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


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RATINGS: 536   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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arone12 (935) - 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 (2511) - 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 (6036) - 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 (660) - 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.

BelgBeerGeek (1307) - 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 ...

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.

imdownthepub (15513) - 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.

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!

DeanF (2647) - Quebec, 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.

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