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

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3.71/5
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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

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Added by OWSLEY069 on 11-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,141
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
52
pDev:
13.75%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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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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Photo of djrn2
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Volsdawg10
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of aswaller
4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of firstlighthiker
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of beerguy36
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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 cowboy83
4.75/5  rDev +28%

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 lonewolfcry
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mmsimmons
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

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 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 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 DarthGuitarHero
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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St. Stefanus Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 52 ratings