Witches' Brew | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Witches' BrewWitches' Brew

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Beerbuddha on 10-17-2007

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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by zachary80:
Photo of zachary80
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork and caged, no visible date information

Thick white head, golden orange hue, thick lacing

Aroma is very citrusy, tart, peppery on the finish. Smells like a cross between a berliner weiss and a tripel.

Flavor is somewhat bland and doesn't match the aroma at all. Yeasty but not very complex; somewhat sweet, somewhat peppery.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing notable.

Overall Witches Brew is above average but not special

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a three-finger white head. The beer was hazy when it was poured but cleared up as it warmed. The aroma was strong Belgian yeast with some citrus. I got mainly lemon and orange with some spice as well. The flavor was fruity with a strong yeast character. There was definitely some wild yeast funk to the beer, but it was not overwhelming. Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy gold with a huge white head. Thick lacing. Apples, honey, musty yeast, bananas, and soap in the nose. Super-sweet to the point it became too much. Honey, saaz, grain, sugar, banana, fruit, and more sugary sweetness. Good in moderation. Find a couple people to drink the 750 ml bottle with.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a decent amount of bubbly lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very yeasty and spicy Belgian aroma with gig hints of fruits and sugar. Upfront Belgian yeast with some funk and a mix of spice esters including cloves, peppers, and slight cinnamon and nutmeg. Big mix of fruit esters with hints of green apple, pear, bananas, and white grapes. Citrus hop hints of orange, pineapple, and apricot. Dark fruit hints of fig and raisin. Big sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, caramel, and cracker. Some good hints of bubblegum as well. A very good Tripel aroma.

Taste: As spellbinding as the aroma, a yeasty and funky taste with lots of fruit and spice esters. Big upfront Belgian yeast presence with a good taste of funk and spice notes of cloves, peppers, cinnamon, and a little nutmeg. Sweet taste of Belgian candied sugar. Lots of fruit esters with notes of green apples, bananas, pear, and white grapes along with citrus hop esters of orange, pineapple, and apricot. Some dark fruit notes of raisin and fig come through. Bubblegum notes also. Bready pale malt with notes of straw, grains, caramel, and cracker. A little taste of booze is noticeable. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the higher end of medium. Carbonation is fairly high. Nicely, spicy, juicy, and prickly. Some alcohol heat is there but its still nicely smooth.

Overall: A very good Belgian Tripel. Good mix of spices, fruit esters, and funk. Nicely complex.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend Eben shared this with me.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice thick foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass as it goes down.

Smells fruity, spicy, sweet and like cloves and yeast. Very Belgian.

Taste is candy sweet with a bread like yeast quality. Kind of a metallic bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is a light medium, well carbonated and sticky sweet.

Overall a pretty good beer and better than I remembered it being.

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Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not quite the witching hour yet, but what the everloving hell, it sure seems appropriate...

This beer pours a hazy pale golden hue, with tons of billowy, foamy, and eventually chunky white head, which leaves some nice thin lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of fruity grain, pepper, herbal alcohol, and a bit of yeast. The taste is sweet candied malt, citrus, pineapple, raisin, with a bit of warming alcohol, and earthy, herbal hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body full, sweet, and creamy in that fruity manner. It finishes sweet and sugary, the malt still holding strong, the proclaimed 'hoppyness' not really doing all that much to counter.

On the whole, a very sweet tripel, but with well-integrated booze, which sounds very witchy, or like the work of Beelzebub himself...

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked & caged bottle. ABV listed at 9.3%. I purchased this beer after it was strongly recommended at Ashe's.

Glowing orange-amber in color with a fluffy, pocked off-white head. It's not a stretch to say this is one of the most beautiful beers I've seen.

Aroma is inviting, with hops, apricot, green apple, coriander, and a touch of alcohol. The first sip is delectable -- nice and crisp up front, with fruity, slightly spiced sweetness to follow. This is very, very nice. I get why this was so highly recommended -- I'll have to have it again.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged. Amber pour with a short, foamy white head. Sweet malts, candi sugar, dried fruit, light flowery notes and cake in the aroma. Taste is floral and slightly bitter with more sweet malt, light candi sugar, powdery yeast, fresh fruit and almost a powdered donut type sweetness. Body is medium and very bubbly but not champagne-like. Ends with more sweet malts, candi sugar, fruit notes, floral hops, light spice and soft yeast notes. Pretty good brew.

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Photo of bsizzle74
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jwg782
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DenverBigRed
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent golden/honey with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & some lacing

S: Slight phenolic hints, band aids & pineapple & honey

T: Coriander, dryness & band aids, some pineapples. Grassy hops, more pineapple, green bananas, grapefruit & lemon, candi sugar as this warms. Finishes with a slight acidic twang, & more tropical fruit, plus green apple

MF: Sticky, with low carbonation, but a slightly acidic twang, that morphs into a more champagne type feel

Drinks alright, this is not really a tripel to get too excited about, let it warm waaay up

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Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml green corked bottle into a Duvel tulip. My mother in law gave this to me as a Halloween gift. Blue label with start and classic hook nosed green witch holding a mug of beer. "It Will Put A Spell on You." No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of pure white head. This settles to a thin layer of foam with a substantial island above the nucleation site. Nice, sticky lacing. The beer itself is the color of light honey and slightly hazy.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of honey and lemongrass. Slightly acidic in the nose. Distinct presence of wheat twang.

Taste: Sweet, sugary malt upfront, notes of banana and papaya. Very mild hints of mellow, aged hops. Ends with a slightly citrus sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation; nice and bubbly just like a Belgian should be. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Smooth and creamy, with a high ABV that is hidden well. Not sure if this is a seasonal brew or a simply repackaged for Halloween, but I would certainly pick some more up. I remember hearing that they are deeply discounted in early November.

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Photo of billybrew21
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this lying around since around Halloween, but decided to pop the cork and give it a try tonight.

750 ml bottle with no freshness date poured into a Duvel tulip.

This one pours a slightly hazy orange-honey color with a massive almost off-white head comprised of soap like bubbles, some of which shine incandescent in the light. The head is not as thick or condensed as I expected, and dissipates rather quickly compared to other tripels I've had. Leaves nice lacing though and remains around a half centimeter throughout the duration of drinking. Funky Belgian yeast dominates the smell, accompanied by an herbal characteristic (coriander, clove?). I also get some banana type fruit scent, as well as alcohol esters. Not getting much hop scent, which is strange considering how it's advertised as being on the hoppy end for tripels. The taste starts very sweet with some fruit and spice. I get that funky yeast right around the middle, but it doesn't linger as the alcohol comes through a bit strongly on the finish. Some green apple rind flavor at the end as well. There's a malt backbone definitely present, but not very noticeable. The tartness of the beer tingles the tongue at first and the moderate carbonation creates a pleasant mouthfeel. Light bodied and dry, even with the ABV, this is a significantly drinkable beer. Decent qualities for the style, I neither love nor hate the taste -- just not sure how I feel about it. I'm glad I found this and was able to try it. I might come back to it this fall.

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Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of elricorico
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange and mostly clear with a very white foamy head. Decent retention, but little lacing.

Fruity aroma, pears and melon. Slightly spicy and yeasty, but mostly fruity. Alcohol notable in the nose, but not overly so.

Sweet melon is first on the tongue. Some candy sugar I presume. Finish is yeasty and flowery mix, with just a touch of liquor taste.

Just a touch of stickiness to the body. High carbonation, but it isn't coarse.

This is a pretty good tripel, but something about it keeps it from being great. I'd suggest that maybe it is just a bit too sweet, covering some of the complexity.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange amber with a thick white head and is appealing.

Big bee's wax nose; big Belgian fruit and ripe bananas and spice in the nose, quite nice.

Pleasant full mouthfeel. Clean flavors of spice, orange, honey and fruit. Rich full body and character. Flavors and general character is a bit sweet but not unappealing. Big sweet medium fruit finish.

This is simply a nice example of a decent and appealing triple. It is very pleasant and almost in the catagory of a holiday ale with the spicy/sweet character. Worth the try.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/31/2010 (Starting a tradition):

750 ml bottle at 42* into a chalice.

A: This pours a lovely golden color with a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white head that remains in large clumps on the edges of the glass.

S: We have spicy yeast, different citrus fruits, banana, barnyard funk, and some breadiness.

T: The taste is dominated by the earthy spicyness but it also features citrus notes, sweet berries, and a bit of breadiness.

M: It is medium-bodied with very heavy carbonation.

D: This is a nice tripel. It's a bit too spicy and shows a little alcohol at the end but it's still a nice brew.

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Photo of aepb1
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden with a huge white head (it was a bit of a rough pour, but after trying again with a smooth pour it was still immense!) and I guess that added to the allure

S- Yeasty alcohol and some sweet fruit in there too

T- Yeasty malts in the fore, sweet malts in the middle and a surprising dry finish no bite from the alcohol in the nose at all!

M- Surprisingly not over carbonated from what the head would have you think. It's nice and smooth really

D- Like it a lot and goes down easy... beware the 9.3% abv!

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 backlog. 750 corked bottle. Aroma: Belgian. Thick frothy head which never dissipates, hazy golden hue. Beautiful beer. It looks like a cloud I want to lay down and sleep on. Tastes of banana esters; full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Strong alcohol presence. Good stuff.

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Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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