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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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Havion383
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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

750 ml bottle. I think Erin bought it at World Market- somewhere. No date.

Appearance: Its a quite lovely, perfectly clear golden color with a big, fluffy white head. Excellent hea retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: Candy sweet with pear, apple, and peach notes. Spicy yeast-- clove and white pepper dominate. A little doughy. Some herbal, grassy hops too.

Taste: As the smell advertised, very yeasty, spicy and sweet/fruity. The prominent sweetness has some balance thanks to a bit of hot/bitter alcohol and a nice herbal/bitter hoppiness that was a little unexpected.

Mouthfeel: Soft and creamy, with a stickiness through the middle. It doesn't dry out quite enough, but thats minor.

Overall: A pretty solid tripel. There are better ones for the price, but this is worth drinking.

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Photo of jaymesbawned
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Big thanks to Eric for gifting me with a bottle of this quite some time ago. 750 corked and caged bottle poured into a couple of tulips. The brew appears a clear copper with 3 fingers of yellowish head. The composition is big and flufy with a constant stream of supporting bubbles. A wall of lace coats the glassware.

The smell is lightly earthy but with a suppoerting candy sweetness instead of malt. A solid spicy yeast inclusion brings out a scent of clove, coriander and it is mildly vinous with a hint of cork/old musty wood.

The taste is sweet like candy sugar just like the aroma indicates. However, the flavor blends from candy sweetness into a caramel/toasty maltiness as well. Spices from the yeast keep things lively in the mouth with hints of clove, earth qualities and pear skins.

This is a medium bodied brew that is big and bubbly with the carbonation but fitting for the styke. It is quite a warming brew that hides the alcohol well initially bu really gets warming through the experience. All around a solid brew that I enjoyed with some unique character.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BellsFan
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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 LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a murky medium orange amber with a huge white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and light fruit, with Belgian spicing. Sweet fruit and light malt start, with an almost metallic spicing. Finishes sweet with hints of fruit, caramel and honey. The somewhat astringent middle does not meld well with the other flavors. A well made ale with some nice flavor, but marred by the spicing.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours very clear, bright, orangey, yellow with a lot of foamy head and some serious lacing.

Smells super sweet and a wee bit spicy. A touch of cinnamon and clove offset a slight hippy bitterness.

Taste is very similar but the sweetness is much more dominant.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly prickly while very creamy and medium bodied.

Super drinkable. Almost dangerously so.

Overall a wonderful beer that goes down smooth and gives ya quite a kick.

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

Pours into a snifter.

A: Pours a very beautiful orange-y gold, with a nice fluffy head that fades away pretty quickly. Leaves behind some decent lacing as your drink. Very nice.

S: Not what I expected at all. To me, smells like green apple, coriander, other spices. Good yeast aroma. Very sweet.

T: Much like the aroma. Fruity, citrusy, and spicy. Definitely a good deal of what tastes like Belgian candi sugar. Overall, very bold spiciness, but smooth citrus notes as well. Tasty tasty tasty.

M: Pretty full body, good carbonation. Feels as big as this beer is.

O: Overall, pretty good. The beer kinda heats up the more you drink it, but the flavor is still very nice. Considering I got a bomber for $6.99, I am very satisfied. Worth checking out if you can and you like the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jktedder12
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay tulip glass. Burnt orange in color with a very foamy head, which dissipated fairly quickly, but still leaving a thin covering throughout the session. A fair amount of lacing remained as well. Smell of spices, cloves, nutmeg, with a slight hint of brandy. Strong taste of spices with some fruit. Alcohol also noticeable with a bitter aftertaste. Nice bold mouth feel, as a strong ale should. Overall, very enjoyable ale.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bit brighter orange than I expect from this style, but doesn't mean it's not a nice looking beer. Forms a huge off white head, and plenty of bubbling.

Fairly intense aroma. Very fruity, mainly citrus. I can also smell the yeast and malt, and a bit of pine, and floral notes.

Comes across as very spicy. There is fruit there, then a dose of peppery spice hits. Not detecting a whole lot else here.

A bit on the thin side for the style.

Overall just an ok beer. Lacks the complexity I expect from this style. It does go down nice and easy, but I feel there should be more depth of flavor. Worth a try, but there are better tripels out there.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this is a gift frombrandon722, thanks!

Poured from bottle to globe glass.

A - The beer pours a slightly cloudy yellow gold color with 1.5 fingers of a cream colored head. Decent retention with minimal lacing.

S - A fair aroma of clove, coriander, Belgian yeast and malty sweetness to pair the minimal floral hop character.

T - The beer starts off extremely sweet. It develops a little throughout but remains sweet. The middle brings a mild hop bitterness along with the yeast, clove, and coriander flavors on the nose. Ends with a bubble gum flavor.

M - Medium bodied, little carbonation. A little oily.

D - Hides the alcohol well, but not all-together that drinkable.

Overall, glad to have tried this beer as I am not sure I would have picked it out.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-01-2011 19:03:23

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Witches' Brew from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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