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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

235 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

brewbaker, Mar 22, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

rjgbeeradvo, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

thecheapies, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Joshgonzales79, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of Shagtastic
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Shagtastic, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

4balance, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bump8628, Feb 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ThinkAgain, Jan 31, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top ranging craggy head with a golden, see through body. A bit strange smelling with some graininess but yet a bit of a sour scent. However, beautiful looking with a medium range carbonation. Very grainy and hard on the initial sip yet interesting. A bit of tartness, but yet not heavy. It leaves a clean but dry finish, but leaves you wondering about the next sip. A lot of dryness actually with some bold tartness, yet nothing that is not approachable. Another absolute belgian beauty!

bigdeuce, Jan 29, 2012
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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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3.03/5  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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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer I reviewed while in The Red Rose, Brugge. Although this isn’t a Trappist beer the bars motto/logo ‘Trappist beer, taste the silence@ Rose Red’ certainly is true: this is a lovely place to review a few beers in.

This 33 cl bottle was poured for me into an Augustijn tulip glass: hazy golden body a white bubbly crown on top, although cloudy you can clearly see rows of bubbles rising through the beer trying to replenish the crown above, so plenty of carbonisation.

Mixed bag of smells: yeast, citrusy hops, cereals and maybe some baked biscuits as well, just to add a little sweetness trying to even out a mostly sour nose.

The taste was also a mixture of flavours bundled together: hoppy spices, citrusy hops, Belgian yeasts, alcohol, mildly toasted malts and some pepper for good measure!

Easy to drink, the alcohol being half hidden and surrounded by the aforementioned goodies: glad I noticed it on the beer menu.

BlackHaddock, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

fmccormi, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow bubbly body, finger white head,
beautiful lacing

S: Belgian yeast, lemon grass, spices

T: lemon peel/grass, malt, belgian yeast,
spicy, bubbly finish

M: med body, smooth/bubbly mouth

O: Very easy going, refreshing brew.
Highly recommend + would get again.

QUITE NICE, WORTH TRYING!

BeerLover99, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

kornkid8600, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

DoppleJock, Jan 01, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, hazy gold with a rocky white head. Carbonation is very active in the glass.

S: The nose is subtle, with aromas of spicy yeast, biscuits, and citrus most noticeable. Nothing out of the ordinary for this style.

T: Notes of lemon, grass, straw, biscuits, kumquat, bitter orange, and alcohol wash across the palate. The finish is robust and cleansing with notes of tart citrus and fiery alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, dryish, and prickly. Carbonation is very active. Alcohol presence is fairly pronounced.

O: This is a solid Belgian strong pale ale, though it does not stand out from the pack all that much. In my opinion, it is too reminiscent of ales like Duvel and Lucifer.

mrfrancis, Dec 26, 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of carbonation, rising and tricky to pour. Big sodaish head. Cloudy grainy dark honey color. Not a deep honey color, but a light honey color that's slightly grey.
S: Pastry creaminess, flower nectar, slight sourness.
T: A hair tart, savory peaches (as in really not sweet). Kinda like an unsweet peach cobbler. Unsweet honey, sort of has a natural soda quality to it. A hair bitter. Has sweet and sour mix qualities to it.
M: Slightly foamy and light, not much of a sting.
O: Good, but I don't love it. Nice and interesting but doesn't quite hit the spot.

sfprint, Dec 21, 2011
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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jakan1, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
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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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3.3/5  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
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
88 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.