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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered
Sinds 1295 wordt Augustijn gebrouwen volgens de eewenoude traditie van de paters Augustijnen. Dit authentieke kloosterbier met nagisting op fles, zal u door zijn volle smaak en fraaie kleur keer op keer weten te verrassen.
Contract brewed since 1978 by Van Steenberge for the Augustinian monastery at Stephen’s Church in Ghent using the original yeast culture. Sold outside of Belgium as St Stefanus, after the church, to differentiate it from beers that may be made by other Augustinian communities. The monastery receives money from each sale.
Ingredients: Pale, Pilsener and Munich malts; brewing sugar; Saaz, German Hallertau; additional bittering hops.
Partially filtered after primary fermentation, then cool matured for four weeks. Filtered and then reseeded with Brett and another yeast, and warm conditioned for two weeks. Bottled and stored for a minimum three months before distribution.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Hazy yellow colored pour with nice thick head. Fruity, light hoppy aroma with a sweet, lemony finish. Ok

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a clear, slightly orange tinged, copper color and even more so when held up to the light. Sweet and fruity smelling in the nose, but it has a certain note that seems a bit like over-ripe cheese or perhaps even moldy fruit. A touch spicy towards the finish as well, the nose also has some toasty grain character towards the end. The nose is not all that appetizing, though it is certainly interesting.

Lightly sweet, the beer is surprisingly light and airy. Fruit notes of pear, melon and maybe even a touch of kiwi are accentuated by both the light sweetness and even a touch of yeasty tartness. A bit spicy towards the finish, notes of light pepper morphs into a spicy, pickled ginger & clove note that lingers on the palate after each sip. The rancid cheese note is noticed only a touch up front in the flavor, but it is noticeable. This beer is really quite thin, I feel like it should be a bit more substantial, despite being a fan of light high gravity Belgian beers.

I just can’t shake the analogy of bad cheddar, it is mostly an aromatic component but it definitely influences the flavor as well. This is just not working for me

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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3502) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Bottle from 6 pack Belgian sampler. Poured amber colour with a lasting head. Taste is fruity, malty and hoppy but not very impressive. Seemed too carbonated. There are many tripels that are much better. Disappointing, will not have again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Bottle. Tart aroma. Almost like a sour. Sour yeast, tart lemon zest, dusty attic. Pours slightly cloudy gold with a HUGE white head that takes forever to subside. Lots of yeasty tartness on the tongue. Some sweeter malt, but not too much. Sour wood. Medium bodied with too much carbonation. Finishes with an offputting sweetness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle. I bought this in a 6 pack of Belgian beers, and I guess someone stuck the box I bought in a paint can shaker. The moment I popped the cap, it hissed as if hell was being released. Pouring it was a literal nightmare, as the head that frothed out of the Trappist glass was truly a sight to behold. Barely a quarter of the bottle made it into the glass before it began overflowing. I don’t know if it was overcarbonated or not, but it is really disappointing to get a beer in this condition. Body has a tart, tangy flavor, accentuated with a nice burnt straw coloured body. This would have been a good beer had I not had to wait for the head to slowly die off.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
pours from bottle a darker blonde with an ever present whtie foam head. Aroma of yeast and toast. Sweetness as the start with and immediate toasty yeast flavor and spicy carbonation burn. Nice beer. Easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
hazy golden amber with medium fluffy head. fruit alcohol aroma with hints of spicy grain. medium thin slightly syrupy body. honey malt and apple and lemon flavors with a yeast and tart bitterness underneath. smooth and mellow

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeSammy (604) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Could be seen as a warm weather beer. Aroma is slightly yeasty, a little tart. Hazy orange yellow color. Sharp carbonation, lightly yeasty.. complex flavor. Frothy white head. Noticeable lacing. Notes of tart grapefruit in the flavor. Really enjoyed this one.. Very light beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Codythegreat (149) - Carrollton, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Not impressed. Got this out of a 6 pack of belgain beers and everyone of them was dissapointing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2008
From a Belgian beer sampler six-pack--Poured a hazy amber copper body with a huge froth, lumpy white head. Nose of candied sugar and sweet fruity mslts. Some of the best Belgian beer flavors in a very complex delightful beer.


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