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


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RATINGS: 1373   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
petibear (52) - - JUL 28, 2012
Golden blond, small head, lighter in taste, sweeter finish Not bad, but inferior to more famous belgian blondes.

martpez (351) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2017
Drank 4 months after bottling. Has a rounded yeasty flavour bit of bean curd and a touch of fruit. Does not hid the avb well. Lovely rich velvet texture. A lesser Belgium ale I have to say. Very sweet.

phfyysik (1464) - Tartu, ESTONIA - DEC 4, 2017
Bottle as St. Stefanus Blonde. Pours amber with high white head. Aroma is malty, yeast, carrot, some vegetables, fruits, light spices. Taste is caramel, fruits, vegetables, yeast, some sweetness, malts. Nice beer!

gorthaurz (121) - CROATIA - NOV 13, 2017
Pours hazy golden with a thin head. Strong malty aroma. Taste of malts, some citruses, sweet. Warm alcohol feeling. Dry sweet aftertaste.

Davros IX (534) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2017
Bottle as St Stefanus at home. A dull and pretty lifeless pour with no real head and a rather odd look in the glass. The nose was yeast and that was pretty much all I got in the flavour. There was no mouthfeel and overall this was pretty terrible. It was drunk alongside a respectable barbecue pizza while watching "6 Days" on Netflix. No flavour, no mouthfeel and no life; this beer really doesn't have much to recommend it, but the film was brilliant!

ken1 (2177) - DENMARK - NOV 3, 2017
Aroma: Malty sweet with spices and slightly port like.
Flavour: Malty and fruity sweet with notes of caramel and cherries and some bitterness.
Colour: Golden amber with a white head.

Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 25, 2017
From Jun 2007

This one purs from 750ML caged and corked bottle, whoa, the cork exploded out of the bottle as soon as I removed the cage and hit my ceiling!!

Anywho, once I get some into my glass, it has a nice cloudy yellow orange colour and there's a lot of foam and lacing. A very pleasing Ale to the eye for sure.

The smell is all sorts of fruity and yeasty and peppery and malty and...you get the picture. ;^)

The taste is as complex as the smell. Big sweet n sour notes up front with a lot of spicy hops hovering around. I'm getting orange, coriander, clove, pepper and the list just goes on and on. There's even a bit of funk and earthiness about midway through and the finish is citrus fruit bitter and it leaves a long and enjoyable aftertaste. This is a heck of a good Tripel that's holding my attention with and during every sip. Man.

After a few more sips, I can taste and savour some ripened fruit, and the tartness, that started from the very first sip and continues with every subsequent sip, makes me pucker my mouth a bit but that's just fine and dandy with me and encourages me to take yet another..you guessed it... sip. With all the complex things going on here, I find the abv doesn't even come into play and that makes for some excellent drinkability.

Mouthfeel? About as smooth as it can get. The carbonation is on the light side(despite my bottle sending the cork almost into orbit) and very appropriate for the style. The *only* thing I could complain about it is...it's not available locally so I had to get my sample from the good folks at Liquorama for US$8.99 + shipping; Worth every penny, in my book.

Bottom line: An *excellent* Tripel because of the complex flavours that hit my palate and one that I'd get again without hesitation. If you see some on the shelf of the store *you're* in, by all means, grab at least one bottle and see what you think.

serch_kaiba (24) - - OCT 22, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2017 Bottiglia 33 cL come St. Stefanus (@ Valhalla Pub, Pavia). Schiuma bianca, soffice, poco persistente. Aroma dolce, soprattutto canditi. Gusto dolce, leggermente speziato. Malto, pane e sentori do banana. Chiusura leggermente amara.

FireGlider (707) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 13, 2017
Hazy orange color with small white head. Fruity and yeast with hints of alcohol. Light bitter, quite sweet and dry taste. Aftertaste doesn't feel balanced.

Grumbo (4128) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2017
Bottle as St Stefanus at The Beagle, Sproughton, Ipswich. Poured hazy mid gold with a frothy, lasting off-white head. Aroma is of yeast, bread, malt, sweet fruit and slightly perfumed. Medium to heavy sweetness, moderate bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation.

rumore (809) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 22, 2017
33cl bottle at L'Alternativa, in Bertinoro, Italy. Pours gold, slightly orange, fairly hazy, with gross white foam. Aroma is fruity from esters, caramel and alcoholic. Body is fairly dense, especially being felt in the finish, with good carbonation. Taste is intensely sweet and caramel, with some underlying bitterness which helps partially in enduring the sweetness. Finish is not particularly interesting.

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