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


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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Full body - staying head - amber color with a spicy, malty palate that finishes very fruity with complex hoppy undertones.

2015 update: according to the brewer’s website, this is the same beer as St. Stefanus Grand Cru.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5523) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - NOV 10, 2015
Bottle 75cl, a cloudy copper bees with huge head but poor retention. Nose is on quince, orange and belgian yeast. Aroma is on mandarin, yeast, quince, diacetyl, vegetable, ripped apples, less complex body for the alcohol level, sugar, candy touch, metallic. It’s messy, I’m not convinced at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonkiedeaap (644) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
Bottle from de Bierschuur in Poppel. The beer is (deep) golden colored and has a large and long staying white head. The aroma is fruity with citrus notes and spicy with coriander notes. A hint of alcohol is noticable. The taste is full bodied with fruit and malt notes. A little alcohol is noticable but not disturbing. The finish is dry and with a spicy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PlutonowyMan (512) - POLAND - OCT 25, 2015
Kolor: z?oty z pomara?czowymi refleksami, lekko przymglony. Piana bia?a, zbudowana z drobnych p?cherzyków, w konsystencji kremowa, sporych rozmiarów, niestety niezbyt d?ugo pozostaje na powierzchni piwa. Aromat: dro?d?owy, winny, delikatnie kwiatowy, nieco kwaskowy. W smaku bardzo wyra?nie wyczuwalne bia?e winogrona, dro?d?e, ponownie delikatna nuta kwiatowa i charakterystyczna belgijsko??. Ka?dy ?yk kojarzy si? z winem, mo?e nawet szampanem. Goryczki w?a?ciwie brak, wysycenie wysokie charakterystyczne dla win musujacych. Alkohol cho? mi?o rozgrzewa prze?yk, jest idealnie schowany.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14176) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 1, 2015
750 c&c from the Republique Monoprix. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Aroma of light stone fruit and yeast/spice. Med body or better. Flavor is yeast/spice and light fruits. Pretty nice.
Earlier Rating: 6/4/2012 Total Score: 3.8
Capped 750 from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours brassy gold with a 4 finger foamy off-white head. Aroma is fruity Belgian ale. Too complicated for me to pick out individual smells. Flavor of yeast/spice with low key banana; dry, fruity, spicy and lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lilja (2839) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2015
Flaska frĺn Saveur Bieré. Smak och doft av citrus, belgisk jäst, humle, gröna äpplen, örter med toner av karamell och citron. Lagom sötma, frisk, fruktig, mycket kolsyra, fin beska med toner av citrusskal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle, bought @Saveur Bičre. Pours clear pale golden with a small, creamy white head. Aroma has sweet malts, sugar, doughy, light citrus. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malts, light doughy, mild sugar, mild astringent with some apple and citric acid notes. Lingering, quite bitter finish.
Earlier Rating: 2/25/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle @ Yespr tasting.
[thank you, Yespr]
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a frothy/bubbly white head. Aroma is sweet with light yeast and some alcohol. Fine mouthfeel. Flavour is nice, rather tripel-ish, light tartness with exotic fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PauloAG (251) - BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2015
330cc bottle. Pours golden blonde with white head. A bit lemony, herbs, spice/pepper and caramel. Taste : lemon, white pepper, green olives, sugar, malt, a bit biscuit and light caramel almost honey like. Nice bitternes. A very pleasant brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KW92 (1238) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 21, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa złota, klarowne. Piana drobna, średniej wysokości, trwała.
AROMAT: Mało intensywny. Owocowy. Dojrzałe jabłko. Dzikość belgijskich drożdży.
SMAK: Słodowy. Owocowy posmak. Końcówka alkoholowa - przyjemna, rozgrzewające.
OGÓLNIE: Brakuje intensywności. Jak na piwo 9 procentowe, to powinno ono "atakować" różnymi aromatami, a wy tym przypadku tak nie jest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
luttonm (4737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle at Beerville Bar, Belgrade. Clear yellow, small white head. Pear, pale stink, grass, small yeast character. Boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2984) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle from Appellation Wines, thanks AshtonMcCobb. Pours slightly hazy yellow. Nose is spices, hops, lemon. Taste is light sweet malts, banana, fruits, spices. Quite basic but solid Belgian blonde.

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