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

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St. Stefanus Grand CruSt. Stefanus Grand Cru

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 11-23-2012

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of mmsimmons
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great pop of the cork. Good pour - 3F of tightly bubbled white head over slightly cloudy pale yellow body. Tons of carbonation. Not so much lacing.

Lots of light, tart aromas - lemons, lime zest, light breadiness.

Thinner than expected on the palate, for a 9% Grand Cru. Lots of carbonation may have thinned things out? Quite effervescent. Flavors lead with the aromas - small tree fruits, mostly bitter. Some white grape - slight vinous quality. Would have liked more sweet.

Overall, meh. Was hoping for a richer experience. Not bad, just not worth the $$$.

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Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of beerguy36
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Purchased at a Monoprix in Nice. 75cl. Best before: 23/02/18. Lotto: 2310. Green foil-ed over hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Brown glass.

Regrettably brief notes below given a less-than-ideal review environment:

9% ABV.

Serve cold into a dimpled mug.

HEAD: ~5cm off-white head. Somewhat thin. Retention is above average - ~4-5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Fluffy.

BODY: Translucent transparent pale copper. No yeast/lees/sediment is visible within.

Standard appearance for the style, with no unique or special characteristics.

AROMA: Lemon. Wheat. Soft floral hop notes. Clean barley.

Aromatic intensity is quite mild/light.

TASTE: Clean barley. Wheat. Mild floral hop character. Noticeable alcohol warmth.

Not the most balanced or complex beer in the style that I've tried, but somewhat pleasant - though I do wish it weren't so boozy. Poor depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

Not a gestalt whole of a beer.

TEXTURE: Crisply overcarbonated - even bitingly so. Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Sharp.

There's no harmony of texture and taste here. They really need to tone down that carbonation.

OVERALL: Not the stellar brew I've come to hop for from the brewery behind my favourite Tripel, but drinkable for its high ABV and certainly enjoyable. I'm glad this is available in supermarkets across France, but it's far from a great Belgian ale and I wouldn't purchase it again. It'll get you drunk...


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Photo of Tilley4
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very rough around the edges... Hints of yeast and lemon but lots of booze and something I'm not enjoying seem to dominate here.... This one becomes a choir to get though..

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Photo of barknee
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25.4 Oz bottle with a cellar release date of Nov. 2012...Pours a 14 karat hazy gold with a spongy white head and ample lacing. The nose is soft and subdued with essence of white bread and shallow citric elements. The palate is moderately dry with a hint of sugar and a latent touch of lemon zest. Overall an EZ going and EZ drinking brew that has a farmhouse style. Definitely throttled back in weight, and would be enjoyable for those who don't enjoy the rather full scale, over the top versions out there. The 9% is well buried under the flavors. It likely has softened up significantly during its 30 months in the bottle. Though certainly not a very complex brew it's still quite a quaffer.

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Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dikfour
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Orange tan in color. Plethora of thick billowing head slowly dissipates. Lively carbonation.

S: Booze. Some wheat and flowery esters though light.

T: floral, sweet, a little boozey. Even a little oak. Pretty approachable entry level Belgian Strong.

F: A little light of perfect. Great bubbles. Alcohol dances on the gums. Near perfect body.

O: An excellent first Belgian Strong. Hits most of the tent poles and doesn't dissapoint. Pretty average all around. Would recommend to people looking to get into beer.

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Photo of djrn2
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gryphon69
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Giggy
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArmedsouthernEr
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly clear golden yellow with a thick cap of white foam that leaves a thin nice layer of foam behind.

S - Yeast esters, lemon, light bready malts with some fruity sweetness.

T - Fairly sweet with yeasty esters, candi sugar, earthy, honey, white grape juice and a weird fruit salad flavor.

M - Medium body and well carbonated. Finishes dry for how sweet it tastes.

D - Decent but I would not go out of my way to try it.

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Photo of fondyball20
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light orange glow with a billowing bright white head that raises high above the glass. Shows no signs of dieing. Smells of fruity pebbles, very grassy and hay like, a bit of barnyard. a little funky

Very crisp clean flavor, tastes better than it smells but it is a little bland for such a big beer. Lively carbonation medium body, bright apple tart sweetness with very good balance on the back end. Pretty good and extremely clean for the style.

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Photo of Gavage
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 10 2012 - stamped on label.

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a one inch head that lasts a long time. Thick lace paints the glass.

Smell: Belgian yeast, light lemon,and a bit of fruit sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: moderate malt profile with grass, yeast, pepper, pear, and a bit of earthiness. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Short lived aftertaste.

Overall: easy drinking beer here. Nice flavors but a bit of a milder grand cru compared to others in the style. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, candy sugar, floral, and yeasty notes. In the taste, dryer candy sugar, and quite floral. A small carbonation like bite, and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry candy sugar presence and floral notes in the aftertaste. Nice, although the candy sugar starts to be too much.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

St. Stefanus Grand Cru
Van Steenberge

LOOK: Corked and caged, etched and hand signed 22oz bomber. Pours a clear light gold with a soapy white froth. Leaves behind a bit of lace on the glass.

SMELL: Banana and candi sugar leads to a sweet smelling nose. Pale malts and noble hop aromas are also evident.

TASTE: More candy sugar and banana flavored yeast notes. Mild grassy hops do a fair job at balancing, but the brew finishes lightly dry with a saccharine like sweetness. Hides the alcohol well. Some flavor of fresh red apple emerges. Honey like malt flavor, and no doubt alot of malt was used in the making of this beer.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, and there is a small dryness.

OVERALL: Straight forward Belgian strong golden ale, could fit the bill as a triple or abbey blonde. A bit sweet, but its tasty, fun and easy to drink. I would recommend putting a bottle or two in the cellar for a good few years.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle I brought to share during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Cellar release 4-2012.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, grape juice, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of tdm168
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WiggyKGB
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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