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


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RATINGS: 537   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Full body - staying head - amber color with a spicy, malty palate that finishes very fruity with complex hoppy undertones.

2015 update: according to the brewer’s website, this is the same beer as St. Stefanus Grand Cru.

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nuplastikk (6275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2011
12oz bottle. Hazy orange-brown. Foamy, soapy head. The aroma is a little funky, I’d assume spoiled. Still drinkable, even enjoyable. Pungent dark fruits and amber malt are accentuated. Nice effervescent mouthfeel, but the leathery aftertaste is just not right. Tastes like an Amber all the way. A little devolved, assumably better fresh. Herbal hop balance awash a sugary malt and yeast body.

taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Foamed over when opened even though it was chilled down to 38F. Cloudy and dark yellow with a huge head. Aroma of "dark" spice and yeast. Taste of lots of spice mixed with the Belgian yeast taste and more spice. I can’t detect the high alcohol in it and overall, it’s very good.

Travlr (24745) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle. Amber color, medium off white head. Aroma of apple skins. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, summer fruits and caramel. Not bad.

lord_totenkopf (314) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 9, 2011
Golden colour, medium head. Aroma is fruity and alcoholic. Taste is sweet in this full bodied, creamy texture beer.

mattphilips (801) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 9, 2011
Szép arany szín, fehér habbal. Illata cukrosan édeskés, aszalt gyümölcsös. Ízében is az édesség a meghatározó, mazsola és más aszalt gyümölcsök, kis üde citrusossággal megtoldva. Leginkább egy komolyabb aszúra, vagy más desszert fehérborra emlékeztet. Helyettük akár ki is lehetne próbálni sajtokhoz, gyümölcsös desszertekhez vagy csak úgy, digestive italnak. Ha egy komolyabb édeskés sörre vágyunk, ez nem fog csalódást okozni.

arone12 (929) - Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Smells rather sweet with some granny smith apples mixed with some sugar. Tastes like apple juice with a little hoppy finish! Not too bad.

Grima (2394) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2010
The beer in the glass is orange-brown. little cloudy. The head is extremely durable and large-pored. The smell is very alcoholic, also sweet malty. Starts very malty, spicy and very discreet alcoholic, what surprised me then. The aftertaste is then slightly sour yeasty. The total transformation after this start. In the entire course it takes more like that, from the malty spicy notes does not leave too much left.

erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2010
Hugh white head - soon disappearing - with hazy organge-brown body. Cereal, leaves, cheese, hint of pumpkin. Heavy carbonation. Pleasant big alcohol kicks in the bitterness of the hops. Enjoyable beer for sure with a good price. (33cl bottle, 1,80 EUR)

zombywoof (467) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2010
A not very distinct strong ale. Muddled banana and cardboard flavor although the nose is ok. I’ve had better BSA’s. looks good though light amber color with a frothy, meringue like head.

lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle once bought in Dranken geers in Belgium. A cristal clear golden pour with a huge white fluffy head. The aroma is classic belgian blond-style. Some melon notes along with piney yeast notes, some caramels and alcohol. The taste is rather perfumic with a light body with a watery palate. Caramelnotes and artificial sweeteners, some honey and biting alcohol in the finish along with some bitterness. Really not impressed.

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