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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of rderedin
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Shagtastic
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my new favorite goblet

A: A nice golden color with an absolute monster of a head that hangs around for quite awhile. Fantastic lacing on the glass.

S: Not as much here as I had hoped but still above average for sure. It is fairly sneaking and comes up on you in the end.

T: I love the bananas and breadiness I get from this beer right up front. Not any sweetness but nicely done for sure.

M: Great carbonation on this beer. Easy to drink for a 9% beer.

Overall: This beer came together really well. It was much better than I had hoped for coming in. I was really surprised and am looking forward to trying this one again.

Photo of dauss
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Short stubby 11.2cl bottle. The date 02/09/05 is stamped on there, I guess that could be the best before date.

Appearance: slightly hazy straw yellow with an orange tint. A large bone white head form with a gentle pour, with good retention, but faded faster that I thought a belgian would.

Smell: a very fruity aroma of citrus and apples. Strong malt aroma with a peppery spicyness, phenols, and alcohol.

Taste: Extremely strong carbonation. Thousands of bubbles prick the tongue simultaneously, and the beer just dances on the tongue. Strong maltiness with a phenolic alcohol taste. Has a very very slight finish. Very dry. Its very filling though, very carbonated.

Notes: Its good, nice balance, and the alcohol is barely detectable. Carbonation is a little too strong for my liking.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 haddon
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 SebD
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow colour to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready malts, with a fruitiness, apples, caramel, light spices and yeast. Hard to describe, fairly complex.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet malt character, bread, apples and tropical fruit, a bit of caramel, spices, earthy notes and some yeast. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz stubby poured into a Westvleteren goblet. Stamped '13IK'.

Pours a bright yellow hue with a slight goldenrod. Foamy head kept at a mere finger and change with a careful pour. The bits of yeast that were not properly decanted formed powdery swatches from the center of the surface, carefully not accosting the surrounding clarity. Just an island of mirk that wants to diffuse. Lacing is plus.

Dusty yeast, green apple, wet straw, wafts of horsey funk, springy muddled hop. A rather complex, but muted aroma.

Tart quince is big in the flavor, skin and all. Some white wine reminiscence digested. Delivers with a mild puckering. Some unripe pear, but not in the form of sweetness. Rather yeast-fronted with some hop bitterness and a pale malt wrapping this up in husks and milled cereals. Nice peppery bite in the finish that is kept under control, but reminds me of greenness. A little floral and herbaceous in the afterbite. The alcohol breaches late in the sip, but does not overshadow anything. Well-balanced with pleasant subtleties.

Medium body with an unwilling carbonation that tingles all the way down. Biting on the backend, but that may be attributed to piquancy. Most of the alcohol is behind Door #3.

I used to love this beer on draft at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Crafton, PA way back in the day. Haven't seen it since, except for recently in bottles at a recently-opened beer outlet. I remember the quince being more pronounced on-tap than in the bottled form. Still a delight. They're running me $6.99 and there's a bottle left last I checked, and I still may jump at the chance to snag it. A deliciously crisp Strong Pale with definable fruit essences and easy drinkability.

Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 45 minutes ago at Ballantines in Willoughby. Poured from tap into 10 ounce snifter for $6.00. Menu lists it at 9% ABV and mentions that it is a "Strong Pale Ale."

A Golden yellow translucent body under a one inch white, fluffy but sticky head that leaves good lacing. This is a very good look with great lacing left on the inside of the snifter. 4.5

S Belgian yeast, malt with a particularly grainy nature to it. I like this smell. 4.0

T Nice light malt and yeast balance. Nice and grainy taste with a warming alcohol aftertaste which was really good indeed. There is a faint rubbing alcohol taste hanging around in the aftertaste as well but this is a good tasting beer. 4.0

M Moderate. Thin at first but the grains and alcohol increase the overall feel. There is a smooth feel in the aftertaste as well. 4.0

D Good. This 10 oz. beer was gone before I knew it as the nicely balanced malt, yeast and alcohol warmth kept me coming back for sips until it was gone. 4.0

Notes: A pleasure to find on tap here at Ballantines.

Photo of peensteen
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden colour, 3 fingers of fluffy rocky white head, slow disapation, lots of lace sticks to the glass. Smell fruity and yeasty, light funk, candy notes, spicy, cider like with earth hop notes. Taste is spicy with tart yeast flavours, lightly sweet initially but becomes quite dry around the finish, apple, fruity flavours, lightly spicy and earthy. Medium active carbonation, full body with medium weight. Easy drinking and very nice, a really solid belgian pale, will revisit gladly.

Photo of beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Augustjin Grand Cru poured an amber color. The smell was somewhat flowery. The taste was about as dry as I've tasted in a Belgian, and I'm generally surprised to see that the ABV is 9% because it didn't taste remotely that strong! This was relatively smooth in mouthfeel. I prefer my Belgians a bit sweeter, but as far as drinkability goes, someone could have more than one or two. If you like dry Belgians, this would certainly be a fine choice, although the alcohol in this one will sneak up on you, so enjoy carefully!

Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 TheSixthRing
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 evlu1441
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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 DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Humulus85
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330mL bottle into my Darkness. No freshness date.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow. Produced the expected large, three-finger, white fluffy head. Really solid retention and lacing, especially for 9% ABV.

Tons of Belgian yeast esters in the nose. Spice, flowers, a bit of banana. A hint of grassy hops and pale malt. No perceived alcohol.

This is a very Belgian tasting brew (duh, I know). A showcase for Belgian yeast. It hits all the classic flavors: cloves, very floral, a hint of banana and lemon zest. This is all backed up by subtle but present bready malt and some earthy/grassy hops. A definite whiff of clean alcohol off the tongue.

Light and highly carbonated with little bubbles. Smooth and drinkable even with the perceptible alcohol. Finishes very clean.

Overall this is very good Belgian Strong Pale. It doesn't quite reach Duvel's level, but it is right up there, and definitely one of the better ones I've had. There really isn't anything bad I can say about it, but it wasn't mind-blowing either. Great Belgian yeast profile. Recommended to any fan of Belgian ales and to any one looking to get into them. Cheers!

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap Saturday at the Sharp Edge. Served in an Augustijn goblet.

A- Body is a near transparent very pale golden yellow with a thin creamy eggshell white head that has decent retention. Tiny bubbles are seen constantly rising to the top.

S- Smell is dry and fruity. Apples and citrus come through with hints of wheat, Belgian spices, and hops.

T- Taste is subtle and smooth. Dry apples and citrus upfront with a grainy spicy yeast backbone. A touch of hops is added for the finish which is pretty clean and dry. Subtleties from the initial flavor linger on the palate with the slightest touch of alcohol.

M- Very champagne-like mouthfeel with high carbonation and light body.

D- 9% ABV is well hidden here. This is a nice light and drinkable BSPA. Its delicate and subtle flavors made it fitting to enjoy with my dinner and conversation.

Photo of cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy lemony yellow body, thick dense head with good retention

Smell, very fresh smelling, some almonds once again like the tripel. A little hint of cidery apples

Taste, big crisp nutty initial flavour. A wallop of alcohol hits you as you go further into the sip, boozy on the finish too.

An interesting a tasty ale, very alcoholic on the mouthfeel but still tasty. Def. a sipper

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Part of a Van Steenberge variety sampler pack.

A - Pours golden yellow with a three-finger white head that looks simultaneously fizzy and foamy. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Nice strong aroma of tropical fruits, Belgian yeasts, and sweetbread like malts. Inviting. Hint of clean booze in the nose as well.

T - Complex blend of banana/papaya frutiness, slightly sweet malts, and spicy pilsner-esque hops. A definitive honey character to the malts. Some lemon peel in the finish. The whole thing is awash in a general booziness.

M - Pretty thin for it's abv, and very fizzy. The feel does work well with the other elements. Drying finish.

O - I really enjoyed this. A flavorful, complex Belgian with depth and richness. Nicely presented. Would definately buy again.

Photo of FrostBlast
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Yellow body with a slight but definite orange tint. Fair head that vanishes rather quickly, leaving some good lacing. Almost entirely clear.

SMELL : First nose is apples, apples and apples, not quite granny-smith, but almost. Still has some of those red-apple aromas. Second nose brings out some rich yeast bready side that melds quite amazingly well with the apple. Really softens the sharper side of those apples, actually, mellows the whole into something that seems somehow more cushy, pretty much pear-like. Third nose makes those yeast aromas more precise and into something not too far from Westmalle Tripel. The apples and pears still dominate the whole, though. Maybe a little of a simple nose, or maybe the complexities are too well blended together. Anyhow, quite pleasing and impressive.

TASTE : Hmm, hard know what to say. Very, very fruity. Also, the yeasts are a lot more present on the palate, giving this brew a definitely more common belgian blond ale kind of twist, rather than what that champagne-like nose had me expecting. Still, apple pie, pears, etc. Very pleasing.

MOUTHFEEL : Not as sharp as the nose tended to make me believe, and definitely not as sharp and dry as most other belgian pale ales I've tasted. It's not quite sweet, but it sure has perceptibly more body than what I'm used for for this style.

OVERALL : Quite a good beer, though I feel it should somehow have been more complex, and that those complexities should've been more obviously discerned. I feel it to be complex, but the whole is so thightly packed that it ends up being one big clunky block of impressive tastes and aromas, with the apples and pears poking out. Absolutely not bad, one of the very good belgian pale ales I've had, but I ache to taste what it might've been, to taste the product this beer tries to be, idealistically.

Photo of Douberd
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 330 ml, at home. Poured into a trappist glass.
Golden colour, slighty hazy, although still transparent. Average activity in the glass. The head is white in colour, creamy with good retention. Leaves some lacing around the glass and even when it's gone, it still is enough to cover the surface of the beer with a thin layer.
A very discreet aroma of fruits, banana, grapes and faintly vanilla smell.
Taste reminded me of white wine/champagne, fruity as well, with a slighty sour aftertaste which only makes you wanting to drink more. The high alcohol of 9% is masterfully concealed.
On the body is medium to thick, with average carbonation and a dryness on your palate left behind. Also, a warming feeling.
This is by far the best from the Augustijn series

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap in a chalice. Very light pale yellow with a soapy retentive head and nice lace.

S. Very sweet and candy like. A bit of noble hop in the nose, lots of malt sweetness and trappist yeast.

T. A very delicate brew here with alot of complexities. Sweetness due to the trappist yeast and malts is very pleasing, some notes of apple and citrus too, from the hop. Alcohol is not so noticable. This is a fantastic beer.

M. Light and crisp, with a dry finish.

D. This is a fine belgian pale. I think the Grand Cru should get its own category. Worth seeking out.

Photo of zerk
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a persistent 1 finger white head. Aroma is heavy on coriander with some herbal notes mixed in. Flavor begins slightly sweet with notes of passion fruit, then becomes fairly bitter with notes of coriander, grassy hops, and an acidic finish. Notes of alcohol sneak through in the finish as well. Has a medium body with a very high carbonation... feels almost champagne like. This is a very interesting and complex beer... I don't know if I'd make it something I drink often, but it's a very nice change of pace.

Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.