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Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Augustijn AleAugustijn Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

465 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

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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shiner00747

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a great tasting beer.Yeasty with a good after taste.Reminds me of being in Belgium.Very foamy and a nice orange gold appearance.Poured into a cold tulip mug.Going to have another right now.Reminds me a lot of a DeKonink triple.Definetly a beer I would like to try on draught.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 22:44:14 | More by shiner00747
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Twincrasher


4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice retention. Decent head Cloudy from loose yeast.

S: Smell of alcohol together with complex fruit and phenol. Some coriander and fruit esters.

T: Much better with 2nd bottle. First bottle must have been bad. Balanced flavor profile.

M: Good finish.

Very enjoyable second time. Will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 02:26:34 | More by Twincrasher
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours hazy golden with a big white head. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the side of the glass. The head retains very well for such a big beer. The aroma is bright. There are roasted malts, candi sugar, apples, pears, and citrus. There is that typical Belgian yeast aroma. The flavor is bready from the malts and the yeast and also mildly sweet. I also pick up those fruit flavors I found in the aroma, but not as strongly. The hops bring a subdued floral flavor to this beer as well as some balance. There is some tartness on the back end. The alcohol is masked in all those flavors. It's very well balanced. The body is medium with moderately high carbonation. The finish is crisp and slightly dry. This is a solid sipper. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 23:25:57 | More by acevenom
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superspak

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(04HD bottle code). Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with fair retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big apple, pear, orange zest, lemon, honey, herbal, clove, pepper, yeast spiciness, and light funkiness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, orange, lemon, caramel, honey, pepper, herbal, clove, and yeast spiciness. Slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, lemon, orange, pear, caramel, honey, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of malt sweetness and peppery spiciness; with great flavor complexity and balance. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent Tripel! Great flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 06:16:33 | More by superspak
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 23:58:48 | More by steelerguy
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Vixie

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this one with a bit of a head cold, so may not be as accurate as it could be.

Pours a very nice yellow/orange color with a huge white head. A lot of carbonation, huge swirl of bubble coming up from the D at the bottom of my Duvel glass.

Malt and yeast are most prominent in the smell. Slight bit if fruit and spice in there as well.

Fruity, bit of citrus and maybe a hint of apple. Little bit of pepper in the back end, and has a bit of bite from the carbonation.

Nothing to complain about with how this one feels.

A nice example of the style. Goes down very easy, and has a nice flavor. While not quite up to my favorites of this style, this is one I'd happily have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:26:31 | More by Vixie
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hoppyweasel311

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with long lasting head.
Not much going on in the aroma... kind of reminds me of cider
Taste is slightly banana.. hint of spice, this tastes like a highly carbonated cider... I get bored drinking it... way too much carbonation for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:38:36 | More by hoppyweasel311
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jerryjeff

Tennessee

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma
Raisin/fig scent coming through initially, maybe some orange peel in there. Hints of cinnamon maybe and a slight pepperiness.

Mouthfeel
Highly carbonated, bit of a surprise for me. Slight oiliness and a bit of presence, having a hard time really telling with the carbonation what's going on.

Appearance
Head may be the best part of this, poured to soft pillowish head around 3/4" in a 1/2 liter goblet from a 1/3 liter bottle. Slowly dissipating and has a 1/4" or so left with around half the beer to go. Ruby mainly in color with a bit of amber, it has some haze but I purposefully poured the whole thing so there's some yeast floating about.

Taste
Raisin/fig sourish notes maybe a bit of fruitiness come through in the flavor, hops not coming through this is really coming from the yeast. Alcohol is well hidden in there, get a bit of warming while drinking but overall it's pretty easy going.

Drinkability
Pretty drinkable, a liter or so before I'd really angle for a change. I think the figgy/raisin flavors might become a bit too much after a while. 8% abv so the alcohol is an issue for a session also.

Overall
I thought the aroma and appearance were wonderful but just can't seem to get past the carbonation. If it were carbonated a bit less I think the flavors would come through better on the palette and not mask the mouthfeel as much.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:29:45 | More by jerryjeff
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange in color with a deep, murky haze and yellowish hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a huge, billowy foam with good retention. Sweet suger and malt aromas with dark oranges, banana and a musty yeastiness at the end. Medium bodied with active soda-like carbonation. Tangy citrus orange flavor up front with spicy corriander thru the middle and banana and sweet malt thru to the finish. Sweet malty backbone throughout with banana and yeasty flavors in the the back of the mouth and throat from the middle thru the finish. Finishes with a brief citrus tangy aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:26:52 | More by IronLover
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JoeBCBC

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ouce bottle into pint glass (wish I had something else!)
Got this from a variety case of Steenberge beers.

A- Cool image of a monk brewing beer on the front! Pours a hazy golden straw color with a very large head that is thick and doughy. Head subsides into soapy lace as you drink.

S- I have a stuffy nose, but from what I can smell i'm getting some ripe fruits, pungent Belgian yeast esters, and bready malt.

T- Mild and smooth flavor that is not too overpowering one way or another. Fruitiness comes out first with spicy cloves and malt in the finish. A pleasant tart aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

M- Even with a dramatic pour, this one is still highly carbed. I think it would be more enjoyable at a lower carbonation.

O- One of the easier to drink tripels i've had. Not a fan of the style, but ill try to come from style guidelines when I rate.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 02:15:51 | More by JoeBCBC
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ckollias

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 11.2oz stubby bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Cooper in color with a huge, four-finger, white head after a violent pour. Head lasts for awhile and leaves a nice trail all the way down the glass and leaves a persistent lace.

S: Very sweet caramel aroma assaults the nostrils. The aroma is spicey and fruity with hints of phenols.

T: Smooth and very sweet brew that slowly hits you with a bitter twang. There are hint of fruit, spicy hops, phenols, and orange undertones. Solid malt background masks the alcohol which sort of sneaks up on you.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Very high-quality tripel. Has a good smell, complex taste, and perfect amount of alcohol. Worth trying once…. maybe twice.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:43:53 | More by ckollias
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 02:18:54 | More by jondeelee
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz bottle (aged 1-2 years)

S: Honey coated pears and apricots. Moderate blood orange and caramelized sugar. Flowers with white petals and interesting spicy hops soften the edges. Light white pepper. Pleasant alcohol esters arrive as it warms.

T: Slightly sweet apricot honey up front with more body that I anticipated, almost creamy. Floral hops saunter in over just a whiff of pepper in the middle. Tons of honeyed, candied apricot/blood orange fruitiness with a ton of nice complexity (lemon oil, passion fruit, mango) going on. Only moderately dry and only a touch bitter, but somehow even with all that fruitiness its semi-sweet at most and is more balanced that you might expect from the flavor description. Finish slightly dries out with a touch of pleasant alcohol added to the floral melange. Lingering green-skinned fruitiness and amped up floral hop flavor that remains smooth and mysterious.

Notes: A really luxurious, decadent tripel that regales you with its story and isn't afraid of over indulging. However, not the most complex or dynamic.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 01:26:14 | More by 4000qtrap
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awmiller

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured up a murky apple-juice colored body with a huge foamy head with good retention and loads of lacing. Scents of yeast and malts intermingled with a bit of honey and ripe bananas. Flavors are near the same with the yeasts and malts and some spices with a tinge of alcohol and something near the lines of a sour mash taste at the finish. The body is light and thin with an ease of drinkability. For those that haven’t dabbled with tripels, this is a good start but know that tripels should possess a flavor complexity greater than what this brew presents.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 18:20:17 | More by awmiller
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a La Trappe chalice... deep blonde bordering on orange. Density leaves an opaque body. Frothy white head, like it's been topped with whipped cream. No lacing.

A- under-whleming... that might be a good thing. I was expecting something more pungent. Some esters peak thru, a bit of lemon zest. Not much more, though certainly not what I consider appealing. It's not offensive, it just doesn't lure me in.

T- Frothiness, a hint of malt sweetness, lemon bite. The citrus character of this beer is quite distinct from that of ales utilizing classic American hop vairetals. This is a like pure lemon zest, rather than the juice of sweeter citrus fruits. It's more biting than refreshing.
Esters don't over pour the way they do in other Belgian beers, and I certainly don't taste the white pepper notes I'm used to, but the beer has a sour bite. It cuts through anything. This beer actually drinks much better with food; especially heavy or spicy food.

M - excellent. It's hard to believe this is 8%. It drinks more like the BMC junk you get at parties.... which makes me more grateful for the otherwise uninspiring flavor.

O- It drinks easy - especially on a Summer's day, and pairs well with food. And then it just gets to you... some beers I've found taste better with better familiarity. But this one becomes a chore.

While I'll never drink this one again, I think it's GREAT for what it is. Ideally, the worst beers would be this good. I like that it's affordable and comes in a smaller bottle. I think this is a great "gateway" into Belgian Ales. It's one-dimensional and drinkable, providing enough insight into what Belgian Ales are w/o becoming overbearing.
I wish this brewery would peel back a little on the intensity of the yeast, and make a Belgian IPA.... they have the perfect base for it!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 18:52:16 | More by MONKandTUCK
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BricksandPorter

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured refrigerator cold into an american pint glass. I may have misjudged the carb because I overpoured a little.

Pour - crazy carbonation. practically jumps out of the bottle. Color is a light amber, hazy, with hues of straw, ruby and brown. Thick soapy head that gets filmy once it recedes. Sits on top of the glass like a rock.

Nose - first time around, a delicate cereal smell with hints of spice. I spun it a little and got a fairly strong nose full of rubbing alcohol/nail polish remover.

Taste - candied fruit first followed by a mellow wheat. Apricots are huge but there are hints of sourness. Spice comes big on the backend - allspice, coriander, orange and even fennel or anise. A real nice flavor that completely masks the alcohol, at least when cold. That decreases as it warms.

Mouthfeel - for a blonde it is surprisingly medium bodied. Carb definitely has an impact on the weight - instead of accentuating the profile, it kind of speeds it up and makes you wanting a little more.

Drinkability - Not a session beer, but a good overall selection. Actually, being a tripel, it has a real nice accessibility, cold or warm.

Skol!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 01:37:53 | More by BricksandPorter
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FosterJM

California

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

567th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
330Ml

Bevmo Belgian Pack

App- A dark triple with some highlights in the glass. A great looking head as well and took a long time to recede. Left a lot of stick to it.

Smell- Far from what I was expecting from a high rated Triple. This was a bit damp and off to me.

Taste- A little bit better than the nose and a little bit better than the nose and a little bit better than average with some spicier notes.

Mouth- A wetter triple with a medium body and a borderline high carb level for me.

Drink- Was a bit let down by this one. Just didnt give me that Triple flavor I was looking for or the pop.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 04:53:17 | More by FosterJM
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Kooz

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form bottle into Sam Adams pint glass. Poured clear, but cloudy--interesting. Some head that seems to linger a bit.

Smells acrid, yeasty, and sour, but in a pleasant way. Smells almost like a brewery.

Tastes how it smells. Very nice flavor--amazing how different this is from even the best domestic craft beers. This is the third or fourth I've tried from this brewery, and all have had two things in common--depth of flavor, and great mouthfeel. This is no exception in either category. Mouthfeel is good and creamy...

Overall, it's another winner for Brouwerij Van Steenberge.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:35:34 | More by Kooz
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chinchill

South Carolina

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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keithmurray

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden amber color with effervescent white head

smell - apple, wheat, citrus, yeast, spice

taste - apples. citrus, yeast, ginger

mouthfeel - fully carbonated, medium body, slightly sweet upfront, dry on the finish

overall - a good example of a triple, flavor isn't as full or robust as other examples, but good nontheless. Worth trying

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 23:15:56 | More by keithmurray
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick five-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is citrus and yeast, flavor is wheat and yeasty. Very good triple but not my choice of triples from this brewer - Gulden Draak and Piraat are better. $3.79 for a 330ml bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 22:13:13 | More by jdhilt
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impending

California

2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent butterscotch gold. Towering dense pure white head very slow to recede, excellent lacing.

Yeasty white bread aroma. Quietly floral and fruits with a hint of anise. All the notes of the scent are of high octaves.

The powdery yeast taste is so nondescript, little to describe. Slightly dry finish. Mild phenolic aftertaste, not its strength. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.

Rather undefined brew, the scent is nice but the flavor lacks definition.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:43:31 | More by impending
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aasher

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with zep9865 for a "mini" tasting. This one pours a cloudy honey gold in color with a two finger spongy white head. It smells of pale malts, pale malts, and pale malts. It has moderate yeast and a tinge of honey. The flavor is of sweet pale malt, moderate alcohol for the style, and a good amount of yeast. It's very solid but nothing to go crazy about. It could use a little more honey or spice to it. It drinks fine for the style and has the body you'd hope for and expect. I like it, it's definitely solid considering a big bottle was only $6.99. I'd recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:19:50 | More by aasher
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

2.17/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2 oz into pint glass. $3.49, purchased @ Nikki's in PVD. No freshness info, but I think it just arrived.

A- Pale golden yellow, a bit hazy with a dull orange glow. Huge head, takes a while to settle and pour.

S- Coriander and fruity/floral sweetness. Faint.

T- Taste is muted, mild crisp apple sweetness and a bit like smarties.. medicinal, confectioner's sugar, pill bottle bitterness. Overripe papaya, out of place. Not what I was looking for.

M- Thin, watery, lacking depth or good yeast character. Low carbonation, it all blew out in the pour.

O- I was not impressed. Been getting some good tripels lately, but I won't buy this again. I only drank 1/3 of this and drainpoured the rest.

626

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 02:34:05 | More by ShogoKawada
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy apricot with a tremendously thick head, that disappates down to two fingers and stays there, with some lacing.
S- Aroma is sweet fruit (a lot of peach coming out of this, as well as the juice from canned pears), with alcohol being much more prevalent in the aroma than most 8% beers show. A bit of banana in there too.
T- Sweetness and some pale malt in there up front, pretty subdued flavor initially. Becomes more fruity, and finishes with much more alcohol thn I would like from the style.
M- Good body to it, but I found the carbonation much more coarse than I would like.
O- A decent beer, but not one of the better Triples out there. Too sweet, doesn't hide the alcohol all that well, and excessively coarse carbonation. Decent enough, but generally average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 05:46:28 | More by jsprain1
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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.