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Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

481 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Mustard
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz. brown bottle. No bottling date, no "best by" date. Enjoyable little monastic brewing image on the label. Particularly like the three little rabbits upon the crest of blue. Are they in the brew?

Appearance: Tawny gold with a slight orange tinge. Slightly hazy. Pours a huge, fine head which hangs around for the ride. Looks like someone spooned out a large dollop of pancake batter atop this beer. Thick, heavy lacing.

Smell: Dry fruit, cloves.

Taste: Gentle, tart maltiness to start, followed by banana and spicy clove notes. Subtle herbal bitterness makes its presence known in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; a bit flat.

Notes: An underflavored, albeit incredibly drinkable, tripel. Goes down so easy -- just wish I could smack its flavor and mouthfeel out of hibernation.

Mustard, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold color, slightly cloudy, large head. Malty, with a banana and clove flavor. Slight vineous taste. Moderately hoppy, somewhat fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is moderately bitter. High alcohol (8%) taste not noticeable. Beer finishes very well, mellows as it sits in the glass.

beerguy101, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of Sixpack595
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Yellow/orange in color with a thick, almost white head that lasts forever. Aromas of bready malts and citrus fruits. Very well balanced with touches of citrus and spice. Great carbonation, and the 8% ABV is very well hidden.

Sixpack595, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy peach-colored body is capped by a massive head of rocky white foam. Once poured (and that's not easily done in one step) it holds exceptionally well, eventually dropping to what many other beers start with. It holds a solid 1/2" throughout most of the goblet and leaves exceptional lace! (I understand, however, that this may be due to excessive aging and temperatures during export... the original in Belgium is supposedly more subdued). The nose is soft and fruity; it's not sharp or sweet, but more like an orange-laced pastry. It's gently grainy with a touch of wheat that supports the soft fruitiness. The body is medium; and it combines with a very fine-bubbled natural carbonation to leave it as soft and smooth as a silk covered pillow. Not unlike the aroma, a creamy maltiness that's accentuated by gentle fruit (orange, apricot, pear) envelops the mouth. It eventually gives rise to some underlying hop flavors and a noteably balancing bitterness. It finishes with a long-lasting note of mildy sweet and fruity malt; and drying, bitter, herbal hops. Quite impressive!

NeroFiddled, May 21, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite belgium drafts to date this beer appears a crystal clear golden tone with a virbrant white foaming head. Wonderful lace forms rings around the inner side of my official Augustijn glass. Aroma is spiced up with an awesome slightly bubblegum malt profile. The malt and yeast combo is amazing making this single a tasty treat for me. Very mild hop aroma blends nicely here. The taste ties it all together mixing the sweet bubblegum tone forcing an instant smacking of the lips together. Amazing complexity of spices, malt, and mild hops to equal one hell of a beer. Oh and did I mention of how redicuously drinkable this Belgium glory is.

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy bottle upon opening (before pouring it overflowed). Light fruity complex aroma with banana, phenol, spiciness, and citrus, but not much malt. Big white head that took a bit to settle. Clear dark gold, with more setiment as poured the rest of the bottle. Interesting mix of sweet with a sour dryness. Finish is surprisingly short, with the mix noted above. Wonderful array of flavors from front to back, with aspects of light malt, mild phenols, cloves and fruitiness (that's not citrusy). Nice light body with full carbonation. Little indication of alcohol in taste. Wonderful drinking experience full of aroma and taste adventures.

garymuchow, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of Mark
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the subtle prodding of MJR I have decided to keep trying the world of Belgians, in the hope of developing a taste for them. This offering pouring a orange gold, head was pure white and settled to about an inch thick. Lacing was sparse but abit thicker at the bottom of my goblet. Aroma was fruity and some spice, pear was my first thought. Spritzy mouthfeel which seems to be standard for the genre. Taste was spicy and fairly smooth. I detected a bit of banana, clove, and pear. Decent drinkabilty for an 8% brew, espescially a style the jury is still out on for me. I'm still not a convert by any means but it wasn't bad.

Mark, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a large white head over a very hazy golden amber liquid. Fresh fruit and yeasty esters in the nose. Taste is a nice maltiness, with fruit and then a good amount of hoppiness comes a calling, by no means overpowering though. Some alcoholic power sensed as well. Finishes with a great bittersweetness that drys out slightly at the end.

beerluvr, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of Rocko
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, very much of a head and the head was very frothy, but it settles after 5 mins. Quite bubbly which reminds alot of Duvel.

Estery smell with touches of vanilla and very slightly of honey. It taste is bready with sweet touches of fruit.

Rocko, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite of the sampler. Poured an electric orange (perhaps I should have stopped sampling at this point!) with a great white head. It looked awesome in the glass, almost too good to drink. But I'm glad I did. Plenty of fruit and good carbonation. This was a great beer.

bewareOFpenguin, Feb 19, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In honor of Villanova University's Augustinian tradition, and the fact that they have cancelled classes yet again tomorrow (giving me a relaxing 6 day weekend), I will gladly imbibe this Augustijn Ale.

The white head retains well over the yellow/orange brew. Yeasty sediment is quite prevalent. The aroma is potent, with clove and spice dominating the subtle fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated and spicy, yet also somewhat chewy as well. Flavors of banana, clove, citrus fruits, and plenty of spice and warming alcohol. This is a very complex and well done Tripel, and a bit softer and more subtle than others, making it very drinkable. Very nicely done.

IrishRedRock, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw in color with a thick frothy off-white head. After a long rest, the head fades to a thick even layer across my glass--no lace whatsoever.

Aromas of wheat, corriander, earthy grasses, and citrus.

Taste and smell are very much like a hefe-weisse. Honey and orange peel round out the flavors present.

Lighter body than a lot of tripels and lower carbonation too. Very smooth and drinkable. Not over the top, just right where it should be.

cretemixer, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of inebrius
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden under a fine cream head. Fat lace. Nose of spun sugar and wet seagrass rugs. A draught pummels your buds with sweet malt as a spiked club wielding hunter pummels a baby seal. A chance hop note is thrown in to mellow things out a bit. Finishes boozy with a cream soda chaser.

inebrius, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chunky white head, cloudy amber color. Fresh aroma: soft, but spicy, fruity, citrus, peach. Big carbonation, sweet flavor, nothing out of the ordinary, though. Nice finish, stays on the tongue and dances around awhile, like a good Belgian ale should.

feloniousmonk, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought since I am having the Chimay White tonight it would be nice to have another Tripel to compare. Pours a cloudy-straw yellow in color with a half inch head of small bubbles that lasts. The smell in clean and fruity. Seems to have a much more pronounced flavor than the Chimay White. Both very effervesent on the tongue but this one doesn't seem to be as alcoholic as the other. Much more smooth and clean. Again, I am no expert on this style or any style more that matter.

CharlesRiver, Dec 23, 2002
Photo of nathi
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden and cloudy. Huge tick head.

The aroma of this beer is so very spicy and complex. Not as huge as some, but still big. Some floral notes and fruity esters and a nice rich malt background, almost a candy like character.

Very carbonated, slightly tart, and very dry. Strong citrus notes, and a good maltyness for the dryness. A good spicyness all the way through. I love the super dry character of thsi beer, very refreshing, and a clean aftertaste. Almost champaign like, but with so much character. And a good hop presence as well, but not overpowering for the dryness, just enough to add a pleasent bitterness and resiny hop flavor.

nathi, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of DerKaiser
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, HUGE fluffy head that seems to hang around forever. Underneath is a nice golden amber beer. Wonderfully aromatic, with scents of fruit, grain, and banana peel.

Nicely balanced flavor with a slight carbonated bight. Slightly spicey and yeasty, with plenty of malt flavor. There's also hints of citrus in the undertones. Finishes fairly dry and a little bitter. The alcohol is nice and warming.

This is a nice, rich tripel from Belgium. A very tasty example of the style. If you come across an Augustijn, by all means purchase and enjoy.

DerKaiser, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of Wildman
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color and formed a huge foamy white head that acted like a float and formed circular lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of citrus and spice is present with elements of grain. A flavor of citrus, spice and a slight bread aspect to it. A light and airy finish.

Wildman, Nov 30, 2002
Photo of ipogios
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with a light spicy smell and taste. Nice large white staying head. This beer is very pleasant to drink. Another Top Beer from Belgium. This guys have been in the market for hundreds of years

ipogios, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of Todd
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 ...

Todd, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color, the head ethereal, white, the lace chunky, and long lasting. Nose is malt, citrus, clean and crisp. Front is ambrosial, the top slender, the finish caustic, the hops barely noticeable, droughty aftertaste, did not really find this beer as I hoped and subsequent samples has not changed my mind.

Gusler, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of Viking
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-peach color with a thick, creamy head. An amazingly long-lasting, creamy head. The body is filled with co2 trails rushing to the top. Lightly fruity and spicy aroma. Seems to have a faint aroma of green grapes. Solid taste - flavor of mild fruit peppery spices, and a bit of yeast. Spices dominate the slightly dry finish. Rough, but not unpleasant mouthfeel.

Viking, Oct 03, 2002
Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed, opaque peach with lots of floating sediment. Bulky, milky head sticks around well.
Grapey-winey notes. Dashes of hop-like bitterness (though not really "hoppy" smelling).
Starts off in the mouth as the aromas would indicate. Lots of grape and white wine flavors. Mild yeastiness. Turns slightly grainy midway, and ends with some drying hops. Sponge-like, as they add little flavor, yet make this bone-dry at the finish. This searing finale is a real savior of the beer. Not much going on otherwise.
Medium-full bodied. Creamy at first, then crisp and brittle at the finish.
Downable given the 8%. Alcohol is not noticed.
Fairly simple, yet decent.

cokes, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of mzwolinski
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma, with hints of hops, spiciness. Fruit is evident on deep inhalation

This beer is a very nice, just slightly hazy (from bottle fermentation) sunset orange color, highly carbonated, with a head that starts of big and foamy and settles down to a thin, white top.

Medium-light body, with a clove-ish spiciness, more yeast, and a warming sensation of alcohol. Dry, hoppy finish. A little unbalanced on the spicy/bitter side. Stands up very well next to spicy food!

Quite a history to this beer! Check out http://www.globalbeer.com/web/body_pages/pages-beer/Augustijn/Augustijn.html for some interesting background.

mzwolinski, Sep 30, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a hazy golden color, with a tight foamy medium head. Taste of spices with a touch of fruit. Alcohol was 8% but not over powering. In the same class of Draak and Piraat, which I picked all 3 up at Bevmo in California. But not as good.

BeerManDan, Sep 28, 2002
Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.