St. Stefanus Blonde | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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St. Stefanus BlondeSt. Stefanus Blonde
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St. Stefanus BlondeSt. Stefanus Blonde

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 311 |  Reviews: 87
Reviews by JimTeal:
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic don't judge the beer by the label. This is an extremely cool label for an above average Belgian brew, but still it is "just" very good. The beer experience with this St Stefanus is way above average, tastes clean with just a touch of sweet. Nice finish, I didn't get any bitterness, but I did pick up some citrus tones. I recommend this brew to all who are working the Belgian blond beer experience. The color is classic clear but just a hint of haze (now figure that one out for yourself) so it's fun to see and enjoy. But not to be blinded by beer snobness, the label is so cool, it almost looks like one of the monks prepared this bottle just for me. My standard for Belgian aged blonds is very high indeed, so a 4.0 means enjoy this one for the beer, but save the label.

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More User Reviews:
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 JonnoWillsteed
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! :)

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jiffymon
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bread, fruit, biscuit on the nose. It pours brilliant gold with a slight copper tint under a lacy, 2” pillowy head. The initial palate offers an array of fruit – peach and tropical light fruits with some over ripeness. A light sweetness form the malt hinting at bubble gum balances an earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Mdeium full body ahnd medium carbonation.

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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 kwkdmk
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle of this "blonde ale" served in a Porter Bar goblet. Bottling date of 7-2012.

Clear copper-amber body with a fizzy head that has limited retention and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma (approaches 4) is notably malt dominant for style, but with fruit and spice notes.

The flavor is yeasty and fruity, like most blondes, and seems to be just marginally more malty/bready than average. It is also a bit less spicy than the average blonde.

Lively carbonation in a near medium body.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
cellar release 4/2012

A- This beer pours a thick 3/4 full glass of off-white head even with a very gentle pour. Eventually the clear orange body comes up with strands of racing microbubbles.

S- A mineral and club soda aroma has a nice full yeasty aroma with some fruity characteristics.

T- The dry slightly fruity yeast reminds me of Orval yeast with a nice soft green note in the finish and a dry banana ester coming through as the beer opens. There is a light white bread flavor underneath and some hints of more yeast character as it opens but it stays subtle even though it has some nice complexity.

M- The light mouthfeel has a more full tight fizz but no alcohol noticed. And there is a nice crisp texture in the finish.

O- This beer is very sessionable with a nice flavor and depth to the yeast profile with some soft support from the malt. I'm not sure aging it would help any, as the bottle suggest, but I could be wrong.

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Photo of tux_alin
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of azkkr
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of tastybeer
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light and glowing, slightly amber gold. Head is nicely bubbly and good in size. Holds a 1/4 inch once faded. Lace is straggely and blotchy.

S: Aroma is spicy, flowery, bright with lemon, and there's plenty of cookies plus crackers.

T: Spice at the front here also. Sweet sugar cookies with lemon, soft candy orange, cream, apples... A variety of well organized flavors.

M: Texture is pronounced syrup with tingly carbonation. This has a fullness to it but its very easy to drink.

O: Quite a lot of interesting and enjoyable things going on here. Score.

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Photo of boggles08
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cellar release May 2015, brewed February 2015, and consumed October 2015, therefore 8 months of maturity at time of consumption.

According to the explanation on the bottle, the profile at 8 months is expected to be approximately half way between fresh/fruity and complex/aromatic. I used a St Stefanus goblet.

I can confirm this is a great beer, which reminds me of Chimay Grand Reserve although St Stefanus has rice as one of the ingredients, which seems odd.

I paid £2 (US$3) for a 33cl bottle.

This is my first ever review. I hope it helps.

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Photo of Weavagra
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of hreb
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL cork-topped bottle of St. Stefanus Blonde, cellar release 8-2012. served in Chimay chalice glass. beer pours golden yellow with a medium white head, just shy of crystal clear, and big bubbles rising towards the surface. Aroma is bright and sweet, and very much like cider. Taste is mild and brings traditional Beligan Blonde flavors, but doesn't wow me. Hoppy bitterness complements yeasty earthiness. Pretty dry though, I don't get caramel flavors as much of a highly attenuated / low final gravity ale. In the back there are subtler flavors of clove and grass.

overall: Enjoyable, but there is nothing to keep me coming back to this particular BPA.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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