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:
299
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
67
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of TaffusMaximus
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of Macamah
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pleasewearpants
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ahh St. Stefanus. The patron saint of graphic design right? Aroma is green apple, vegetal, cooked corn. Mild notes of yeast and bread. Flavor is typical. Bit of sweetness followed by an unpleasant bitter finish. Cant help but think this is a purely boardroom driven beer. Nice labels bad beer.

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
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 WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the matching goblet; standard orange hue with a 1 finger white head...excellent retention, lasting forever really with nice lacing.

Nose; pretty muted but notes honey, grains, and a touch of floral hops come through.

Taste; soft sweetness upfront (caramel and honey), some corriander, and mild floral/citrus hop presence in the finish. Honestly, that's about it for the taste. Pretty one dimensional, yet it is well balanced and quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel; soft and delicate with a mild carbonation.

Overall; well balanced and tasty but lacking real character separating from the rest in the style...

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3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 8/2012. Opened 8/2013
Poured a finger of foamy head on a almost clear, medium straw colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is mild overall. Slight dry grain and fruit smell.
The taste has a mild bitterness and a touch of apple with some fizzy texture. No real depth.
The carbonation is moderate with a crisp body.
A bit of a disappointment. A nice fizzy drink but no real flavor to aroma.

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Photo of parintele
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Betajeff
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of davey101
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cellar release 4-2012. Stubby 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Interesting "Ed Hardy" styled bottle cap.

A - Golden amber body. Fluffy one finger off white head. Great lacing.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, banana, lemons, grass and hay, a touch of alcohol.

T - Not very BSPA like actually. I'm getting a lot of bready malts with just a touch of spicy yeast, lemons, and skunkiness. Finishes dry with a lingering hop presence and sweetness. Mouth feel is medium bodied with some lively carbonation.

O - Below average BSPA. The taste is somewhat skunky and hoppy and lacking that great Belgian spice and ester magic that makes up a great BSPA. Worth a try but not worth a revisit.

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3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with champaign like carbonation - tiny bubbles floating to the top. Nearly solid lacing down the glass.

Strong banana bread aroma from the pour.

Banana and clove present in the taste, along with a sweet malt backbone. Slightly tart aftertaste.

All those tiny bubbles are noticeable, but it's not overly tingly. Light feel without being watery.

The bottling date is 9-12 and the label highlights the change in flavor as it ages. I tried a bottle (with a 9-12 date) about a year ago and recall being more impressed than I am today. I've seen the same untouched stack of four packs at a local market for months and finally decided to try it again. At $15.95 per four pack, I think I'll let that stack stay untouched a while longer. Not bad but not good enough at that price.

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3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - pours a slightly hazy marigold. Two fingers of tightly packed white foam with great retention. Settles at under a fingers worth. Leaves chunks of thick lacing on the glass.

S - classic belgian golden ale aroma. The yeast character is highly intense. Bubblegum and granulated sugar are abundant while notes of apples, pears and white grapes fight for attention. Notes of white pepper in the backround.

T - flavors are bit muted up front. Some slight bready notes not much else. Fruity and peppery notes enter mid palate. Mostly white grapes and apples. Finish is soft yet peppery.

M - medium bodied. Texture is slightly watery. High carbonation.

O - great look and nose but this ale comes up short in taste. Despite having the classic belgian pale ale aroma, the flavors just aren't there.

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St. Stefanus from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.87 out of 5 based on 299 ratings.
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