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


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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A strong blonde ale brewed with six different grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
Courtesy of Fonefan. It’s warm golden with a huge, white and lasting head. The aroma has sweetness and it’s spicy and perfumed. The flavour has sweetness and notes of citrus, malt, yeast, spices, and the overall impression is perfumed, but pleasant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
11.2 oz brown bottle. Label call it ’ Atomium Premier Grand Cru". It pours a honey gold with a bright white and big and fluffy head. The ehad sticks for a while and leave some nice lacing. The smell here is luscious and intriguing. Tons of yeasty spice just assaults the senses. There is also a huge fruity smell, almost tutti frutti with a bit of orange and coriander. This is a 6 grain ale and it has a nice sweet breadiness under all of the yeast mayhem. The taste is big and fruity, they were really going balls out with the fruit here. There is some subtle spiciness and a thick malt backing but it is mainly just fruit salad in flavor. Definitely a unique and interesting Belgian Pale. This one is another solid brew from this brewery, I have always seen it and finally bought it and now love it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-03-2010 23:45:23

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8799) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2004
Muddy orange, end of bottle full of UFO’s; huge dense, off-white head. Sourish, wheatish smell (or another of the six...), citrus zeste. A bit scorched, very much citrus zeste, quite sharp taste. Then filling in, getting sweet and spicey retronasal. Spices (unidentifiable) impose themselves in the finish, to the detriment of the balance and making the beer again more sharpish-bitter. Very well-bodied, nearly porridge-like, slick. In the aftertaste, the scorched flavours disappear. One of the better Van Steenberge commanded beers. It is supposed to be a 100% original recipe, which is a rarity for this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Hazy golden pour with huge, fluffy, 4-finger white head. The head looked like the La Chouffe Houbblein head. Aroma of candi sugar, pale malt, yeasty funk, spicy florals. Tastes grainy malty, dry, with a lot of hopcitrus, floral, and spicy notes. Dry, floral, citric palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (8692) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Murky light orange pour. Smaller white head. Aroma is malt, dark fruit, a little booze, and some spice. Picking up a hint of veggie soup broth as well. Carbonation is maybe a touch lacking. Slightly syrupy yet not too dense in the body. Decent enough beer, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2004
Six different grains eh? Although there is something a little different I can't quite describe, this is another one of those Belgian gold coloured ales that hide the alcohol content very effectively. Quite spicy throughout, bittersweet finish. Pretty nice stuff. Bottled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle, best by 3/20/08: Pours a slightly hazy golden bronze with a clingy, spotty-lacing airy white head. Sweet, biscuity Belgian malty nose has some earthy grassy notes and doughy yeast. Body starts fairly average with a touch of sweet, bready caramel malt and some grapey notes. Has a touch of earthy funk toward a drier finish. A pretty interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
On tap at The HopLeaf, Chicago. Pouras an Amber orange. Aromas of yeast, spice, bananas & cloves. Sort of a Belgian hefe. Taste was yeasty, spicy, clovey. Pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Bottle:   Orangish straw, clear, light carbonation, huge fizzy off-white head, sparce lacing.   Big pale bready nose, yeasty, some faint floral notes.   Yeasty on the tongue, soft breadiness, not cloying at all (thankfully), with some pale floral flavors.   As it warms, I am getting some soft buttered popcorn on the nose.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly moderate.   Finishes with a mild sweetness, a litlte graininess, and just an overall pale breadiness.   Pretty boring overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2007
33ml bottle and served in my NB worthy glass; The initial pour developed a huge fluffy head which settles and left great lace work, the color is a slight hazy golden hue. The aroma has notes of candy sugar, sweetbread, grassy and herbal hops, light apple and pear, and some wildflower yeast esters. The taste starts moderately sweet but a nice acidic fruit and mild hop bitterness kept in in balance. Not a great amount of depth but it is wonderfully drinkable. I also pick up hints of rye, wheat husks and mint about. The mouth feel is light and refreshing, highly carbonated. A good brew that is more akin to a basic Belgian Golden Ale than a Strong Ale (minus the very well hid alcohol). There is a level of finesse that is missed by most IMO.

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