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%
 
 
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12
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67
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Photo of Fatehunter
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 Zazzi82
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wedge
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellar Release: 4 - 2012

Picked this 750 up on a whim for the low, low price of $3.99.

Clear gold, a nice, richly creamy head rests atop. Spicy yeast, apple, pale cookie-like malts, honey, clove, lemon, perfume-y floral notes, and light dried banana. Sweet malt, juicy apple, plenty of yeast, slight coriander, ripe banana...spicy and crisp. Dry, medium body, with some creaminess.

A lot better than expected. Honestly, I had never heard of this particular Van Steenberge beer, but I needed to meet the minimum for using a credit card at a local convenience store and this caught my eye. Glad I did...really decent stuff, especially considering what I got it for. I'd like to try a slightly younger bottle for comparison.

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Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a tulip glass. Aroma- A really nice yeast and fruit aroma. Appearance- Pours a murky amber with a large (but brief) white head. Taste- A great blend of malt, yeast and fruit Palate- Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- A really enjoyable and well crafted Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of matjack85
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Shiroz On The Lake Restaurant in Bloomingdale, IL. It is part of the Hilton's Indian Lakes Resort complex. It was the only beer on their unimpressive beer list that I hadn't had before so I decided to try it. A bit pricey at $8.50 for a 12oz squatty brown bottle, but this is after all, a Hilton. I was impressed with the hand written bottled on date and signature on the front label, but the bottled on date concerned me a bit. It said the beer was released in April of 2012 and it is now August of 2015, so I hope this is one of those beers that gets better with age and not one that's been sitting in their cellar because they don't sell that many.

The beer poured a hazy gold color with a 1-finger white head. The head dissipated in about 45 seconds but it did leave some decent lacing.

The beer had a strong Belgian yeast smell to it followed by some sweet malts and tropical fruit.

The flavor starts out with some sweet malt followed by a variety of fruits - banana, orange, tangerine, pear, and apple. The next layer has Belgian yeast in it along with some spices. My best guess is clove and coriander. The alcohol is also well hidden for a 7.0% abv beer.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, which makes it crisp and refreshing.

This is a well made Belgian ale. My only question is why does it say BLONDE on the label? This isn't a blonde ale at all.

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Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian
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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Photo of Cylinsier
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz, dated April 2012, tasted today.

Pours a slightly hazy orange-lemon gold, half inch coarse white head retains as a film.

Smells of lemon, orange zest, light grassy herbal notes, coriander, bretty yeast and candi sugar.

Tastes mildly citrusy with elements of lemongrass, candi sugar, bananas, coriander and orange peel. Some slighty grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Full body with bubbly carbonation on the roof of the mouth and going down.

A really tasty, well-balance strong Belgian ale, lovely aroma and flavor profiles, good body, and highly drinkable. A definite winner.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières d'Ailleurs, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden color, with white foam head.
Smell : fruity and malty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and spicy flavors, moderate bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the style Belgian Ale.

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Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of shehateme
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Hallertau
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of InfernoBoss
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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