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


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RATINGS: 522   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 10/20
Borresteijn (6318) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2008
Bottle @ Café Gollem. Golden colour, big white head. Aroma of sour apples, malts, yeast. Flavour is fruity, malty and some yeast, lots of carbonation. Not too good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Draft. Pale, thick white head not highly laced. Fruit aroma, sparkle and alcohol in mouth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
janubio (691) - SPAIN - JUL 17, 2008
330 ml bottle. Pale golden colour, a good white head, always keeps a lace on the surface. Champagne like aroma, with spices and lemony hints, some apple too. In mouth is sparkling, remember me of champagne but also of sherry wine, apples, lemon and spices. Dry after taste. I wouldn’t matter to try another one any other day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (15247) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2008
Bottle, 9% at ÅBF08. Clear golden colour. Small white head. Sweet, grainy flavour. The alcohol is not that distinct.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2821) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2008
Blond coloured beer with medium carbonation and medium white head. Hoppy + spicy aroma. Full palate little sparkless. Finish is spicy, a little herby and dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchCrow (20) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2008
Very sparkling. Light, hazy, golden colour. Big white head. Kind of a weird smell. Tastes a bit like citrus, a bit sour. Doesn’t taste like 9% alcohol at all. Overall I’m not very impressed. It was enjoyable, but not ’one to remember’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wim (3636) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 6, 2008
gold blond coloured sparkling body with a hughes white head a fruity malty aroma a fruity malty sweet spicy taste with a alcholic bitter finish nice one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JUN 28, 2008
Sparkling golden, huge fluffy head. Sourish nose, some wheat, salty fino sherry, apple and alcohol. Overly alcoholic and a bit sour flavor. Not the greatest to an empty stomach. Yeast adds a spicy touch, and disguises most of the alcohol. Dry finish, little bittering hops. Medium bodied, strongly carbonated mouthfeel. Nose is nice, flavor mostly booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikkopen (1046) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2008
330 ml bottle. Hazy golden yellow, with a thin but lasting white head. Sweet and pleasant aroma of malts and citrus fruits. Foamy mouthfeel. The flavour is sweet and fruity in the beginning but turns dry and bitter towards the finish. The taste of alcohol is also present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heavy (2739) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 9, 2008
06/06 0.33 l bottle @ Hopdevil, Zagreb. This poured pale yellow, slightly murky body with medium head. Sourish aroma of plums, yeap weird, hops are pronounced in lemony and grassy forms. Quite nice, pleasant flavor, but unfortunately thin bodied. Sweetish, with notes of lemon and orange, but bitter and dry as well. Alcohol is perfectly hidden, I couldn’t believe that I drink 9% ABV. Finish is pretty short. Cute subtle beer, although I more liked regular Augustijn.

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