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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
asedzie (785) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Golden, slightly opaque. Lasting head. Aroma is appealing, mild yeast. Heavy alcohol flavor. Besides the alcohol there is a dominant estery green apple flavor, some bitterness in the finish. Although I realize this beer falls into a different style category I still feel that it is not as well balanced as the Augustijn trappist ale. Pretty one dimensional.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scotty (1131) - SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
My notes (from a while ago!) tell me this is "an average belgian beer" I bought it as a bin-end from Oddbins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2007
Bottle at Cafe Ledig Erf in UItrecht. Aroma is swett a bit honey-like. Flavor is a bit fruity, apples, fresh. Overall an enjoyable brew, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkMagus (499) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Hazy golden color with a thick, coarse white head. Aroma of citrus, apples, some light spiciness, and alcohol. Very sharp, biting, intense flavors of citrus fruits, apples, and pears carried by the serious alcohol presence. Some very slight hint of hops, but mostly lost in the sea of alcohol. It wasn’t very subtle or well hidden--kind of burned my throat a bit. I can imagine having two of these and feeling bad about it. This beer was alright, but not great. Not too interesting or unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2007
Yellow gold body with a large frothy white head leaving some chunks of lacing. Sweet aroma, soft cloves, a little yeast and a little pepper. Body is a bit thin, some citrus notes and a bit of spice, easy drinking for a 9% beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5039) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 6, 2007
0.33 l bottle. Golden color with large velvety head. Fruity aroma with clove, honey, raspberry and some alcohol. Fruity, clovey and honeyish flavor. Spicy finish. Not special but wellmade and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (16111) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
Nice big head with good duration. Color is hazy yellow. Aroma is sweet and yeasty. Taste is sweet and yeasty too. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle BB 23/09/08) Strongly fruity, spicy, yeasty and malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Golden colour, hazy and average size, white, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Fruity (citrus), acidic, slightly yeasty and malty flavour. Lively carbonated, slightly alcoholic and medium to full-bodied palate. 19/11/06

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tranquillity (1721) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2006
Aroma of vanilla and nuts. Hazy yellow with a nice lingering cloud on top. Very fizzy and good, taste of cloves and orange. Great! I had to change the rating throughout the glass, this gets better and better the more you explore.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (7033) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottled(330ml). –Shared with Doggythedog at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Stronger and inferior version of original Augustijn. Slight hazy pale amber coloured, huge quick-disappearing white head. Aroma is malty, slight yeasty and spicy with mild citric notes. Light sweet alcoholic finish.

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