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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of bconsidine
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Scrapss
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber to a turbinator.

A: light gold/dark straw with a big rocky two finger head that dissipates to a thick disk with slight soapy lacing. hazy.

S: Aromatic fruits like mango, apricots and oranges. medicine. slight aromatic hydrocarbons. slight musty funk.

T: The taste definitely follows the nose. Slight bitter orange, very indistinct sour. Spicy yeasty bread.

M: creamy due to moderate carbonation. bitter melon/orange/apricot finish with sharp punch to smooth tailout. not very boozy for 7.0 % rating. Satisfying and slight lingering of bitter ultimate finish. Crisp finish.

O: very nice brew. I feel that complexity might be lacking, however it is very very drinkable. I would not turn this down if offered a quaff.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml into a chalice. Gentle pour builds a one inch creamy head, which fades to a soapy cap. No lacing. The beer is a mostly clear mid-amber. The nose shows sour apple and apricot, with a bit of mustiness. Apricot, green apple, white grape, and a little toffee feature, with some hop bitterness in the finish. Spritzy, light-medium mouthfeel. Nicely drinkable beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of REDAMI
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Medium amber, pours clear...until you swirl the bottle to get the yeast. Small, moderately laced, white head.

S - Sweet, malt, mango, almost tropical.

T - Hawaiian bread, hint of tropical fruit, mild spice, slight metallic notes, banana bread esters.

M - Sharp carbonation, slick sweetness. Pleasant finish.

A beautiful bottle entices you to pick it up. The beer inside is a nice golden ale; closer to a tripel than the hop forward BSPA it is called.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Teleweizen2
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle around $10 and bottled April 2012.

A- a good pop when I removed the cork, it pours a clear 24k gold, has a 2 finger head of foam, leaves some good lacing in the glass.

S- smells yeasty, somewhat spicy with some notes of pepper, light clove, more wheaty than anything.

T- lots of wheat and yeast up front, some pepper and again, light note of clove. Earthy malt overall and no real bitterness that I can taste.

M- medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Too much carbonation in my book for the style.

O- a decent brew, no more, no less. I'm not sure if it is worth the bucks.

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Photo of hreb
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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