St. Stefanus | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Fux on 03-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,450
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
305
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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13
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72
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Photo of jazzyjeff13
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.

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Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lzevy
3.29/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joflondon
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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
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!

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Photo of saboliver
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.

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Photo of Shanex
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!

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Photo of Treefig33
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of knightgb
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shu_420
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davegray
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrDell
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Macamah
2.55/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of s4s
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thatsmyspot
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prisdefer
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skaterdude97
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DerekCarruth
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ant777uk
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Wow, it's signed on the bottle in ink, for when it came out of the cave.

This is definitely not Fosters.

Anno 1295

Perfect look, perfect head, not too bubbly.

Aroma, not that fruity, though very musky. Berries are prevelant, subtely.

Feel is a bit too frothy, though it was the first sip.

2nd sip also too frothy.

The taste unfortunately is not like a good Belgian beer. It's quite weak. A bit of a let down.

Lots of potential, the look and aroma and bottle are all great. Though not much taste. Mildly citrussy, too fizzy, not enough bitterness or sweetness. It is uninspiring and forgettable.

They obviously put lots of effort in, so I feel sad that it's not better, though I must be honest. many people will be affected by it's image and the fact that it is Belgian, and by it's look. Though it's not as good as it could be

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 305 ratings