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Augustinian Ale - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Augustinian AleAugustinian Ale

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-20-2002)
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Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Bayou, SLC

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight banaa/corriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, slightly sweet, nice little citrus twist, with some bananna/corriander. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry. Drinkable,this is a tasty brew, more of a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 01:26:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Herrbrokt


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from bottle into pint glass

brown amber tinted with a massive off white head.mmm

smells of plum apricot and tangy hops. real sweet

hmm. Tastes like a lambic. What? Fruit takes over leaving a trace of hops at the end. Not a bad after taste though.

Nice body but it won't account for this almost tasting like a grape soda.

I've never really bashed a beer ever. weird. I think that it's fair to say that this doesn't really represent a pale. I'm gonna touch up on my styles quick.????

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 03:18:23 | More by Herrbrokt
Photo of kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer in the recent shipment of the summer case of the CAMRA beer club.

The beer poured an amber-copper colour with a slightly off white head.

The nose is of malts, quite sweet, with a fruity scent followed by a citrus-bitter hint.

The taste was slightly disapointing compared to the nose. A mild hoppy taste, with a mix of fruits followed by a slight hint of smokiness in the aftertaste. It is not horrible, just a bit bland for my taste buds.

The mouthfeel is slightly above medium, but this does not salvage this beer, not undrinkable but there are simply too many other good beers out there to make me drink this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 19:59:22 | More by kmacphail
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pint served by the handpump into imperial pint glass.

A- Copper, altbier like colour, with a rocky 2 finger head that disappates slowly but leaving relatively small amount of lacing.

S- Nutty malts, with a slight rum like sweetness.

T- Caramel malts with a firm bitter hop finish, a nutty maltiness lingers slightly afterwards.

M- Thin mouthfeel, although light and spritzy

D- A nice dark ale, although mouthfeel is weak, a nice complexity of flavour.

Serving type: cask

07-20-2008 17:56:02 | More by seanyfo
Photo of garcia2a


3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a mid amber tone with some cloudiness and very light carbonation. The head is initially agressive, be lays down to a nice lacey foam.

The bouquet has bready yeast, malt, caramel and just a hint of lemon on the backnose. The taste is quite nice as the malt and yeast are in balance. The body is not heavy, but the malt does coat the taste buds. On the back taste, the lemon zest comes through. All and all quite tasty.

As I said mouthfeel is good, although the beer does cloy a bit. Overall a nice refreshing English ale, drinkable, balanced and social.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 23:16:26 | More by garcia2a
Photo of jbphoto88


3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish brown with an aggressive head. The light manila envelope colored foam easily climbs almost as high as the beer is deep. It lasts for the whole beer and is constantly being refreshed from a steady stream of medium sized bubbles rising through the liquid.

The smell is spicy and orange citrusy. Saccharine candy sweet, almost like a orange cream ice pop or some other treat from the fair. There is an effervescent tingle to the scent as well due to lots of bubbles.

Taste is very creamsicle like. It is sweet and orange tasting but not citrusy. More like some orange juice added to a brew. It is one step away from being too dessert like and it jogs a mental image of some kind of orange cleaning product. Before it totally gets there there is a nice spiciness and an excellent bite from the carbonation.

An interesting flavor but not compelling enough to try again. It is mild and easy to drink but the creamsicle taste is a turn off. I want a beer thats cool and refreshing not an orange popsicle.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 23:52:23 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into a traditional English style pint glass. HUGE amount of foaming, especially for the style. Body is of this brew looks like a slightly dark glass of orange juice.

The nose of this brew is citrusy orange with a somewhat odd medicinal aroma blended in. The medicinal aroma carries over into the flavor even more, and accompanies it all throughout the taste. Good mouthfeel, about what you would expect in terms of body for a pale ale. A somewhat berrylike, touch of honey finish with a fairly nice hop bite finish this brew off.

Overall, a decent English pale, but I have had better. Just a personal preference, but this beer's medicinal taste is just too strange for me. Probably won't but this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 02:29:58 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting the cask version, 4.5%abv.

A: pale amber to dark orange-golden in colour, a very thin foam settles fast on top of low carbonation.
S: the fruitiness of nectarines and peaches come along with flowery bouquet scents, wrapping a firm but rounded maltiness in the middle. Overall, very well blended and fruity.
T: white-grape juice as well as Riesling-like winey flavour prevail upfront, mixed well with an aromatic-biscuity malty edge and a mildly tannic orange-zesty bitterness… the finish has plenty of lingering undertones of malty bitter-sweetness with a kickback from more dried citrus rinds.
M&D: softly-fizzy in texture with a rather nice balance, this is a medium-bodied, tasty and thirst-quenching pale ale benefiting from an abundant amount of hops (by Nethergate’s standard, that is). When on form, this cask ale is very delicious indeed and highly recommended!

Serving type: cask

09-23-2007 15:53:47 | More by wl0307
Photo of meylo


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer took me by surprise. I traveled down to South Texas from Austin. See when I head down there, I have to stop in at either Whole Foods or Whip-In. The valley has no place to buy good beer.

I really enjoyed this ale. It had the look of a typical hefey but the taste was uber sweet. To me it had a lavender onset taste with a springy calm fresh after taste.

I have to give this the Meylo "Closing of Summer" award of 2007.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 01:27:08 | More by meylo
Photo of BeerSox


4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle into pint glass.

Deem amber color with a light tan colored one inch head that lasts forever. Stacked lacing along the glass.

Sweet and piney hops dominate the aroma, sitting over a lightly toasty malt base.

Bittersweet hops mix with a creamy malt base. A touch of honey is tasted as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly the hops fading.

This Pale Ale is more American than English with sharp hops and a 5+ %ABV. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 02:08:38 | More by BeerSox
Photo of EvilKeith


3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and murky, dark toffee in color with a prominent fluffy tan head. Continuous lines of tiny bubbles make their way up the sides of the glass, stopping only when they find the sticky lace at the surface.
Nose is somewhat earthy, spicy hops and faint fruity sweetness. Very little if any yeast smell considering the large amount of yeast present in the bottle.
Mildly astringent, dry, bitter finish. Lingering coriander spice aftertaste.
Not quite what I have come to expect for the style. Different. Interesting, perhaps...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 00:08:39 | More by EvilKeith
Photo of RenoZymurgist


2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is probably the strangest english pale ale I have ever tried. I believe that it has spices in it to reflect back on older spiced beers but to me the flavors are a bit unbalanced.
Pours a hazy amber color that has a one inch thick head that leaves a little bit of lace.
The aroma is very lemony and I wonder if lemon peel was used in conjunction with the coriander. The aroma reminds me of a lemon lime soda.
The flavor is better than the aroma but I think that this beer was miscategorized as an English pale ale as it is way too spicy. The flavor begins with a slighty carmely and toasty malt flavor that blends with a sweet lemony spicyness. The flavor finishes very dry and the spices linger just a bit on the tongue.
The mouth feel is thin for a pale ale and the carbonation has a carbonic bite as the malts don't balance very well.
I don't find this ale very drinkable as I really just don't like how it tastes as the spices are too lemony. This would be a good beer to drink if you weren't really into the taste of beer but to me it needs more malt and less spice and a bit more hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 01:19:20 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of Torch


3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This is a beautiful beer that pours with a nice tall head that has good retention and nice lacing. The appearance screams DRINK ME!

S - I'm not sure I know what coriandor smells like but I don't think I smell it here. Lemony is the best description of the smell. Very pleasent on the nose with no off smells at all.

T - I'm a fan of English Pale Ales and this one doesn't disappoint. Citrus and hops go well together in my book.

M - It's probably the excessive carbonation but this beer is somewhat sudsy feeling.

D - Good but not great. If the mouthfeel were improved this one would be awesome.

Very good beer overall.

St. Augustine, pray for us!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 22:02:57 | More by Torch


3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a slight orange tint. 2" thick off-white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles racing furiously towards the top. Outstanding retention. Nice patches of thick lace.

S - Orange blossom. Spice. Definite coriander. Tangy. Very appealing nose.

T - Citrus. Herbal. Tea leaf. Orange juice. Hint of bready malt. Decent bitterness in the finish.

M - Thin to medium mouthfeel. Not as carbonated in the mouth as the appearance led me to believe.

D - Great drinkability. This was a surprise for me. I look forward to trying this again soon. Well worth a try for your English beer money.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 01:15:27 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of SetarconeX


4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Named after one of my all time favorite saints. I'll try to not let that color my review too much. Love the pic on the bottle though.

Medium dark reddish color, but with a rather huge froth on top that's borderline excessive. Clears out quickly enough though. Aroma is heavily lemon, orange, and perhaps a hint of ginger somewhere. Heavily citric, and rather powerful.

Taste has a hint of the coriander that's claimed on the label, but I mostly just get lemon and orange out of this one. Almost resembles a Belgian ale in how much citrus flavor I get out of it, though slightly more subdued than most of that style.

Not a bad ale at all, really. I'd love to have this with a lemony seafood dish.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 02:16:37 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Insanely bubbled, dark tangerine-bronze. The beer is so hypercarbonated that 95% of the glass is now full of orange creamsicle colored froth. Multiple streams of carbonation ensure that the head will never completely fade away and will make it difficult for me to fill half the glass with beer at any point in time. Lace doesn't have a prayer due to the softness of the foam. The glass might as well be made of Teflon.

The nose is enjoyable and consists of orange peel, orange blossoms, herbal hops and spices. I was surprised to see that coriander is added. It certainly isn't a typical ingredient in an English pale ale, but it's a welcome one in this case. The fruit-spice interplay is a treat for the nose. If the flavor follows suit, we have a winner.

Nethergate Augustinian Ale is different and I kinda, sorta like it. Although it's more bitter than expected, that's rarely a problem for me. Unfortunately, bitterness is so prevalent because the beer is undermalted. The relative lack of barley shows up in the usual ways: a lack of underlying sweetness, a thin mouthfeel, etc.

An orange rind fruitiness is the dominant member of the flavor profile. There's also plenty of herbs and spices, and no shortage of hop flavor. Coriander is even more of a presence on the palate than in the nose. In fact, this would be a good beer to teach someone what that particular spice tastes like. Even after the hop flavor fades, a tongue tweaking bitterness lingers.

The mouthfeel is a few bricks shy of medium. The beer isn't as effusively carbonated as it looks, but it's still too busy in the mouth. Drinkability suffers a little due to the unbalanced nature of the flavor profile and the less than stellar mouthfeel.

Augustinian Ale is a classic case of a beer that contains the right ingredients, but doesn't get the proportions quite right. With a tweak or two, it could be one of those good, offbeat English pale ales. I like the coriander, I just think a better beer needs to be built around it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 14:17:05 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of 2ndstage


3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Pours like a typical english pale ale, the head was kind of strange really large bubbles that diminished quite quickly to a light lacing of head on the glass.
Smell is where this beer is at. Nice hop presence but something else quite floral maybe chamomile and corriander very strong in the nose.
Nice medium body lower maltiness but just enough for the hoppiness of this brew. Finishes fairly dry and clean and leaving a crisp snappy cresendo to the performance. Very drinkable will be glad to find this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 22:43:35 | More by 2ndstage
Photo of Thrasher


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a weird beer that is basically your typical English pale crossbred with a Belgian wit. There's a fine, grainy malt character, rolling grassy hops and a big load of coriander to screw with your head. It's full of character, and reasonably satisfying, but is just off center enough to disorient the drinker. The first pour of the bottle gave me an entire imperial pint glass worth of foam, with nary a glint of liquid beer at the bottom. If you've ever seen a full pint of foam, it is a discouragingly impenetrable sight. Subsequent, more careful, pours revealed a sunny, chestnut-colored brew with a firm, fluffy head atop. The scent and taste are very much like flavored tea or an herbal cough drop. There are malts and hops in there, and they taste good too, but they are overshadowed. I personally would have preferred the beer with a little less of the lemony, dandelion-y coriander flavor, but I imagine a pint of this, whilst poised in a field of nettles and wildflowers with bees buzzing by during the dripping heat of summer, would be a ravishing experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2005 05:57:35 | More by Thrasher
Photo of Morris729


2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a brown rust color with noticeable wisps of sediment snaking their way throughout the glass. A tremendous frothy tan head billows out of the top of the glass. The nose is dominated by a strong lemony medical aroma—almost like furniture polish. The same powerful lemon oils are also the key players in the taste along with a good deal of coriander. There are some faint notes of orange citrus and even a hint of ginger behind the lemon, but not much else is detectable. This is a very unusual beer—I had a somewhat difficult time finishing my glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 01:12:46 | More by Morris729
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly murky tarnished earthy copper. A tan rocky head foams up and slides away, Clumps of brown sud subside slowly.

Nose is lemon and grapefruit up front. Grassy hops follow in abundance, and a sour fruitiness pervades. Real interesting and not expected.

The taste is hops first, strong but not cutting. A tart earthy fruit sits together with rough grain and malt.Mineral and bitter, medium bodied with a decent mouthfeel. The finish is dry, aftertaste herbal and bitter.

First impression is pleasing, but the persistant tart fruit seems a bit dusty and one-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 00:55:21 | More by horndecker
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, ice tea brown body with a small head and little lacing

Smell: Faint aroma of citrus and coriander; a distinct bitter smell

Taste: Unripe sour fruit (apples?) and a heavy dose of coriander; tastes somewhat like a hard English cider; very bitter and lemony; unusual and jarring, at first

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Get ready to pucker up, as this one is for lovers of bitter flavors; for the rest of us, this is interesting, but not particularly approachable

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 21:51:12 | More by brentk56
Photo of beertastegood


2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big coriander aromas along with sweet, orangey-lemon as well. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a huge white head.

Tastes very...strange. An astringent, sour, citric-like flavor dominates the palate, with a very slight backing of sweet malt. Hops bitterness is medium, very noticable. The hops are actually what help this beer stay somewhat balanced. Dry finish, with a very distinctive coriander flavor at the end. Weird.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 19:52:43 | More by beertastegood
Photo of dungaree


3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown hue with a slight cloudiness. The 1/2 inch head stays and it has adequate carbonation with small bubbles.
Smells of malts, yeast, coriander, and hints of lemon and orange. Tastes of coriander, good hops, slight lemon, and light alcohol. The finish stays wet and it has a good balance of malt and hops. When it warmed a bit, the coriander taste protruded a bit more and changed the taste. I preferred the taste at the cooler temperature straight out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 05:48:42 | More by dungaree
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger off-white pillowy head that stays leaving a lot lace. Cloudy amber color. High carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts with a mix of hops and malts with the hops dominating and a prickly mouthfeel. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $3.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:54:00 | More by jdhilt
Photo of sinistermadman


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Augustinian Ale served via 16.9 oz bottle poured in pint glass.

The first thing I immediately noticed is the gi-normous head which arrived after the initial poor. This ale pours a medium copper-amber color. The head is very pillowy and dense. The cloud white foam leaves a slight lacing behind after drinks.

Smell includes hints of citrus, and various spices which I guess includes coriander.

The taste. Slightly tart. Not too overbearing though. The coriander is definitely at the forefront. I think I could use this brew to marinate my chicken breasts in before grilling. Quite a spicy character. First drink was not that great, but I am warming up to it.

Mouthfeel is not great in my opinion. This ale attacks the tip of your tongue. For me this affects drinkablity somewhat. I think this might be interesting accompanied with poultry. I don't think this will be a mainstay in my lineup anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 01:49:24 | More by sinistermadman
Augustinian Ale from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.