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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Photo of mrfrancis
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of scruffwhor
2.62/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a light hazed, golden cantaloupe and hay color. Thick head, but dissipates in only a few seconds. No foam or film o' foam and only a single column of bubbles rising to the top. The aroma is of sweet spring fruits, then freshly toasted malts, a little sweet bread, and some odd metallic scents. The taste starts fruity and malty sweet. Then the alcohol quickly takes a turn to the metallic and bloody. From the middle to the back of my palate, all I get is metal and blood. Then it softens up a little to a more cand sugar sweet white bread. Still not what I was expecting. This Witches' Brew certainly didn't put a spell on me.

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Photo of crossovert
2.74/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml corked and caged bottle.

IT pours awful for a Tripel, the head is reminiscent of an adjunct lager's and it is super carbonated looking.

It smells of citrus, pears, an raisins. It has a subtle tanginess to it and some metallic notes.

The flavor is tangy with some lemon tartness, honey, caramel, apple cidre, and pear/apple skins.

It feels a bit boozy and metallic.

Stay away from this tripel.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

10/18/08- Purchased at the Garlic Shoppe in Gilroy, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into a champagne style glass.

Appearance- Oily looking golden pour. Champagne-looking bubbles, fairly effervescent. Smaller 1/4 inch head and watery light lace spotting.

Smell- Smells very grainy with alcohol, confectioniers sugar and a bit of corriander.

Taste- Is there a category for a Belgian style Malt Liquor? That's what this reminds me of. Very grainy and malty in flavor with a strong alcohol taste, not really strong in feeling, just flavor. A good amount of powdered sugar with not much in the spice area. Reminds me of Westmalle Tripel, but with a malt liquor kick.

Mouthfeel- Higher sharp carbonation level, alcohol aftertaste and fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Did I get an off bottle? Seems everyone else likes this. I didn't care for it at all. I almost dumped it...but being on vacation, it was the only beer I had.

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Photo of mithrascruor
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy golden-copper color, maybe a bit of orange hints. Light off-white head turns into a film.

Smell: A bit of yeast and fruit, but really light.

Taste: Flavor is malted grains, a bit of yeast and apple, and some spicy hops at the finish. Something about the grains (including in the aftertaste) makes me think of corn, and that's not too cool.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied, very light carbonation, but pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Totally drinkable (seems less than 9.3% ABV), but doesn't inspire me to have another.

Totally mediocre Tripel. Something about the taste makes me wonder if it isn't brewed in Central America. I'd go for something different any other day...

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Photo of farrago
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very aggressive foaming in the glass upon the pour, could go head-to-head with Scrubbing Bubbles, light cream in color with micro bubbles and milder lacing. Very hazy golden color with orange streaks to darken it, bubble beads easily visible within. Banana, sour mandarin orange, green apple, pear, clove and violets produce a serene, balanced nose, that said, light enough that some alcoholic fumes rise up. Light-bodied, here the froth actually makes it feel lighter and more whipped up than broader. Sour edge to the mandarin orange, white grapefruit citrus, makes the apple, pineapple, pear fruit more tart as well. And lessens the banana aspect. The clove, coriander comes through well. Both the texture and flavors are grainy, slight roughness all about. The foam outlasts the flavor depth through the finish. Requires stronger focus.

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Photo of impending
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent clean copper penny, dense cream colored head subsides slowly, very nice lacing.

Aroma lacks, simply ok, sweetness & phenols. Doesn't inspire leisure sniffing, generic.

Taste mirrors the nose, sweetness & phenolic notes. Zero bitter zero dry, just a phenolic kick trying to substitute. Hint of zinc in the aftertaste. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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 J_Dub
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Heathbrook
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of BeerMe42
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Havion383
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 750ml bottle into goblet. Large white head atop hazy apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, bubblegum, yeast, clove, some turpentine. Taste is moderately sweet, alcohol, yeast, some orange, alcohol astringency. Medium body, some effervescence. Reminds me of a Belgium Tripel, definitely not belong to the autumn category.

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Photo of TerryW
3.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great, after that it's rather run-of-the-mill.

Monster big fluffy head that lives forever. Big and chunky pretty much all the way down. Clear golden orange colour.

Nose is fairly sweet and fruity. Has a touch of the Belgian about it. Also sweet and malty to taste. Noticeable alcohol and yeast, a touch of spice.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottled poured into a tulip

A:Poured a hazy amberish color, almost resembling apple juice. Came with about two fingers worth of creamy white head and pretty good lacing all the way down to the last sip.

S:Lots of light fruits coming off the beer: Pear and apple are the most prominent. Has a spice kick to it as well along with a very developed sweetness. Belgian yeast a big factor as well as some pilsner malt.

T:From the get go it was pretty sweet on the palate. Light fruits again are dominating the beer paired with some spices. Has caramel and honey qualities to it as well.

M:Very well carbonated medium bodied beer. Alcohol has a presences but not problematic.

D:Well being my first Tripel i have ever had, i really don't have anything to compare it with so i am going to set it at average. For the beer in and of its self, i find average drinkability to be right were it sits as well. Really really sweet beer that could become a problem.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 1 pint 9.4 oz. corked bottle into the Duvel Tulip.

A - Nice deep golden color with a monstrous head that stayed about 1/2 inch the whole time in the glass. Nice lacing.

S - Subtle sweet smell with just a sniff of something spicy.

T - A good creamy flavor with just a taste of back of the throat alcohol. Not overwhelming.

M - Medium body with a clean finish.

D - Its a decent tripel for sure. I wouldnt have more then one on any given night.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of bylerteck
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of adam5454
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Murrhey
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large 750ml bottle into a wine glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger cloudy white head that recedes rather quickly to a 1.5 inch head with peaks and nice lacing. Relatively large bubbles, and torrents of carbonation. Cloudy straw color with nice density. Appealing.

S- Bubblegum and banana, cream, yeast and light fruits. Alcohol is present on the very edge of the aroma but is not heavy.

T- The alcohol comes into much heavier play here. The light fruits and bitter backbone of yeast are here in full force as well. Pineapple? Sweet but finishes bitter.

M- Medium viscosity, wet and full at first, dry finish. Semi-vinous feel.

O- I had higher hopes, although admittedly I am not a huge fan of Tripels.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Lukas Liquors because it was on sale for $3.99. No other reason. Poured a light to medium golden color with a huge, creamy three finger white head (which quickly settles into a few random spots on the surface). Aromas of juicy pear, green apple skins and a little yeast. Light bodied and creamy, a little tartness, green apples, pear, warming finish.

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Photo of zachary80
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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 billybrew21
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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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