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

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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (5099) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2010
Hugh white head - soon disappearing - with hazy organge-brown body. Cereal, leaves, cheese, hint of pumpkin. Heavy carbonation. Pleasant big alcohol kicks in the bitterness of the hops. Enjoyable beer for sure with a good price. (33cl bottle, 1,80 EUR)

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
zombywoof (461) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2010
A not very distinct strong ale. Muddled banana and cardboard flavor although the nose is ok. I’ve had better BSA’s. looks good though light amber color with a frothy, meringue like head.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle once bought in Dranken geers in Belgium. A cristal clear golden pour with a huge white fluffy head. The aroma is classic belgian blond-style. Some melon notes along with piney yeast notes, some caramels and alcohol. The taste is rather perfumic with a light body with a watery palate. Caramelnotes and artificial sweeteners, some honey and biting alcohol in the finish along with some bitterness. Really not impressed.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2010
head: white, huge, bubbly
colour: orange/gold, hazy
smell: oranges, yeast, sugar, hops and overall just bitter
taste: bitter/sweet yeasty overall taste, alcohol deffinitly in the beer, scents of orange or lychees .... citric peel, oranges, sweet dry end ...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2010
330 ml pours a very amazing glass. A thick semi yellloe white head sits firm atop this beer. Aroma gives off strong hints of bananas and citrus. Taste is very refreshing with strong notes of fruites. Leaves a thick rich after tates that lingers strong on the palate. Truly an amazingly crafted beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (12801) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle conditioned, 330ml, from The Bottleshop, Bruges aged 6 yrs. Slightly clouded amber gold with explosive white head. Still really lively after ageing which stirred the yeast up somewhat. Strangely this still tastes a little on the raw, spiky side, there is a sharp, slightly herby, spicy character, positioned against a bitter malt note. Tastes just a little unbalanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
Brought home from eu roadtrip. Clear golden with a thick creamy white head. Great powerfull yeast fruity aroma with notes of banana, lime and berries. Also has a herbal touch of coriander. Flavor is welbalanced with the alchohol doing nothing but good matched up to the fullbodied deep malty sweetness and yeasty fruit. Great!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeanF (2227) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
I disagree with the "staying head" part of the pitch, it’s a little thin but still not bad. Nice blonde body. The aroma is soft, heavy on the malts with only a hint of hops. The taste is a load of grass on the front odd citrus notes, easing into a heavy alcoholic and grassy bière-de-garde finish. Good mouthfeel. Rather nice, a little more complex than I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle has same pic but is 8% abv. A hazy amber brew with a huge white head. Scent is fruit and yeast. Taste is sweet yeasty. Bubbly.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zeek (188) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2010
This is what a beer should look like. Clear, golden/copper color, big strong head. Taste starts nicely malty, but then the alcohol comes on and stays. Viscous mouthfeel, alcohol aftertaste.


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