Brouwerij Sterkens
Brewed at Van Den Bossche

Style: Abbey Tripel
Meer, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 397   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
A slightly bitter, golden colored beer with a good head.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rayaron (1628) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle 750ml as "St. Sebastiaan Grand Cru". light golden with a huge white creamy head. Light yeasty aroma, a bit sweetish. Sour, light sweet flavor. Average sour aftertaste. Light to medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (15096) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Hazy almost opaque orangy color, medium sized white head. Smell malts, some fruityness, lightly sweet. Taste lightly malts, a slight fruityness, a bit more bitter in the flavor. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1747) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle @dutchdrebus. Thnx to benzai. Hazy golden color with a small white head. Smells fresh, herbs, spices. Tastes herbs, floral

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (5803) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle @ home. Clear amber colour with a small to medium sized white head. Pretty active bubbles. Smells like delirium tremens.. Probably the yeast or something. Slightly sweet, malts, inflatable swimmingpool and a hint of fruits. Tastes like how I remember Delirium Tremens too. Reminds me of my younger days a bit. Its been quite a while since Ive had one though. Malts, yeast, sweetish, slightly herbs. Quite a bit of carbo, medium body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Case (300) - GERMANY - MAY 21, 2014
Faint aroma of coriander and spices. Taste is light sweetness, a bit of spice. Very watery, thin mouthfeel, high carbonation. Little to no taste, disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1915) - HONG KONG - APR 5, 2014
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014

500ml crown-capped stoneware bottle with build-in flip-top, as "St. Sebastiaan Grand Cru" bought at Belgian Beer International in Tsuen Wan.

Cloudy hazy golden yellow colour with small amount of dirt-like yeast sediments; One and a half finger head with crumpety white foams which lasts for 2 minutes; Excellent sticky lacing and very fizzy carbonation; Slightly fragrant aroma of malt, with moderate banana, vanilla, light caramel, light sugar, moderate Bel yeast, light herbs, lemon and faint grass; Mid to light sweet taste of malt, with light metallic, very light tartness, light orange, faint banana, light caramel, light raisins, quite strong phenolic, molasses, light bread, light Bel yeast, spices, light cloves, lemon, light grass, and moderate bitter hops; Medium body. Very slick and slightly creamy palate; Mouth feel is passing-grade Belgian Blond, light malt, thick body, low estery taste and not much sweetness, strong phenolic elements but low on cloves and spices, overall with a very clean and neat palate but you wish for more to shine. Oh dear The 7.5% booze doesnt taste that strong but it wants to scream out at every opportunity. Sigh... Hoppiness is lemon, light herb and faint grass in nose. Lemony, slightly clovey and light grass in taste. Bitterness is stand-out, more on astringent side for a lasting, mid-to-low bitter finish; Slight dry after taste. Clean, easy and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: The stoneware bottle with build-in flip-top is impressive, but the brew itself is not: its clinically-made, no fault and effective to be passable. All the nice Belgian taste elements are there but not enough to be shine. So Ive paid double the price for the stone bottle and thats the saving grace. Lesson learnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (3215) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAR 3, 2014
50cl very expensive bottle. Dark gold and thin head. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter. Body is smooth. Aroma is floral, malty, caramel and light hop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (7230) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2014
500 ml stoneware bottle, as Sterkens St. Sebastiaan Grand Cru Bire Forte, capped and with swingtop. ABV is 7.5%. Bought at Alcampo, Gran Canaria. In the German translation on the label the beer is classified as a "doppelbock", which it clearly is not, despite being brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot. Pale golden colour, large and lasting white head. Nice and "typical Belgian" spicy aroma, also some fruity notes. Fairly light bodied for its strength , nice and mild spicy flavour, again "typically Belgian", not too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (10284) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2014
500ml bottle from Appellation Wines. Hazy golden yellow pour, big white head. Some light spice on the aroma, hay and cereal. Taste is light sweet, herbal bitter. Yeasty. Creamy texture, clean finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sissio (1553) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 22, 2014
Clear golden/amber, white head hops, fruity, hint of honey, passito/winey not too heavy sweet fruity honey, slight astringent ending, light bitter aftertaste raisins, yellow fruit, hops, caramelized malts

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