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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

236 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
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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Photo of wl0307
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.

Photo of adamette
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.

Photo of haddon
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.

Photo of Shadman
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

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of Absumaster
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....

Photo of MAB
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Photo of markaberrant
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
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.

Photo of janubio
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.

Photo of dnichols
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
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.

Photo of matthewfuchs
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 -5.2%
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
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 -0.8%
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
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of descartes
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.