Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

243 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: zerk on 04-27-2002

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Reviews by atigerlife:
Photo of atigerlife
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Chambar in Vancouver, 3 Litre bottle!

Pours golden with a hint of orange. Clear with a white head. Some carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of hay and rather musty.

Taste is clean, hay, tangerine, apple.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, rather refreshing. Certainly worth a try.

More User Reviews:
Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one came out of the tap a hazy yellow in color with a huge white foamy head that had a yellowish tinge to it.

Smell - The light Belgian malts were very pale. The Belgian hops and white pepper gave away the style.

Taste - The spices were dusty and pleasant with more white pepper. The pale malts were lighter than expected but rich with candied sugar.

Mouthfeel - This was shy of medium-bodied but not by a lot. The kegged version here was incredibly smooth which set it apart from other Grand Crus that I've had.

Drinkability - You wouldn't want to age this for any length of time, but the day that I drank it this was just right.

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Stubby brown 330 ml bottle with a “consume before date” on the back label.

Appearance: Pale golden hue with a champagne like carbonation that shows the bubbles keeping up the sticky white lace.

Smell: Such a faint mustiness in the aroma, fresh cut apple and an earthy grain in the aroma show that simple can be great.

Taste: Close to spritzy with the lively carbonation, moderate body that is quite effervescent. Fruitiness bursts here and there with a light and dry malt palate. Herbal and earthy with soft yet over sized medicinal phenols, the dryness takes care of them any way. Faint refined honey like flavour. The finish is dry in stature with a leafy presence. Dry and fruity throughout, spiciness and a puckering yeast character control the rest.

Notes: Drawn more to its drinkability than lack of sweetness the 9.0% abv gets lost in the mix and seems like it is a brew of 5% abv but the twang tells it otherwise. One of the driest grand cru beers to come my way. Damn did some one say dry?

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just added on draught at the Sharp Edge a nice switch up from the classic Augustijn Ale, this beer appears a vibrant amber gold with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is very flowery and full of malty sweetness. Overall the taste has a bit more kick at nine percent alcohol, and this Belgium isn't overly sweet making it really a drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but fluffy at the same time nice mouthfeel to it. Can't drink too many at 9% abv, but wow what a great beer after work.

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The body is pale straw topped with a stack of never-ending white froth.
A tart cider nose greets the senses while chilled. It becomes much more tropical, more citric, and deeper when it gains temperature. Fully floral as it approaches room temp, with lilac blossoms and rose petals.

A pale malt dam is quickly breeched by swells of orange juice and pureed lime rinds. A veritable flood of juiciness and pleasing sourness. Fruity and tart with pools of underripe pineapple and eddies of apple cider. Cane sugar and cookie dough debris float along the surface. A surge of alcoholic heat is quelled by the following spicy clean-up crew. Hopping adds grassy, dried stalks and yeast adds dough and white pepper. The disaster relief squad works with a quickness, as the finish is bone dry.

The body is that of champagne filtered through fleece. Effervescent, yet fuzzy and soft. Nearly seems nitrogenated, with its tiny bubbles crashing to the surface.
Fabulous beer. A 750mL would be more appreciated. The smaller bottle was merely a tease.

Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 11.2oz bottle into a goblet.

A- poured a golden amber with a thick, creamy 3-finger head that hangs around. lots of carbonation all over the place

S- biscuity malts with apricot tones. light alcohol aroma mixed in as well

T- very sweet with a bit of bitterness on the end. light alcohol flavor that matches the smell. however, as the beer warmed I noticed more of the alcohol on the way down. well balanced taste

M- thick and creamy. feels really nice on the tongue. again, really noticed the good amount of carbonation

D- warm and creamy. very smooth for a 9% abv. looking forward to having another one in the near future.

Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden with pelnty of carbonation. Clear, and minimal lacing.

S - Smells of apple cider, some spice, and a lingering floral smell.

T - Very similar to a dry riesling. Flavor of apples comes through, along with some white grape, and traditional belgian yeast tangyness.

M - Good balance of carbonation with smooth mouthfeel, comes off much lighter than its ABV%.

O - Perfect to replace champagne for a toast, and would be good for those who are wine drinekrs loooking for a change up. Personally, I found it a bit underwhelming. Too bubbly and sweet-foward.

Photo of sfprint
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of carbonation, rising and tricky to pour. Big sodaish head. Cloudy grainy dark honey color. Not a deep honey color, but a light honey color that's slightly grey.
S: Pastry creaminess, flower nectar, slight sourness.
T: A hair tart, savory peaches (as in really not sweet). Kinda like an unsweet peach cobbler. Unsweet honey, sort of has a natural soda quality to it. A hair bitter. Has sweet and sour mix qualities to it.
M: Slightly foamy and light, not much of a sting.
O: Good, but I don't love it. Nice and interesting but doesn't quite hit the spot.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle in a small town outside Ghent, Belgium, it was a Van Steenberge house. Like most of the Van Steenberge beers, this beer was good, tasty, and drinkable, but not great. There's a sweet candi sugar fruitiness with white bread malty notes. A pretty typical grand cru. I have no complaints, this hit the spot.

Photo of descartes
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best consumed by 1/12/06 and today is 12/20/05.

330 ml.

Pours a golden color with an inch of head. Very fruity smell with a some honey flavoring and a hint of apple. You don't realize that this baby is 8% until you read the label, has a almond taste which leaves a slight bitter twing after swallowing. Mouthfeel didn't live up to the rest of the drink, kind of thin. Very drinkable brew but after a couple you start to feel that high alchohal percentage.

Photo of jerryusc
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy golden color with a two to three finger bubbly head. A good looking brew.

Smell - A lot of yeast in the aroma, some citrus, but almost vinegary.

Taste - Plenty of citrus taste in this beer. The taste is a bit sour, but more pleasant than the smell. If you have spent time in Europe, you might think this one was brewed with the goal of the mixed juice/soda combinations that are staple drinks, especially in Germany.

Mouthfeel - A lot of carbonation, so much so that it had to be intentional, and actually helps bring some higher quality to the taste. Again, this reminds me of the juice/soda combos in Europe. This beer is working to be a champagne-like beer.

Overall - This is an okay beer, though I can't say I would seek it out like so many other Belgians. That said, it is interesting and complex, and might stand out as a good sharing brew during a tasting party.

Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pk from the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a big white head that stays for a few minutes

S- Lots of yeast

T- Belgium yeasty good. Perfect light hops

M- Dry and tart

O- My kind of beer. Very good for $3.00 and will buy again

Food Pairing

This nice beer went well with..... Pizza- hot peppers, pepperoni and pineapple

Enjoy!!

Photo of puboflyons
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped in at Lucky Baldwin's for lunch and a couple pints before the end of their Belgian beer festival. Augustijn Grand Cru was my second choice after learning Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale was tapped out. Served in an Augustijn chalice, this Grand Cru had a pale yellow color similar to champange, abundant fine carbonation, and a wispy white head that would briefly flare up when the glass was swirled. Looked a lot like champange.
Smelled somewhat like champagne, too. Fruity sweet with a fine yeast-inspired mustiness. My wife commented that it had a slight cidery scent. The aroma of green apple came out as did a faint honey note.
Quite lively on the tongue, thanks to the high degree of carbonation, again a lot like a champagne. Medium bodied and dry, too. Taste started off with a yeasty pale malt flavor which took a back seat to the more assertive Granny Smith apple taste. Some mild spiciness came through in the finish, mainly coriander, but the level of hops was clearly downplayed. The alcohol content, stated at 9.0%, was very well disguised.
Overall, this was pretty easy-drinking, almost quaffable, until the alcohol content sneaks up on you, as what happened to me (lol). There are better Belgian strong pale ales out there, but this one ain't bad. Recommended.

Photo of RuudJH
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

According to the bottle, a long tradition of brewing, dating back to the 13th century.

Soapy big head on dark golden ale, massive carbonation in this.
Smell and taste, a bit of bubblegum, a lot of malty sweetness, some citric and spicy notes.
Aftertaste is bittersweet, but the alcohol is very present also. It's on the edge of acceptable and agressive.
Mouthfeel/aftertaste has a bite of it, defenately.

Overall it's an acceptable drinking experience, but by far not the nice balanced bittersweet drink you'd want from a triple/pale ale.

Photo of evlu1441
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed 6-pack I picked up a while back. Poured into a pulip:

The beer pours a pale and slightly golden colour with lots of carbonation rising up to the top. The head is extraordinary! Fluffy and light, and MASSIVE!!!

The aroma is sweet, with notes of green apple very apparent. There is also some slight spicy licorice smell. Quite a complex aroma!

The flavour: sharp sweetness slowly is overtaken by mellow spiciness. Some nice flowery, fragrant hops come through before it eventually rounds out to a nice grainy malt flavour with a smooth finish.

Overall, The drinkability is high on the beer. It's smooth, spicy and interesting. A very nice belgian ale.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer I reviewed while in The Red Rose, Brugge. Although this isn’t a Trappist beer the bars motto/logo ‘Trappist beer, taste the silence@ Rose Red’ certainly is true: this is a lovely place to review a few beers in.

This 33 cl bottle was poured for me into an Augustijn tulip glass: hazy golden body a white bubbly crown on top, although cloudy you can clearly see rows of bubbles rising through the beer trying to replenish the crown above, so plenty of carbonisation.

Mixed bag of smells: yeast, citrusy hops, cereals and maybe some baked biscuits as well, just to add a little sweetness trying to even out a mostly sour nose.

The taste was also a mixture of flavours bundled together: hoppy spices, citrusy hops, Belgian yeasts, alcohol, mildly toasted malts and some pepper for good measure!

Easy to drink, the alcohol being half hidden and surrounded by the aforementioned goodies: glad I noticed it on the beer menu.

Photo of ssmack
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw colour. Three inches of fine white head. Huge flume of carbonation up the center of the glass. Good lacing.

Sweet pastry aroma. Fruity ... pear.

Nip of hop bitterness at the front end. Very fruity .. green apple, pear and mango. Definit sweetness. No alcohol taste. Sweet, sour and bitter all at the same time. Nice brassy hops bitter aftertaste.

Well carbonated. Soft full feel. Slightly unpleasant tangy feel.

A wonderful Belgian ale. Complex but yet very accessible.

Photo of mwilbur
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...

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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.