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


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RATINGS: 516   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 brewerís website, this is the same beer as St. Stefanus Grand Cru.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lezford (8) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2009 does not count
I first tasted this beer on Christmas day, when I received it as part of a subScription gift box. When poured you get a clear golden colour with a white, foamy head. Aroma was not as sharp as I expected but there is definitely a hint of liquorice to the nose. The taste is sweet and here you do get the liquorice as well as an alcohol taste. Not unpleasant but not what I expected. The 9% does not really shine through, but all in all a pleasant change. Worth a try if you get the opportunity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oldrtybastrd (4430) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Shared this one w/ SkyCop32. Pours a darkish red/brown. Aromas of spice, coriander, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor has an alcohol taste to it, mixed with a nice smokey dark fruit. Also has strong hints of spice and orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Draught @ Brouwerís Cafť:   Bright straw, lively carbonation, thin to moderate white frothy head, spotty lacing.   This sure is a light Grand Cru.   Smells like a damn pear, not the skin but the white bits.   This has very little to do with a Grand Cru.   Feels more like a Tripel crossed with a Blonde.   Hmmm, still tasty just not what I was expecting.   Wow, yeah, this one is really fruity with a heavy emphasis on Pear.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean, fruity, and sweet on the finish.   Totally not what I would have expected.   Blonde + Triple does not uqual a Grand Cru.   Enjoyed it tho.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2009
Bottle 33cl. Pours a clear amber/golden colour with normal size head and little carbonation. The smell to this is not very appealing to say the least.... I had to force myself to finish it, the taste is okay, but the smell doesnít really sell itself.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2009
An interesting beer. Much like a poor equivilant to Duvel. A very odd aroma and a sharp bitter maybe sour taste of caramel and raisins. However a very odd taste. Itís not a great beer at all iím afraid. Really let down by tis despite the wonderful picture. It looks amazing but tastes off. I donít think Iíd be buying this in a hurry. I feel let down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vaiz (4172) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2009
Pours a clear golden color with a white, foamy head. Aroma is a bit sharp and of grains, yeast, licorice and a bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet and a bit bitter and of licorice, but has a sharp and unpleasant alcohol presence. Decent bitter lingering finish. Well carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 22, 2009
On tap at Novare Res. Pours a golden cloudy color with a one finger white head. Aroma is sweet malty, with a clean caramelly scent. Taste is nice, crisp, sweet, but not cloying. Lots of flavor, but none of itís annoying. Itís a good beer to drink a lot of, nothing in here gets old on the taste buds :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (20823) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
18th May 2008. Crisp fizzy beer with a champagne like snap and dryness. Itís clean with a nice mild brandyish malt in the mid and the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
MagisterLudi (11) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2009
33cl bottle. Very unimpressive. Vile and mildly bitter. Tastes like a watered down DŁvel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a huge moslty lasting white creamy head. Rich aroma and taste of orange, spice and malts. Nice lasting taste.

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