St. Stefanus Blonde
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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From:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #67
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,171
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 10.46%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
234
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 08, 2022
Added:
Mar 08, 2012
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  77
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
330 ml stubby bottle, bought at Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is now 7% - seems to vary quite a bit. Pale yellow colour, slightly hazy, huge and white head lasts "forever". Fairly nice aroma of spices and Belgian ale yeast. The flavour is mildly spicy with moderate notes of white candi sugar, not too sweet, quite nice. Moderate hops. Light bodied for its strength, alcohol is well hidden, pleasant to drink.
Jul 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured at just under fridge temp. Pours an opaque orange with white orange. The nose is orange, wheat, apricot, candy, and grapes. The taste is fantastic. Sweet, but not too sweet. Toffee, wheat, orange, leather, apricot, and green grapes. Lovely and easy to drink. Mouthfeel is fairly light. Alcohol not detectable. Overall, a wonderful beer.
Jul 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by Popponesset from New York

May 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2022
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Rated by MattBarnhouse from California

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Love this beer. Strong Ale that has a somewhat sweet taste. I'm trying to hunt down more.
Aug 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by bad_poetry from England

Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by rale from France

Mar 08, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Can't remember who brought the big bottle of this out. Cellar release 7-2012.

Pours a dark golden color, 3/5" white head resulting in an attractive looking beer. Aroma was hot alcohol and cereal grain. Getcha one of those gasoline fueled breakfast cereals like this one.

Taste was bitter hot. Not hoppy, but bitter, boozy. Yeast of an obvious belgian source, but seems to amp the abv sensation in the mouth feel to around 24%. Reminds me of a tripel but for the banana note. Some green apple soaked in gasoline notes. I tend to find Gulden Draak and Piraat pretty hot stuff too.

Take my review with a grain of salt, this was just too pungent of a yeast for me. But give me a pungent ass lager yeast and I'm usually all good. For whatever reason, this just tasted hot all the way down.
Sep 01, 2020
 
Rated: 3.35 by dubadw from Switzerland

Jul 20, 2020
 
Rated: 3.97 by Eltrandos from France

Jul 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by OrdinaryManDrinks from England

Jul 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Richard-Appleyard

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Lovely strong pale ale (blonde) weighing in a 7%. Deep golden color, dry on the palate (not as sweet as other strong ales.) Slightly bitter after taste. Refreshing with a full body.
Dec 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by Jbk81 from Massachusetts

Dec 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by marcrech from Brazil

Jul 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I am always thrilled to find a new ale from the Belgian brewer for whom I have the most BA ratings.
I am particularly thrilled to find St. Stefanus because this Blonde is particularly well-crafted.
Looks totally inviting, clear and fluffy. Smells pretty good with the Belgian yeast really working up the tree fruit. Tastes follow and is balanced expertly. Here and there I get too much dryness from the hops, but the fruit comes back in.

Having had 19 beers from Van Steenberge (and many, many, many repeats of my favorites), I thought it was time to do some research. Their website is excellent, but not too informative. So I Googled them and came up with this excellent article that I share with you now. Cheers !
https://belgium.beertourism.com/belgian-breweries/brouwerij-van-steenberge
May 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Spike from England

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330ml grenade-style bottle.
L: Clear, golden, some carbonation, one-finger of white, creamy, long-lasting head.
S: Rich, spicy, yeasty aroma. Alcohol is completely hidden.
T: Abundant glorious, lemony, Belgian yeast. Alcohol not obvious.
F: Foaming, sharp, dry, mouthfeel. Puckeringly lovely.
O: Excellent Belgian abbey beer (from SABMiller).
Nov 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.89 by matthieu_xyz from France

Sep 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by TinFang from California

Aug 12, 2018
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
L. Pours almost perfectly clear, just the tiniest hint of haze. 1Cm white head.
S. Mmm, nice, meaty, leathery fragrance.
T. Fresh, zesty, into a meaty middle, and a clean and hoppy-on-the-tongue end. Very nice path of flavours from start to finish.
F. I wouldn't have guessed it's 7%, maybe 5.8%, that subtlety is probably a good thing as a naked 7% can be a blunt weapon. The balance is so good this could easily be drunk as a refreshing beer on a hot day.
O. Bought from Waitrose London. 330ml bottle. BB 05/04/20. This is very nice, certainly the best beer I've had this evening vs the others which have all been OTT hop-bombs. This is a very mellow way to wind down at the end of an evening. If you're trying it too, then cheers/skol! :)
Aug 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Aug 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Jun 27, 2018
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. "St. Stefanus Blonde"
33 cl brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE: 0418 05/04/20" and sampled on 22 Jun 2018
2,78€ @ Monop', 5 Place de Dublin, Paris, FR

Notes via stream of consciousness: I had a feeling based on the shape of the bottle that this was a Van Steenberge beer. Let's hope it's one of their better ones. It looks good in the glass. It's slightly hazy, deep golden, and displays plenty of tiny bubbles racing towards the surface. The head has been quite good so far, and I've still got a half inch of creamy bright white foam waiting for me. In the nose it's got some sweet malt, clove, and light spice. Let's see how the flavor compares... pretty much spot on. I'm getting some fruit, soft dark raisin, some apple, and maybe a light hint of banana. The malt is sweetish but not "sweet" and it's nicely balanced by a stiff bitterness. The spiciness is much stronger than I thought it would be based on the aroma, and it has a black pepper characteristic to it. That hits you strongest in the finish where it's quite dry with some residual bitterness and perhaps a flicker of alcohol. It's medium in body and effervescently crisp but without too much carbonic bite. Looking back the head is still almost a solid surface covering, there are some cracks, and the lacing is thick and covers most of the glass in large patches. Overall it's a good, strong, blonde Abbey-style ale at a good price. It could be a little more complex but it's certainly not boring. Nicely done.
Review# 6,082
Jun 22, 2018
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Reviewed by jazzyjeff13 from England

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2018. Release date of Jan 2017. Purchased a while back from Waitrose. Described on the label as a blonde abbey beer fermented with three yeast strains and refermented in the bottle. Named after Sint Stefanus, an Augustinian order from Ghent.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich orange-amber hue with some floating sediment and great carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast with hints of yeast esters, banana, clove, mild bubblegum, subtle spice, earthiness, sweet malt and faint leafiness. A twinge of marzipan and booze hover in the background. Very nice.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast esters with notes of banana, bubblegum, clove, spice, earthiness, sweet malt, faint grain and mild leafiness. A hint of alcohol in the background. Somewhat sweet, followed by a delicate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body. Creamy and pleasantly textured. Aftertaste of fruity yeast, esters, banana, clove, spice, earthiness, mild leafiness and sweet malt.

O: This is really good, a complex Belgian beer that satisfies the senses. Looks fantastic, while the aroma and flavour are replete with fruity yeast, spice, sweet malt and earthiness. Lovely body. Goes down a treat - well worth sampling.
May 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.59 by BelgianBeerChef from Romania

Mar 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.29 by lzevy from Romania

Mar 14, 2018
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Reviewed by joflondon from England

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from glass bottle into standard pint glass from fridge.

Orange but clear in colour, a few bubbles that died away quickly, one finger of frothy head.

Smells very Belgian, malty with a hint of spice and citrus.

Slightly underwhelming. Definitely malt, and grapefruit, but not too much else. Feels like it is trying to be both sweet and bitter at the same time... maybe deliberate of the brewer?

Level of carbonation is just right, and quite a nice aftertaste.

I do like this beer, would drink again. Just not quite as flavoursome as I was expecting. Toes quite a delicate balance between sweet and bitter but not sure if this is what it’s meant to do or not.

I drank with a spicy peanut curry dish.
Mar 09, 2018
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Reviewed by The_Bujon from Ireland

4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a Westmalle Chalice, nearest thing I could find.

Looks impressive on first settle, lovely semi hazy body with creamy head, which does stick around for a few slugs.

Aroma is actually quite alcoholic despite it not being overly strong. A touch of malt.

Taste is similar, malt is the overwhelming element, mixed with a bit of spiced fruit.

Feel is a little disappointing, too much effervescence and artificial sweetness leaves a dry tart tongue.

Overall, another very good that could have been excetional. Another Belgian which is borderline awesome, think I may be getting a little picky in my quest for the best!

That said still a million miles better than most craft beers available......think of tit this way, if a craft hoppy IPA get 4/5, then this would be 5!
Oct 04, 2017
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Reviewed by saboliver from England

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
First review:
Cellar release, June 2017. Opened in September (3 months). Amber/warm gold with a fairly dense head of medium depth. Fruity, malty notes. Sweet, full-bodied taste, with practically no bitterness and rich tangerine overtones alongside biscuity malt and perhaps toast. Relatively low carbonation for the style, making it ideal for my taste, though still a little too much 'froth'.

Second review (blind to the first):
Cellar release, August 2017. Opened in February (6 months). Orange-gold. Modest head with relatively dense bubbles. Somewhat fruity, classically Belgian with clear yeasty notes. Sweet and generally fruity flavour with a citrus element, a touch of molasses practically no bitterness. Very tasty. Thin but slightly smoky aftertaste, reminiscent of kippers (without the fishy element!) Moderate carbonation with a smooth mouth feel.
Sep 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Shanex from France

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I purchased the 33cl bottle in my local mall here in northern France do.

Poured into a St Feuillien chalice, pouring a massive head fading faster than Duvel and the likes.

Smells like Belgian yeast, some fruity notes, well balanced.

Overall this is a great beer that I'd purchase again since it's fairly available for us lucky to live south of Belgium, cheers!
Jul 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.77 by Treefig33 from England

May 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.64 by knightgb from England

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by mishi_d from Romania

Apr 22, 2017
 
Rated: 3.33 by shu_420 from Romania

Mar 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.9 by BrewNoob1 from Minnesota

Jan 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Foley67 from Scotland

Jan 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.08 by davegray from California

Nov 08, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by MrDell from Switzerland

Oct 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by DrAnnaNemis from Illinois

Sep 16, 2016
 
Rated: 2.55 by Macamah from England

Aug 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Jul 26, 2016
St. Stefanus Blonde from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 326 ratings