Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Abbey Tripel
Meer, Belgium


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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
A slightly bitter, golden colored beer with a good head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (6029) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle - ceramic with a cap and swing top. LIttle bit of history, first. This is the first time Iíve seen this beer in my area since the mid 90ís. I worked at a gourmet grocery store between 92-96 and we sold it there, so itís been around 10 years since Iíve had this. It was very good back then, lets see if it has changed, shall we? The pour is deep gold with a bubbly, but quickly terminal, white head. Nose is slightly hoppy and floral but mainly sweet. Sweet malts, hint of honey, candied fruits and light yeast. Taste is also more sweet than bitter. More honey, cadyish notes, ripe fruits, light citrus, light yeast and minimal floral hoppiness. Body is light and creamy with mild carbonation feel to it. Slight bit of alcohol is noticeable despite the 7.6% ABV. Finishes with more sweet malts, honey, light toffee, ripe fruits, faint citrus, and light yeast. I can say that this seems to remind me of the beer I had so long ago, and probably, due to itís rather sweet taste, would explain why I liked it so much back then. Kind of like meeting up with an old friend. Good but not great. My tastes have changed more than this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (4111) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 FIrst of all. The bottle says Grand Cru and I bought it this year. BUt what a beer!, strong but sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Pale straw to light gold body with an overflowing white head. Citrus aromas especially grapefruit and then yeast. Big clumps of lacing. Smooth drinking, medium body, maybe a touch watery, this went down well enough and I didnít pick up the alcohol at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
sweet spice. Bottle work of art. Surprisingly refreshing summer drink. Yeast and cream but doesnít seem a triple. Better than expected and popular with mates. Fruit, honey, suitably noticeably carbonated. Medium-light mouthfeel, lace and soap bubbles on top of golden yellow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2005
(Ceramics bottle 50 cl) Comes as "St. Sebastiaan Grand Cru" brewed by Sterkens. Orangey golden with a small head - and an almost flat appearance. Very soft mouthfeel. Malty with honey flavours and a soft honey-like sweetness - never cloying though. 090298

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (15304) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle. Citric aroma, hint of oxidization. Cloudy yellow colour. Yeasty flavour, hint of mold, slightly watery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Gazy golden colour with a off-white head. Yeasty spicy fruity aroma and a sweet spicy taste. Medium body and a sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 (Bottled, ceramic, 0.5l, "St.Sebastiaan Grand Cru", refined-rate) Hazy golden color with a pathetic head. Yeasty and fruity, sweet toffee aroma with slight earthy sourness. Yeasty, fruity and spicy, oaky flavor with honey and toffee hints. No alcohol visible. Medium-bodied, refreshing and sticky palate with almost no carbonation. An easily drinkable, refreshing, yeasty and spicy ale. Donít expect a classic, though. Quite similar to some traditional ales - although the cap on this one didnít seem very tight, which may play a part in that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
This poured a deep golden body with a tall, creamy white head. Itís got got of funky hop bitterness in the aroma overlaid on a sweet malt base. Kind of watery. The taste is well balanced between a malty fruitiness and a floral & earthy hop bitterness. The finish is mildly bitter. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 24, 2005
Sweet sugary aroma. Golden color with white foamy head. The flavor is rich with hints of fruits. The palate is unusually light for a Belgian ale, almost watery. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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