Witches' Brew | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Witches' BrewWitches' Brew

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Beerbuddha on 10-17-2007

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of theopholis
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown 750ml.corked bottle, into a standard tulip.

Appearance- Stunningly clear, sparkling apple juice color that continually effervesces for quite a long time. The effervescence is very aggressive. Despite a fairly careful pour (so as to not disturb the yeast cake) the head is a huge, 3-finger, white, pillowy affair. Lots of staying power, and it leaves behind a very sticky lacing. Very inviting looking.

Smell- Very clean, sweet and fruity. Difficult to identify individual fruits. Maybe some nice, crisp apples, banana. Everything else is to subtle for me to identify. again....very inviting. Can't wait to taste it.

Taste- Starts off with a very pleasant malt sweetness, with a tartness lingering in the background. Hints of mild citrusy hops, hints of a spiciness that I often find overpowering in Beligian triples. This one is just right. Has a semi-dry champagne like finish.

Mouthfeel- Body is fairly light, with a lively carbonation that really causes it to dance over your tongue. Clings to the mouth very nicely to, giving you a warm, flavorful after-taste.

Drinkability- I'll get some for my friends.

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Photo of scottoale
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"It will put a spell on you", or so the label says with a TM (trade mark). I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing?!

Anyhow, good things to say about this ale and nothing bad...and that's good...

Poured from the brown 750ml.cork finished bottle, into a standard Duvel tulip is a radiating apricot gold with a solid two-finger off-white head with stamina. The pillowy thick foam sticks like cotton candy to the inside of the glass...web like and intricate.

The smell is sweet and fruity...over-ripend mango, apricot, green grape, faint banana with a mildly citrus hop and light yeast spice. Lots of nice aroma with each sniff and more so as it warms, yet the alcohol is well masked for an ale of this strength.

And the taste...that's where this brew really shines. All the flavors from the fore mentioned with complexity increasing with each sip. A wonderful tasting ale from the pleasant sweet start that is perfectly balanced by the mild citrusy hops, then winding down to a dry champagne like finish. Very lively carbonation at the start that gives it the dry crispness and no sign of alcohol until the very end when the brew eventually flatens out and warms to near room temp.

A great brew with a solid body for a light Triple and a lot going on...need I say, never a dull moment and superb drinkability.

I must say, this is a skillfully brewed ale that deserves recognition...great stuff!

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Photo of Zakk
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ccrida
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man the Steenberge's rip out a ton of brews. Is this one that will be distinct by taste rather then marketing? Dark gold with a fluffy white head leaving lots of foamy lace.

Smell is very herbal, dried skunky styrians, this is really heavily hopped, in a good, very Belgian way.

Taste is really quite good, this is a big, modern blonde, yet really well balanced, banana esters and a slate edge. I'm impressed! This is trending towards BIPA style, I dig, very continental, modern, Hotel Costes. Sans soucie...

Mouthfeel is very dry, crisp, palate-cleansing, light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability is high. This is really drinkable, dangerously, with lots of classic Belgian blonde flavors exaggerated without overbearing. Another very well executed blonde by Van Steenberge, makes me miss my Sharp Edge days.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of BellsFan
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured it from a 750 mL wine bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. EXTREME HEAD! It took a few pours to top up the glass. You know the drill: pour, foam, wait, repeat. But the wait was worth it!

A: nearly off white leaning to all white head, with a ton of foam
S: Smelled of sweet-bread with honey
T: reminds me of mead but better; its sweet with an alcohol finish
M: thin and crisp
O: I'd buy it again

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Travis Air Force Base.

Poured into goblet

Appearance- orangish color, nice 1 inch head, nice lacing

Smell- citrus, spice, yeast

Taste- excellent flavor, nice bitterness, fruity notes

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Excellent, I love this. Wonderful flavor and aroma

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Witches Brew is a great brew! :)

The beer is light golden in color, and has a decent head that goes away quickly.

It has smells of alcohol, fruits and Belgian yeasts. The taste is wonderful! Has hints of Banana and the enjoyable taste of a Belgian Tripel. The alcohol lingers afterward and gives a nice finish.

If this was year round I would buy it any chance I could get it.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden hue with a massive, white rocky head. Reminds me of Duvel. Which is quite a compliment.

S: Sweet, malty, baked bread, Belgian yeast. Very nice.

T: Citrusy, with a malt backbone. Hints of apple, pineapple and caramel. Very tasty.

M: Carbonation is pretty good, but could be a bit better. Spicy finish is a pleasant surprise with each sip.

D: Catches up quick. The 9+ ABV is sneaky, since other than the spicy finish, you can forget how potent this is because it's so tasty and easy to drink. Definitely worth seeking out.

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4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a chalice:

A - Golden in color, slightly hazy with a decent head that dissipates quickly.

S - Nice bouquet of fruity scents and Belgian yeast strain.

T - Sweet with complex fruity tastes. Some honey and a decent alcohol kick for the finish.

M - Well carbonated, medium to light bodied.

D - Pleasant and smooth. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five+ finger cream head that fades very slowly, leaving a ton of lace. Nearly clear golden amber color. Serious carbonation and medium bodied. lemon yeast nose. Flavor is sweet, lemon, yeast and apple cider. Nice golden. High ABV is hidden. Brewed Mar 3, 2009. Pricey @ $11.99 for a 750ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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