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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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3/5  rDev -22.9%

kornkid8600, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bobhits
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tall white head, absurdly light body, with a full body of yeast to make it opaque.

The nose is nearly non existent but gives off some sours and chemical like notes I don't know how to describe.

The beer is very unique. It has green apple like tartess, mixed with an absurdly dirty body, sour yet the yeast gives both a nutty and sweet flavor.

The beer is pretty good till now, but damn the beer is over carbonated to the extreme.

A good change of pace. Not really what I expect with this style but interesting. Worthy of a try, but for me not a repeat due to the mouth feel.

bobhits, Jan 13, 2012
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3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

RuudJH, Jun 17, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was.. well.. OK at best. There's nothing actually *wrong* with it, but it's not outstanding.

It poured a cloudy yellow with a big ol' head and smelled quite nice - spicy and fruity. But the mouthfeel was thin, and there wasn't much flavour to speak of.

chunkylover53, Dec 04, 2004
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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.

Giggy, Dec 06, 2012
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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.

Jwale73, Jan 03, 2013
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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.

DavidST, Dec 22, 2012
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rcatalano, Dec 30, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

jerryusc, Jun 19, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Augustijn Grand Cru

A = Pours a golden yellow with a thick foam head that quickly dissapates to form a think lace on the surface of the beer.

S = Light fruity aroma with a slight grassy/herbal smell.

T = Inital herb like sweetness that gives way to a clove middle and dry bitter finish. If anything, it is a little on the bland side. This beer seems to lacking something that would make it above average.

M = Moderately carbonated coupled with the bitterness leave your mouth a little dry.

D = Drinkable, but lacking something that will make it exceptional.

BeerNutta, Oct 26, 2006
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3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark golden color pour. Finger width snow white head that will not go away. Lacing holds on forever.

S- Bananas and cloves with a slight lemon peel. Sweet biscuity malts with a nice yeast backing.

T- Bananas and cloves, slight alcohol with a medicinal aftertaste.

M- Light bodied with prickly carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

korguy123, Nov 30, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's hard to tell what there's more of: foam or liquid. I'd say about 50/50. And mind you that's from a slow, cautious pour! The chalice becomes a snow globe and its sides look like a water fall in reverse; with an infinite supply of bubbles this head may never stop growing. The liquid itself is pristinely clear and blindingly bright golden.

The esters and phenols we're accustomed to smelling in this style are quite muted. I blame that damn mound of head - I'm not sure a bullet could even make it through that thing! Seriously though, soft, rose-like alcohol vapors and a damp, almost musty cereal graininess are the only things noted. All in all, the bouquet is insignificant.

The taste offers up a little more but still leaves much to be desired. The previously mentioned alcohol esters and cereal graininess are both more concrete, while flavors of orchard fruit and banana bread become 'maybes'. Still a definite 'no', however, are any spicy phenols or hop character. It barely surpasses Wonderbread for flavor.

Overlooking the yeast, this drinks like a cheap and/or heavily watered down Viognier or Gewürztraminer. They share the sweet and drying profile, with notes of mowed hay, honey and green grape. Similar alcohol presence too. This, however, has a mouthfeel of bready malt rather than minerals and acidic bite. A 5oz pour would have sufficed.

The brewery claims this as perhaps their finest beer. That may be true, but most this brand's offerings are similarly mediocre. To be frank, I'm not sure which is less exciting: Augustijn Grand Cru or waiting in the dentist's office. You'll probably find more interesting things in a back issue of Time magazine than you will this plain, misguided ale.

biegaman, Jun 03, 2012
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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

dickieb, Jan 03, 2013
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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.