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

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RATINGS: 523   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 brewerís website, this is the same beer as St. Stefanus Grand Cru.


2.7
   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.

1.8
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vaiz (4247) - 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.

3.9
   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 :)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (21778) - , 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.

1.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3616) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (2880) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - AUG 8, 2009
0.33L bottle, fluffy stable heas, dark golden colour, aromas of dried apricot with citrus, vanila, malt and manure, Flavours of orange, mandarine, sweetish malt and cinamon, quite dry with an empathic bitterness which is a touch coarse, bitter and sour aftertaste. Good beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - APR 20, 2009
Bottle. A strong aroma of citrus with a sweet background, the finish is a little bit sour. The head is gigantic, white and foamy, it is rather fast disappearing. The body is pale yellow. The taste is acidic and light bitter. The body is light to medium, with a lot of carbonation and a dry body.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Pours crystal clear amber with huge frothy long lasting head with some lacing. Aroma is yeasty and spicy in a refreshing way. Flavour is also slightly spicy but otherwise rather flat. Very high carbonation which poorly fills up the thin body.


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