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Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Augustijn AleAugustijn Ale

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very good

487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002)
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Reviews by Revvy:
Photo of Revvy
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - They bill this as having a staying head, and indeed it does. Before even a third of the bottle was poured into my snifter, a massive head shot up (think Star San.) The first head took forever to dissipate, as did each successive head following a pour (it took three pours to empty the bottle. The head is thick and bright white, made up of small bubbles, reminiscent of the meringue layer on a lemon pie. As it receded, it left behind an impressive lacing from the lip of the glass to the 3 liter marking on the back of the snifter.

And eighth inch of surface foam remained throughout the entire drinking of the ale.

The beer itself is a creamy gold in color resembling dark, or amber honey.

Aroma - Cold the beer has very little aroma at all, just the barest hint of apple (which I am beginng to think is a signature aroma/flavor of the brouwerij Van Seenberge line of Belgian Beers. This aroma is very clean while cold, with no hint of the vinegar/cider aroma of the previous beer. This aroma is reminiscent to the smell that you get when you bite down on a fresh picked apple.

Upon warming slightly, the aroma begins to add more subtle layers, that of honey and apricot nectar....A slight note of peppery hops comes through as it warms, though barely detectable.

Mouthfeel - Although still highly carbonated the beer feels full bodied, Whether warm or cold the ale coated the entire mouth silkily. A slight alcohol bite to the tip of the tongue along with a slight bite to the back of the throat. At the same time it is very dry and effervescent. A nice combination or balance between the fizzy and the silky.

Taste - Very similar to a Belgian Triple but with more fizziness from the high level of carbonation. The taste is refreshing, hints of tart apple, honey, apricot, pepper, a hint of ginger bite, and coriander. But not sweet, very well balanced. There is clearly a bitterness from the hops that cut through what one might think with the hints of apple, apricot and honey, very skillfully.

There is a bit of back of the throat sourness, that I pick up whenever wheat is present in a beer (wheat beers literally make me gag) but the wheat presence is very minor in the beer (perhaps less than 5% of the grainbill perhaps?) and the overall complexness of the full flavors, and the balance between sweet and tart distract the palate from the sourness.

Overall - The only flaw I found was the issue with the head (see below). Other than that this was a delightful beer all around. The flavors were complex and well balanced between the sweet and the tart/sour. There was a delightful peppery-ness to it which may as well been a product of the effervescent carbonation, as it might have been from the yeast or the presence of actual spices.

This had all the elements of a Belgian Triple (so far my favorite Belgian style) that I like; the Appricot/ Honey, and the body, but without the heavy, "syrupiness" that I get (and like) in that style...The high carbonation (more like effervescence) balances it out deceptively making the 8 percent ABV seem almost session beer like, there is almost the temptation to quaff it, like a lawnmower beer, despite the warmth of the alcohol in my belly...This could be a dangerous combination, especially on a hot day.

On a side note, as I write this after drinking the beer, I am eating my favorite non-sweet snack, wasabi coated peas. They go intriguingly well with the lingering mouthfeel, and flavors of the ale. The marketing material recommends this beer with spicy food, and I can see why. I would like to try this alongside a spicy dish. They definitely compliment each other.

Grade A/A-. This may have garnered a straight "A" had there not been such difficulty with the head, and the need for the triple pour. It would be worth trying another bottle, perhaps trying to overcompensate for the head by pouring slower than normal.

I will be buying this one again...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach color with a very nice bi fluffy white head that takes forever to settle,very citrusy/lemony aroma with a light clove spiciness underneath.Flavors are not unlike the aromas lemon/citrus flavors dominate along with some yeast and underlying spiciness that is quite subdued for the style.Very easy to down even at 8% alc,not overly complex but still enjoyable to drink.

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very white, tight head that went down slowly. The body is light, cloudy orange.

Smell – Lovely aroma of yeast and fruit, mostly oranges, bananas, and melons, with some typical Belgian spices. The coriander especially comes out nicely.

Taste – The yeast wimped out in the taste, leaving just a small reminder from the nose. The orange picked things up big time, but it was kind of syrupy and artificial. The spices came through nicely, though, saving this from a 3.0.

Mouthfeel – Full carbonation and medium-bodied. Not a hint of the 8.0 ABV.

Drinkability – Not a bad AT, but not one I’d buy again.

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear gold, moderate to high carbonation, tall and rocky white head that fades to a covering while leaving lacing on the side.

S - Spicy phenols, Belgian yeast, a bit of alcohol and esters.

T - Clean taste, light malt, a bit of pepper, a touch of pear, and finishes with a little alcohol.

M - Light, crisp, and refreshing.

O - Solid Belgian Tripel.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. Gold in color, with a thick white head, and some impressive carbonation. It had a sweet, fruity odor. Taste was predominately fruity (apple and pear to me), with a little bit of malt. Decent mouthfeel, but a little fizzy for me. Very drinkable, but I think 750ml is my limit.

Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Typical short and stubby 330ml brown Belgian-style bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy (from the yeast in the bottle) light peach coloured brew with a massive white foam head, that eventually settles to a ringed lace with ample retention.

Smell: A touch fruity (orange, pear) with soft grains and phenols. Faint yeast.

Taste: Oh so smooth and creamy on the palate, turning slightly bitty with notes of grain and prickly with its tight, active carbonation and spicy alcohol -- which is deceiving. Sharp biting edge peaks with a twang. Underlying fruity foundation, broken up by soft white pepper notes, herbal hop character and phenols. Feel and flavour on the palate becomes pear-like with a second round of fruit depth, including a bit of orange oil. Chalky yeast towards the drying, coarse finish -- which seems to hang about a bit too much.

Note: Overall = simply amazing! This beer is an absolute treat. Anyone interested in Belgian beers needs to give this beer a try ...

Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 330ml/11.2oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

Appearance: It has a soft and hazy orange amber color with an outstanding, huge white head. It is thick and foamy with stiff rocky peaks that last forever.

Smell: The aroma is fruity with spice and yeast. There are some light hints of alcohol and hops in the background as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: the flavor is well balanced with earthy yeast, smooth spices and fruity notes of apple and pear, maybe even a hint of pineapple and sour orange peal. The malts are grainy and doughy and there is a mild hops presence that adds some light bitterness. All of this is wrapped up in a medium body with a lively carbonation. The 8% abv. is well hidden and the finish is fairly dry.

Notes: This is a very well done tripel.

Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown stubby bottle with no freshness date though it is a beer of strength and certainly does have a longer shelf life than most beers.

Appearance: Outstanding head retention, a think two fingered foam does not move the least bit until a few sip are taken. Very loose yeast as it was pullled to the top of the bottle as soon as I started pouring .. the result was a very cloudy brew.

Smell: Fruity and spicy aroma with a kiss of medicinal phenols on the side. Coriander, ripe orange, pear, and spicy hop are quite aromatic … hint of chalky yeast and alcoholic esters as well.

Taste: Smoothness is streamlined to bring the mouth feel to a near surreal enjoyment. Medium bodied with a very well textured carbonation. Solid maltiness, light tartness and steely grain upfront. Hint of ripe fruit ... mellow fruitiness is surrounded by spice of hops, medicinal phenols and soft coriander and orange undertones. Powdery yeast and alcoholic esters pull the backend with a semi-dry finish. The alcohol is a bit deceiving though it warms the body well.

Notes: This is a killer triple not one of the greatest but still up there as far as flavour goes. A beautiful brew to be had and romantic to the senses. Balanced to a T, and oh so flavourful. If you are looking try a Belgian Triple start here. Paired well with some sage aged cheddar and whole grain crackers.

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz, stubby brown bottle, my second from a Van Steenberge sampler box I picked up at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, last week. Served at cellar temperature into a St Bernardus goblet, this pours a chill hazed, sparkling gold body with extremely busy carbonation. The head rises to three inches of height, and is white to offwhite in color. Sheet and patch lacing is profuse, resulting in a gorgeous goblet.
Aroma is a cornucopia of tropical fruits and ripe golden delicious apples. Lots of banana, mango, and pineapple, notes of clove and coriander, candy sugar, and some mild earthy yeastiness.
Mouthfeel is sprightly effervesecent, producing that Belgianesque explosion of carbonation in the mouth, with a light medium body.
Taste reminds me of a Hawaian Mai-Tai, lots of pineapple and mango, with overripe banana and a note of fusel alcohol. Orangepeel and coriander lend an understated spicy component, and the yeast and hops give a slightly dry and earthy finish.
I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this one, but came away quite impressed. This is a very underrated, Belgian Tripel and nails the style very well. Highly recommended.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle purchased caged and corked, but with no freshness dating that I could find. Poured light pale and petty clear untill the final yeasty pour added a nutty haze. White head with good retention but only moderate lacing. Nose is pure belgian yeast and typical spicyness, perfume. This is a yeasty peppery lighter ale, Nice belgian yeast notes and more pepper and phenolic notes. Some cutting hops just noticed in the finish. I love Belgian brews and I found this one to be a respectable if not amazing example. Fine Brew to try.

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of donunrue
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jimiv73
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i must say this is a well rounded beer not the best but very consistent i remember the first time i drank this it came from one of those sampler beer packs from belgium! it came in at a nice 8% alcohol and went down fast so needless to say i went out and bought some big boys and was not discouraged!!!

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma, with the expected Belgian notes of apples, pears, orange and coriander, along with a subtle toasted grain swirl. There's also a smidgen of alcohol in the nose, no doubt the result of the 8% ABV.

The same fruity notes translate well from nose to tongue, though with an added spicy undercurrent, the coriander especially coming across slightly stronger than expected. Hints of a fizzy champagne linger around the edges, both in flavor and in carbonation--this is one bubbly beer. The flavors, however, are not as strong as I would have expected them to be, and fade off quickly, leaving little to the aftertaste but a slight alcohol burn on the tongue and soft palate, as well as a slight sourness.

As someone has already noted in a previous review, this ale is heavily reminiscent of the same brewery's Bruegel, but while the punch is greater here (8% versus 5%), I think Bruegel is the superior drink, having more nuanced flavors that last much longer into the mouthful.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, a date of 11/11, not sure what this denotes though. Pours a murky orange color with plenty of flakes of sediment floating throughout. The four-finger is fluffy and large-bubbled, dissipating quickly, leaving spotty lacing. A column of bubbles sizzles up the center.

It smells Belgian: yeasty, with some dry fruit and citrus. It tastes Belgian plum, raisin, pear, some corriander, a little pepper, a little sweet malt, and well disguised alcohol.

It's light bodied, but pretty complex on the palate. Very drinkable. A great example of the style.

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BadBadger
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Augustijn Ale is a truely delightful beverage. It pours out of the bottle and into the glass a dark golden color. There is plenty of foamy head present. The smell is of malty sweetness and fruity undertones. The taste is citrus and sweet, with a nice bittered balance. A crisp mouthfeel. No unmasked alocohol here. A very good brew to search out and enjoy!

Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Van Steenberge tour continues..review of stubby bottle...

Sedimented dark ochre appearance, opaque. Crystalline 1/2 inch head that laces the glass in tiny bubbles. Foam holds its shape almost like pudding. Aroma is relatively subdued, lemon candy cough drop, and a bit of musty sharpness. Lots of straw to the taste, an impression of dustiness at the back of the throat -- malt starts like wild honey and grass, with a slight smoke impression mid mouth. Finish is good, moderate aftertaste and a good sense of carbonation that's not overdone. Alcohol is decently hidden, a solid Ale in the Belgian style here.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite belgium drafts to date this beer appears a crystal clear golden tone with a virbrant white foaming head. Wonderful lace forms rings around the inner side of my official Augustijn glass. Aroma is spiced up with an awesome slightly bubblegum malt profile. The malt and yeast combo is amazing making this single a tasty treat for me. Very mild hop aroma blends nicely here. The taste ties it all together mixing the sweet bubblegum tone forcing an instant smacking of the lips together. Amazing complexity of spices, malt, and mild hops to equal one hell of a beer. Oh and did I mention of how redicuously drinkable this Belgium glory is.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler 6-pack.

Bottled under pressure, as evidenced by the soda pop sound upon opening. And the beer has an abundant head that prevented me from getting the contents of the bottle into my oversized glass even with a gentle pour. The frothy, irregular near-white head settles to a ½ finger head after about 10 minutes (and some consumption), but is readily restored by adding more from the bottle. The liquid is a hazy light golden.

S - Spicy (coriander; cloves?), over-ripe fruit, toasted malt and yeasty, with hints of bread dough and hops. More than a hint of the alcohol (detracting from my rating).

T - Enough spicing to strongly influence the flavor profile, but not so much as to mask the flavors of malt, yeast and hops. Nice finsih.

M - good carbonation, with far more effect on the head and less effect on the mouthfeel than expected. Medium-light body. Semi-dry finish.

O - about average for a Belgian tripel. Rating about 3.75; moved up a bit from 3.5 as beer warmed, and as I warmed to its flavor profile.
I can’t help but draw comparisons to the Bornem Tripel I had last night: essentially the same style beer and from the same brewery. This beer is somewhat similar, but it is drier, more bitter, and gets more of its flavor from hops and malts as opposed to cloves or other spices – all good things IMO. It is also much fruitier.

Photo of rastaman
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty floral aroma, very smooth medium body. Sweetish start, but well balanced, and spicy, with a slightly bitter finish, very enjoyable little beer, but not the most complex belgian beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a slight gusher with a thick spongy off-white head. The golden-yellow body is clear with a sea of racing microbubbles supporting the head.
S- The honey malt aroma is fresh with a pale malt support and a soft green fluoride note to the finish.
T- The slight sweetness of malt has some crystal malt and honey malt characters to it. The slight citrus qualities with other fruity yeast character supports the green note in the finish. There is a slight dryness to the finish that supports the hops turning them a bit more pungent as the beer opens up. M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a cleaning fizz finish and a soft alcohol warmth.
D- This beer has a nice blend of malt and yeasty flavors with a dry crisp finish and a good balance between the malt and hops. This beer goes down smooth and quick especially for a 8 %ABV.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into chalice

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold, decent head retention.

Smell: sweet orange peel, pears, and pepper.

Taste: Strong pepper and chalk flavor up front, followed by fruit-esters: pears, oranges, and berry. Ends dry with some tartness. Nice warming effect due to the high level of alcohol.

Drinkability: A very spicy triple. Not my favorite, but still good. The only thing I don't like about this beer is the chalk flavor, probably from the yeast strain.

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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.