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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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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


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aaroncoop (14) - Tiburon, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Mild sweetness, hoppy, with a firm head. No aftertaste or alcohol flavor. Excellent smooth.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (588) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 12, 2012
A nice light fruit aroma. This is tasty. Has a tripel mouthfeel to it but seems a bit on the lighter side. Very tingly and bubbly. Good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3214) - Radom, POLAND - SEP 29, 2013
May 2012 Cellar Release. Piloem to piwo po 17 miesiacach od produkcji i lezakowalo u mnie sporo czasu w odpowiednich warunkach. Powiem ze po tylu miesiacach piwo powinno miec pelen aromat slodowy i tak wlasnie jest. Co prawda tylko lekkie zmetnienie ale pieni sie mocno i smakuje wybornie. Jasne choc bym powiedzial bursztynowe, pasowalo by raczej Amber Belgian Ale do tegopiw. Slodowosc jest tu gora nut chmielowych wlasciwie brak. Po kilku chwilach po przelknieciu jest delikatna wytrawnosc ale to piwo jest sprytnie zbudowane, slodowe i kompletne. Ponoc wypite jako swieze ma wiecej cytrusowego harakteru. Polecam lezakowanie przynajmniej rok czasu

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (3404) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4376) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
33cl bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Cellar Release: 4-2012.

Appearance: Hazy, amber-gold body with two full inches of airy, pillowed, near white head.

Smell: Sweetish aroma of golden syrup dotted with crumpled cookies dusted very lightly with ground spice and housing a conspicuous fruitiness.

Taste: Golden syrup coated barley ushers in a juicy orchard fruitiness of pears, peaches, and Golden Delicious apples. Slightly spicy, herbal touch nudged by the bright carbonation. Sweetish cookie/cracker vibe on the quite crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High carbonation for a lively mouthfeel.

Overall: A tasty, refreshing, spirited Belgian blonde ale. I enjoyed it quite a bit, actually.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
airrick2003 (484) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 21, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2014 Score reflects latest tasting. Cellar release date: 7-2012 Tasting date: 10-21-13 Appearance: (3) pours with a very large beige head, beer is a hazy deep golden color, kind of copper color, head settles into a very dense head Aroma: (6) yeast, bread, lemon, spice, strong aroma Taste: (6) lemon, alcohol, hints of plum, very subtle grain, butter Palate: (3) average carbonation, leaves mouth dry, leaves a lemon aftertaste, average mouthfeel Overall: (13) decent beer, not great but not bad either, I have 4 of these so I will rate each one a few months apart to see how it ages Testing another bottle from same 4 pack on 8-14-14 Appearance: (3) this beer pours with a huge beige head that settles into a very dense head, the beer is a darker golden color and is pretty hazy Aroma: (9) banana, lemon, bread, yeast, very strong aroma like a good hefeweizen Taste: (9) sweet banana, very light malt grain, some lemon, has the faintest bitterness on the finish Palate: (14) lively carbonation, minimal aftertaste, leaves mouth dry, light mouthfeel Overall: (18) this is pretty amazing, like a very good and smooth hefeweizen, lots of complexity beneath the surface, no alcohol taste

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle from Dan Murphy’s. Aroma of bread, dough, citrus. Taste is sweet, with light sourness, and long length.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimothy_bob (5) - exeter, Devon, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
Bottled poured about 5 celsius, the label says it was released ’5-2013’: it’s about 11 months old. Aroma: Lots of bread and spicey fruitiness. Reminds me of christmas, grand marnier, and home made panetonne. A little bit of wine, vinegar, nail polish remover and stale pubs comes through too. Appearance: cloudy pale amber, fairly effervescent. Nice fluffy cream coloured head that lasts all the way down. Taste: Starts off with a strong bitterness that quickly diminishes to a sweet orange flavour supported by rich pastries, savoury notes and sweat. Other flavours to look out for are: proving bread, bread and butter pudding (spices and raisins), ginger bread, treacle, cinnamon, kiwi, a touch of pine. Palate: Amazing texture, like eating marshmallow: creamy and foamy, no residual stickiness. has a bit of a sharp kick to it the first few sips but that soon disappears. Overall: I started off not really enjoying it, it is a big beer, full of rich malt and yeast, and a high abv. But after settling down into it I really started to enjoy it. One for an early evening sat on a balcony with a few cigarettes and a good friend (not whilst trying to work at 11 pm). I’d say this is a perfect christmas beer. so reminiscent of luxurious times; the rich flavours certainly suit the dark winter months.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigalittlea (18) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Dated 4/12, so it’s been aged. Pours a crystal clear gold. Carbonation is evident, maybe a little too high for blondes. Then again, maybe I shouldn’t "cellar" my beers at 80 degrees. Mild, sweet aroma of tree fruit (pears? apples?) with a watermelon-y bubblegum. No hop aroma at all, just pure belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is light, silk. Not as dry as I’d expect given the carbonation. Taste is very typical belgian. Starts with a banana bread sweetness, switches to kind of a tart apple and finishes with peppery spice. Mine may have been a bit more "interesting" since it’d been in the high 70’s for about 3 months, but overall really loved this beer. Probably going to grab a bunch from my shop and store em at different temps, see what happens.


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