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Stepa Triple (sugar-free Ale)

Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Abbey Tripel
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
The Stepaja company, which specializes in foods for diabetics, decided to brew a special beer without sugar. "De Proefbrouwerij" developed 2 magic beers: the STEPA triple (pale, 8% alc.v/v) and the STEPA amber (dark, 6 % v/v) both having less than 0.3 % residual sugar. Special malts were selected to optimize taste and a controlled fermentation in the bottle was employed to reduce the sugar content to below 0.3 %

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kermis (11041) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2016
Bottle shared. Very hazy golden with a medium white head. Aroma of dough, yeast, sweet malt, light herbs and toffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation. [13-07-2016]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deanso (9048) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2016
33cl bottle shared with Kermis. Medium creamy white head. Very hazy blond pour. Lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - DEC 6, 2015
Zeer slechte/ zoete smaak. De te zoete smaak verpest alles in het bier. Echt smerig om te drinken.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2015
One of the follow-ups to the Nog Eéntje range, commissioned by the brewer’s brother, who is determined to promote the use of Stevia instead of sugar. Very thick and frothy, yellowish white, dense, regular head leaving thick lacing, colour is a misty yellowish blonde with somewhat greenish hue. Aroma indeed breathes a lot of Stevia sweetness, a strong sugary sweetness with basil-, tea- and anise-like aromatic properties (I once had a plant and remember the smell of its leaves) clearly displayed here, banana candy, red apple, overripe gooseberries, some kind of sweetened children’s medicines (likely the Stevia returning), bubblegum, white bread, honey. Sweet onset, fruity hints of apple and pineapple, medium carbonation, soft and smooth but full mouthfeel, light honeyish and bready malt sweetishness but completely overpowered by the Stevia sweetness, which is not only very sweet bubblegum-like, but also a bit resiny and very herbal, even to the point of becoming medicinal, a little bit cough syrup-like, with a wry edge to it; hops are only far away in the background and provide just some structural bitterness. The sweetness lingers but way too much: this is over the top, I have nothing against the idea of using Stevia instead of candi sugar, but this is just too much of it. The aroma is too much dominated by it and its medicinal, bit wry, almost ’chemically bittersweet’ aftertaste bothers me for a long time after pouring this down. Moreover, a blonde beer of 6% ABV with this sweet profile is just a Belgian blonde and not a tripel! I guess brewer’s intent gets the last word here, but in my book this will not be classified as an abbey tripel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bierhier (21) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2015
Tried this beer on a summer evening. Good freshness, but a bit sweet. (stevia is used). Nice palate and taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kraddel (6189) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2015
Pours clear blonde, Good white head. Smell is bit malty, some sweet note as well. Taste is bit bitter. Some stevia-like sweetness to it. It doesnt overpower, but it slowly builds up and conquers everything by the time the aftertaste kicks in. A hard beer to give a score to, since I really like the changing character it has, but at the other hand the aftertaste is just plain filthy....

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JefVerstraete (2923) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle @ Boombal, Gent. Golden amber colour, white foam. Fruity and very sweet nose of sugar (stevia?) and chemicals. Also notes of varnish. Very bad and almost undrinkable. Harsh bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wekker84 (2170) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2014
bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus fruits and some hops flavor malts citrus fruits spicy and some hops a little bit watery flavor

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ForlornHope (408) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
33 cl bottle at home. Golden in colour with a small white head. Little aroma, mostly of bready caramel. Taste is surprisingly sweet for a sugar free beer with a bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel, good carbonation, the finish is short and very bitter. Overall an unbalanced beer, not horrible but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikske79 (1487) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 16, 2014
Deze tripel stelt een beetje teleur. Veel te weinig smaak aan dit bier om een goede tripel te zijn.

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