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St. Stefanus Blonde

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

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
St. Stefanus est une bière non pasteurisée à fermentation haute, qui est aussi refermentée en bouteille. Elle est brassée à partir de trois levures différentes, l’une étant la souche de levure originelle Jerumanus provenant de l’abbaye Sint Stefanus. Celle-ci, associée à notre processus unique, donne à notre bière sa saveur si particulière. See www.st-stefanus.be


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (1336) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle from Waitrose. Clear, dark gold. Film of white head. Lots of bready, fruity, honey booziness. Taste is dry, with a light tartness. Soft, sugary palate, that feels a bit watery. Herby, dry finish. Pretty good. A while in the cellar would make a difference, I reckon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (2029) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 18, 2014
"Cool - nice little surprise here. Bready aroma, with nice fruit and spice as well. Clean and crisp flavor, yet complex. Probably one of the better Belgian "blondes" I’ve had. Yeasty. Doesn’t do anything different, just does it well."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LeFaune (3) - ST MANDE, FRANCE - SEP 17, 2014 does not count
Smoky aromas, wood tones but a bit dry, lacks complexity. Very lovely foam, consistent. Not bitter at all, slightly sour but not in a bad way. Very balanced. Doesn’t appear to be 8% - very treacherous.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andy_ (689) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2014
330 ml bottle, rated 2014-09-09 @ Strasbourg
Orange hazy beer with white big head. Aroma has peppery Belgian yeast and herbal hops. Flavor is yeast with some sugary sweetness. Quite full palate with quite strong carbonation. Has a strong bitterness on the finish with aftertastes of yeast, pepper, fruits and alcohol. A quite simple Belgian blonde ale with quite strong bitterness. Maybe could use some aging? Adding the yeast in makes the bitterness softer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (1391) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle bier huis ossett. Hazy orange thin white head. Aroma is citrus Yeast taste is same some pepper nice bitter finish. Nice creamy body. Good stuff

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (2161) - FINLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle. Yellow, light hazy, creamy head. Subtle belgy yeast, creamy pale malts, a hint of citrus, spicy esters (clove, a bit of banana). But quite nice, clean. Med light bodied. Soft, nice pale malty drink. Yeasty esters, but really nicely mixed. Feels .. fresh, refreshing even. Which is surprising given the high abv of this one. Dangerous drink, probably even more so than Duvel. Real easy, refreshing, but with a good kick of abv.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
guzgorog (260) - FRANCE - AUG 22, 2014
Bue 6 mois après la mise en bouteille. Magnifique couleur dorée, haut col de mousse blanche, relativement persistente, dentelle. Nez fruité (poire), levuré et légèrement poivré, foin. La saveur est très levurée et maltée. Forte carbonation. Sucrée.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (3391) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s 200814. This is a great beer with loads of big fruity aromas and a flavour that makes the mouth sing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (4083) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle from Waitrose in East Cowes, but also seen it in Eastbournes Tesco Extra. Pours out in a hazy golden co,our with smooth low body and medium head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and malt. Taste of flowers, sweet Belgian yeast, mild hops, cake, bread and sweet herbs. Yeasty finsih. Typical Belgian but not a bad one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4082) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle from Waitrose, East Cowes shared with McTapps. Simple belgian ale with a belgian yeast, bit of hops and butter. Slightly sweetish middle, yeasty dominance, bit of bread and cookies. Fine one with no special points to talk about. Well, the big carbo does not kill it - that is a plus.


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