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Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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very good

489 Ratings

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah. 3 Liter with screened-on label with an import approved sticker 180 degrees opposite the screened label on the bottle. Belgian beer seems to get better the bigger the bottle. I've had it on draught and in the 33 cl bottle before but this is the way to go. So much drier, crisper and more carbonated that any other counterpart that Augustijn and the Van Steenberge brewery has to offer. For the price, very good. Leffe Blond drinkers and others that think Interbrew brews good stuff, hop on board.

Photo of Tballz420
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange colored brew, fair-sized off white head on top. The scent is fruity and sweet. Carbonated, sweet taste, citrus/fruit notes, minimal hop bitterness. Some alcohol spicyness. Medium bodied. Im not an expert in this style, it seems to fare fairly well against the few others like it ive had.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a solid bright white head that left a wall of lace. Aromas of coriander and apricot, reminds me of a wit. Hazy, golden peach colored beer. Coriander wheat flavor that is quickly joined by tangy lemon. Light body, faint bubbly mouthfeel. Overall a light tripel, coriander and lemon make for a refreshing beer.

Photo of UncleFrank
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An incredible fluffy head that lasts and lasts sits atop a cloudy foggy orange beer. The aroma is sweet, sugar, malts, and some sour notes with spices.
The taste is malty smooth with sweet orange, a hint of coriander, old bananas, and sour cherries and peaches. It finishes with a spicy dryness along with a slick feeling on the back sides of the toungue. Alcohol isnt present on this 8% beer.
Overall very tasty, however it doesnt yell "Tripel" to me. No belgian candi sugar aspects that I look for in a good Tripel. I had to think about what style it is. Perhaps because its so smooth. Im used to a "bigger" beer so it fooled me.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33 cl brown stubby Belgian bottle. Apprearance: This is a pure golden yellow colored beer that is a little cloudy- not as rich looking as simliar other Belgians I have had. When I poured (most carefully), this beer generated so much head I could not pour it all into my Chimay goblet. The head of small off-white bubbles subsided after 5-10 minutes and I could pour the rest.

The aroma smelled of bright Belgian ale-styled yeasts (I don't know which are which yet) and a little sweet. The aroma is much softer than many other Belgians I've had. The flavor had the bite of hops, weak citrus, and was somewhat medicine-like in the upper palate. It was sharp and bitter- as the beer warmed, something new (spicy/pepper?) joined in alongside slight additional sweetness.

Mouthfeel was moderate- it almost seemed a little watery in comparison to its brothers. Overall, I liked this brew and would gladly drink more, but there are others I want to try (or re-try) first.

Photo of Jason
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
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 RockyTopHeel
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bubbly, yellow-orange in color with a foamy white head and a yeasty aroma bubbling up from my tulip glass. For a tripel, this is very crisp, and it has a great fizziness from the carbonation. There's a light flavor of citrus and spice, but the intensity is somewhat lacking. This is easy to drink--too easy. I'm left looking for more depth with this one.

All in all, a middle of the road tripel.

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

Soft hazy gold with a big white head and gobs of lace.

Thick, warm yeasty smell with a touch of cloves and orange.

Orange citus taste, breadiness and wheat, some pepper and warmth of alcohol. The carbonation bites at you early on, but settles down in short order. Finishes dry.

Decent, but doesn't blow me away.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slighty hazy medium orange color with two fingers of head that die off fairly quickly. The smell is fruity with banana and orange. There is also some yeast and bread present in nose. The taste is fairly mild, with some citrus present, and a little spice as well, maybe coriander. Just a little too bland of a taste, it doesn't really jump out at you. It does hide the 8% abw well though. The mouthfeel is just a little light for a tripel style. Just a little watery and fairly light on the tongue. The drinkability is really good though, and if there were ever a session tripel, this would probably be it.

Photo of granger10
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a hazy golden color with a very light airy head. The smell is strong on tarty yeast and alcohol. It threw me off a little. The taste was very pale in deed. It started out with a breadiness and maybe some grain adjunct flavor. Light in body and flavor. Middle is tarty and hoppy. The alcohol comes on too strong in the finish causing a liquor tasting aftertaste. This beer is balanced but not complex and the flavors don't really mix too well. I'm glad I tried it but I don't think I'll be having this one again anytime soon.

Photo of mschofield
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a white head that immediately audibly crackles to a film (in a chalice). Well carbonated, just slightly hazy with yeast.
Orange, spicy aroma, that flows through to the taste.
Very peppery, more fruiy flavors appear (pear and peach), honey and dough, almost a little wheat like. Smooth, and light-medium bodied, slightly bitter, very easy to drink for 8.0 ABV.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4 year old small bottle. I poured this into a snifter-type glass, not quite a Trappist style. It originally poured out straw colored like a Duvel, then turned yellowish-brown as sediment swirled in. The foamy head almost boils away. It's got a big Belgian smell and taste of oranges, coriander, candi sugar and honey. First beer I tasted that reminded me of honey, after dozens of “honey weisses.” Rather pleasant to sip while relaxing.

Photo of Ardon
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Wonderful golden ale colour with a sustained, pillowy one finger head.

Smell: Light sweet fruit and a wheatyness that can be smelt from a foot away.

Taste: Not as complex as the nose suggested. Spicy alchohol and yeast on the aftertaste. Unidentifiable sweetness on tongue. Nice bitterness all the way through with good hop flavours.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Typical tripel mouthfeel, medium carbonation with alcoholic bite. Goes down smoothly. Another dangerously drinkable tripel.

Notes: Not as complex as it could be. Nose was fantastic but was let down a bit on the palette. Good tripel overall.

Photo of moulefrite
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An all around average brew that I'm sampling as part of a variety pack from Van Steenberge-so far just a bunch of ho hum stuff in the pack, though I've 3 to go. Anyway, the brew pours a mildly hazy egg yolky yellow and features a gracious mound of fluffy foam and reatains a good deal of that as lace. Aromas are mildly sweet and slightly bananna-esc-with a definate malt drive. Sweet in the mouth with malted fruit and a very tiny bit of spice in the way of clove, nutmeg or other baking spices. A decent brew, yet nothing I'll buy again. An innocuous sampler.

Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Too sweet and carbonation prickly. Smoke and citrus and cloves did not work for me. Tart aftertaste. Can smell yeast and malt. This brewery does much better, and expected more from a triple - perhaps a bad batch. Colour OK and alcohol masked and hoppy.

Photo of zerk
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat murky deep gold with a thin but persistent white head. There are quite a few chunks in suspension, even before swirling in the yeast... not exactly a beautiful sight. Aroma is a pleasant mixture of honey, passion fruit, and musty yeast with some herbal notes. Flavor begins sweet with notes of passion fruit and orange, then becomes herbal and quite bitter for the style... probably more bitter than I'm used to in a triple, but it's not unpleasant. Body is light to medium, and the beer is aggressively carbonated. Not my favorite triple, but not bad.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this in a brown 33cl bottle with an interesting bulge in the neck. Label features a monk stirring a big barrel, presumably of ale. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 5/21/05, I opened it on 11/27/03 - Beer #5 on Thanksgiving Day.

Pours a nice cloudy orangish gold with a big white head that settles quickly, but lingers nicely as film and collar, with some decent lace spots on the glass. The nose is very fruity, but there's a certain harsh edge here, probably from the hops. The mouth is light and quite prickly with carbonation. The taste opens with the typical francophone sweetness of fruit and spices. There's a hoppy kick here that sets it apart from other Belgians, though. The alcohol's presence is also readily noticeable. Certainly not a bad beer, but I'm feeling no excitement, either.

Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a very nice Belgian beer. Pours a nice cloudy orange with a good head. The head gives way to a nice lace. Taste is fruity and warm. Some malt is present. Good bite with a hoppy, tart aftertaste. Way too drinkable. Maybe it is because I like tripels so much.

Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Shiloh
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice beer. I would appreciate it to a larger degree if the ABV was lower, but that is just me. The 4.0 rating was very well deserved.
Arrived a cloudy, medium golden hue with a nice full fingered crown of tight & creamy white foam.
Crown disapated on consumption to a medium glass ring and thin island lace.
Noticeable on the nose was yeast.
Taste was most pleasant, fruity citrus like offering that failed to leave. Well balanced and firm.
Would love to meet this guys little brother.(ABV speaking of cource). Smooth.

Photo of RoyalT
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 SeanChouffe
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle

Pours a thick creamy head with descent retention, and sticky, patchy lace. The color is orange, with lots of small bubbles. Aroma of fruit, bubblegum, bread and citrus. Low hops. The taste is somewhat uncomplicated: a tart start, sweet middle and slightly dry finish. Medium bodied, lots of CO2. Nice warming effect.
IMHO This beer looks great, but otherwise,I don't get it. This tasted more like a Saison than a Tripel. The tartness was overwhelming. I might have gotten a bad bottle.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden color with a thick, chunky head. The aroma is floral, herbal and medicinal. The flavor is medicinal with the hay-like qualities of a lambic. It is a bit astringent as well. It has a drying finish. It is smooth, almost creamy and light in the mouthfeel for its strength. Another excellent Belgian brew.

Photo of gnaussea
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring -Pours a cloudy, orange brown, a bit dirty, but with a very nice, pure head loaded with microbubbles. Disappointingly, despite the texture of the head, it leaves no lace. Smelling -The smell is very fruity, with a hint of spice at the head and a definite presence of alcohol. Tasting -The spice hits first with the flavor, a bit stonger than anticipated from the smell. Afterwards, the malt comes in with apple and peach present. The most rewarding part of this beer is its mouthfeel sticking out against most abbeys- a nice true, Belgian tripel. The alcohol is not particularly present, leaving the pallette available to enjoy it to its fullest. On the other hand, nothing distinguishing about it that I can't find in other Belgians that have a bit more complexity. The price and availability of this beer are superb.

Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy, dirty tan color with a thick bubbly head. It was slighlty over carbonated as the bubbles were rising furiously. There was a mellow malt nose, which was followed by a malty and slighlty yeasty flavor during the first swig. The alcohol seems rise above the beer, making it an average drinkable beer. The malt flavor lingered long on the tongue, but some more bitter balance is needed. Not bad, but there are better belgian's out there.

Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.