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

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St. Stefanus Grand CruSt. Stefanus Grand Cru

Brewed by:
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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Photo of Coel
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Eman17
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 nbal4396
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 funkel81
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of herman77
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
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)

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 EMV
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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 NateF90
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 norrisk66
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 fondyball20
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | 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 jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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