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Augustijn Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Augustijn AleAugustijn Ale

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very good

489 Ratings

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 16
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 clvand0
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a golden color with a large bubbly head that died off quickly. The aroma was a little fruity, but yeast/wheat was the aroma that caught my attention the strongest. The flavor is very typical of a wheat beer with the added flavor of orange peels and maybe a little spicyness. I really didn't enjoy the taste of this beer for some reason. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for the style or something, but I thought the drinkability and mouthfeel were psub-par.

Photo of vitesse
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in 33 cL bottle.

a very good tripel, imho. beautiful bright golden appearance. didn't spew out of the bottle like a lot of the smaller belgian bottles. taste and aroma are so damned fruity. pears, apples, cherries are what i detected. slightly saaz-like hops flavor as well.
mouthfeel is surprisingly un-thick. nice.
drinkability suffers, though. lots of alcohol makes for a short night and a big hangover the next day. will creep up on you.

Photo of taez555
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a big thick creamy white head with very wide bubbles. It had a highly carbonated orange body. The bubbles were floating up like crazy.

The smell, well... I'm not sure how to put this. It smelled exactly like those bread and butter pickles. mixed with some soft malt, spice and fruit. but mostly bread and butter pickles.

Now my first thought was that it was a bad beer, maybe improper storage so it had turned on me, but... the taste was very normal. Started very bitter with some earthy hops. Some nice soft malt tones. It reminded me like a cross between sam adams and some some decent german helles, with just a touch of belgian wit. But still... I couldn't shake this slight bread and butter pickle flavor and smell..

Overall, it's not a bad beer. Unique to say the least. Maybe I'll try another bottle one of these days.

Photo of Jon
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Augustijn pours a hazy golden color with a suprisingly thin white head which exhibits minimal lacing. Aromatic notes of fruitiness (including apple, pear and orange peel) lead the way while some yeastiness lingers in the bouquet, as well. Taste is not dissimilar to that of a traditional Belgian wit with some coriander and spice. It differentiates itself, however, with a subtle fruitiness, sweet malt and a bit of alcoholic burn on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated for the style, but it doesn't hurt the drinkability. The 8% abv is well-hidden in this tripel. Certainly unique from most other tripels, but nonetheless a pleasure to drink.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very beautiful Belgian to be sure. The body is a deep golden hue tending toward light amber. The buttery tinged head is enormous and slips away only after a valiant fight leaving a strong residual and plenty of lacing. This is a dandy tasting beer that has good sweetness but is balanced enough to not be overly so. Lovely compexity in the aroma and taste. Very solid mouthfeel and nice drinkability for a beer of this high an ABV.

Photo of euskera
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle.

Poured out golden yellow with a nice fluffy head. Smell was of yeast and malt with a slight honey overtone. Taste was pleasant, with pear hints and that yeasty backbone. Mouthfeel was a bit conflicted for me, some bitterness crept in. On the whole, a good, tasty triple, but I prefer the slightly sweeter ones, like Val de Dieu.

Photo of Rumrunner
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle
Pours with a huge head. A very cloudy gold. Tons of carbonation. The head disappears quickly and there is very little lacing. The scents are citrus and tangy. A sugary grapefruit.

The flavor is a very sour pear. The malts balance it out. A little butter some pepper and clove aftertaste. This ale has great direction. Just like a play. A nice first act, a middle and a great climax. Wonderfully created for flavors.

This ale does have a bit of an alcohol bite to it. It brings on a pushy feel in the mouth. Because of the carbonation there is an airy heavy quality to this ale. I did enjoy this ale as a single. I would not drink two in a row.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large head that disapear too quickly. This is a typical belgian beer but not as good as the Trapist. Good taste of wheat and some spices that I'm unable to identified and a very soft mouthfeel. Overall not my favorite but still very refreshing product from Steenberge

Photo of Mustard
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of Mark
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Rocko
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of cretemixer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of inebrius
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of nathi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of DerKaiser
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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