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

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RATINGS: 512   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shark_Pants (534) - 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 (448) - 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 (729) - 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 (820) - 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 (800) - 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 (405) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
danielyabu (1395) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 13, 2015
average frothy white head. good lacing. mostly diminishing. sparkling hazy thick dark orangeish-amber body. aroma: light hoppy, pineapple, white wine,alcohol. if: moderate sweet. ff: light acidic bitter; average duration. palate: light medium body, oily texture, fizzy carbonation, metallic moderate alcoholic finish. Saboroso dulçor com backbone maltada. Vencimento em 17 dias. Dulçor alcoólico puxa mais para tripel que BSA. Com o ganho de temperatura, aparecem nuances frutadas, sugeridas inicialmente pelo aroma, puxando também para abacaxi. 60 s

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillWyce (916) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Cellar release date of 10/2012, 2 years old. Pours very slightly hazy golden color, with a 1-finger off-white head. Moderate bubbling along the wall of the glass. Crisp, fruity aroma, with a light yeasty note. Body is medium-to-full, and just a touch syrupy. Crisp, with a dry finish. Earthy yeast flavor lies beneath a crisp, fruity flavor that was reminiscent of apple.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4429) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Bottle from Appellation Wines Comely Bank. Appearance - it’s a gusher. Golden with a large head. Nose - banana bread and a touch of vanilla. Taste - more vanilla and banana custard. Palate - medium bodied with a creamy texture and a dry tangy finish. Overall - it’s good even if not exciting on terms of Belgian standards.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7768) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2015
330ml bottle courtesy of Ashton McCobb. Pours hazy pale gold, thin white head. Aromas of bread, oranges, light Belgian yeast. Taste is more of the same, light spice. Medium body, creamy texture.


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