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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5983) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Pours a translucent gold with a medium white head. Nose is rich and full of vanilla, peach, banana, and spice. The taste is more spice, candy sugar, yeast and some earthiness along with ripe fruit. Hints of alcohol as well. Smooth mouthfeel and finish. Nice beer and it wasn't as strong as expected. Rather a very refreshing beer. Recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
This beer had a small sized ivory head that creamy and smooth and contained fine sized bubbles that mostly diminished during my rating. The body was carbonated, slightly cloudy and the hue was orange. The nose was mildly malty, fruity, and slightly spicy. The flavor of this beer was lightly sour, alcohol and tart. The palate was fairly smooth, alcohol, and it had a dry finish. This was a medium bodied beer with a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. Not a bad Belgian Strong Ale, but not one of the better ones that I have rated.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5609) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2003
This brew poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized foamy off-white colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lace and a body that whose carbonation was suspended within a transparent light brown colored viscuous fluid. It has a nice mild malt and yeast aroma with a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly tingly while maintaining a nice lingering caramel aftertaste. The flavor is full of mild vinuous alcohol and caramel malt. Overall it is very nice and I strongly recommend it!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2003
Light amber color with a little head. The aroma has a nice fruity maltiness, a touch of spicy yeast and a good dose of Belgian Candi Sugar. The yeast and sugar are definitely intriguing. The fruits are fairly typical. Apple, pear, orange, lemon, banana, a hint of bubblegum and subtle apricot. The body is somewhat thin and it leaves a little to be desired. Slightly sour and quite dry. The flavors surprized me. I was expecting smooth fruit and sugar sweetness with a warm finish. In actuality, the beer is lightly tart (apple cider) moving into an unexpected bitterness before a short, dry finish. I was not overwhelmed by this one. It is an interesting beer unlike others I've had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2661) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Bottle. Golden color with a thin laced white head. Peppery and fruity aroma with a sweet candy, pepper and spiced flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Good Belgian Strong Ale. Spicy, clove, and malt flavor. Finish is smooth, crisp, and clean. Recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5587) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Slightly hazed dark golden honey color with a small rocky, off white head with scads of lace. Light, but plethora of aromas. Floral hops, sweet malt, lemon zest, all kinds of fruit including pears, passion fruit and over ripe bananas, honey and one bandaid. Initial malt sweetness is taken back by a clove and pepper spiciness in the finish. Alcohol comes out as it warms, both in the late flavors and in the warming feel. Thicker in feel with just enough sparkle to give it some zip. I came into this one expection less. While the alcohol does seem to dominate later in the beer's life in my glass, the delicate aroma and warming fruit qualities win me over. Much like most domestic malt liquors are not afraid to strut their stuff, this one struts as a bold brash belgian strong.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Nice fruity, spicy aroma with caramel malty overtones. Beautiful orangey-amber color. Lots of carbonation, the head is nice, but fades quickly. Full bodied, robust flavor. Lots of malt and spicyness. Alcohol is very present as well, but not cloying at all. Finish is malty and warming. Can you believe that I bought a few bottles (the flip top 16 oz. bottles) for $1.99 each?!? The distributer for the Mpls. are was discontinuing this beer (that's sad), but I got a great deal on a great beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Made in small batches. One of the handful of best Belgian Ales. It has a high cost, but is well worth it. Full flavor...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dins (266) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Well done, straightforward, strong belgian. Strong alcohol flavor, some fruit notes. Little head. Dry finish.


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