Witches' Brew
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #102
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,707
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
122
Ratings:
232
From:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  13
Gots
  27
SCORE
87
Very Good
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a chalice

Appearance – The beer pours a light orange-tinted golden color with a one finger head of pure white billowy foam. The head has a great level of retention, with the big carbonation bubbles of the foam popping over time, leading to the head slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strong of a dry cracker smell mixed with a light fruity smell of grape, peach, and pear and a little bit of candied sugar as well as a hint of grass. Along with these smells comes some notes of a yeast along with a strong showing of coriander and clove, which with the cracker, really dominate the smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker flavor along with a moderately strong showing of yeast and spice of clove and coriander, just as the nose would have suggested. As the taste advances to the middle, the spice and yeast grow even slightly stronger, but are nicely complimented by some sweeter flavors of candied sugar and fruit of a white grape, pear, and peach nature, with the cracker transitioning to a more bready like nature. While these sweeter flavors come, they later go, and end up bringing back the drier cracker taste. With some grassy flavors and a bit of a boozy alcohol coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a drier and crisp triple like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the more dry nature of the brew, mixed with the light fruit and grassy flavors, the feel is quite fantastic as it mimics a more brut champagne like nature, with the flavors of the brew all matching these characteristics rather nicely.

Overall – This is a rather nice Belgian Strong ale that has the characteristics of a dry sparkling white wine, all while still having a nice cracker and yeast-spiced base to keep it of the Belgian beer style. A great one to try if you have the opportunity.

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S-clove, spicy, some citrus in there also
T-Clove, spice, slight malt that leads to a spicy warming aftertaste, with some hop bitterness in that leads to a spice finish
M-high carbonation and creaminess with a medium body
O-was a great beer that I paid $4.99 for a 750ml bottle, and I knew I should have bought more

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Witches' Brew from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 232 ratings