California

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look on this is AMAZING. Billowing snow-white foam and gorgeous copper color. Taste and smell is of apple, banana, and caramel (works better than it sounds). Mouthfeel is mellow and nice, not too thin, and not too thic. A winner, and real competitor to Duvell, imho.

Oct 04, 2020
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Viaduck from California

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful burnt orange body with a magnificently huge white head. Pretty aroma: Sweet aroma if caramel, honey, ripe fruit, cloves & wine. Taste is significantly different from what the nose told the tongue to expect; more salty than sweet with an equal dose of bitter. Bread & yeast dominate the flavor with some brown sugar & caramel, a fair amount of spices & a bitter wine finish. Medium feel with ample carbonation, no alcohol flavor. Overall, a delicious Belgium!

Oct 03, 2020
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Yaroslav from New York

4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No banana. Nice. I'm happy I picked up a four pack. Haven't had it in awhile. Very compelling alternative to Duvel.

Among the elite of this style. A crowded pack.

Sep 10, 2020
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow. massive chalk white head with excellent retention.
Nose is straw, hay, clove, a touch of banana, light earthy hop character.
Taste follows. huge wave of clove, straw up front. Banana and a light spice finish, apple, honey light alcohol presence on the finish.
very drinkable beer. light, crisp body. plus carbonation.

Aug 28, 2020
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Hyenas_den from California

4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma of the Piraat Belgian Ale gave a pleasant full body smell it reminded me of honey mead, an amazing beer which is great for almost any occasion.
The flavor was smooth with a sweet lightly spiced taste.
The double fermentation process gave the Beer a thicker feel that paired well with the sweet honey smell as well as the light spiced flavor.

Jul 23, 2020
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy amber red-orange color with a dense creamy off-white light khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich malts, wine yeast, tart red grapes, cherry, red fruit, thick caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted bready crackery malts, hint of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, plum, maybe apple, touch of spice, with light earthy floral hops. Tastes rich and a bit sweet, with the Bordeaux wine yeast cutting through with some dryness. Rich roasty caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar, toasted bread, graham cracker, hint of chocolate, dried fruits, dark fruit, apple, plum, cherry, apricot, raisin, red grape, dry red wine notes, a touch of spice, with mild earthy floral hops. Feels lighter medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice and interesting Belgian Strong Pale Ale re-fermented with Bordeaux wine yeast.

Jul 19, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle- opaque dark gold honey color with huge fluffy white head leaving lots of foamy lacing. Nose is sweet and yeasty with a bit of over ripe fruit and spice. Taste is a bit more subdued but along the lines of the nose. Finish is smooth and almost creamy and then slightly dry. Really tasty.

Jul 17, 2020
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thesherrybomber from California

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three fingers, off-white head that clings to the glass. Dark golden body

Spicy, fruity (peaches?) nose. Later clove, banana, slight funkiness

Taste is sweetish, reminds me of pears?

Very smooth. ABV well hidden but felt in the finish

Jun 20, 2020
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy gold, rich white foamy head, snow like lacing.
N: Malt, crackers, honey, yeast, wheat, and fruit notes.
T: Follows the nose, nice malt hit with some fruit, honey, cracker, wheat, and minor alcohol bite.
M: Medium with a lot of flavor going on.
O: A solid beer, great mix of flavors.

May 30, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darker straw yellow. Slightly hazy. Decent but not heavy fizz. Aroma is so nice. Spiced fruit and, well, alcohol. Very light scent of hops. Taste follows the nose. Lovely, full bodied, with fruit and spices... transitioning to the malty sweetness. It's a bit syrup-y in the finish owing the high alcohol and the maltiness of it all. For a "strong" ale, this thing is amazing, but it's not a super easy drink in large quantities because of the high ABV.

May 23, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Large eggshell white head. Lace. Dark clear golden color.

If you drank this blind it’s a cross between a tripel and a quad. Strong, boozey, bananas, cloves, spice, Belgian yeast, toffee, apple skins, plums, Chardonnay/champagne. Very complex. Very flavorful.

May 19, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours translucent with an ever so slight haze. Pale amber with a off white head that leaves a lot of sticky lacing. A thin layer of foam across the top of the beer and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. A couple bubbles floating up from the bottom.

A moderate nose with some booze soaked raisins and figs. Definitley getting some dark dried fruit. Honey drizzled fruit bread.

Honey graham cracker sweetness up front. Dried dark fruit like on the aroma including figs. Apple and pear as well. More honey drizzled bread. Lingering warmth and a touch of bitterness on the finish to add some complexity and cut the sweetness.

Super duper light on palate. Pillowy soft. The liquid seems to evaporate leaving behind warming fumes of alcohol.

Overall: This beer hits all the right notes. Nice sweetness up front and mid palate with a shift to more dry and slight bitterness on the finish. The 10.5% ABV is noticeable and appreciated for the style.

May 09, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- A rich gold colour, clear, pours with 5mm white head. (Note: botttle-conditioned, handle according to how you favour sediment in the pour). Head still 3mm 15mins later.
S- Pungent, musky and brief mild sour notes. Interesting to get little scent/sense of it's hefty ABV% yet.
T- Boof! Pungent, rich, leaves clear alcohol tang and zing on tongue and lips.
F- Rich but balanced by pungent ABV%.
O- Very enjoyable as long as you're expecting a pretty full-on experience. Interesting to see it's refermented in the bottle with yeast usually used for brewing wine, in order to get this ABV%. Enjoyable but might it be 'too much of a good thing', subtlety of crafting absent versus high impact instead?
330ml bottle. BB: 29/10/21. Bought from BeersOfEurope (UK).

Mar 09, 2020
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