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%
 
 
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12
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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jroof1
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdFed
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spike
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 33cl grenade-style bottle. 3 months after cellar release date so beer is still young and should be fresh & fruity.

Look: Gold, slight haze. Three-finger, white head lasts a few minutes. Plentiful carbonation visible.

Smell: Fresh and yeasty. Sharp, spicy, lemony tang.

Taste: Lemon, yeast. Slightly sour (in a good way). Fruity and refreshing.

Feel: Medium/light body with high carbonation. Some stickiness. Dry finish.

Overall: Fresh & fruity as expected. Soft, then sharp. Enjoyable, refreshing high ABV, Belgian pale ale.

NB. This beer can be cellared for up to 2 years. The sample I drank was young. Would like to try one that has matured for 18 months to see how it has developed.

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

Photo of tux_alin
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimWakimika
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 risenz
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of boggles08
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of Beernoobie
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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 qrazvan
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been drinking it 6 months old (3 matured in factory, 3 in bottle afterwards). The taste is pretty complex, so I guess it is recommended to wait even more, as advertised on the bottle. It has an intense yeast taste.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

fun beer this one here, dont see it around very often at all, but i think its a very nice belgian pale to golden ale with a lot working in its favor. surprisingly clear for how aggressively the bottle gushed out when i pulled the cork. almost lost an eye. after i mopped up the floor, i poured a few ounces into a globe and watched the off white bubbles rise and spill over the rim. super super active, maybe a little dated, i dont know. it smells nice though, like a sprite or some other lemon lime soda, i get that citric thing, and plenty of generic white sugar sweetness. hints of banana and pink bubblegum to the yeast, coriander maybe too, even a note of rye spice towards the back. its not so complex, but it does have quite a bit going on. a ton of grain and sugar weight though, and as much as i like the feel and yeast complexion, its too sweet to fit the bill. more hops wouldnt help it, although its not hoppy in the least, i think it needs more time with this yeast to ferment down about 10% farther than it has. still, a more than approachable belgian style for those not used to beers like this, and the sweetness isnt offensive because the yeast lingers long too, especially for a clear beer. better than expected. eagerly looking forward to the grand cru in the fridge...

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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 doktorhops
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

St. Stefanus Blonde, from the same brewery (Brouwerij Van Steenberge) that brought us the mighty Gulden Draak and Piraat, this is going to be a good drop have no doubt. Also a steal from DM’s at $50 for 6 x 750ml corked’n caged bottles, which works out to be 8.3333333333... (ad infinitum) dollars. When you’re getting a $12 750ml bottle of 3 Monts and thinking that is cheap $8.33 is a real find, besides I do love a Belgian Strong Pale Ale (just look at my Beeradvocate.com top 10) so I was eager to wrap my gob around this one.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy amber body with a billowy 3 cm off-white head that soon disintegrates leaving a thin lace covering. I have a bias towards cloudy beers which plays somewhat into my score, take a couple points off if you like a clear beer. 8/10.

S: Pear and apple esters upfront and all over your face, bam! Bready overtones balance this out with hints of cracked pepper and clove adding a touch of spice as well. Overall St. Stefanus has a pleasant aroma leaning more towards sweeter characters, looking forward to the next category. 8/10.

T: Fruity with pear and scrumpy red apple cider notes which lead into the aforementioned bread yeast and a cracked pepper/clove flourish towards the end, which is an even crisp and dry, almost vinous (white wine) tannin-like finish. As it warms some metallic notes become ever-present and distract a little from this delightful brew, too bad St. Stefanus. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, could benefit from more heft, with a tack sharp carbonation. 6/10.

D: If you’re going to compare this to the awe-inspiring Duvel or La Chouffe it will (of course) fall short of greatness. Nonetheless this is a great buy at the price, I would easily spend $10 a 750ml bottle on a brew of this calibre, so don’t mistake St. Stefanus for an average Belgian Strong Pale Ale because it is a decent brew, unfortunately it resides in the style pantheon of the greatest brews. Interestingly I noticed “rice” listed as an ingredient in this beer, anno 1295, European brew? Something is amiss here - I don’t recall hearing about European beers having rice in them back in 1295... or hops even... or anything other than Gruit* in those days. 8/10.

Food match: Cheese platter, obviously, and that old catch-all: Brasserie food.

*Google is your friend.

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

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of sporklift87
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sempifi99
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JeffSK
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3 of the 8 bottles I bought exploded as soon as I opened them, cold. The others were so over carbonated that they needed to be set aside for 15 minutes before I could drink them. Once it was at a drinkable level though they were good.

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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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