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


on tap

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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   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 brewers website, this is the same beer as St. Stefanus Grand Cru.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (14868) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2007
Light orange, very lively self-sustaining head. Sweet light-fruit and muted perfume aroma - akin to a wheats corriander. Far too lively in the mouth - unable to keep the beer there long enough to get a good taste. Alcohol comes across to easily. Pleasant maltiness, a bit thin on the hops compared with the overwhelming fizz and booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
pours a hazy golden color, smells of bread yeast, Flavor is a nice blend of malt, hops and spices, with the malt coming through in the finish, this is my first beer of this style so I have rated it as to taste and not style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours hazy golden with a decent size white head. Aroma of citrus, belgian spices, fruit, and lemon. The flavor is fruit, citrus, yeast, spices, orange peel, but not so smooth, and finishes bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2007
Poured with ahuge white foamig head which took a long time to dissipate.Also had excessive swirling carbonation. Aroma was sweet and fruity with some alcohol. Initial taste is somewhat metalic, then it is sweet and finally there is some fruity sourness and traces of spice. Certainly a variety of flavours but a bit muddled. Maybe there was something wrong with this bottle because of all the gas.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2007
[Sampled in 2004.] Thisone is a rerater hence Im used to such a strange and special beer now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - AUG 12, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 Colorao mbar, com uma enorme espuma branca, densa e persistente. Carbonatao muito alta. Ctrica. Sugesto de casca de laranja. lcool imperceptvel. Final amargo e seco.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosskie (824) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2007
9% 33cl bottle bought in Belgium. Big head which will flow over if youre not careful. Golden hay colour with a few bubble columns. Smells like banana, apple with hints of lemon and a background of yeastiness. Good bitter-sweet balance. A fresh and creamy citric palate with a hint of cherry sweetness - but dont worry, not sweet! Nothing really exceptional; just a hint of alcohol taste to remind you what youre drinking: a well balanced, reliable beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUL 16, 2007
Brugge. Floral it has led, fruit. Champagne, tobacco, evident alcohol, carbonated....................................Brug Floral leve, frutado. Champagne, tabaco, lcool evidente, bem carbonatada.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3308) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2007
On draft at sharp edge creekhouse. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. Aroma is citrus, malts, yeast, and some light spiciness. Flavor of spice and malts with a warm alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (661) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2007
Draught. Pours slightly hazy golden/yellow with a small white head. Aroma is slightly spicy yeast and sweet malt. Flavor is the same, with a bit of light fruit, slightly sticky, and various other flavors I cant really place. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. Pretty good, and better than the average rating, I think, at least on tap.

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