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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JanEric (1178) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2010
Pours out golden, blonde coloured, with a dense white head. Much carbonation. Aroma is orange and apples, some spices. Taste doesn’t bring in the expectations by the aroma: some sourishness, bitterness and a quick finish. Some bitterness remains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2011 Orange pour, medium off white head. Spicy aroma with yeast, grapes, malt and something fowl, like it’s past it’s due date. Flavour is better, some bitter liquorice and fruit, some sweet fruit and yeast. No reason to drink this again though. Edit: had a fresher/better cellared one, +1.0 (!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2010
Bottled 33cl. It pours a hazy golden beer with a decent head. Apple and pear being most present throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 3, 2010
Ködös,aranysárga színe van ennek a sörnek.A tetején hófehér közepes kemény és tömött hab csücsül,ami lassan illan el egy csipke gallért hagyva a pohár falán.Illata fűszeres,gyümölcsös,talán friss ananász és maláta.Íze édeskésen,gyümölcsösen és likőrösen kezdődik,ami lassan átúszik egy korianderes,borsos és komlós,enyhén csípős ízbe.Elég testes és igen élő ital,szinte pezsgősen buborékos.Utóíze keserédes kissé gyógyfüves és hosszan tartó.Az alkohol kellemesen melegít és zsibbasztja a szájpadlásunkat de nem tolakodik.Finom!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (2170) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2010
330 ml bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a nice white head aroma caramel fruit like citrus and appels and yeast taste fruit sweetness malts and spices

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VertBaconStrips (2319) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - FEB 15, 2010
Gold straw colour, clean prior to the pour of the tiny bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Good sized foamy white cap, really good retention and messy lacing. The aroma is soft. Ciabatta bread, fairly thick, odd fruit, soggy warm corn flakes. I’ve noticed alcohol in the taste right off the bat. Light apple, lots of alcohol, more apple, bit of feet, mild spice that can’t quite hide the alcohol.. ain’t that bad though. Smooth slightly oily mouth feel, finishes booooooooring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
Clear champagne looking with tons of bubbles floating to surface, a tall fluffy white cap sits on top. Soft smelling malts with mild spice, along with some wet freshly cut wood. Taste is very similar to the aroma but add sour in the finish with some ginger. Apple and wheat start to show up when beer got warm the beer also got thicker when that happened. Not bad I guess drinkable but completely average and forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2456) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 4, 2010
0,33 l bottle.
Poured hazy pale yellow with a fine foamy-creamy white head that diminshes slowly with a delicious lace on the glass. Pale malt based, spicey aroma of coriander, minimal floral hop, some sourish fruity perfume of apple, honey. Fine belgian yeasts in the nose too, the coriander dominates the aroma. Medium bodied one with a fruity-spicey character on the palate, well hidden alcohol. Not a sweet one, the coriander leads the flavor. Some vanilla and honey powered the beers body. Fine one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours a golden body with an off white head. Bread y citrus, some spicy wheat like notes. A hoppy earth y dust tone with some light citrus and some lemon hints. A strong fruit warming amongst a herbal hoppiness. Decent ale.

   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.

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