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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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

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Beer added by: zerk on 04-27-2002

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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 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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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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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 KKB
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Appearance is just tip-top. It’s translucent wheat colored with a tall white/clear head that just will not quit. Huge and beautiful looking. Just gorgeous.

S – Has a nice yeasty smell to it, a slight light fruitiness, and a healthy helping of funk to it as well. I quite like the nose though I can see how some would find it to be a bit over the top in the funk department.

T – Apple in the forefront, perhaps slight pear, a little bit hoppy, rather tart, the funk is definitely on the palate as well but it’s very nice really, a slight sugary element to it and a little bit of bread there as well. All in all this tastes good. Damn good in fact! I would go so far as to enthusiastically call this rather delightful. It has received mixed reviews and try as I might I still let that influence my judgment a little bit every time, but this beer is good. Now I’ve waited about 5 months to try this one so some of the flavors might have mellowed out a little bit but at the same time this is just crisp, fresh, and simultaneously refined and a little bit musky. It all comes together and compliments one another and it tastes just wonderful.

M – The mouthfeel is medium in body with heaps of carbonation, actually it is slightly over carbonated if you ask me. But this is ever so slight and entirely forgivable. That’s my one real critique actually, is to dial back the carbonation slightly. Otherwise this is wonderful.

O – Great beer! Vundaba! I didn’t expect this to be nearly as good as it is. But I blame myself for that. I love this brewery, I love Belgian beers, and I love BSPAs and this is a fine example of the style. Kudos to all involved in brewing this. The only thing keeping this back from being completely perfect is that it is a little bit overboard on the funk, and the carbonation is just a touch off. Otherwise, it is exceptional.

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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 LXIXME
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big white to slightly off white head settles into a decent lacing above a well carbonated farm honey golden colored beer that is in no way clear but doesn't have any sediment hanging throughout either, looks more like farm grown golden honey the more I look at it.

Bold cooking spices and lemon pepper on a bready grain malt aroma.

Lemon pepper along with other spices, darker pepper like spices mix very well with a bready grain malt taste.

A dryer aftertaste without much if any tastes hanging around, just a slight hankering for another drink of this medium bodied beer.

A first look this beer looks quite a bit like there blonde, but a closer look and you realize that you can not see through it and the aroma is quite a bit bigger and bolder and darker and the taste follows that. A very worthy beer, I would generally expect these tastes from a darker colored beer, so was quite happy having tried this one.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a six-pack Belgian beer medley. Pours a light, murky shade of yellow and gold, looks a bit cloudy. Plenty of carbonation and a thick, foamy white head that was on part with many Belgian style ales. The smell isn't as strong as I was hoping - a bit fruity and wheat-like with a mild sweetness to it, devoid really of any hops or floral scents. Some banana and yeast smells really start to come out as it warms up - common to this style of beer. This beer tastes like a classic Belgian style ale with some mild cooking spices, hints of banana and mango, cloves, biscuits, and plenty of yeast and malt. Very pleasant and simple - pleasing to the palate. The body is pretty thin, a bit sticky, and packed with carbonation. The alcohol in this beer is noticeable but not overpowering, once again, expected for this type of brew.

Overall, a simple, yet solid Belgian ale that delivers, although it doesn't necessarily stand out from the rest. This one kind of plays it safe, but it does so very well - definitely worth a try.

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Photo of PHSCAPT
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice, upper 50'sF product temperatue.
A - Clear gold liquid with an absolutely magnificient, thick, persistent three finger head one would get from root beer poured over vanilla ice cream. Beautiful lacing.
S - smell similar to other Belgian ales - slight fruity-ness
T- most surprising; similar to BSDAs, but not as intense. Hateful language, but almost a BSDA light.
M- nice carbonation, not overpowering but not absent.
O- Very surpised for a BSPA - much better than I expected. Don't much like pale ales until I had this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky honey yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, honey, yeast, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slight spice finish and an alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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Photo of Kooz
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark yellow. Not much head, no lacing. Much lighter than I expected. Looks good though.

Smells clean. It's a little bit sweet and I get a hint of lemons. Not bad.

Tastes really nice. Slightly lemony aftertaste, somewhat floral up front.

Mouthfeel. Is interesting on this one. Very creamy, very full bodied, and you get the alcohol in the mouth feel. After sipping, the alcohol fills your mouth with warmth.

Overall, like every other beer from this brewery, this is a good selection. I hope to try this again.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- This beer was lighter then expected. It is a hazy straw yellow with a hug billowing white head. Good lacing.

S- Wheat, lager like aromas, Spices, some dark fruit. More sweet then bitter. A fruitiness, like lemons.

T- Big in carbonation. It really delievers the flavor around the palate. There is a lot of wheat and lemongrass. Spicy earthy notes. Belgian yeast, kind of funkyness in this beer. The flavors blend well and really work nicely with the carbonation.

M- High carbonation and high alcohol. The alcohol comes through in feel more then taste. Beer is a pretty good size but stays drinkable.

O- Nice stuff, I was expecting a dark beer so this was not quite it. But regardless, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of pkalix
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the petrus dubbel and trippel left a terrible taste in my mouth which i cannot get out, but i'm trying with this 'other' sampler. for 9%, it's a really good product and compare to my last 2 brews, it's spectacular.

A: beautiful, semi-cloudy pear color with very nice lacing.

S: some alcohol, some fruit.

T: again, some alcohol, some fruit, but more yeast(?).

M: some carbonation, medium body

O: liked it better last time i did this sampler. i think i just have too much of the 'last' sampler pack on my tastebuds and i need to cleanse my palate before i continue on.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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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 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 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 RedBear84
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. The color was average gold with a one inch white head that dissipated to a thin remnant in a few minutes. There was a light sour and citrus-like hop nose. On the pallet the beer is yeasty and had a light sour hang. This is on the light side of the Belgian Strong Ales I've had.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet.

Appearance: a very bold gold. Deep and bubbly body, head wasn't crazy thick as some other BSPAs riding to maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Light yeast, and a dark fruit smell to it. Wish it was little stronger.

Taste: Light honey, deep yeast, and slightly bitter. It is definitely good and worth inhaling, you might finish this faster than you think.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, with after taste tingling all over your cheeks.

Overall: Beer is built for everything you need. I have little to no complaints and wish I bought more. Drink for me, Salud!

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Photo of Douberd
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of xylophonica
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Solid finger or two of pillowy head on top with a dark-golden coloured ale underneath. Excellent lacing.

S - Slightly phenolic with plenty of sweet banana and a touch of caramel and mangoes.

T - Rich and creamy at first. The head gives it a lovely balanced flavour as the spicy banana (and alcohol) washes over you. There's a variety of other sweet fruit lurking in the background as well and of course plenty of malt.

M - Very nice combination of the soothing head with the spicier banana flavours dancing on the palate.

O - A great example of the Grand Cru style (or should that be sub-style?). Well worth a try if you get a chance - full flavoured and delightful in every sense.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of beerpirates
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.

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