St. Stefanus Blonde
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

St. Stefanus BlondeSt. Stefanus Blonde
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #62
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #12,147
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 10.43%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
318
From:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  76
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by Spike:
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Spike from England

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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wizo from Canada

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Nov 16, 2013
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sporklift87 from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 28, 2015
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hops4life from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could be a blonde with some tripel aspirations. Very good look, aroma, and head. A little dry in the taste department. While not mind-bendingly good, it is an extremely good blonde. The packaging and price set up higher expectations, but if you put this in a Leffe bottle your jaw would drop. Very nice. Will keep an eye on this brewer and importer.

Jan 16, 2013
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Skaterdude97 from Canada

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 11, 2016
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Kahlerbock from Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

May 26, 2013
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kzoobeerguy from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 27, 2015
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Strix from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark-yellow with lots of tiny bubbles, huge lingering head.

Aroma of light fruit, mild bready yeast

Sweet grains punctuated by green apple, coriander, black pepper. Crisp, but not flavorful.

Delightful bubbly mouthfeel.

Certainly pleasant, but seemed to lose flavor the longer it sat. Didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Apr 07, 2013
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qrazvan from Romania

3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking it 6 months old (3 matured in factory, 3 in bottle afterwards). The taste is pretty complex, so I guess it is recommended to wait even more, as advertised on the bottle. It has an intense yeast taste.

Aug 16, 2015
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spointon from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Jun 23, 2013
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thatsmyspot from Italy

3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 20, 2016
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a Duvel glass. Like a few before me, I picked one up for $3.99 at Triangle Wine (and then went back for a couple more).

A - Golden and clear with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. A nice steady rise of bubbles from the center of the glass. Great lacing! Very inviting.

S - Spicy and fruity with subtle notes of black pepper, lemon, orange and peach.

T - Crisp and dry with a nice fruity / spicy balance and the slightest hint of sweetness in the finish.

M - A moderate consistency but feels light due to the high carbonation.

O - A solid beer and a steal at $3.99/750ml.

Jul 05, 2013
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risenz from England

4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 05, 2015
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CPAles from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 24, 2015
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Ottoj55 from Wisconsin

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice golden yellow color with white foam. Smells like pilsner malt, Belgian yeast character. Nice Belgian ale flavor, not aggressive, very similar to an Abbey Ale. Mouthfeel seems a bit dry and light with a crisp finish. Overall a good beer brewed in the vein of Trappist strong ales and trippels.

Mar 29, 2016
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bottle does not make a beer, but this is a pretty wicked bottle... Dated 4-2012...

A - An audibly fizzy active pour that yields three plus fingers worth of airy crisp off-white colored head comprised of huge chunky bubbles... Decent retention gives way to a fluffy delectable frothy lacing and moderate to thick collar... A light to moderate bit of carbonation which is a mix of sluggish and rapid... There is a slight haziness that lingers in this pale gold colored offering... A slight bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Golden raisins... Pear... Apple... A kiss of honey... Some candied sugar notes... Very light Belgian yeastiness... Apricots... Perhaps even some light peachy notes... Well rounded and quite complex... A very nice aroma... Each whiff reveals a new dimension...

T - A mix of over ripened sweet fruits... Apple... Pears... Banana... White grapes... Golden Raisins... Apricot... Peaches... Tangerine... There is also some very subtle Belgian yeast component mixed with a slight spiciness... Some rich doughy undertones... A very light bitter astringency on the finish that lingers for a bit...

M - Medium bodied sturdy... Perfect level of slightly prickly carbonation... A bit sticky... Sleek... Smooth... Sophisticated and refined... Goes down easily sip after sip...

D - A very nice Belgian Strong Pale Ale... I would gladly revisit and can recommend without hesitation... I only wish this one were a bit more widely available... Lots of character and depth in every facets... Truly enjoyable...

Apr 30, 2013
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OlaB from Norway

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear orange color, gives of a medium top of head that disolves rather quickly, Lacings on the glas is decent

S: Caramel ,apples ,grapefruit,banana,yeast and cinnamon, very fresh and fruity smell

T&F: fruits, toast, malt sweetness , hop bitterness in the finishing,,i think the flavour was very good balanced, very fruity taste on it. much of the aroma is also to find in the flavour..Not to sweet and not to bitter highly carbonated, very drinkable.

O: I was suprised over how fresh and enjoyable this beer was . I sure would trie this one again. Very good taste and flavours on this beer. I would like seek out more beers fro brouwerij Van Steenberge

Apr 01, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Jul 10, 2015
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boggles08 from England

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Oct 21, 2015
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memphischas from Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Oct 01, 2014
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Shanex from France

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast, soft spicy phenols, caramel and candi notes.
More doughy notes as flavours along with caramel and more candi sugar characters. A little cloying.
Carbonation seems a tad excessive.

Jan 30, 2014
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DrAnnaNemis from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 16, 2016
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dgilks from Australia

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden colour with a small fluffy white head. Good head retention.

Slightly aromatic. Clove and touches of coriander. Mild citrus and banana. Malt is evident but not overpowering.

Interesting balance of yeast character and bitterness. Good banana and clove notes. Coriander. The bitterness finishes well.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Okay.

A solid beer but it does not live up to my expectations. Good flavour but it doesn't shine in any particular way.

Dec 08, 2013
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Macamah from England

2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Aug 21, 2016
St. Stefanus Blonde from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 318 ratings