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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

230 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
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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Photo of MAB
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

MAB, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

markaberrant, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Cylinsier, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of janubio
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

janubio, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

dnichols, Mar 03, 2008
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.

thierrynantes, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

PittBeerGirl, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of matthewfuchs
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a fizzy yellow, with a foamy white head. good retention. smells of smoke, thanks bar. tasted very dry for what i was expecting. slightly sweet finish. felt very bubbly like a champagne. high percentage of alcohol was well hidden and the beer was well done. not my favorite grand cru, but worth the money.

matthewfuchs, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: very nice hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation fizzing upward and very thick foamy head that stayed, finally settling to a still-thick head
s: malty aroma with slight hops & spices
t: rich malty flavor, lightly sweet with something like a citrus-y finish
m: creamy body, very smooth with good carbonation. pretty good balance
d: an enjoyable & lighter grand cru interpretation

belgbeerdrinker, May 31, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This starts with a small tartness that was not expected with a dry end. Very bubbly, chapangy (sp?) even. It hides its 9.5% content very well. I have heard some people tag it liquid stupidity. You can drink a few and then just be tanked without even realizing.

OWSLEY069, May 28, 2007
Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a slightly hazy straw gold color with an orange hue crowned by a white head with good retention. The nose has a very fruity aroma; citrus and apples rounded out by strong malt, pepper, spicyness, and alcohol. The taste echoed the nose, but the malt and alcohol came to the forefront, with the other flavors lurking in the back. Mouthfeel was extremely carbonated, and the alcohol was a little much.

dherling, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of BeerNutta
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

BeerNutta, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of ccrida
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a magnificent beer, with just enough sourness (wild yeast in secondary/bottle fermentation?) to balance out the alcohol. It is a brilliant golden color, clear and sparkley, although poured minimum head leaving little lace. I prefer my ale's a bit cloudy however, hence the 4.5 rating for appearance. Nevertheless, when freshly poured in it's official glass (a standard Belgian chalice), the Grand Cru's very inviting! Still, I'm not sure why this is referred to as a Grand Cru, as it lacks the spiciness, dark color and fuller body that I normally associate with Belgian Grand Cru's. But if you like strong blondes this is a must try, particularly if you can find it fresh on draft. It's drier than most strong Belgium ales, which tend to be on the sweet side, although there is not a noticeable hop nose. This beer if very drinkable, particularly with spicy foods or on a hot day, and easily passes the Belgian test of digestibility.

ccrida, May 26, 2006
Photo of descartes
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best consumed by 1/12/06 and today is 12/20/05.

330 ml.

Pours a golden color with an inch of head. Very fruity smell with a some honey flavoring and a hint of apple. You don't realize that this baby is 8% until you read the label, has a almond taste which leaves a slight bitter twing after swallowing. Mouthfeel didn't live up to the rest of the drink, kind of thin. Very drinkable brew but after a couple you start to feel that high alchohal percentage.

descartes, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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

cypressbob, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the Tap at Lucky Baldwin’s during their August 20-28 Belgium Beer Festival.
Number #59 on the List.
$3 for a Taster in a small Chimay Goblet Glass.

This is allegedly the same brew as Bornem Trippel….I am not so sure, but with Van Steenberge’s monstrous line up who knows, at the very least it could well be a “tweaked” version of the Bornem Trippel.

Appearance: Gorgeous shimmering golden body has the power to reflect even the minimal low key lighting at Lucky Baldwins. Massive streaming carbonation and lots of fizzing as the flour white head seems to writhe with energy. Nice lacing, even in the Sampler.

Nose: A mixture of young and old. Young freshly peeled apple cores mix with the unwelcome smells from a damp and musty old malt sack. Light grain blends with some organic earthy tones. Recently toiled soil has some floral character. Juicy aromas.

Taste: The nose really does set the scene nicely here; the tastes follow the directions from nose perfectly. Whilst the front end and middle are fruity the finish is dry and parched. Doesn’t come across as 9% until the swallow when a little kick gets you right in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Probably the weakest part of this brew. It has an over-carbonated presence that is way too powerful for the thin body…..

Drinkability: …..this makes it hard to stomach too many of these high alcohol brews in the long run as the fizzy soda like body overwhelms. One is more than enough.

Overall: A decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale which could be more appropriately referred to as a Strong Belgian Golden Ale. Yet it drinks way below its gravity though, but I’m sure a few of these will creep up on you and kick your ass if you underestimate it.

Well worth trying if seen.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 23, 2005
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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle from The Vineyard, Belfast.

Poured a golden, slightly hazy colour. Pours with very big white foamy head which dissipates pretty quickly. Only a slight ring round the edge stayed until the end...

Aroma of citrus (lemon). Peppery... flowery.... slight earthiness... aromas all seem quite subdued though....

Taste – Peppery, slight vanilla, hints of honey, sour. Nice bite from the alcohol...

Feel - initially very sharp due to high carbonation, but once the bubbles burst quite creamy and mellow... Quite drinkable..

Overall - an excellent strong pale ale. Maybe not up there with Duval... but not far off...

mdagnew, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Boto
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one has a hazy, straw yellow color to it. The head is big, thick and white. There is a fairly good amount of lacing to go along with it. The aroma has notes of spices, sour fruits, flora,l others too. The taste is rich and full. A hint of sourness with the fruits, spicy,yeasty with some bitterness. Complex and satisfying.

Boto, May 25, 2005
Photo of dauss
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

dauss, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped in at Lucky Baldwin's for lunch and a couple pints before the end of their Belgian beer festival. Augustijn Grand Cru was my second choice after learning Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale was tapped out. Served in an Augustijn chalice, this Grand Cru had a pale yellow color similar to champange, abundant fine carbonation, and a wispy white head that would briefly flare up when the glass was swirled. Looked a lot like champange.
Smelled somewhat like champagne, too. Fruity sweet with a fine yeast-inspired mustiness. My wife commented that it had a slight cidery scent. The aroma of green apple came out as did a faint honey note.
Quite lively on the tongue, thanks to the high degree of carbonation, again a lot like a champagne. Medium bodied and dry, too. Taste started off with a yeasty pale malt flavor which took a back seat to the more assertive Granny Smith apple taste. Some mild spiciness came through in the finish, mainly coriander, but the level of hops was clearly downplayed. The alcohol content, stated at 9.0%, was very well disguised.
Overall, this was pretty easy-drinking, almost quaffable, until the alcohol content sneaks up on you, as what happened to me (lol). There are better Belgian strong pale ales out there, but this one ain't bad. Recommended.

Boilermaker88, Feb 22, 2005
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.

paterlodie, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of chunkylover53
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

chunkylover53, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of zerk
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

zerk, Jan 05, 2004
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.