Stella Artois

I didn't take any notes regarding the smell or tastes. I've had Stella before.


I had another Stella today. While I don't have any notes, it was still educational to go to the website and read about the history and other available information related to the beers. For example, I watched the video on how to pour a Stella and I was shocked. After seeing the video, I thought about how I would enjoy attempting to pour a perfect Guinness, but attempting to pour a perfect Stella would just take too much effort.

*I'm not exactly sure on the date. I think this is the right timing, plus or minus a couple of days.


While I didn't have a Stella Artois while in Leuven, I did the second best reasonable thing and ordered one at Houtsiplou while in Brussels.

I wrote: "This glass of Stella Artois has that common beer smell and lacks taste, consequently I find it uninteresting. Perhaps there's a little citrus flavor, but it's a stretch. Optimistically, I guess I could say it's drinkable, but there is a hint of bitterness. Overall, I'd have to throw this one into the pit of common beers. I'd take it over a Bud Light, but not over a Hoegaarden. I'd have it over a Samuel Adams Boston Lager (probably), but not over a Yuengling (probably)."

In between my shrimp dish and steak, I reiterated what I already said and wrote: "The Stella Artois is relatively refreshing, but it has a slight bitter aftertaste."

A few days ago, perhaps a week ago, I drank about two-thirds of a bottle.
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Website Information:
Stella Artois is the result of hundreds of years of brewing expertise so it’s worth just a few extra steps to ensure the best possible tasting experience for connoisseurs such as you. Before being poured, we always recommend it has been chilled to between 3-5°C and of course you should savour Stella Artois in its unique Chalice, the curves of which are designed to enhance the tempting taste and aroma. Take a sip. A malty middle and crisp finish should reveal the full, pleasantly bitter flavour that Stella Artois is known for and what makes it an in ideal accompaniment for a variety of cuisines from around the world.

With over 600 years of brewing expertise in every chalice, Stella Artois deserves to be poured perfectly. Our Nine Step Pouring Ritual is a beautiful dance between the chalice and the draught master, to deliver exquisite flavor with a tempting allure.

The Purification
A cold-water bath to chill the chalice and sustain the head of the pour.

The Sacrifice
The first drops are sacrificed, a small price to ensure the freshest taste.

The Liquid Alchemy
The chalice is held at a 45-degrees for the perfect combination of foam and liquid.

The Crown
Gracefully straightening the chalice, a perfect head is formed, sealing in the freshness.

The Removal
A smooth and fluid exit, while closing the nozzle.

The Beheading
A skimmer trims the head at a 45º angle, removing the large, loose bubbles.

The Judgement
Three centimeters of foam, no more and no less.

The Cleansing
A final dip in cold water for a brilliant chalice and stunning presentation.

The Bestowal
A moment to assure and admire a perfectly served Stella Artois.

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