St. Stefanus Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

BA SCORE
83
good
51 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
St. Stefanus Grand CruSt. Stefanus Grand Cru
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OWSLEY069 on 11-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of aswaller
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of cowboy83
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Coel
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crowbar540
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of davebarnes
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I loved it.
February 2013 release drunk in July 2015.
Best Coors beer ever.
Went very well with pretzels and Cheezits™.
Sat on my front patio and really enjoyed it.

Aroma - rich, yeasty
Color - yellow brown cloudy
Mouth feel - rolls around nicely
Taste - some sweetness, some tartness (sour)

 294 characters

Photo of NateF90
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of herman77
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75 cl

Pours a light grassy gold, slightly hazy, with two coarse inches of fluffy white head. Head dissipates slowly to a froth.

Smells of white wine, grassy malts, bretty yeast and coriander.

Tastes of white wine, bretty yeast, grassy malts, some mild citrus, a hint of fruity hop, and a bit of spice like coriander or lemongrass.

Full body with fluffy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty great pale Belgian, very tasty and nice body like you would expect. I've had a few better for sure, but this one is definitely worth a try and goes down easy. Hides its strength fairly well.

 596 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

the grand cru i think is superior to the other one, i really liked this. its fuller and richer, a little less sweet after the middle, and carbonated beautifully. it has elements of a belgian pale, and elements of a tripel. i was surprised by its pale color, i have come to expect belgian strong darks as grand cru beers. hazy and heady, smells floral and brightly belgian in its yeast complexion. herbal and sweet on the first sip, the yeast is awesome. i think time has done this well, its not as sweet as expected, and actually drinks a little easier than it should for how strong it is, with the booze all masked by the grain layers and interesting spicy yeast. maybe not the most dynamic beer in the world, but its soft and approachable, and feels like a regal drinking experience all the way. it was an awesome companion to some soy marinated grilled elk steaks, and i suspect its quite versatile with other foods as well. not sure why these beers dont get a little more attention from the beer geeks, but i suppose thats all belgian beer that isnt lambic these days. oh well, more for me...

edit: this ages really nicely. just had a 2013 vintage bottle and it was outstanding. like a drier tripel, the yeast has done a great job cleaning it up, there isnt a trace of the alcohol, and it was even refreshing for a beer of this strength. very underappreciated out there...

edit: just cracked another 2013 (almost 4 years old now) and its even better still with a beautiful fruity yeast complexion and approaching actually being dry in the finish. if you tried this awhile back or when it was fresh, try it with a few years on it. what a beauty this is now!

 1,662 characters

Photo of EMV
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber dated 2012 into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a pale semi-opaque golden color. Ample creamy white head falls rapidly and laces the glass.

S: Yeast and spices, lemon zest, and some boozy tones.

T/F: Modestly sweet, lemon flavor gives it an almost shandy touch with some coriander and spice. Yeasts and banana tones but the citrus dominates. Alcoholic warmth for sure. Not much of a hop presence until the very end. Fairly carbonated and a bit frisky on the palate.

O: Not a bad brew and definitely a warm weather beer. It doesn't hide it's 9% ABV all that well but is nice and refreshing. Puts me in mind of a belgian/shandy mix.

 660 characters

Photo of nbal4396
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of funkel81
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JacketAudio
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Peyton5410
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of lonewolfcry
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of norrisk66
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage.
Not bad at all. A lot of honey. Some herbal presence. Fruity with pineapple mostly. Good mouthfeel. Seems like it's oak aged. Not bad stuff at all. A bit sweet but quite balanced.

 193 characters

Photo of dcmchew
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml caged and corked bottle dated 10-2012 and signed in pen by the brewmaster. Sampled on December 21, 2012

How can I in little New Hampshire be one of the first people to review this beer from far away Belgium? But I don't really care because it pours a cloudy straw yellow with a goodly amount of carbonation leading up to a tremendous soft, puffy white head that sits on top the entire time.

In the nose there are Belgian pale malts and sugars, yeast, a hint of grapefruit citrus, a dash of pepper, and bread.

The body falls into the medium range with a slight astringency.

The taste is much like the aroma with Belgian malts, yeast, and sugar at first followed promptly by grapefruit and a short-lasting low bitterness on the tail end. More like a zingy Belgian pale than a Strong Ale but delightful all the same.

 834 characters

Photo of Eman17
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy golden orange with a thick creamy 2 finger head that lasted. Aroma of stone fruit and yeast. Taste of plum, maybe strawberry... very complex and interesting.

 171 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a five-finger cream head that lasts forever leaving a very good lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Very good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet grass & lemon nose and flavor is tart fruit, spicy, slightly tart finish. Bottled 10-2012, $11.99 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

 325 characters

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
St. Stefanus Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.65 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More