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


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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

Gachupines' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (855) - USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle from 2012. Appearance is cloudy yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is mildly fruity with a with a hint of banana and spice. Flavor is slight spice with a slight funkiness from the yeast. Wife: 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10420) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor with noce fruity esters. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3424) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JUL 17, 2014
Blodn bodied and with heavy carbonation to make a bubbly yet pleasantly drinkable head. Aroma is typical Belgian, both in the noble hops (perhaps a bit more fresh grassy than the dusty ones often found in Belgian Ales from Belgian), malts (simple yet of good quality) an yeast (lively fruity and cheesy). Fresh enough, despite the somewhat unnecessary 7% abv. Soft start, but the bitterness towards the end makes up a bit. Overall still a bit forgettable, but that’s mostly because this is already so widely available and done well so often by the Belgian. Considering its a generic Van Steenberge-brewed blond ale... not too bad! :) (33cl bottle from Monoprix in Neuilly sur Seine)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Tesco watching Germany Vs Argentina extra time. What a crushing disappointment the knock out phases of this tournament have been. Pours typical foggy ochre with a dense slim cap. Mad Belgian aroma mingling Prosecco and strawberries, vanilla ice cream peppered with cardamom and juniper, juicy gooseberry, Triple Sec and orange wine gum hop. Soft pillowed condition, mouth bursting with peppery juniper and gooseberry. Mellow, evocatively spiced finish with good balancing hop bitterness. Far too long since I’ve drank a beer like this. Beautiful.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
330ml typical stubby Belgian dark glass bottle. From Waitrose. Soft, creamy, sweet and yeasty. Perfumed with honey and citric notes. It’s a pleasant drinking Belgian blonde. No surprises here. Nothing exceptionally good, nor exceptionally bad. You can feel the alcohol heat on the swallow. OK. Not a huge difference between this and some strong Euro (or international) lagers, though being unfiltered and warm fermented gives this more character and flavour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt4054 (35) - Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Nice Belgian blonde ale that gets better with each sip. Dated as a cellar release for 7-2012, got on special for $4 per four pack. Very discounted and glad I loaded up with extra. Strong beer, but smooth tasting with great hops. Great beer for the summer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (228) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUL 7, 2014
Bottled in 2013/04, 33cL. Home. A clear golden orange beer with a large white creamy head. Thin bubbles. Fruity aroma (prune), herbs, spices, bread. Medium sugary sweet, refreshing bitter with an acid note. Medium body, pleasant silky texture, average carbonation, sweet finish with a warming note. Overall, a great silky/spicy/fruity belgian ale !

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Renobob (576) - Besançon, FRANCE - JUL 2, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 75cl. Couleur blonde classique. Belgian style sans trop d'alcool présent au palais. Plutôt bien équilibrée, acide en fin de bouche. Correcte.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (555) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle from Baruni’s in Baden --- just sitting there collecting dust and dated 4/2012 for cellar release date. This is an excellent offering and comes in on the sweet side without the expected dryness of some blonde varietals. Highly recommended and worth the $7.00 investment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TH28 (103) - - JUN 21, 2014
330ml bottle with 4/2012 bottling date. Appearance is hazy golden with an orange hue and minimal foam cap. Aroma is very fruity, mainly apricot, apple, and melon, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is a sweet, slightly musty malt with a lot of apricot, tangerine, apple. Mouthfeel is light with a high carbonation and touch of alcohol warmth. Finishes very dry and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3227) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle I got popped like New Year’s champagne, but didn’t fizz too much. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a fairly thick and frothy pale buff head. Flavor has fruity notes of pear and banana, plus hints of malt and butterscotch and a snip of hops. Texture is smooth and fairly fizzy, average but acceptable. A truly refreshing beer to take the edge off the heat of the day.

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