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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

241 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | 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 Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of beerbum05
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 haddon
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Shadman
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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....

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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 markaberrant
3.61/5  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.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of janubio
3.88/5  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.

Photo of dnichols
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 matthewfuchs
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

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

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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.

Photo of BeerNutta
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.