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Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

489 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 16
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Ratings: 489 | Reviews: 394
Photo of ojiikun
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lighter than I expected, more yellow-orange than copper. Nice, obvious, chunky yeast floating alongside persistant streams of bubbles. Head and lace fell quickly, but carbonation lasted. Initial and final tastes of citrus with bite that ends like mineral water. Very light-bodied, but doesn't at all taste like a tripel. Something musky or tropical lies underneath the hops, but it's hard to classify.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange, somewhat cloudy colour with a strong head retention. Wow, that thing will not move unless you swirl the glass. Little clumps of yeast float around the oversized goblet. Plenty of sticky lace clings to the sides. Smells fruity, malty, with a bit of medicine. Overall, a pleasant scent, though the medicine does not seem to fit. Taste is pretty damn good. Bit of overripe fruits, malts, bananas... Delicious. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy bodied with a rich, creamy smoothness. A delicious beer, and I anticipate the other beers I've yet to try from this brewery.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic! One of the best Belgians I have had in quite a while. Poured a much lighter colour than I thought it would have. A slightly cloudy golden orange. Fluffy white head about 20mm thick. Seemed to have decent retention. Nice lacing. Smell was very strong. It had a musty smell that reminded me of a lambic, which I liked, but it had a powerful alcohol / phenol smell that I didn't care for as well. The taste was very nice. A fair amount of spice and again, reminded me a little of a lambic or a saisson. Delicious. Great job on concealing the 8.0%abv, too. Very smooth and easy to drink, even at this carbonation level, Over all, I though it was a fantastic choice. I would definately buy this again.

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

A: Pale golden-bronze. Pours a nice fluffy white head, not a lot of retention, but some nice lace.

S: Fruity alcohol, somewhat bready, with a little spice & phenol.

T: Flavours are very light. Not nearly as malty/bready as its little brother (Boucanier 'red'). Some spicy/earthy yeast flavour, a little rind, with a touch of fruity esters and phenol. The alcohol flavour is very smooth and warming, much more subtle than some. Awesome bitter/sweet/tart balance.

M: Light to moderate body with almost a creamy smoothness, fairly high carbonation, dry.

D: Quite good/dangerous.

Photo of NEhophead
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense white head leaving intricate lacing down the glass' sides. Clean, golden in color with shades of butterscotch.

Moderately sweet malt aroma. Faint farmhouse mustiness over hints of clean banana, pineapple, and even orangepeel.

Very clean and stripped down fruit flavors: banana and coconut. Semi-sweet, subdued malt character. Very fresh tasting. A burst of spice and fruit at mid-sip.

Medium bodied; light and refreshing, very welcomed qualities for a Tripel.

Clean and refreshing; decent flavors as well. I would love to try this on tap to take a little bit of the carbonation off.

Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dull orange with a thick creamy long lasting head, Huge retention and tons and tons of lacing.

Smell was sweet and musty with light yeast, banana, and clove notes.

Flavor was light and balanced with a bit of yeast, spices, citrus fruit, and apple. Has a bit of light grassy hops that contrast nicely with the semi sweet malt and fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is ultra creamy and mildly thick.

A pretty solid tripel.

Photo of LPorter33
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle from the sampler pack

Appeaance = clear, golden brown. Great frothy head which lasted and looks delicious. Nice lacing. Lots of bubbles rising up. Impressive appearance

Smell = Strong bananna scents like fresh baked bananna bread. Alcohol is present along with the sweet malt. Pretty good scent.

Taste = Really crisp refreshing taste. I love the carbonation as it adds to an excellent mouthful and really makes this drinkable. Hides the 8% well. Full of a nice fruity flavor, reminds me of a good champagne. I really enjoyed the taste.

Overall = This is really nice Belgium. One of the better ones I've had. I definitely recommend it. Extremely refreshing and tasty. I could have a couple of these ( which would be dangerous)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a huge creamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell is of sweet fruits such as bannana and apple. This accompanied by a strong sourness with spices and yeasty overtones. Very nice.

Taste very smooth for the style. Sweet and fruity with a pleasant bitter finish and little aftertaste. Spices are pronounced and the warming alcohol is blended nicely.

This is a very pleasant and drinkable brew. Would be a great session beer.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Upon opening, my bottle spewed forth with a tempestuous geyser of white foam! Very dramatic, but hopefully not normal. The beer itself is an almost opaque golden honey color with a brown apple cider tinge. Head is, not surprisingly, huge and white with EXCELLENT retention.

Smell: Very fruity and very vinous, like a mix of apple cider and white wine, with some orange and pineapple action going on. Sour yeast is also quite prevalent. Has a bready character that reminds me of a croissant.

Taste: Everything described in the nose is here, but the yeast is more mellow and dusty than I expected. Very sweet and fruity, almost like an asti (or maybe I just have champagne on the brain after that volatile opening).

Mouthfeel: Lovely! At once creamy and effervescent.

Drinkability: A good celebration ale. I just might serve this one on New Year's.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flecked and flaked and chunky golden amber. Despite the fact that my initial pour was less than half the bottle, a disturbing amount of junk managed to escape. The bottom of the glass is a busy bubble factory. It has created and is maintaining a huge, ivory colored head of soft, frothy foam. If it wasn't for the cluttered look from the variously sized brown floaters, this would be an attractive beer. No lace cements my lukewarm 'thumbs up'.

The nose is dominated by fruit and alcohol. Like the best tripels, it isn't a raw, ethanol-like aroma, but is more akin to a mellow fruit brandy. Golden orchard fruit is uppermost (apples, pears), although strangely enough, it smells as bananarific as many hefe weizens. I doubt that it was done in this case, but using a hefe weizen yeast in a tripel should produce an interesting beer.

The flavor profile gets the basic outlines of the tripel style correct, but fails to fill them in with a beer of substance. Augustijn Ale starts out on solid footing. Unfortunately, it doesn't peak or even increase in power or complexity throughout the mouthful. It's all downhill from an admittedly above-average starting point. It's hard to say where the blame lies, so I won't speculate.

It's a bit sweeter than the average tripel, but because the mouthfeel isn't all that full, it doesn't have the opportunity to linger and feel sticky or syrupy. All of the various flavors (fruit, spice and alcohol) are in balance relative to one another and are on the low end in terms of palate presence. Even though they aren't very prominent on the palate, I can still appreciate sugared banana and maybe even a light sprinkling of ground clove. Odd that.

I've already alluded to the mouthfeel; this would be a better beer if it was a bigger beer. The carbonation is style average in terms of intensity and is easily tolerated. I'd like the mouthfeel better if I didn't get small chunks with every sip. Feeling like I need to use my teeth as a strainer is never a good thing (unless hops are involved).

I'm not that thrilled. This isn't an old bottle so I have no idea why it looks the way it does. Even without the chunks, it fails to keep pace with the top tier of Belgian tripels. Or the second tier for that matter. Since there are plenty of delicious versions to choose from (even in Iowa), I won't be drinking Augustijn Ale again.

Photo of mdagnew
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a golden yellow / light orange colour... Head was white, big and foamy with quite small beading and lasted quite a long time...

Aroma - Citrusy, peppery, pineapple, earthy hints, coppery/metallic notes, grassy notes, hint of raspberry also...

Taste – Lemony, slight sweetness, spicy, orange notes, slight earthiness...

Feel - Very sharp as there is quite a lot of carbonation... light bodied..

Overall - A top notch Belgian tripel.... one of the best. Highly recommended...

Photo of UnionMade
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby 12oz bottle, purchased at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. A massive white froth erupts on the pour, the beer actually pouring out a little like spoiled milk, clumpy, the beer in the glass looking like a golden snow globe, or perhaps a Sea Monkey habitat gone horribly awry. I shit you not. I have no problem with cloudy beer, and I'm fully aware that belgian yeast stirs up if you barely touch the bottle, but this is rather unappetizing. The Old Lady, who hates yeast pours, actually gagged a little when I showed her, then covered her eyes. Excellent head retention however, keeping a nice solid coating. Spotty lace. Floral, fruity aroma, with a distinct Saaz hop bite. Sorta soapy, spicy hopping, pilsy malt, kinda spicy yeast and very floral. Malty flavor, with candi sugar sweetness throughout, but balanced with a combination of yeast spiciness and spicy hops. Charged carbonation is neither refined nor natural feeling. I think it has attention deficit disorder. It's like my palate is being electrocuted, with a tingly sensation after each sip. Honestly, it's not terrible, but it does feel manic. Way too energetic, tiring my palate out. Moderately fruity, kinda tropical, with a pineapple and artificial gummi peach candy feel, finishing with a bit of saaz soapiness and milder yeasty spiciness. Milder phenols, leaning in the direction of plastic. Rather hoppy for a belgian tripel. Not unwelcome, but i almost feel that its over hopped to make up for he lack of yeast character. Finishes with a surge of carbonation, followed by a lingering fruity aftertaste. The bottle was finished, but with the faults coupled with the import price, I won't revisit this.
A head-to-head with Flying Fish's Grand Cru. I almost hate to say it, but the beers were similar, and Flying Fish's killed this one on all fronts. For a beer brewed in belgium by a respectable brewery, this fails to meet my expectations.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - A cloudy bronze color and carbonation bubbles vigorously. It has a two finger head that dissipates after few minutes but never fully dissappears. Splotchy lacing that doesn't last adorns the glass.

S - Cloves, malt, and a bit of apricot. Carbonation stands out as well.

T - A slightly sweet malt with a bit of cloves. It is bitterness that is very strong for the flavor. It really lingers after each sip.

M - The carbonation is overwhelming. It is thin and a bit refreshing, but the sharp carbonation stings the tongue. It starts to film in your mouth as well.

D - Well, it goes down easily, but the high carbonation hurts it all around. I imagine it wouldn't taste too bad with food. It is not terrible - just mediocre.

Photo of maxpower
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby bottle pours a glowing golden with lots of floating particles. Bready, grainy aromas, sweet bread, honey, lemon and pepper flavors. Medium bodied with a super carbonated, crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry and spicy. Alcohol very well hidden at 8% not bad.

Photo of imblane
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle no freshness date. Poured into my chalice a cloudy honey color with moderate carbonation and a white fluffy head. Smell is grainy with a hint of grape and orange. Taste is crisp with a slight fruity/banana hint and some sweetness and finishes with a warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth with a hint of carbonation. Overall a good Tripel that I will buy again.

Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy yellow body. Fluffy white head with pretty good retention

Smell, strong almondy aroma, slight hint of esters and some dry malt

Taste, crisp and slight boozy. Biscuity with a slight estery sweetness

A solid pale ale, not world changing but good none the less

Photo of KroMagnon
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was VERY carbonated, but it wasn't a gusher - it just produced a vigorous high head that wasn't really very long lasting. Color is kind of orange-yellow and its a little cloudy. The aroma is nice, featuring a sweet honey-like, spicy note, some grainy maltiness, and a touch of something more complex like licorice. The flavor is nice, its got a nice malty sweetness that isn't too heavy but it also seems to lack a little complexity. Overall this is a pretty good tripel, maybe not the best but definitely a good example of the style.

Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely beer. Fruity and sour.

330 ml. bottle purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a dark amber with a two finger white head. Left some small ribbons of lace.

Aroma is sweet caramel, fruity ale yeast and traces of floral hops.

Taste is rich caramel, under-ripe summer fruit, ale yeast and some floral notes.

Mouthfeel is medium. Nicely balancing the refreshing sourness of this brew is the medium body that allows the sourness to linger for a short period in the mouth after each sip.

Very drinkable.

Photo of GClarkage
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08/08/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a 1/2 inch creamy looking clean white head. Average lacing at best.

Smell- Sweet and sour fruits and spices. Apple, pear maybe some orange.

Taste- I wish most tripels tasted like this. Tons of tropical fruit flavors with a nice hit of pepper and other spices. Also a nice touch of hops involved.

Mouthfeel- A bit overly carbonated, but not as bad as most of this breweries beers are.

Drinkability- One of the better tripels I've had for sure. Well worth the $3 I paid for it.

Photo of jettjon
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the Belgium sampler pack. TREMENDOUS whitish head of mixed size bubbles that fades slowly with plenty of lacing. Pours golden clear with bubbles (I like that). Sweet honey/melon nose. Tart, almost picklish sour flavor. The tartness is a distraction. Bubbly, smooth mouthfeel. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall, not impressive. Too sour, and online reviews indicate that this is a staple of this beer and not an anomaly.

Photo of DogFood11
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First impressions of this beer: This beer is going to kick ass. The appearance is near perfect. Large head that doesnt settle down for a few drinks and still maintains itself. Unfiltered appearance, Cloudy and a beautiflu golden color. But then BAMM a huge bitter taste that left me realing a bit. You can tell this is a well crafted brew its a bitter bitter brew with smooth mouthfeel and perfect carbonation, just enough to let you know its alive but not overpowering. Alcohol was disguised well for an 8%.

Photo of AlexJ
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 pours a hazy, radient yellow gold color with a massive, fluffy white head that has exceptional staying power. After 30 minutes in a Duvel tulip, there is still 1/4 in. of thick patchy foam. Lacing hangs like Spanish moss. Straight 5 for appearance, all the way!

Aroma is a lively blend of pinapple, green apple, lemon zest, and spicey yeast notes. There's definately a sour twang to it that tells me it's going to be very refreshing.

The flavor is delicate for a tripel, more like a Belgian strong pale. There's tropical pinapple and papaya, green apple, very light banana, cotton candy, and bubblegum. Not nearly as sweet as it smells, with a beautiful measure of sour funkyness to make it super balanced.

Body is light to medium with an incredibly airey, fluffy mouthfeel leading to a dry, chardonayish finish. So light and refreshing yet complex and sophisticated. Very nice offering from our Belgian friends.

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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 MrSeth
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter with an earthy-murky gold color and a huge bubbly white tan head. Good head retention, leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

Wafts of musky malt and yeast in the nose. Also a spicy gingerbread and sour citrus zest aroma. First sip, the alcohol is fully forward in the profile. I've had tripels before, but this is the most immediately warming tripel that I've had by far. There is a taste like dry straw, hay, outdoorsy/barns. More spicy notes in the taste as well. Tons of bubbly rising to meet the still impressive head.

This is a good example of the style, I wish I had been familiar with Augustijn this past winter. But there's always next year..

Photo of ypsifly
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

Dark cloudy amber with a tall off white head that falls to 2cm and stays there until almost the last swig. Very sticky, leaves a good coating inside the glass.

Smells of cloves, banannas, bready yeasts, with a slight whiff of alcohol.

Dark fruits, slightly spicy belgian yeast and a nice drying finish. Full mouthfeel really puts this one over the top.

A very well crafted and truely enjoyable beer.

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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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