Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev -0.5%
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
03-09-2014 20:20:03 | More by jonb5
4.15/5 rDev +7%
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
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.
02-20-2014 01:56:20 | More by FrostBlast
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.