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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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3.2
TrefwoordPunk (1214) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle 33 c. Pale golden with a huge white head. Aroma is sweet with hints of ripe fruits, yeast and alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet too. A good beer, but nothing really exceptional

3.3
Grovlam (4247) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2007
Bottle. Huge fizzy white head that mostly lasted. Nice thick lacework. Cloudy golden / amber color with a sparkling appearance. Aroma was very fruity and yeast with other notes being caramel, grain, spice, hint of coriander and citrus. Light wood and hoppy notes as well. Over the palate evidence of alcohol was present. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation and a light dry and alcoholic texture. Balanced moderated sweet and bitter flavor. Moderated fruity and spicy light bitter finish.

3.5
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2010 Straw-colored and heady, leaving circular splotches. Delightfully aromatic with some ginger flower and lemon rind but perfume and alcohol are present. Soft palate, smooth. Nice but not exceptional, and can be a let-down if you are expecting something more...and yet on its own is quite nice and dry. On re-rate liked it more and upgraded from 3.2

3.4
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap, from old notes. Bright golden yellow with dense white foam, candy like sweetness with undertones of alcohol, spice and bitterness.

3
TET (3034) - Kaarina, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2007
Huge white head and little grey-brown beer. There are lots of flowers in the aroma (almost parfym?). Flavour is sour and quite sweet. There is no alcohol in the taste. Carbonation is too much and so palate isn’t pleasant. Little disappoitment.

2
cheap (5863) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2007
On tap at the Sharp Edge Creek House. Mild sweet candy aroma. Ubiquitous pale yellow american lager color and appearance with just an ever so slight haze. Initial taste hit is rather alky. Difficult to enjoy when compared to the regular Ausustijn. Bitter malty alky bite carries thru the session but it is never ’in yer face’. Some mild carbonation. Controlled, above average slight medicinal lingering alky malt finish.

3.2
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle. Huge fluffy, staying and thick head. Mild citric nose. Very citric and sour flavor with some yeastiness and hops. Some acidity. Very fizzy champagne like mouthfeel.

3.3
scanovajr (695) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 23, 2007
A hazy golden beer with white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity and citric. Taste is yeast and spicy. Dry and alcoholic end

2.6
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 22, 2007
Light orange, very lively self-sustaining head. Sweet light-fruit and muted perfume aroma - akin to a wheat’s 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.

3.4
Homebrewerguy (306) - 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.


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