Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.6/5 rDev -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.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2011 02:16:00 | More by chinchill
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