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

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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.1
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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BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2010
head: white, huge, bubbly
colour: orange/gold, hazy
smell: oranges, yeast, sugar, hops and overall just bitter
taste: bitter/sweet yeasty overall taste, alcohol deffinitly in the beer, scents of orange or lychees .... citric peel, oranges, sweet dry end ...

3.7
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2010
330 ml pours a very amazing glass. A thick semi yellloe white head sits firm atop this beer. Aroma gives off strong hints of bananas and citrus. Taste is very refreshing with strong notes of fruites. Leaves a thick rich after tates that lingers strong on the palate. Truly an amazingly crafted beer.

3.3
imdownthepub (14555) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle conditioned, 330ml, from The Bottleshop, Bruges aged 6 yrs. Slightly clouded amber gold with explosive white head. Still really lively after ageing which stirred the yeast up somewhat. Strangely this still tastes a little on the raw, spiky side, there is a sharp, slightly herby, spicy character, positioned against a bitter malt note. Tastes just a little unbalanced.

3.9
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
Brought home from eu roadtrip. Clear golden with a thick creamy white head. Great powerfull yeast fruity aroma with notes of banana, lime and berries. Also has a herbal touch of coriander. Flavor is welbalanced with the alchohol doing nothing but good matched up to the fullbodied deep malty sweetness and yeasty fruit. Great!

3.4
DeanF (2464) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
I disagree with the "staying head" part of the pitch, it’s a little thin but still not bad. Nice blonde body. The aroma is soft, heavy on the malts with only a hint of hops. The taste is a load of grass on the front odd citrus notes, easing into a heavy alcoholic and grassy bière-de-garde finish. Good mouthfeel. Rather nice, a little more complex than I expected.

3.3
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Bottle has same pic but is 8% abv. A hazy amber brew with a huge white head. Scent is fruit and yeast. Taste is sweet yeasty. Bubbly.

3
zeek (194) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2010
This is what a beer should look like. Clear, golden/copper color, big strong head. Taste starts nicely malty, but then the alcohol comes on and stays. Viscous mouthfeel, alcohol aftertaste.

3.2
ivan9856 (191) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2010
The 330 ml brown grenade bottle pours a cloudy, effervescent amber/orange bodied ale with a large, long-lasting white head that left excellent lacing. Aromas of light grain, orange rind and alcohol. Well-attenuated and dry through-and-through, this is a lively, medium-bodied ale, with a complex mid-palate flavor profile that expands as the beer warms to room temperature and the strong orange citrus elements give way to other fruit flavors like green apple and banana. The beer has a long, dry finish and an ABV of 9.0%. Overall, a very nice beer.

3
gam (3930) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2010
Medium look over this ale head carbonation clear gold pour aroma fruit yeast mild spice flavours fruity yeast gentle bitter mamalade touch finish mild bitter sweet mamalade taste tangy not bad


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