Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.33/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Very careful pour yields a 1 inch pillowy white head that crackles audibly and dissipates slowly, leaving minimal lacing. Pours a hazy orange with lots of bubbles rising throughout the glass. Mild speckles of bubbly lacing.
Smell: The steam right out of the bottle after popping the cork has a sharp, fruity aroma of apple and grape. In the glass, the smell settles into a vibrant mix of apple, banana, pear, and Belgian yeast. Stays huge and develops some floral character as the beer warms.
Taste: First sip is juicy, tasting predominantly of apple with some orange and Belgian yeast. Rather tart, finishing a bit dry and warmingly boozy. The orange stays strong for awhile as some phenols and a notable-for-a-tripel hop bitterness come out in the middle. The fruit character up front develops nicely as I get through the glass, with the apple giving way to a flavor and mouthfeel similar to eating very ripe raspberries. There's the smallest hint of leathery funk in the middle.
The tartness and phenols are a bit overwhelming, so I felt the beer was dying to be paired with some cheese. Luckily, I had some cheddar and crackers handy. Paired with these, the tartness and dryness give way to a creamy mouthfeel, while the nice funk and deep fruit flavors stay strong. The development of the fruit up front keeps delivering; apple becomes banana, becomes pear, becomes peach, becomes berry, etc. Really nice. The orange/citrus drop out almost entirely, but the Belgian yeast and warming alcohol in the finish are a constant. The flavor develops further, yielding some spicy and floral notes. There's a beautiful depth to this beer.
Mouthfeel: Juicy, medium-bodied, and very carbonated. Occasionally slick and oily.
Drinkability: At first, I thought this was a decent tripel with a nice, uncharacteristically aggressive alcohol finish. The flavors really grew on me though, and I'll definitely pick this one up again.
This is a deceptively good beer. For the first few sips, the flavor is somewhat unassuming, and the strong apple/orange flavors plus huge carbonation are about all that's going on. The mouthfeel was also a bit too aggressively tart and dry without pairing it with food. However, this beer really rewards careful attention. The development of flavor and aroma is exceptional.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2010 07:00:08 | More by Pahn
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