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

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RATINGS: 1368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Bottle: Unfiltered
Sinds 1295 wordt Augustijn gebrouwen volgens de eewenoude traditie van de paters Augustijnen. Dit authentieke kloosterbier met nagisting op fles, zal u door zijn volle smaak en fraaie kleur keer op keer weten te verrassen.
Contract brewed since 1978 by Van Steenberge for the Augustinian monastery at Stephens Church in Ghent using the original yeast culture. Sold outside of Belgium as St Stefanus, after the church, to differentiate it from beers that may be made by other Augustinian communities. The monastery receives money from each sale.
Ingredients: Pale, Pilsener and Munich malts; brewing sugar; Saaz, German Hallertau; additional bittering hops.
Partially filtered after primary fermentation, then cool matured for four weeks. Filtered and then reseeded with Brett and another yeast, and warm conditioned for two weeks. Bottled and stored for a minimum three months before distribution.

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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zarrach76 (238) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 5, 2017
Ce ne sera pas lAugustijn que je chroniquerai, mais la version St. Stefanus, mon exemplaire tant sorti de cave en juillet 2016. Belle blonde dore avec de trs lgers reflets cuivrs et une trs belle mousse blanche paisse, bulles trs fines et apptissantes... Nez extrmement intressant, marqu par le caramel, la vanille, lamande, le miel, mais aussi par de fortes notes florales et boises (bois de rose, jasmin, illet, verveine...). On sent aussi au loin des touches dagrumes sur lorange et le citron vert. Il y a aussi un petit quelque chose de gourmand, de sucr qui titille le nez, mais en mme temps une petite amertume presque minrale. Affaire plutt intrigante et nez plus riche quil ny parait. En bouche, trs belle rondeur, beaucoup de corps, sucres rsiduels riches et onctueux, texture paisse et huileuse, alcool trs efficace avec un petit 7% au compteur, levures nettes avec un got cisel de cuir, de bois et de terre, amertume lgre. Trs belles notes de crales qui laissent planer des flaveurs de croissant au beurre. Les houblons sont sages dans leur amertume mais apportent une belle vivacit lensemble. Lquilibre nest pas parfait, le final nest pas non plus exceptionnel, les sucres sont vraiment prsents et masquent un peu les notes florales et vgtales, mais dans lensemble cette bire est un vritable plaisir gustatif et se laisse trs bien boire. Pas vraiment une Belge forte, pas vraiment une Blonde classique, mais une superbe bire de caractre. A boire et re-boire ! Bouteille 33cl, Boissons du Monde, Saint-Egrve.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jooilakon (78) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2017
St Stefanus bottle (3 months) from Waitrose, Shepherds Bush. Fantastic fruity aroma. Golden yellow body with big white head. Well balanced flavours of sweet fruitiness and yeast and great aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
klukas (254) - Rijeka, CROATIA - APR 23, 2017
Enjoyed: Poured from a bottle into trappist glass. Appearance: Hazy yellow colour. Small but steady head with spring in the centar. Aroma: Yeast, malt, banana. Palate: Light body, medium to high carbonation. Taste: Yeast, wheat, sweet, hint of alcohol, moderate bitter aftertaste. Overall impression: Very enjoyable, usual Belgian representative.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rei00 (111) - CHILE - APR 21, 2017
Una BSA de color dorado con matices anaranjados de media/baja espuma y baja carbonatacion. Su aroma es cítrico donde resaltan la cáscara de limón y la naranja con toques metálicos suaves, genera una sensación refrescante, con los matices frutales del damasco. Su sabor es refrescante y suave, predominantemente dulce, pero manteniendo los sabores cítricos a naranja y los matices frutales del Damasco. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Peb (95) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2017
Bire plutt classique. Pas mauvais dans lensemble, mais manquant de peps. Trs linaire; pas convaincu.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nephirem (450) - CROATIA - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle, 0.33l. 7% ABV. Slightly hazy copper pour with one finger creamy white head. Good retention, nice lacing. Nose is mostly yeasty with some grainy notes to it. Subtle hops. Thin to medium body with average texture. Quite strong on the carbonation. Boozy and bitter taste. A bit unrefined, rough on the edges. Aroma of malts, grains, yeast. Vegetable-like notes. Slightly metallic. Pretty straightforward, lacking in complexity. A bit boozy mouthfeel. Dry and bitter finish. Overall, quite average and generic. A bit disappointed with this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzatoadisback (156) - ITALY - MAR 18, 2017
Slightly darker than golden with a bit of haziness. Big creamy white head, good retention and nice lacing. Smell has fresh fruitiness (expecially orange, peach) and peppery spiciness. Taste has honey, a bit of a sugary feel, strong fruitiness (orange, peach), slight spiciness. The abv may not be that high but a bit of alcoholic warmth is still to be felt. Overall its a dominantly sweet beer but somehow it does not feel at all over the top. Tastewise its definitely a vivid/intense beer, though maybe a bit unrefined. Medium bodied with high carbonation, quite mouthfilling and slightly creamy. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonbenali (195) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2017
Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a finger of white head and medium to high carbonation. Aroma has plenty of spice, with clove, coriander, ripe banana, dried fruit and bready malts. Taste is sweet, sticky, with some sour bitterness coming through in a nice length complex finish. Would be interesting to try and older one of these.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
19Oracolo78 (182) - ITALY - MAR 4, 2017
Birra dal colore dorato. Schiuma fine e persistente. Allolfatto sentori di caramello, agrumi e spezie. Al palato corpo medio con note di caramello, pesca, zagara e spezie. Nel finale piacevolmente amara. Una birra estremamente beverina. Ottima.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
metalspice (905) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2017
SomSt. stefanus blonde. En god og typeriktig belgisk blonde med mye krydder bde i smak og duft sammen med friskt gress og et hint av frukt.


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