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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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SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
Had this on-tap Saturday at the Sharp Edge. Served in an Augustijn goblet. A- Body is a near transparent very pale golden yellow with a thin creamy eggshell white head that has decent retention. Tiny bubbles are seen constantly rising to the top. S- Smell is dry and fruity. Apples and citrus come through with hints of wheat, Belgian spices, and hops. T- Taste is subtle and smooth. Dry apples and citrus upfront with a grainy spicy yeast backbone. A touch of hops is added for the finish which is pretty clean and dry. Subtleties from the initial flavor linger on the palate with the slightest touch of alcohol. P- Very champagne-like mouthfeel with high carbonation and light body. O- 9% ABV is well hidden here. This is a nice light and drinkable BSPA. Its delicate and subtle flavors made it fitting to enjoy with my dinner and conversation. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 09-24-2007 17:16:56

3.7
HenrikSoegaard (14176) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 18, 2010
Bottle. Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Powerfull malty and yeasty aroma. Strong fruity ester notes. Moderate bitter fruity flavor. Long nice moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate but a little too fizzy.

3.5
judasbeer (431) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 17, 2010
Appearance: Pours a slightly paler gold color than the blond one. Huge, airy head that leaves a small, messy lace-chunks on the glass-side.
Aroma: Restrained, but refreshing, peppery, coriander sprinkled, dry-muscat grape notes.
Flavor: Dry herbalish, lime-peels, spices like coriander and cumin with celery or asparagus notes up-front. It retains it’s dryness till the end, but the definite mustcat-grape sweetness at the medium-palate adds a a really unique experience. Dictinct herbal dryness at the finish.
Mouthfeel/Palate: Thick, strong blond ale with tickling carbonation and mild viscousity. Artfully hidden alcohol warmth.
Overall: An absolutely dry, thick belgian ale with a nice herbal hop-profile. Memorable.

2.8
JanEric (1233) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2010
Pours out golden, blonde coloured, with a dense white head. Much carbonation. Aroma is orange and apples, some spices. Taste doesn’t bring in the expectations by the aroma: some sourishness, bitterness and a quick finish. Some bitterness remains.

3.5
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2011 Orange pour, medium off white head. Spicy aroma with yeast, grapes, malt and something fowl, like it’s past it’s due date. Flavour is better, some bitter liquorice and fruit, some sweet fruit and yeast. No reason to drink this again though. Edit: had a fresher/better cellared one, +1.0 (!)

3.3
Embrouille (2853) - SWITZERLAND - APR 2, 2010
Bottled 33cl. It pours a hazy golden beer with a decent head. Apple and pear being most present throughout.

3.9
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 3, 2010
Ködös,aranysárga színe van ennek a sörnek.A tetején hófehér közepes kemény és tömött hab csücsül,ami lassan illan el egy csipke gallért hagyva a pohár falán.Illata fűszeres,gyümölcsös,talán friss ananász és maláta.Íze édeskésen,gyümölcsösen és likőrösen kezdődik,ami lassan átúszik egy korianderes,borsos és komlós,enyhén csípős ízbe.Elég testes és igen élő ital,szinte pezsgősen buborékos.Utóíze keserédes kissé gyógyfüves és hosszan tartó.Az alkohol kellemesen melegít és zsibbasztja a szájpadlásunkat de nem tolakodik.Finom!

3.2
wekker84 (2360) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2010
330 ml bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a nice white head aroma caramel fruit like citrus and appels and yeast taste fruit sweetness malts and spices

3.2
VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - FEB 15, 2010
Gold straw colour, clean prior to the pour of the tiny bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Good sized foamy white cap, really good retention and messy lacing. The aroma is soft. Ciabatta bread, fairly thick, odd fruit, soggy warm corn flakes. I’ve noticed alcohol in the taste right off the bat. Light apple, lots of alcohol, more apple, bit of feet, mild spice that can’t quite hide the alcohol.. ain’t that bad though. Smooth slightly oily mouth feel, finishes booooooooring.

2.8
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
Clear champagne looking with tons of bubbles floating to surface, a tall fluffy white cap sits on top. Soft smelling malts with mild spice, along with some wet freshly cut wood. Taste is very similar to the aroma but add sour in the finish with some ginger. Apple and wheat start to show up when beer got warm the beer also got thicker when that happened. Not bad I guess drinkable but completely average and forgettable.


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