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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Augustijn Grand CruAugustijn Grand Cru

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111 Reviews

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 247
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

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: 111 | Hads: 247
Photo of bobhits
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of Giggy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of dickieb
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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

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Photo of korguy123
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is gold in color with a generous amount of foam. Smell, is hoppy with an hint of flora's. Mouthfeel is hoppy going in and cleans the mouth nicely. This beer finishes nicely with a slightly strong hint of carbonation. Taste is refreshingly sweet, but has the right amount of hops to follow. Overall this beer is a nice combo of ABV and taste.

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Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a Hollywood head - picture perfect and doesn't drop a whit

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with white pepper and tart apple esters; too much barnyard funk, however

Taste: Hoppy and tart, with a growing green apple character by mid-palate; underneath, there are bready malt and candi sugar elements; after the swallow, the sweeter malts linger and, fortunately, overpower some of the funk though both elements are present in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit overcarbonated

Overall: There are a lot of interesting elements but overall this is in the second tier of the style

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Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, BB 26/11/10, served lightly-chilled in a bulb-shaped broad-rimmed Burgundy goblet.

A: coming in a dark golden hue with blood-orangey glows, good clarity, lively carbonation mixed of tiny and medium-sized bubbles, and a 2cm thick off-white foamy head slowly retreating to a cap, leaving tight lacing on the way.
S: the aroma is quite "settled" upfront, featuring semi-sweet pale malts, sweet herbs, earthiness, light honey, pale candy sugar, and a mildly sour touch of lactose drink. A swirl gives rise to a mixed exotic fruitiness as of unripe mangoes and some green bananas, while the alc. is also underlined as a result. Alright, not very estery and complex, but bizarrely refreshing.
T: quite alcoholic and semi-thin bodied from the beginning, the taste is dominated by semi-sour orangey fruit-esters with an additional touch of salty-sweet pale prunes, but closely a more welcomed aftertaste of chewy hop bitterness, spiciness, earthiness, and a belated dry-ish palate follow, lingering for a while. The lightly sour and tannic yeasty undertones as of lactose drink and also Orval's yeastiness (as of old, dried citrus-fruit peels), and light traces of pale candy sugar outlast the chewy bitterness, making the finishing touch somewhat more sour than necessary.
M&D: the carbonation is light and the body is moderate vis-à-vis the rather restrained flavour profile. However, the higher-than-desirable presence of alc. doesn't help on the palate and in the aftertaste. I find the performance of this bottle quite different than what I remembered from my previous encounters with this ale, that it's now more one-dimensional yeasty and lacks some key flavour elements indispensable to make it a complex, dry yet also aromatically estery golden ale. Plus, the malt backbone is not quite pronounced and hence an unbalance overall.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden, a bit orange beer with a head that lasts the entire glass.

Smell of higher alcohols and a lot of biscuity malt.

Taste is pretty mild. The beer is pretty alcoholic and this comes through in the taste. A warming feeling in the mouth. This beer is actually a pimped up version of the normal Augustijn, and that is pretty clear. It doesn't add a lot. The malt is bscuity and has some candisugar notes. Mouthfeel is quite thin and that bothers me a bit. At 9% this beer is heavy, but the thin mouthfeel makes me drink this in 15 minutes. Ahhh, those Belgians....

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Photo of Mosmo
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Bubbly Golden. Very lively, big headed Brew. The frothy white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice lace.

S: Belgian Yeast... floral, bitter orange peel, citrus.

T: Light, almost white wine taste. Little bitter, spice towards the end.

M: Very carbonated, refreshing, throat warming.

O: Overall this is a pretty nice beer. Intentionally carbonated. I would drink this beer again on occasion, share with a friend.
poured into a Mug and from a 33cl bottle.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens glass

BB 07/2011

A- Blonde to amber body with hue, huge rocky 4 finger head that reduces slowly to 1 finger producing sticky belgian lace.Lively beading

S- Woody farmhouse musty spice quality, peppery, loads of banana as it warms

T- Light spice with a hint of hop spice but otherwise very subtle in any flavours, alcohol warms in the creamy finish. Sour orange citrus and banana coming through as it warms

M- High carbonation, medium body, warm alcohol, creamy

D- Easy drinking with subdued flavour, looks the part and has the carbonation required of a belgian strong but it lacks in the flavour profile for me and the farmhouse nose is not pleasant for me but this changes more to a banana profile as it warms.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold color with orange reflections, slightly hazy. Head white, made of fine bubbles, creamy in consistency, sizable, but not for long remains on the surface of beer.
Aroma: yeast, wine, slightly floral, slightly sour.
The taste very clearly noticeable white grapes, yeast, again delicate floral note and characteristic of Belgium. Each sip reminds me of wine, maybe even champagne.
Gentian properly shortage, high saturation characteristic of sparkling wines. Alcohol although nice warms up the esophagus, it is perfectly stowed away.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blond color with a crisp white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

Smell is musty, bready, some orange notes.

Taste is of yeast, bready biscuit notes. Spicy dry orange flavors. Some alcohol. The finish is quite dry and lingers for awhile with a taste of alcohol, not to bad though. There is also a tartness about it, kind of hard to describe.

Overall I'm a little underwhelmed by this beer I can't quite say why maybe it's because nothing really struck me about it. Didn't stand out. It's just an average beer.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance : Amber beer, high fermentation, well saturated
Smell : Herbaceous complex nose reveals malt and hops
Taste and mouthfeel : full beer, a little spicy, with a fine bitterness extended
Drinkability : good beer in the style strong Belgian pale ale

Review added 11-24-2007, translated from french 1-16-2008.

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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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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 9%. Golden colour, huge and lasting white head. Very nice initial fruity and spicy aroma, loses some its impact after a couple minutes in the glass. The flavour is sweet and spicy with noticeable hops, but the alcohol is not too well hidden. Could have been better, could have been worse.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Humm what's that smell, a beer or port? No its beer, Augustijn grand cru, allmost over age so it had quiet some rest before I opened this one. Nice head and an almost clear golden colour make it a nice appearance all together. First sip make you taste port again. But this time with a litle malt and quiet dry. Dry aftertaste with some bitterness make it a plesant beer.

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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.

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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.

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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.