reebtogi (6315) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2011
750mL bottle poured pale golden into my goblet with a big white fluffy head with great retention reducing to a ring of lace on edge of glass. Aroma is grassy hops and some yeast. Taste is mildly sweet with some alcohol and mildly bitter hops on the finish. Carbonation is intense, providing good mouthfeel and this beer has a medium body. Metalchopz (3419) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2011
Originally rated May 2010. I forgot this brew in my fridge because I waited for the right moment to test it. Comes in a Champagne looking bottle. Tried it in a Champagne glass at first and then rated it in a lager glass. Pours a yellow-golden colour with a big white creamy head that stays a long time and leaves decent lacing. The cork lists 7 (then a cymbol) and 11. The best before date says 07.09.08. The nose is warm with alcohol and the malt is grainy with hints of honey and bananas. Creamy mouthfeel but still not much stickiness. The higher alcohol percentage does not burn. The flavours reminds me of the aromas, with grainy malts, notes of bananas, alcohol, mild hops and a metallic touch. This is like a creamier and stronger Stella Artois, but still nothing too amazing (or close to Champagne - even with the bubbles). Was nice to celebrate the 640th anniversary of Stella (which will never happen again... ha, ha). VertBaconStrips (2390) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JUN 25, 2009
640th Year anniversary! WOW! What a special numerical celebration! To mark this incredible occasion, and to coincide with my 490th review, the fact that it is 1:49:33 pm AND the 22nd day since I bought a new belt, I’ve decided to drink this beer in a special drinking device called a "glass".
Poured out a standard yellow gold brew with ample effervesence and a pretty big soft white crown... too bad that this didn’t last too long. The aroma was very lagerish with grain notes, light fruit and some hops. Taste was decent enough but nothing spectacular - bready malts, mildly sweet flavour and not much else. You can taste the alcohol but at 7.2%, this is not a problem. Mouth feel was nice and, well, lager like. Is this really worth 3.5? not compared to the general population of my reviews but as a strong lager it’s probably worth even more - I just can’t give it the marks since it was so boring. Biere forte d’Exception? Hardly. It’s a good strong lager though compared to the rest of my market. Nothing much here to get you to buy more. Stella does not stand for stellar. Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
Golden bubbly body that is very champagne like with a large fluffy cap with good retention there is some ropy lacing, I guess for a strong lager this looks good. Aroma is a strange lemony banana with some soap, malts are grassy and there is just a hint of mild skunk and a bit of old barn. Very malty flavour with a hint banana lemon taste, no trace of any of the high alcohol content, finishes sweet with no after taste. Very carbonated and bubbly, this kind of burns the throat when you swallow but the body its self is rather thick and creamy. For the style this is actually pretty good but its nothing I would really want to buy again for the price. Marks seem way to high but for the style it worth this." beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Sully, thanks mate.
Grassy hop nose, pale golden colour with spritzy white head. Very similar to normal Stella Artois.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2008
(champagne bottle from LCBO north of Toronto) Pale gold with rapidly fading white head. Faint fruity aroma. Flavor is was fruity (especially apple), yeast, slightly sweet. Lunkie (1943) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
Stale ashtray hop malt aroma. Clear yellow colour with fair head and lacing. Muggus69 (2531) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2008
Freebie BB 07.09.08...oddly short date actually.
Certainly looks the part with its shiny white label and cork, and pour a good sized dense lasting white head into my pilsner glass, with a bright sparkling pale gokl body.
Unfortunately, it goes downhill from there... Interesting nose; grainy malt, vanilla, corn and honey, quite prominant wet cardboard and bready yeast, bit of spice subtle fruits, unripe banana, and some clove-like spice.
Spritzy carbonation, body is suprisingly lean for it strength, moderately creamy texture, bit of boozy alcohol towards the finish.
Body seem almost like an overly-strong kristallweizen; unripe banana, grainy malt, vanilla, clove and nutmeg, cardboard, apricot, metallic rusty bitterness drying on the finish and lingering.
Guess calling it a Euro Strong Lager seems suitable, bit too boozy and uncomplex to be considered a Belgian Blond. rederic (3337) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 10, 2008
750ml corked green bottle purchased at the LCBO in Ottawa, bright golden color, leaving some laces, hint of honeyed pale malt, with a corny, faint spicy vanilla accent, with a note of wet grain in the aroma follows through on a light-bodiedpalate with a mild honeyish pale malt, warmth alcoholic character, with a hint of wet oakiness, still has a spicy vanilla note, with a faint green apple skin fruitiness, with a good carbonation, leading towards a watery, spicy hop bittering finish. madquacker (1157) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2008
Marked down from A$15 to A$3 due to fast approaching BB date. Was expecting big things with the champagne bottle and finery. Nice pop of the cork and decent head but fast fell away. Corn syrup and grain but well disguised high ABV. The alcohol was not discernable until it hits you at the back in. Strange.