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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%
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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3.7
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a huge moslty lasting white creamy head. Rich aroma and taste of orange, spice and malts. Nice lasting taste.

3.7
tomer (3516) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - AUG 8, 2009
0.33L bottle, fluffy stable heas, dark golden colour, aromas of dried apricot with citrus, vanila, malt and manure, Flavours of orange, mandarine, sweetish malt and cinamon, quite dry with an empathic bitterness which is a touch coarse, bitter and sour aftertaste. Good beer.

2.6
TaxiDriver (1775) - Stadland, GERMANY - APR 20, 2009
Bottle. A strong aroma of citrus with a sweet background, the finish is a little bit sour. The head is gigantic, white and foamy, it is rather fast disappearing. The body is pale yellow. The taste is acidic and light bitter. The body is light to medium, with a lot of carbonation and a dry body.

2.9
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2009
Pours crystal clear amber with huge frothy long lasting head with some lacing. Aroma is yeasty and spicy in a refreshing way. Flavour is also slightly spicy but otherwise rather flat. Very high carbonation which poorly fills up the thin body.

3.1
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2009
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 010309. Golden with white head. Aroma of yeasty fruit. Flavor is malt, added sugars and a tone of red fruits.

2.4
jthg (86) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
two beers in. aroma is sweet. I think it is almost grassy. Very clean taste and very clean body. Sweet taste and this is coming after the golden monkey

3.7
fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2009
bottle from mix pack into tulip glass. liight gold color with thick lasting foamy head. taste is bright with apples and pears some spices. clean finish though a little too sweet. not bad.

3.4
gmonroe10 (243) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a huge white collapsing head, and murky gold color. Aroma is almost a white beer- nose of sweetness, lemon peel, coriander. Taste spicy and flat, sticky mouthfeel. Certainly get the warm alcohol about midway. Nice.

3.2
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2009
330mL bottle from Regional – last one! Pours deep golden, white fluffy head which fully dissipates. A good Belgian nose to this one. Very fruity aromas, slightly herbaceous and a hint of alcohol and hops. Flavour is deceptively subdued to begin, with subtle malt sweetness. Then an alcoholic bitterness kicks in and brings some nice herb character with it. Alcohol just shows itself to be involved in the flavour, but reasonably well hidden.

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TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle (in NZ). Very lively pour, plenty of carbonation with a huge frothy white head. Sweet and spicy yeasty aroma. Lots of bittering and dry alcohol on the palate. The malt is slightly bready with a champagne-like dry grape finish. Probably one you would prefer to share. Mine seemed to lack the sweetness others refer to, which would have helepd to offset the strong alcohol presense.


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