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


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RATINGS: 434   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Full body - staying head - amber color with a spicy, malty palate that finishes very fruity with complex hoppy undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (745) - HONG KONG - MAR 23, 2014

330ml bottle bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.

Cloudy hazy golden yellow colour with small amount of dirt like yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpety white foams which lasts for 4 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant aroma of bready malt, with banana, orange, pineapple, caramel, bubble gum, sugar, strong Bel yeast, light lemon and faint grass; Mid to light sweet taste of full malt, with metallic, light tartness, estery orange, strong caramel, molasses, phenolic, bread, strong Bel yeast, strong spices, light cloves, light lemon, and moderate to low bitter grassy hops; Mid to full body, thick and quite creamy palate; Mouth feel is fat, bready malt with strong ester and phenolic character, very spicy to the point of occasional saltiness. Initial sparkling metallic is not a problem with further sips, not much sweetness. Rich and yeasty but somehow missing that fruitiness. The 9% booze is slightly tasteable and is well hidden throughout. Good... Hoppiness is light lemon and fairly light grass in nose and taste. Bitterness is notable but still modestly low for a low-fi bitter semi-finish; Fairly dry after taste. Easy and slightly bitter to mouth.

Comments: On the brewer’s website, this one is described as something close to a Tripel. Sure enough it has the right pale colour, beautiful head, nice carbo, likeable aromas, wholesome maltyness and good booze. On the flip side, the taste is too industrial and lacks fruitiness, not sweet enough and not hoppy and bitter enough to be a good Tripel. Way better than Augustijn Blond, but as a BSA / Tripel, it still has some way to go to be taken seriously. Okay and for fun only.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonb5 (340) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
330ml bottle poured into Kasteel chalice. A: Pale amber, half a finger head, good retention, some lacing, slight haze. S: Esters plus some booze. T: Heavy on the esters and diacytel, lighter on the molasses, touch of bitterness, similar to other Van Steenberge beers, kept the booze under wraps. M: Light, crisp and well carbonated, very drinkable for the high abv. O: I had wondered if it was a Bornem Tripel clone, but despite likenesses it wasn’t. If you like Piraat and the others you’ll enjoy this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScottWallace82 (62) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2014
In a tulip. Pours a nice golden color with a wonderfully thick white head. Smells of apples, alcohol, spices, and yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. Tastes of much the same, with a malty sweetness as well. An OK Grand Cru.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (371) - - FEB 6, 2014
Pours a clear gold. Smells like sweet fruits and some sweet malts. Tastes follows the smell with a sweet fruitiness and a slight earthiness. You can barely taste the 9% alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (525) - SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2014
Malt , hop and a whiff of apple in the aroma. Hazy yellow. Tightish head. Lots of carbonation giving some blazing acidity akin to champagne. Food friendly for the wild salmond I had with it. Very European.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (874) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a hazy orange colour with a bit white head. Aroma of fruits, citrus, yeast, spices, hint of alcohol. Flavour is moderate sugary sweetness. Rather typical Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
cattaneopapa (145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Aroma: Malty and notes of peach. Appearance: Cloudy dark golden in colour, 1 finger of white head with small bubbles. Good head retention. Taste: High carbonation takes away immediate enjoyment of beer taste. Light body in mouth. Metallic and spicy taste with a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6479) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
330 ml bottle. 24GM. BB 24/07/15. From saveur-biere.com.
9th door of my advent calendar gave me this one... Cloudy yellow golden colour with a huge fluffy white head. Belgian yeast, some malt, mild fruitiness and some spices in the aroma. Not bad. The flavour is a great deal of yeast, malt, some spices and mild sweet fruitiness. Alcohol is quite clearly present too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1441) - Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle: light, hazed shade of yellow & gold with a thick, foamy white head that shows good retention. Aroma has notes of mild wheat (huh?), banana, bready yeast, a touch of spice, & some alcohol. The flavor is classic Belgian pale with some kitchen spices, clove, coriander, banana, a touch of mango, biscuit-like yeast & malt notes; mild honey & pear in the finish. Estery & yeast, but manageable. Alcohol grows strong with time... drink this one quick. Pretty tasty but also pretty powerful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (2704) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2013
Draft at horeca 13 Pours clear blonde no foam Smell has some grains . Good carbo . Bitter , malty taste . Like an elegant triple . Good

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