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


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RATINGS: 1386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 Stephen’s 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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cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Sharp, musty aroma that is offset by a healthy dose of sugar and honey. Hazy golden-orange body with a large rocky head and thick lacing. Bubbly and filling, strongly carbonated followed by a stinging aftertaste and a hint of cardboard. Candi sugar, Belgian yeast, bread dough, and grassy flavors are somewhat balanced by a green hop presence. Solid strong ale, bordering on a Tripel or vise versa I suppose, who really knows.

RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Pours gold with a light haze to it, good sized rocky white head that sticks around. Aroma is faint at first, but opens up at warmer temperatures showing some grape, honey, grass, lime, and light coriander. Similar to an un-sweet riesling. Taste is a bit earthier, with some hay and grass up front but the nice grape and lime characters are still there. Finishes with the grassy spicy bitterness, but it fades out to a toasty lime and grain flavor. Light bodied for the style and well-carbonated. Pretty good, and certainly one of the easiest tripels to drink, but it might be a little light on flavor.

mjs (7532) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2008
(Draught at Kaisla, Helsinki, on 2008-10-24) Golden. Hazy. Medium sized white quickly disappearing head. Fruity, yeasty and bit hoppy nose with sweet notes. Medium bodied palate with lot of carbonation. Fruitiness, yeast, hoppiness, bitterness and hint of pine in taste. Fruity and bitter aftertaste.

Bungalo22 (326) - Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Poured into a snifter a nice cloudy orange color with a very nice head. The aroma was a high point and full of honey, fruits and spices. It was a lighter body as a tripel should be but it was full of flavor. It was a bit overly sweet but still ok and it had a little bitter bite. No Chouffe Houblon Dobbelen IPA Tripel but very good.

steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
sweet and fruity aroma--honey, apple, cinnamon; gold body, some streams of tiny bubbles, moderate white and soapy head; bittersweet, light sour flavor; very smooth; i liked it a lot although it was not like an abbey tripel according to this website’s description.

austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Orange, huge foamy head. Alcoholic, a bit chalky and sweet malty nose, little herbs. Strongly alcoholic, sweet malty flavor, sugar, little herbs and honey in the finish. Quite light, strongly carbonated palate. Poor, uninspired tripel.

DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - OCT 19, 2008
(Bottle). Fruity sweet aroma. Completely cloudy dark golden body, medium off-white head. Fruity flavor, pear, orange, banana, and apple, lots of carbonation. Fairly brief finish. Good, not great.

CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2008
33cl. bottle at home: bright gold with a tall bubbly off-white head. Very yeasty aroma with grain, honey, and green apple coming to the forefront. Lightly citrussy with an herbal vein. Flavor is much fruitier than expected. Apple, pear, and mixed summer fruits on top of very pale malt, drizzled with a little caramel. Slight "twang" on the end that I can’t quite place. Not a sour note, not metallic, but a slight tart. Sweet at the same time. Yeast comes in the middle and stays with fruity and grainy notes. Stays sweet but leaves with an herbal and yeast finish.

presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 7, 2008
Golden amber with a lasting thin sticky head. Strong aroma honey, peach-apricot and a bit of yeast. A little rough and dirty for a Tripel. Lots of fruit flavour similar to aroma with a bitterness to it.

skortila (5967) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2008
Bottled. Malty aroma with some fruits and yeast. Hazy, orange coloured with a lasting, white head. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter, has caramel malts, some sugar, yeast and citrus. medium bodied. Average.

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