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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 04-27-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

andthevolcano, Nov 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Dave_Treat, Jul 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before 10/05/13.

Beer is light golden, almost straw coloured. A very large and frothy white head on top. Lots of sticky lacing as the head begins to dissipate at a moderate pace.

Smell is just FULL of banana, more than I have probably found it any other beer. Some spice is noticeable at the end, underlying the heavy banana scent. Also some honey, yeast, citrus. But really, it is the banana that dominates- smells like a banana popsicle, actually.

Banana is again prominent in the taste, but there is a little more going on. Spices are more prominent. Relatively dry for the style. Some green apple present. Finish is particularly focused on peppery spice flavours.

Carbonation is a little high, and sort of irritating. Medium bodied.

For me, not a favourite of the style but stands out as being a little unique. Enjoyable.

jrenihan, Dec 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

MrBoh, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

nullbort, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Cramshawbar, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Resuin, Oct 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

samEBC, Jul 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

quirk6, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

dmorgan310, May 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jrfehon33, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mattparsons, Sep 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

schopenhauerale, May 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Poured a HUGE head at least three inches. I did all that I could to reduce the head, but the head didn't care! After head receded, the beer itself is a cloudy, golden yellow. Attractive, but not outstanding.

-Smell 4.0: Very, very nice. I smell caramel and malt and barley and yeasty, yummy goodness. Very promising.

-Taste 4.0: Lots of carbonation up front and then the alkalinity of the hops quickly kicks in. Sweetness followed and then a wonderful hop and barley aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too dry, a very refreshing brew.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: Way too much carbonation. As I stated above, this is the first thing I noticed and it negatively impacted my enjoyment of the beer. Also as I stated above, I poured a huge head which should have taken away some of the carbonation. It did not.

-Overall 3.5: Just to summarize, this is a delicious Belgian ale, but the carbonation makes it less enjoyable than many others. Still, that's like saying that you have a 18K gold bracelet instead of a 24K gold bracelet. This is still a high quality, delicious beer and is worth trying.

BeerDocT, Oct 16, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours that perfect strong pale color. Nice golden hue with enough yeast to fog up the body a little. Plenty of head that sticks around.
S- The nose is a little bland. Belgian yeast and some alchohol.
T- Again, belgian yeast with alchohol. Kinda boring
M- This has a nice dry mouthfeel, very effervescent.
O- Well after loving their blonde, Augustijn's Grand Cru really didn't live up to it's moniker for me. Not a bad beer, just a little boring. Nothing really grabs my attention.

dsprainman, Dec 26, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A :Clear golden body with a fine, creamy white head.
S : Aroma has apple fruitiness, spices, yeast, wheat alcohol and feels sweet.
T : Flavor is sweet, fruity, warming alcoholic, mild malty and moderate bitterness. A bit on the sweeter side,
D : relatively strong alcohol feeling but still quite quaffable. A beer that gets better after the first glass.

beerpirates, Jan 21, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: very nice hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation fizzing upward and very thick foamy head that stayed, finally settling to a still-thick head
s: malty aroma with slight hops & spices
t: rich malty flavor, lightly sweet with something like a citrus-y finish
m: creamy body, very smooth with good carbonation. pretty good balance
d: an enjoyable & lighter grand cru interpretation

belgbeerdrinker, May 31, 2007
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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.

polloenfuego, Nov 15, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. The color was average gold with a one inch white head that dissipated to a thin remnant in a few minutes. There was a light sour and citrus-like hop nose. On the pallet the beer is yeasty and had a light sour hang. This is on the light side of the Belgian Strong Ales I've had.

RedBear84, Jun 01, 2012
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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.

jazzyjeff13, Oct 08, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, from the Belgo giftpack. 330ml bottle into a tulip, best before June 6, 2012.

Poured a lightly hazy golden orange, with a fairly dense white head which becomes a bit creamier in appearance as it subsides. Nose has some underripe banana, light fruitiness and lots of yeast influence. A hint of spice pinches the nostrils near the end. Some general sugary sweetness as well. Taste has some peach and general fruitiness, with a more-than-apparent alcoholic and sugary sweetness. Spice in the finish. Kind of has a spirit-like alcoholic sweetness which dominates. A hint of some frosting sugar, with some crackery and pale malts. Mouthfeel is a heavier medium, and a curious carbonation - flat on the palate initially, but ramps up at the end. Dry finish. Certainly a lesser golden strong, but not completely unpleasant.

liamt07, Dec 11, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - just beyond golden with a touch of orange, brilliant clarity, white head with good retention, leaves a sheet of lace.

S - grainy malt, herbal hop, light fruit

T - sweet pils malt, mild spice, clean aftertaste

M - creamy, med light body, medium carbonation. Overall soft mouthfeel, with a crisp, dry finish (from the alcohol, which is otherwise completely hidden).

D - Ridiculously easy to drink, not sure if that's a good thing with a strong beer. This is a decent strong golden ale, but the overall flavours are rather basic.

This is tasty enough, nothing offensive whatsoever, but it's just a little pedestrian. I guess you could say the "belgian" character is quite low. Certainly drinkable, and well made, but I expect more from a 9% beer.

markaberrant, Oct 19, 2008
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.