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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%
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Humlehode (425) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Pours golden with thick white head. Highly carbonated. Floral, spicy, solvent like aroma. Funky taste. Light mouthfeel. Finishes dry ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (1867) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2015
330mL from International Beer Collector BB 19/8/16 Hazy blonde beer, lively looking - holds a good dense creamy inch of head. Subtle aroma; cereal malts, white sugar, a pretty decent measure of floral, spicy hops, faint tropical/ripe stonefruit note. Good weight on the body, sits rather nicely, creamy almost velvety , lifted carbonation - doesn’t seem like a 9% beer! Palate starts sweet - cereally, pilsner/pale malts, white sugar, apricots, unripe peach, even a bit of rockmelon, with peppery phenolics & hint of floral grassy hops. Moderate bitterness, lingering spice on long finish. Rather liked this - not as polished as better Tripels, but nice flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (5332) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 2, 2015
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga). Clear amber color. Medium size, thick white head, stays. Dead yeast, caramel, alcohol, faint fruity notes, malty and straw in aroma. Plastic, alcohol, caramel, burnt sugar, papery taste. Crisp mouthfeel. Malty plastic in aftertaste. And faint spicy hops in late late aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bontus (739) - Flanders, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2015
75cl bottle. Pours hazy yellow, big white head. Malty overall, quite sweet and yeasty. Not bad persé but not refreshing in any way either.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shark_Pants (561) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2015
Nice amber colour with large frothy white head. Aroma is dominated by musty belgian yeast, with honey, toast and apricot jam. The taste is the same but with a very strong booze. Medium bodied and spicy on the tongue. Not bad at all but the lack of subtlety with the booze really detracts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdb84 (484) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle. Golden, honey pour with lasting head. Aroma: almond paste, soap, grass, lemon, hint of pine, boozy touch. Taste is sour and sweet, almost like a candy. Hint of almond paste. Slightly boozy, cherry. Robust. Bitterness in the development. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (766) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
330 mL bottle. Hazy golden pour, bubbly white head that doesn’t last. Yeasty grain aroma. Flavor follows with some more spice. Okay Belgian.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (901) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Big bottle from Surdyk’s. Cellar release 11-2012. Consumed during Match Madness with commonshawn. Champagne like appearance with significant effervescence. Golden with a half finger of head. Aroma is Belgian yeast and slight sweetness. Minimal. Mouthfeel is bubbly and tangy. Taste has citrus, spice notes, and alcohol elements...maybe a little metallic. Belgian yeast once again. Reminds me of a tripel but a thinner body. A nice overall drinking experience.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (921) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Big bottle from surdyks with commonmac. Cellar release Nov 2012. Gold with very bubbly white head. Champagne effervescence. Tripel type nose. Crisp and light yeast. Spice, slight banana, Belgian yeast, pleasant grassiness. Very bubbly. Nice afternoon beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (427) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2015
This kind of is the Augustijn Grand Cru, but in a different bottle for the American market. Dense foam, amber colour, nice and smooth drink. But nothing spectacular.


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