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St. Sebastiaan Grand Réserve

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Brewed by Brouwerij Sterkens
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Meer, Belgium

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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A single batch of St. Sebastiaan Grand Réserve is brewed each year. This limited edition release from Brewery Sterkens is brewed with utmost care to be one of the finest beers in the world.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (3782) - NORWAY - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle at the 2015 Beer&Boardgames in the woods session with esp0r & simonsen. Semiclear golden body with a big white head. Aroma is flowery, spicy yeast and orange. Taste of cereal, fruit zest, mild funky, nice caramel malt character, sweet light boozy finish. Malt and dark berries in aftertaste. Nice!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2016
"16oz Ceramic Swing Top (Courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Trappist Glass at 41°. Color is a bright gold with a slight haze and good carbonation. Head is thin tight and white. Aroma is grain and fruit. It has a medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is creamy malt with apple, pear and honey then a faint bitterness and hop spice. After taste has a hint of lemon with the spice and sweetness hanging on. Overall it’s a nice easy drinking brew, its just missing that true Belgian taste. Final note as I poured the last of it in the glass I got a good bit of floaties and the color is now a murky light brown but no change in flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5415) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2015
2/9/2009 10:51:57 AM From Albert Cuyp slijterij. Amber body with short head. Sweet nose, of caramel. Fruits in the flavour, including citrus, some honey (technically not a fruit.) Alcohol mostly hidden. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3780) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2015
16oz Ceramic Swing Top 3/15/15 (Courtesy Of TerryR)-39° in Tulip-Pours a murky orange with a small white head. Aroma of malt, fruits, and yeast. Taste of the same with a bit of citrus and alcohol coming in. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and fits well on a cold night.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4480) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2014
16 ounce ceramic bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/12/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance and fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly prickly/dry mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming well after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenclansman (904) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - OCT 8, 2014
Strong, sweet, dark...dark fruits, candy, raisins. Not my style of beer but a well made one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2233) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-7-14- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a nice lightly hazed orange amber color with a two finger billowy white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave some great levels of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is strongest of a sweet biscuit malt smell being a mix of toasted Belgian malt smells mixed with some sweeter caramel and bubblegum like aromas. Along with these aromas are some other fruitier notes of a lighter fruit variety. Apple, pear, apricot and citrus are all there and are joined by a bit of a banana smell brought along by a yeasty smell. Along with these aromas are some very light alcohol/boozy smells and a little bit of coriander and clove. Taste – The taste begins with somewhat fruity and biscuity taste. The fruit is a mix of apricot, pear, grape and banana which overall bring a moderate level of sweetness to the brew. The fruity flavors remain throughout the taste, but the sweetness associated with them seems to lessen as the biscuit takes on a slightly grainier flavor and some more bitter lemon and a bit of grassy and hay come to the tongue. Toward the end however, the sweeter flavors seem to kick back in with a bit of a honey and caramel coming to the tongue. Along with these sweeter flavors, so too comes some spice of clove and coriander, and with a little bit of a alcohol taste, the brew ends up leaving a somewhat warming and grainier biscuity fruited flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side for a brew of 10 % abv. with a carbonation level that is average as well. Overall the body and carbonation are rather decent for the brew’s style, although a slightly higher carbonation may have been a bit better for the slightly grainy biscuit and lighter fruit flavors of the brew. Overall – An alright Belgian Strong Pale ale, but at almost $8.50 for the smallish (16 oz?) ceramic gasket resalable bottle (which is pretty cool) it is rather overpriced. A good one to try, but not worth going back to again, as there are better (and far less pricy) Belgian strong pale’s out there.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
teromous (119) - - SEP 14, 2014
Appearance: Slightly hazy orange body with a thick fluffy white head. Not much lacing. Aroma: Light spicy aroma. Pretty weak. Taste: Light caramel with a hint of spice. A bit of a candy-like sweetness. No perceivable bitterness up front. Palate: Light, very effervescent, and dry. High carbonation. It really works well for this beer. Overall: It was a very enjoyable beer. Light, fluffy, a bit sweet but not sickly so, and high in ABV without any negative tell-tale signs. I would pick it up again.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
maddmatt639 (331) - Pacifica, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Great retention and great lacing. Smells of lemon zest, sweet bread and floral. Tastes of cereal, super sweet bread and lemon. Long yeasty aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (1077) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Fairly standard Belgian Ale. Nose is typical Belgian yeast. Taste is lightly bitter on a strong malt backbone. Light to medium body, lively carbonation. I like it.


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