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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pour with luminous golden color and enormous white head. Delightful. Nose has some soft fruits, maybe tropical, apples, and some light herbal funk. Palate offers a magnanimous carbonation level that tickles the palate oh so nicely, and brings in soft malt flavors with the delicious dry but fruity qualities. Herbal quality comes up and carries through to the finish.

New bottle design, new to market here, so certainly not an aged example.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:14:44 | More by yemenmocha
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Foam builds on the bottle once opened with malt and yeast on the nose. In the Chimay goblet there's also more than a whiff of apple. Hisses in the glass with a tighhter head than other offerings from this brewery but this slowly dissapates over time. Hazy yellow.
Lots of carbornation make for some blazing acidity not all that different from a good Champagne. I know this may not be everyone's cup of tea but I like it especially given its amazing food friendliness. It went wicked with BBQs grilled wild salmon too.

Would like to try this again when I'm not so allegerific though.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 19:18:10 | More by Zimbo
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 10:48:29 | More by RuudJH
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 16:39:16 | More by brentk56
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rarbring

Sweden

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded orange with a grey hint, an off-white head, no lacing but curtains.

The smell is very fruity and fresh, pears and persimmons, but also some nuts and almonds.

The taste has initial sweetness, raw sugar, brown bread, fruits, red apples and pears, some lemon sourness, a touch of alcohol.

Medium low carbonation, soft and a rather full body.

A nice, moderate all round Belgian beer. Sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden,

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 20:10:46 | More by rarbring
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benfons

Belgium

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful golden colour, Big head that disappears fast.

S: Malts, honey, apple and even a hint of pineapple

T: banana and apple, but with an earthy and grainy taste to it Not too sweet but nothing great.

M/D Feels a bit thin, to many and too small carbonation bubbles, alcohol is really noticeable

Not bad, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 16:14:36 | More by benfons
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Sigmund

Norway

3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 22:08:26 | More by Sigmund
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:26:42 | More by seanyfo
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 17:01:52 | More by weissbierdrinker
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beerbum05

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark gold colour, medium head, lots of carbonation, slight haze but mostly clear

Smell - Malty and winey

Taste - Definately taste the malts and barley

Overall - I really like this beer. A great beer of the belgian style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 02:34:42 | More by beerbum05
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Chambar in Vancouver, 3 Litre bottle!

Pours golden with a hint of orange. Clear with a white head. Some carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of hay and rather musty.

Taste is clean, hay, tangerine, apple.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, rather refreshing. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 03:41:06 | More by atigerlife
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 18:57:26 | More by wl0307
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adamette

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 00:54:23 | More by adamette
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haddon

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 03:31:46 | More by haddon
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy, slightly peach orange..lot's of fine carbonation keeps a nice head around a while. Lacing toally coats sides of the glass.

Musty green apple aroma..soome slight spiciness.

Quite the magic carpet ride of flavour...bit of a bite initially from the 9%ABV followed by a combo of caramel malt, sweet to the taste, and liquorice. Not overly spicy and quite dry on the finish.

Nice sipping brew...certainly could do more than 1 in this July heat & hunidity

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:52:03 | More by Shadman
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle in a small town outside Ghent, Belgium, it was a Van Steenberge house. Like most of the Van Steenberge beers, this beer was good, tasty, and drinkable, but not great. There's a sweet candi sugar fruitiness with white bread malty notes. A pretty typical grand cru. I have no complaints, this hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 04:00:51 | More by tempest
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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....

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 16:55:11 | More by Absumaster
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

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

A bit disappointing, really.

It looked good in a Rochefort chalice- straw yellow with nice head retention; good carbonation.
It smelled decent, slight hop presence very welcome.
It tasted a bit sour, however. The hops were detectable and eventually the sourness subsided into a slight bitterness followed by a bittersweet finish.
It was a nice beer overall but lacking somehow. I think I would have preferred more sweetness. For a 9% alcohol brew, it was well disguised- no burn; very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 17:22:33 | More by MAB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 08:43:45 | More by Stinkypuss
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 04:05:46 | More by markaberrant
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, ironically the same night that the van Steenberge owner himself, Jef Verserle was in the bar shaking peoples' hands. A pretty cool experience.

The appearance was a translucent light lemon yellow. The head was a thin film that dissipated rapidly. The smell was a mix of spices with a hint of lemon. The taste reminded me somewhat of another of my favorite beers, Delirium Tremens, but this one might be a tad sweeter. The most subtle taste of hops and no aftertaste to speak of. Felt thin and refreshing and went down smooth. I didn't detect any hint of alcohol taste to it. This might be a new favorite of mine and I'm sure to drink it again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 23:40:47 | More by Cylinsier
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janubio

Spain

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pale golden colour, a good white head, always keeps a lace on the surface. Champagne like aroma, with spices and lemony hints, some apple too. In mouth is sparkling, remember me of champagne but also of sherry wine, apples, lemon and spices. Dry after taste. I wouldn't matter to try another one any other day.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 20:07:31 | More by janubio
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dnichols

Washington

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a Achel chalice.

A: It poured a lemony gold body with a massive bone white head. The head was at least tow fingers and sticky. The billowy head retained well and supported a spotty lacing.

S: The light malts were hard to detect given the lemony and spicy hops.

T: It initially presented a dominant flavor of white pepper overlaying light sweet malts. The creamy lemony and rich light Belgium sugars topped off quality brew.

M: It was medium bodied with a creamy rich sweet and spicy profile. It finished warm and clean with no noticable after taste.

D: It was a pleasant brew with a creamy sweet body and clean and warm finish. It was a bit to full bodied for a session drink but a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 03:18:32 | More by dnichols
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thierrynantes

France

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 21:35:19 | More by thierrynantes
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2007 17:16:56 | More by PittBeerGirl
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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