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
Ratings:
298
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
67
For Trade:
2
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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Photo of Ryan_Vogel
4.98/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of the best belgian blondes I have had. 750ml released in 06.2012. guy at store had marked it for 6.99.... oops!

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4.88/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer came in a beautiful corked bottle (1 pint, 9.4 fl oz) dated 7-2012 cellar release and I am drinking it on 1/19/13. I bought two bottles. One to try now and another to try in 18 months as the bottle suggests the beer ages well and will turn from a straw gold that is fresh and fruity in flavor to a black ale that is complex and aromatic.

A- honey, spicy, earthy, fennel, slightly sweet, esters

A- Let out a crisp loud noise followed by a chimney of carbonation coming out the nose. The beer poured a medium golden color that is slightly clear followed by a large, white head with good retention at 6-7 months old and cellared in the dark at 55 degrees for about a month.

T- a nice sweetness like sucking on a honey suckle, malt presence, very low hop bitterness

M- medium body and strength, very dry and lasting finish

Overall: I really enjoy this beer and it gets better and more complex with each taste. A moderate strength Belgian Blonde with the subtle Belgian complexity that I love in Belgian strong ales. A slightly sweet flavor with a lingering dry finish. One of my new favorites, although I am bias given that Belgian strong Trappist and Abbey ales are without a doubt my favorite styles of beer. emp

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4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from an 11.2 fl oz bottle
Cellar Release: 4-2012
Served in a goblet
Thanks to Neil and Joyce for this thoughtful gift.

Pretty slick bottle graphics. It appears that the monks got their hands on the latest version of Photoshop. The beer maturation chart on the label may seem a bit kitschy, but for newbies this info might actually be helpful.

As for the beer, it poured a hazy amber color. A super bubbly and fluffy, one-finger tall, off-white crown topped the liquid. Patchy streaks of lacing coated the glass. The head faded to a lasting cap of froth.

The aroma was really interesting. Super wine-y and rather sweet. This reminded me a lot of a riesling. Muscat grape notes came through strong. Slightly musty. Lots of fruity esters and strong Belgian yeast notes. Spicy and phenolic. Somewhat smoky. A touch of citrus appeared as well.

The flavor profile was stellar. It was similar to the nose in many regards, but perhaps slightly more punchy and complex. Again, the white wine qualities were quite evident. Rich and complex with a stiff, pale malt base. There was a strong Belgian yeast presence. Super phenolic and spicy with clove and coriander notes dominating. Hint of citrus. Touch of smoke as well. A bit of alcohol warmth came through on the crisp, peppery, off-dry finish. Overall, really interesting and dangerously quaffable.

The mouthfeel was simply flawless. Super fluffy and plush on the palate with a fine yet intense carbonation. While the beer was highly effervescent, the liquid quickly settled on the palate and became amazingly creamy and smooth.

I never heard of this beer until I received it as a gift from my girlfriend's parents, and I am very thankful that they picked this up for me. St. Stefanus ranks up there with some of the most interesting and complex Belgian beers I have ever tried. While I could have opted for the "fresh & fruity" flavors of a younger bottle, I am grateful that I carried this out the full 18 months to get something that was truly "complex & aromatic." Sure, you too can laugh at some of the marketing gimmicks on the bottle but, in the end, this beer is no joke.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am liking this beer. It is what I want from a Belgian blond.

It is golden yellow, translucent, initially with a 3/4 inch foamy head that recedes to a persistent 1/4 inch head. The beer has a delicate aroma that reminds me of pear, perhaps tend a little toward apple, with a slight amount of hazelnut hiding in the background. The flavor has a cereal graininess that stops short of being sweet, and the hazelnut of the aroma is elevated just when the beer is swallowed. There is also a very slight clovey spiciness from the yeasts phenol contriibution. In the mouth the beer is prickly and light-bodied. It is not filling, but at 7% ABV, I suspect it is less drinkable then I think it is.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 8-2012 Can't read the brewmaster signature to well...Versele?

Poured a classic Belgian rocky pillowy head with massive carbonation.

Nose of tree fruit and bready yeast. Quite nice.

Taste was great...crisp and clean with similar notes from the aroma. Very enjoyable. Not as boozy as others which was nice.

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4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.87 out of 5 based on 298 ratings.
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