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

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RATINGS: 532   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 brewers website, this is the same beer as St. Stefanus Grand Cru.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scantron (63) - Ontario, - DEC 28, 2012
December 15, 2012; 9.0% abv, 330 mL, trappist, BBD: 25/05/14 Aroma of honey, lemon peel and Belgian yeast. Fruit esters of banana with clove spice. Pours golden with a very slight haze. Active carbonation is evident. Big fluffy white head that strongly laces the glass. Sweet. Strong taste of alcoholic spice, fruity banana and yeast. Finish is slightly herbal but dominated by the spice. Too strong on the booze. Surprisingly watery with a dry finish. Heavy on the booze. Interestingly sweet.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrW (630) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2017
At Heeren Van Liedekercke. Aroma of chees and herbs, someting sweet and a bit burned toast. Pours clear golden with a nice white foamy head. The head leaves nice laces on the side. Taste is sweet, a bit citrus fruits. Easy drinker.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Demens (402) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 17, 2017
0,33l bottle. Cloudy golden colour with long lasting huge foamy white head. Aroma: Candy sugar, leather with light acidic champagne aroma. Taste: Sweet mlty start with a pleasent tarty caracter and has a light bitter mouthfeel, Well balanced. Medium body with medium carbonation. Medium lasting bitter/tarty finish.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (1272) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2017
bottle. Poured hazy golden with a creamy white head. Sourish herbal hoppy aroma. Medium body, prickly mouthfeel. Sweet bready malt, tart citrus with spicy notes and yeast. A little alcohol in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lkowalkowski (314) - POLAND - DEC 9, 2016
Barwa jasna, klarowne. Piana biała, drobna. W aromacie trochę jak białe wino. W smaku alkohol dobrze ukryty. Oglnie w porządku.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (12485) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2016
Draft at Belgie, Utrecht. Hazy orange golden with a big white head. Aroma of yeast, caramel, light fruits, malt, spicy notes and herbal notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kittenbieer (151) - LYON, FRANCE - OCT 30, 2016
Grande bouteille"St Stephanus Grand cru" partage avec mon cher Appiantiqua dans des verres Straffe Hendrick.Belle robe dore avec une bonne mousse persistante et une forte carbonatation.Le nez nous offre des armes de malts et houblons avec des pointes de levure.La bouche nous amne sur des saveurs limage du nez avec des notes florales dans un bel quilibre.La finale est plaisante,un peu sche.Une bonne bire blonde mais qui manque de caractre pour une appellation "Grand cru" qui namne rien de plus que la St Stephanus classique"!!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
appiantiqua (151) - Lyon, FRANCE - OCT 30, 2016
Dguste avec mon petit Kittenbieer dans un verre Straffe Hendrick. Bouteille 75cl. version commerciale "St Stefanus Grand Cru". Temprature de dbut 7 8. Robe dore surmonte dune mousse blanche tenace; carbonatation intense. Nez classique des blondes belges sur la levure et le malt. Le got offre un bel quilibre avec des saveurs fuites, houblonnes et de crales mais sans grande surprise. La finale est de bonne longueur et toujours plaisante. Une bonne bire blonde sans dfaut mais qui manque un peu de relief. Le fait remarquable est quune fois de plus une appellation "Grand cru ou Grande rserve" est finalement infrieure la version "classique"!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JimmyBoy74 (637) - rebro, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2016
Flaska kpt p Dranken geers. Fantastisk god belgare med lite fr mycket alkohol om man ska sga ngot negativt!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bozo_skeleton (1135) - Grenoble, FRANCE - SEP 22, 2016
Blonde dore, belle carbo, collet epais et persistant. Aromes bien marqus, pain, citron, miel, et les levures belges Vive, ronde tout en gardant une certaine legert, longue sur les cereales et legerement fruit

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Subliminal64 (152) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2016
Purchased as part of a Winter Mixer Pack. Swells sweet, but not as much as other Belgians. Pours a cloudy gold. Head clears quickly, but lacing lasts to the end. Taste is sweet sugary, but not overpowering. Good amount of carbonation. No aftertaste. Overall I was happy with this brew. Easy drinking, and would never know it was 9%. MB The Beer Bear On


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