Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.68/5 rDev +20.6%
This is a magnificent beer, with just enough sourness (wild yeast in secondary/bottle fermentation?) to balance out the alcohol. It is a brilliant golden color, clear and sparkley, although poured minimum head leaving little lace. I prefer my ale's a bit cloudy however, hence the 4.5 rating for appearance. Nevertheless, when freshly poured in it's official glass (a standard Belgian chalice), the Grand Cru's very inviting! Still, I'm not sure why this is referred to as a Grand Cru, as it lacks the spiciness, dark color and fuller body that I normally associate with Belgian Grand Cru's. But if you like strong blondes this is a must try, particularly if you can find it fresh on draft. It's drier than most strong Belgium ales, which tend to be on the sweet side, although there is not a noticeable hop nose. This beer if very drinkable, particularly with spicy foods or on a hot day, and easily passes the Belgian test of digestibility.
05-26-2006 15:51:29 | More by ccrida
4.65/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
11-02-2003 23:57:26 | More by cokes
4.54/5 rDev +17%
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.
02-07-2013 23:42:35 | More by Hunter
4.48/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
10-10-2012 21:46:47 | More by LXIXME
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
Gorgeous pour with luminous golden color and enormous white head. Delightful. Nose has some soft fruits, maybe tropical, apples, and some light herbal funk. Palate offers a magnanimous carbonation level that tickles the palate oh so nicely, and brings in soft malt flavors with the delicious dry but fruity qualities. Herbal quality comes up and carries through to the finish.
New bottle design, new to market here, so certainly not an aged example.
09-29-2011 04:14:44 | More by yemenmocha
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
Appearance - Dark gold colour, medium head, lots of carbonation, slight haze but mostly clear
Smell - Malty and winey
Taste - Definately taste the malts and barley
Overall - I really like this beer. A great beer of the belgian style. Highly recommended.
05-03-2010 02:34:42 | More by beerbum05
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
A: Pours straw-colored with an enormous white airy head. Slow dissipation leaves fantastic lacings. Perfection!
S: Sour smell, citric and green apples. Yeast and spices. Some wheat in the back.
T: Wheat - ripe bananas. A mellow sweetness from the malt. Kind of full taste. Spices, yeast, green apples and citric notes - just like Strong Belgian Pale Ale should be.
M: Long warming aftertaste, sweet and bitter. Body is syrupy full while carbonation is held, way back.
O: Surprisingly complex and well crafted. Me like!
11-18-2011 18:08:57 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
12-19-2012 03:48:46 | More by KKB
4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.
A - Solid finger or two of pillowy head on top with a dark-golden coloured ale underneath. Excellent lacing.
S - Slightly phenolic with plenty of sweet banana and a touch of caramel and mangoes.
T - Rich and creamy at first. The head gives it a lovely balanced flavour as the spicy banana (and alcohol) washes over you. There's a variety of other sweet fruit lurking in the background as well and of course plenty of malt.
M - Very nice combination of the soothing head with the spicier banana flavours dancing on the palate.
O - A great example of the Grand Cru style (or should that be sub-style?). Well worth a try if you get a chance - full flavoured and delightful in every sense.
03-23-2012 08:52:48 | More by xylophonica
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
Best consumed by 1/12/06 and today is 12/20/05.
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.
12-20-2005 23:07:35 | More by descartes
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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