Vampire Pale Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Vampire Pale AleVampire Pale Ale
BA SCORE
43.4%
Liked This Beer
3.28 w/ 53 Ratings
Vampire Pale AleVampire Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by KansasBeerLover on 10-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
53
Liked:
23
Avg:
3.28/5
pDev:
31.1%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of zshaft
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

looks nice and dark orange. smells like belgain funk with apples. tastes kind of like a saison but with less carbonation and more body. some pear and apple with some pepper in there. overall nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've been anxious to try Belgium ales lately since having tried what seems like every IPA in the universe, and since this one was the only one in stock at my local store, I had little choice. But it was a good choice to start with. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my 22 oz glass mug (no, it didn't all fit) it has a amber/orange colour and a thick off white head with some lacing. The smell is hoppy and fruity, not over powering. Taste much like the aroma, the fruity/citrusy under taste nicely compliments the hops. Not great, but certainly very good. If I had to rate the bottle though, I'd give it a 1. It comes in what looks like a wine bottle complete with cork and a paper label on it that looks like it came out of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Photo of Cold_1
4.31/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, fruit, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, honey, spice, and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but there are some cardboard qualities that make this one seem a bit old.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pored from a 750ml bottle into a pale ale glass. Served cool

Amber body. Nice thick white foam.

Faint grassy hops. Very fruity. Juicy fruit gum.

Candy, fruit stone , chalk

Very carbonated medium mouthfeel

Okay pale ale.

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Photo of DrBier
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsPhipps
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of One1Asterisk
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mheberger
4.75/5  rDev +44.8%

Picked this up for $4.99 at the Richmond, CA Grocery Outlet. The label is awful, but it's from an actual Belgian brewery, so worth a try, right? I thought it was a fantastic brew, and went back and bought a bunch more.

Appearance: Poured into a chalice, golden, almost clear just slightly cloudy, nice white frothy head. No yeast in the bottle, so it's not bottle conditioned.

Aroma: Belgian ale esters, fruity, spicy.

Flavor: Complex, nice firm bitterness, fruit and spice in spades. Really pleasing. A bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: spritzy carbonation, lively.

Overall: Basically everything I'm looking for in a Belgian golden ale. Will keep my eye out for more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of predikit
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

This was sitting by itself, the bottle seemed a bit silly, but even so I picked it up.

Pours a deep amber with a fluffy white head, that dissipates very slowly, leaves minimal lacing behind.

The smell hints of citrus and sweet malt, bread and some herbal or floral notes.

The taste is very interesting. Can't say I've tasted anything similar to this in any other brew, I honestly couldn't put a name to it. Hints of clove, there is a bit of concoction of spice in this that I can't pick apart, the bite from the hops shows up at the end, is fairly mild. The alcohol presence shows up at around the same time. Bitterness takes on a slight soapy feel to the flavor, but doesn't last too long.

This is fairly light bodied but is extremely fizzy, almost soda-like carbonation.

Good to try, but I don't think I would pick this over something new.

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Photo of azathot
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of chefdave37
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of todesengel135
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of sillyhed8
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of jmathis
2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TheDrunkenDeer
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of roblowther
3.74/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 corked and caged, poured into a chalice glass. It pours a pale clear gold with a slight brown tint and a fizzy white head that dissipates without leaving any lacing. The smell is caramel, peanut butter, and oranges. Taste is biscuity and a bit grassy with a nutty aftertaste. The mouthfeel is VERY carbonated, which I love. Overall this is a pleasant beer without too much going on with it. It is likeable and solid in just about every way and extraordinary in none I can think of. It is in the mold of Duvel but Duvel does a much nicer job of it. Still, worth picking up for variety.

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Photo of jwg782
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This ale is a beautiful light golden color with a hazy body that deepens the center of the ale to a light yellow/brownish color. Its filled with carbonation and dressed with a nice white head that foams up to about two fingers and slowly thins out into a broken ring around the glass. There is some mild lacing to mark every sip you drink.
Grass, lemon and citrus fruits are present in the aroma; lemon zest and orange peel also come through.
Light and crisp on the tongue, the spices travel through your mouth revealing some coriander, apple malts and a slightly hoppy aftertaste-very slight I might add.
This is a light bodied ale and overall goes down well; its smooth and tasty…there are some sweet undertone that come through in the aftertaste.

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Photo of swgwilt
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Stugotzo
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

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Vampire Pale Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 43.4% out of 100 with 53 ratings
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