Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.35/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2004 02:28:20 | More by Jason
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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 ...
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2002 19:59:21 | More by Todd
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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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