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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%


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

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 04-27-2002)
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Kasteel chalice. A: Pale amber, half a finger head, good
retention, some lacing, slight haze. S: Esters plus some booze. T: Heavy on the
esters and diacytel, lighter on the molasses, touch of bitterness, similar to other
Van Steenberge beers, kept the booze under wraps. M: Light, crisp and well
carbonated, very drinkable for the high abv. O: I had wondered if it was a Bornem
Tripel clone, but despite likenesses it wasn’t. If you like Piraat and the others you’ll
enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 20:20:03 | More by jonb5
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Yellow body with a slight but definite orange tint. Fair head that vanishes rather quickly, leaving some good lacing. Almost entirely clear.

SMELL : First nose is apples, apples and apples, not quite granny-smith, but almost. Still has some of those red-apple aromas. Second nose brings out some rich yeast bready side that melds quite amazingly well with the apple. Really softens the sharper side of those apples, actually, mellows the whole into something that seems somehow more cushy, pretty much pear-like. Third nose makes those yeast aromas more precise and into something not too far from Westmalle Tripel. The apples and pears still dominate the whole, though. Maybe a little of a simple nose, or maybe the complexities are too well blended together. Anyhow, quite pleasing and impressive.

TASTE : Hmm, hard know what to say. Very, very fruity. Also, the yeasts are a lot more present on the palate, giving this brew a definitely more common belgian blond ale kind of twist, rather than what that champagne-like nose had me expecting. Still, apple pie, pears, etc. Very pleasing.

MOUTHFEEL : Not as sharp as the nose tended to make me believe, and definitely not as sharp and dry as most other belgian pale ales I've tasted. It's not quite sweet, but it sure has perceptibly more body than what I'm used for for this style.

OVERALL : Quite a good beer, though I feel it should somehow have been more complex, and that those complexities should've been more obviously discerned. I feel it to be complex, but the whole is so thightly packed that it ends up being one big clunky block of impressive tastes and aromas, with the apples and pears poking out. Absolutely not bad, one of the very good belgian pale ales I've had, but I ache to taste what it might've been, to taste the product this beer tries to be, idealistically.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:56:20 | More by FrostBlast
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: poured a nice clear and vibrant gold with a fierce 3 finger head that stayed for a long time before finally giving way to some heavy lacing.

S: yeasts, sweet fruits and cloves. Some light alcohol present on the nose as well.

T: follows the nose with an earthiness that was not expected. The booziness of the beer also really comes through.

M: good carbonation, dry finish bordering on astringent.

O: this was a nice beer, but not a memorable one. The fact that the booziness of this beer was too up front is probably what works against it the most. There are good flavors to this beer but the alcohol taste almost washed it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:49:51 | More by polloenfuego
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 4 of 6 of Belgian taster's pack from Van Steenberge. Served fairly cold into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded 3 fingers of white voluminous head. Beer is golden like a darker champagne and hazier (but not too hazy). The head receded quickly and there were plenty of effervescent bubbles in the glass. While the head did dissipate there was a solid half finger of a white cap resting on top of the beer throughout.

Smell - Light booziness, summer fruits, some sweet malts. Also smells like summer desserts and an element of funky Belgian yeasts which is not surprising. Also freshly baked bread is another aroma in this complex brew.

Taste - The 9.0% ABV hits home here and makes the beer boozy with a combination of summer fruits and a slightly earthy undertone. This new earthy flavor paints a picture in my head that hundreds of years ago this beer was being created and cellared in some dark dank remote area of the abbey. The beer also has trace spicy elements given the tingling in my mouth afterwards. Transitions to a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp refreshing finish, but retaining its rich and velverty BSPA without being syrupy. Also leaves a pleasant tingling sensation, much in the same way champagne often can. High carbonation.

Overall - Well done, love the sensations in my mouth. While the flavors are well done, they are fairly standard for BSPA's but it's the other senses that elevate it above the standard for the style. Would repeat this purchase if I could get just this beer instead of having to spend $19 to buy a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 23:40:05 | More by DenisKolkin
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's well out of date. Hopefully the strength will have helped to preserve it. Acquired ages ago from Lidl as part of a box set and stored in my garage.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with notes of unripe apples, apricot, bubblegum, banana, clove, spice, sugar, a hint of marzipan, sherry and faint cardboard. Dry, vinous and rather oxidised, with a significant whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a sweet, boozy finish. Notes of marzipan, apricot, apples, bubblegum, banana, clove, spice, sugar, sherry, mild earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Little bitterness to speak of. Quite oxidised, with a touch of dessert wine and a warming hit of alcohol upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a velvety body that envelops the tongue. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet, fruity yeast esters and harsh cardboard.

Decent if not outstanding. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour showcase a complex blend of yeast esters that confer a dominant fruity character. The age of the bottle has resulted in some oxidation, which adds a sherry-like note that is not unpleasant. Overall it's just a bit too sweet, however the body is silky smooth. A satisfying brew with an obvious Belgian influence. Worth sampling if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 23:58:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
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magictacosinus

California

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 11.2 stubbed bottle into a Duvel tulip. Accidentally aged in my cellar after purchasing the Van Steenberge gift pack last December. This may be nearly a year old, if not older.

Pours a golden amber color that resembles a darker pilsner or Belgian blonde ale, especially without the yeast initially poured in the glass. You'd have to be blind to not immediately guess that this is ridiculous in terms of its carbonation and yeastiness, though. Pours 4 fingers worth of foam by the time half the bottle is poured in - in a 45 degree angle, no less. For hilarity I kept pouring the liquid in until it was producing a boiling vat-like appearance at the top of the glass, one palm tall, with thick bubbles and soap-like foaminess. Leaves behind a generous amount of thick lacing. Head retention lasts a good long while. Looks very bubbly and sparking throughout consumption. No complaints at all here.

At first there's apparent phenols from oxidization, ranging from a green apple funkiness to slight acetone, nail polish remover notes, but it does get better the more this warms up. White grapes, ripe raisins, honeysuckle, white pepper, herbs of sorts (maybe a bit of mint), wet grass, candi sugar, caramel, and butterscotch. Pretty sweet at the finish, with a sugary character that hides the alcohol well, although not completely. Stings slightly. Fantastically overwhelming for a tripel, but not bad by any means. For what it's worth, this is probably the worst part of the whole beer.

The flavor reveals its true colors, however, and in the same realm of the other Augustijn offerings, age has done significant work to the beer at hand. At first, there notes of white grapes and raisins, as well as a heavy, caramel-forward candi sugar notes. Then, it suddenly goes down amazingly creamy and juicy, becoming quite buttery on the palate and revealing notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and other barrel-like spices. While I haven't found any information that this was fermented in oak barrels, it sure tastes like it - reminds me of a cross between an aged tripel (with little to no hop profile) and a Chardonnay that's gone through semi-heavy malolactic fermentation. A little bit of a burn at the back of the throat, but otherwise, the white nectarine, white grape buttery flavor works with me. Very carbonated and juicy. A pleasure to drink.

I'm impressed how the flavor is miles ahead of the aroma, and I'm happy for it being that way. This is quite different than other tripels/Belgian strong pale ales I've had - the buttery, vanilla, stone fruit flavor makes everything far merrier. Not sure how it was fresh, but hey, this was without a doubt the best one of the series with age on it, flavor-wise!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 04:01:25 | More by magictacosinus
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/20/2011. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple, lemon, pear, grape, banana, floral, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Excellent aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with moderate malt balance. Taste of big apple, lemon, pear, grape, banana, clove, honey, floral, candi sugar, light bubblegum, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:32:12 | More by superspak
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rrski198

Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is a pale yellow/orange. Massive white head with two textures of foam. The foam sitting on the beer has a bunch of little bubbles that transition to the center of the glass where a huge meringue like head sits. I poured the beer 10 minutes ago and it is still quite visible.

S: Earthy, funky, lemon. Almost sour or DMS like corn adjunct scent. Sort of like a pilsner with Belgian yeast. Very odd.

T: Sour, funky Belgian yeast. Flavor profile of a tripel and a saison. Can't get over the sour....it's good, but unexpected. It coats the mouth and finishes with the heat of the alcohol, mild bitterness and malted grain and corn.

M: High carbonation which leads to a spicy, full mouthfeel. The heat form the alcohol lingers and burns the gums.

O: So this beer just didn't smell right. Bizarre. The flavor however was awesome. I really enjoyed it and thought that for a 9% it was easily drinkable and all the flavors were great.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 01:24:07 | More by rrski198
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear yellow (slightly golden) with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch frothy white head. Good retention.
S: Citrus, belgian yeast, and some candi sugar. There is something here that also makes me think pilsner...which is odd.
T: Pretty much follows aroma. I think it's the hop character that is making me think pilsner.
M: Light body. Slightly oily feel. ABV is well hidden.
D: Fairly average offering here. I bet it was a hell of a beer back in 1295 though...

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:51:14 | More by mwilbur
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Curvy and stubby brown 330 ml bottle served in a De Koninck goblet.

Appearance: Pale gold-amber color with like loads of tiny carbonation bubbles like a champagne. A creamy, durable bone-colored head that thoroughly coats the glass with sticky, whitish lace.

Smell: It is a bit faint and slightly musty, but overall appealing, with a fairly solid earthy grain base and nice fruitiness.

Taste: Fruitiness initially dominates and lasts into the aftertaste, but a nice light baked bread quality is as obvious by the finish. Hints of herbs, light honey, pears, and faint spices. A slightly metallic quality noticed early on seem to disappear with warming (and more tasting).

Feel: This beer has a remarkable lively yet soft feel, and is creamy smooth with a body that is nicely full for style.

Overall: High drinkability and exceptionally pleasant, thanks in part to the very well hidden 9.0% ABV, a slightly bitter/tart balance, and a truly great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:47:08 | More by chinchill
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An always welcomed light phenol phunk floats in the air upon pouring this murky orange brew. Head is thick and resilient with the last of the foam out of the glass slowly flowing at it's own glacial pace.

An array of light fruits play into a world sweet bubble gum, cotton candy and Belgian yeast. A second whiff scores some faint medicinals and barnyard.

Piquant light fruits and spices fill the palate. Butterscotch, a touch of grain, and a simple but lingering hop bitterness makes for a pleasing finale.

Medium bodied with a delectable creaminess and just enough spicy alcohol heat to let you know despite it's calm demeanor, this is a big beer that holds its own in any arena.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 20:59:41 | More by stephens101
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Hunter

Arizona

4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lovely pale gold/yellow color, minimal carbonation. Thick pillowy head of white foam, minimal lacing pattern.

Smell: Unfortunately, poured into a glass with it's own distinct smell. So I'm having to go by the bottle itself to get any fair assessment. Light notes of citrus, spice, grass, honey.

Taste: Taste reinforces the aroma. Very light on the palate, despite the high alcohol content. Candi sugars, subtle spice, lemon notes, light hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol comes out here more than the taste. Scouring, bracing, but not overbearing.

Overall: I'm pleased with this one. sometimes I think the Belgians can do no wrong when it comes to beer, and this is no exception. I will be coming back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 23:42:35 | More by Hunter
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TheSixthRing

California

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-cloudy pale yellow with a white, pillowy 3-finger head. Great retention. Lace clings in thick bunches around the side with great stick.

Smell - Sugared banana. Faint clove. A touch of lemon.

Taste - Sugary, fruity esters upfront. Less banana on the tongue than in the aroma. Moderate character of green apple and mellow lemon. Hits on clove spice near the finish, then turns somewhat metallic in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, with ample and lively but soft carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - A pretty mellow Belgian strong. I really enjoyed this one. Probably not something I'd want to session, but I'd surely buy it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 04:07:46 | More by TheSixthRing
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a translucent golden-orange, with a dense, three inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Nose expresses a slightly metallic quality upfront followed by light fruity esters hidden in the background. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a mild, toasted malt quality in the flavor profile and the light fruit quality present in the nose manifests itself as pear, but it is very subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a nice looking beer, but the metallic quality in the nose and flavor profile is a bit too assertive. Hopefully this is just a bad bottle, but this beer is a big letdown.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:06:25 | More by Jwale73
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dickieb

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw in color with a pretty big foamy white head, nice lacing. The smell has a signature belgian yeast funk to it but most of what hops out at me is bananas. The taste still has the banana but also hints of lemon spice and yeast. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer finishes very dry. The mouthfeel is a tad thick, probably from the high carbonation but it still drinks easy. Overall not bad, not something I would seek out again though

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:00:12 | More by dickieb
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 04FL-16:07. Sampled on December 29, 2012.

The pour is golden yellow with a humongous white puffy head that sits around on top of the beer for the whole session. Slightly cloudy too.

The aroma is tart with a grapefruit-like tickle and carbonation. Yeast and pale malts play second fiddle.

The body is light and summer-like with carbonation that makes you burp.

The taste is quite tart and reminds me more of a Tripel rather than a Belgian Strong Ale. In that regard it is a letdown. It feels like I am drinking champagne. I would be better off popping this on New Year's Eve. This is my least favorite beer from the Van Steenburge mixed 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 22:17:01 | More by puboflyons
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Part of a Van Steenberge variety sampler pack.

A - Pours golden yellow with a three-finger white head that looks simultaneously fizzy and foamy. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Nice strong aroma of tropical fruits, Belgian yeasts, and sweetbread like malts. Inviting. Hint of clean booze in the nose as well.

T - Complex blend of banana/papaya frutiness, slightly sweet malts, and spicy pilsner-esque hops. A definitive honey character to the malts. Some lemon peel in the finish. The whole thing is awash in a general booziness.

M - Pretty thin for it's abv, and very fizzy. The feel does work well with the other elements. Drying finish.

O - I really enjoyed this. A flavorful, complex Belgian with depth and richness. Nicely presented. Would definately buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 01:57:30 | More by TempeBeerMan
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DavidST

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet glass, coded bottle date. This pours a clear light orange / yellow color with a massive white head which has okay retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of a lemon grass, belgian yeast esters, a little funk. The feel is medium. The taste leaves something to be desired, a considerable amount of alcohol, hardly masked at all, extremely dry, but missing the nice peppery taste of something like a duvell.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 06:11:44 | More by DavidST
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KKB

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Appearance is just tip-top. It’s translucent wheat colored with a tall white/clear head that just will not quit. Huge and beautiful looking. Just gorgeous.

S – Has a nice yeasty smell to it, a slight light fruitiness, and a healthy helping of funk to it as well. I quite like the nose though I can see how some would find it to be a bit over the top in the funk department.

T – Apple in the forefront, perhaps slight pear, a little bit hoppy, rather tart, the funk is definitely on the palate as well but it’s very nice really, a slight sugary element to it and a little bit of bread there as well. All in all this tastes good. Damn good in fact! I would go so far as to enthusiastically call this rather delightful. It has received mixed reviews and try as I might I still let that influence my judgment a little bit every time, but this beer is good. Now I’ve waited about 5 months to try this one so some of the flavors might have mellowed out a little bit but at the same time this is just crisp, fresh, and simultaneously refined and a little bit musky. It all comes together and compliments one another and it tastes just wonderful.

M – The mouthfeel is medium in body with heaps of carbonation, actually it is slightly over carbonated if you ask me. But this is ever so slight and entirely forgivable. That’s my one real critique actually, is to dial back the carbonation slightly. Otherwise this is wonderful.

O – Great beer! Vundaba! I didn’t expect this to be nearly as good as it is. But I blame myself for that. I love this brewery, I love Belgian beers, and I love BSPAs and this is a fine example of the style. Kudos to all involved in brewing this. The only thing keeping this back from being completely perfect is that it is a little bit overboard on the funk, and the carbonation is just a touch off. Otherwise, it is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:48:46 | More by KKB
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Giggy

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: golden yellow with an off-white head. Good retention on the head. Was expecting it to be darker. Heavy carbonation.

S: alcohol, hard to hide 9%; yeast, sugar, slightly soapy, and a faint orange zest.

T: lots of carbonation covers some of the taste. Reminded me of champagne. I expected it to be more sweet. It is slightly bitter and dry.

M: very sharp

O: not one of my favorites and I am a big fan of the Belgians. I am finding the Belgian varieties are a bit more vast in differences than I first thought.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 23:18:36 | More by Giggy
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big white to slightly off white head settles into a decent lacing above a well carbonated farm honey golden colored beer that is in no way clear but doesn't have any sediment hanging throughout either, looks more like farm grown golden honey the more I look at it.

Bold cooking spices and lemon pepper on a bready grain malt aroma.

Lemon pepper along with other spices, darker pepper like spices mix very well with a bready grain malt taste.

A dryer aftertaste without much if any tastes hanging around, just a slight hankering for another drink of this medium bodied beer.

A first look this beer looks quite a bit like there blonde, but a closer look and you realize that you can not see through it and the aroma is quite a bit bigger and bolder and darker and the taste follows that. A very worthy beer, I would generally expect these tastes from a darker colored beer, so was quite happy having tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 21:46:47 | More by LXIXME
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a six-pack Belgian beer medley. Pours a light, murky shade of yellow and gold, looks a bit cloudy. Plenty of carbonation and a thick, foamy white head that was on part with many Belgian style ales. The smell isn't as strong as I was hoping - a bit fruity and wheat-like with a mild sweetness to it, devoid really of any hops or floral scents. Some banana and yeast smells really start to come out as it warms up - common to this style of beer. This beer tastes like a classic Belgian style ale with some mild cooking spices, hints of banana and mango, cloves, biscuits, and plenty of yeast and malt. Very pleasant and simple - pleasing to the palate. The body is pretty thin, a bit sticky, and packed with carbonation. The alcohol in this beer is noticeable but not overpowering, once again, expected for this type of brew.

Overall, a simple, yet solid Belgian ale that delivers, although it doesn't necessarily stand out from the rest. This one kind of plays it safe, but it does so very well - definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 12:23:05 | More by tectactoe
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PHSCAPT

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice, upper 50'sF product temperatue.
A - Clear gold liquid with an absolutely magnificient, thick, persistent three finger head one would get from root beer poured over vanilla ice cream. Beautiful lacing.
S - smell similar to other Belgian ales - slight fruity-ness
T- most surprising; similar to BSDAs, but not as intense. Hateful language, but almost a BSDA light.
M- nice carbonation, not overpowering but not absent.
O- Very surpised for a BSPA - much better than I expected. Don't much like pale ales until I had this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:41:43 | More by PHSCAPT
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a slightly murky honey yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, honey, yeast, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slight spice finish and an alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:29:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Kooz

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark yellow. Not much head, no lacing. Much lighter than I expected. Looks good though.

Smells clean. It's a little bit sweet and I get a hint of lemons. Not bad.

Tastes really nice. Slightly lemony aftertaste, somewhat floral up front.

Mouthfeel. Is interesting on this one. Very creamy, very full bodied, and you get the alcohol in the mouth feel. After sipping, the alcohol fills your mouth with warmth.

Overall, like every other beer from this brewery, this is a good selection. I hope to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:12:45 | More by Kooz
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