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:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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4.75/5  rDev +44.8%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +37.2%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 bomber to a tulip glass.

A center pour gave 3 fingers of large bubbled head, which went to a partial thin head with minimal lacing. The ale is apricot color, a little cloud in the body.

Aroma is fruit and hops. Not overpowering.

Taste follows the aroma. Hoppy with fruit.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Flavor remains on the tongue and roof. A touch of bitterness, very little alcohol.

Overall this is a good brew, Not outstanding, but a very good beer.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle. Strange oral vampire illustration on the label - Mick Jagger would be proud, I think. The most appropriate offering I could find for this most hallow of weens.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden hue, with three fingers of roiling, puffy, and thinly puffy off-white head, which leaves some frizzy table-top cloud lace around the glass as it slowly wisps away.

It smells of sweet, somewhat pastry-esque pale malt, earthy Belgian yeast, some apple mush and Poire Williams fruitiness, and leafy, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet drupe fruit - more apple and pear - with a sturdy, kind of bready pale maltiness, softened Low Countries yeast notes, and increasingly bitter (everything being relevant the key concept here) leafy, weedy hops. No evidence of the elevated ABV to be found as of yet.

The bubbles, bubbles, toil and trouble (my apologies to Sir Will) are actually average, which works just fine, of course, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, as some of that initially understated effervescence starts getting frisky. It finishes fairly off-dry, the fruity malt not fading too much, unlike the hops and other bit players.

A decent enough Belgian pale ale, the Transylvanian angle played out by the "Stay Pale" subtitle, as the remainder has nothing so hokey or pandering, just a nicely warming, fruity, yeasty pale ale. If a Twilight or True Blood kiddie happens upon this, and is accidentally introduced to the cornucopia of Belgian beer, then, um, good.

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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 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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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

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

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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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