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

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RATINGS: 1307   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.


mcmisko's rating

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcmisko (356) - New York, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Interesting malty beer with a strange twist. There is vegetable and some sour notes. Thereis something weird about this one… I don’t know...


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Olelko (16) - FRANCE - MAY 27, 2016
Augustijn, or Stefanus or whoever did start that brewery (or is the patron of it) did a really good job! Though it doesn’t not belong to the Holy Trinity (which would become Holy Quadrity?), it is not far out: the beautiful copperish beverage delivers smoothly its qualities: a round and well-developed taste, light in aromas but a balanced bitter-sweet for an overall great degustation!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (6034) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle at Bank; clear amber pour with a big frothy off white head, aroma has sweet honey and some Belgian yeast character, taste has sweet some spice clove action, yeast, sweet honey, some bread dough, OK.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (356) - Padova, ITALY - MAY 15, 2016
Assaggiata come ST STEFANUS BLONDE (6 mesi in bottiglia). ASPETTO: biondo carico, limpido, schiuma bianca, fine, abbondante e e persistente. AROMA: speziato, fruttato, intenso e interessante. GUSTO: note fruttate (frutta gialla), un po’ caramellose. Finale di scorza di pane. La birra scivola veramente benissimo, finisce che neanche te ne sei accorto e un sorso tira l’altro. Nonostante i suoi sapori, lascia la bocca secca e pulita. CONCLUSIONE: una birra veramente ben fatta, che soddisfa al palato e che disseta a dovere. È pensata per maturare nel tempo in bottiglia. Man mano che passano i mesi, diventa più scura e acquista toni più fruttati e dolci.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (3662) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2016
Pours cloudy orange amber with low white head. Aroma of honey, wheat, citrus and light herbs. Taste is mild sweet with a light herbal character. Light and smooth body with average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AaronTDubs (251) - - MAY 4, 2016
Hazy orange/gold color. Aromas of banana, some phenols, and alchol. Quite sweet with rich banana flavor and a touch of hops in the end. Good beer, but not amazing. Good "starter" Belgian.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
efeesse (383) - Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 30, 2016
Beer with gold color, distinctive Belgian abbey style, medium body, average carbonized, (bought a 33cl bottle in Nîmes, FR supermarket).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lokis333 (307) - Biržai, LITHUANIA - APR 29, 2016
Hazy deep honey color with medium white foam. Aromas are light of light base malt with smoother aged smell to it reminding lightly of pear and apple (very much in a way like a lager would smell). Palate, medium body, with somewhat thikness to texture but still quite slick leaving yeasty, banana like finish. Taste, Is more on sweet side with notes of malt, yeast (reminding of wheat beers) having tones of bananas and nut oil. Overall, not bad, not amazing. Quite light not boozy as I thought it would be, sweetish and texture and taste do remind of german hefeweisens? And something way lighter than any other Belgian strong ales, quite easy going. Give it a try.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Inbreak (4118) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 28, 2016
28.04.2016, tap (as St. Stefanus Blonde) @ Apollon:
Small slightly fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet fruity, weeds, bubblegum, yeast, overripe banana, sugar, grass, old hay, overripe tropical fruits. Taste is slightly dry grassy, weeds, yeast, hay, minerals, alcohol, overripe banana, grain, sugar, bubblegum. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and watery mouthfeel. Boring.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dynamiteninja (1791) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2016
Bottle at 7% ABV. Medium white head with great retention. Hazy gold body. Wheat, cloves, hops and oranges. Sweet and alkaline. Dry finish. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bosbouw (2510) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2016
Mooie oranje kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt zoetig, mout, kruiden. Smaakt zoetig, mout. Veel koolzuur.


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