Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A strong blonde ale brewed with six different grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark orange with a short head. Dense aroma. Nutty, caramel creamy, malty goodness with bubble gum belgian yeast. Light-med sweet. Medium body, thick-creamy texture, soft carbonation and light sweet, oily bitter finish. Good, not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Appearance is oddly dark - very much the color of honey. Large bubbled head that’s pretty thick, and maintains at a 1/4 inch. Decent lacing. I do not enjoy the smell. Certainly the scent of malt; also of corn. Surprisingly considering the scent, i did enjoy the taste. A very gentle sourness, but appreciable none-the-less. Pretty par. Mouthfeel is definitely the beer’s strong point. Crisp and tart additions to the flavor. Overall, this was a bit better than I expected, but nothing too special. Certainly an odd mix of some detrimental attributes, alongside some surprisingly good ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
agent_511 (157) - - JAN 20, 2013
Smells of raisin and citrus. Pours a gold with an orange hue and a thick foamy head that slowly dissipates to a thin white film of bubbles. Tastes of white grape juice, orange citrus, and coriander. Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Beer pours dark golden color. Aromas of caramel and malt. Very carbonated. Nice sweet malt foundation. Some fruit notes. Alcohol is warming but not overpowering. Easy drink ability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2012
11.2 oz bottle pours light amber with a white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, spices, bread and caramel. Taste is sweet malts, yeast and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 Ar: Not very strong - yeast, grain, sweetness Ap: Deep hazy gold - weak head, diminished quickly T: Great complex and balanced taste - banana sweetness and bready malts P: Medium/light body, lovely carbonation O: Really delicious, relaxed beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6763) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
11.2 ounce bottle. A big fluffy white head lingers a long time. Sticky lacong remains. The beer is golden and not quite clear. A nose of nice fruit and nose tingling spices. Peaches and syrup. Funkiness is tasted and it is pleasant. That fruot, too. Raisins are tasted and this is grainy. Some pepper is noted late. Hops are very soft. The spice is tasted under all else. This is nice. I just wish it were a bigger bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/21/2011. Served on tap in a chalice at Hopleaf. My pour is a hazy copper color with a few flashes of amber. A medium sea foam rocky head rests on top, fading over the course of a few minutes while still leaving a bit of lace behind. The aroma is dominated by the aromatic Belgian yeast, sweet bready malts, and some cherry and grape fruitiness. The flavor starts out with sweet bready pale malt with a hint of honey. Pears, cherries, and white grapes provide a fairly strong fruit presence that blend with an aggressively spicy Belgian yeast strain. The end has a bit of ethyl alcohol and some light grassy hops. The finish has a lingering sweetness to it. Unfortunately, the feel is a bit syrupy. The carbonation feels like it should be up to the task of washing away any sticky residue, but it doesn’t quite do that. This also creates a bit of a heavy sensation, pushing the body to the full side of medium. This is a beer I have had a few times, and it just never really impressed me. With all of the great Belgian beers out there, it is tough to justify giving this one another look.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swillguzzler99 (186) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a golden honey with a hint of opacity and a thick, frothy head. Hoppy nose. Taste is mild. Slight bitter, almost cereal-y. Dry aftertaste that lingers for just a wee bit. Decent. I could drink these all day on a blustery day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ottorius314 (2) - Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2012 does not count
Aroma is reminiscent of camomile and camphor. not the most appealing scents, but the smell is definitely present. the beer has a head that just wont go away. coarse bubbles and a constant release of carbonation. creamy and offwhite head that lasts the length of the entire beer. there is a definite taste of banana in this beer, a little yeasty and flavors of caramel in the body. almost clove like too. the beer is a bit thin for my liking. i wish the flavors lasted a bit longer, or that it was at least a little more dense. overall the beer is exceptionally smooth. it has some awesome qualities that would attract anybody looking for a session beer. for its intense style, its easy to drink and tastes very good. i like this beer.

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