St. Stefanus | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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3.92/5
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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:
#8,473
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
305
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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13
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72
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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4/5  rDev +2%

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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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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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

Golden color with white head. Aroma has a yeasty banana note and some brown sugar. Taste has also yeast notes like bubblegum, overripe fruits and some sugar sweetness. Body is medium with high carbonation. Overall it's a well made Belgian ale but nothing really special.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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