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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 223
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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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7%

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.

09-24-2007 17:16:56 | More by PittBeerGirl
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matthewfuchs

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

08-20-2007 04:07:46 | More by matthewfuchs
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

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

05-31-2007 08:18:47 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

05-28-2007 00:16:39 | More by OWSLEY069
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dherling

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

11-26-2006 23:29:07 | More by dherling
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BeerNutta

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

10-26-2006 12:39:27 | More by BeerNutta
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

08-20-2006 00:25:33 | More by RoyalT
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ccrida

Oregon

4.68/5  rDev +20.6%

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.

05-26-2006 15:51:29 | More by ccrida
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descartes

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

12-20-2005 23:07:35 | More by descartes
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

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

09-30-2005 23:02:15 | More by cypressbob
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

08-23-2005 05:05:19 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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...

08-15-2005 09:27:41 | More by mdagnew
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Boto

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

05-25-2005 16:32:05 | More by Boto
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dauss

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

03-09-2005 05:32:33 | More by dauss
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Boilermaker88

California

3.88/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-22-2005 18:03:04 | More by Boilermaker88
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.53/5  rDev -9%

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.

01-06-2005 17:23:47 | More by paterlodie
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chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -18%

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.

12-04-2004 23:40:44 | More by chunkylover53
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zerk

California

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

01-05-2004 01:51:31 | More by zerk
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick, white foamy head. Aromas of pear, citrus and white pepper interlaced with musty hops. Tantalizingly sweet and dry. Very unique for a Belgian grand cru style. Extremely complex in every aspect. Light, yet pungent citrus notes mixed with similar notes of a Belgian strong ale finishing extremely dry. Mouthfeel is excellent and drinkability is very good despite its higher alcohol level.

11-30-2003 09:08:22 | More by crookedhalo
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%

The body is pale straw topped with a stack of never-ending white froth.
A tart cider nose greets the senses while chilled. It becomes much more tropical, more citric, and deeper when it gains temperature. Fully floral as it approaches room temp, with lilac blossoms and rose petals.

A pale malt dam is quickly breeched by swells of orange juice and pureed lime rinds. A veritable flood of juiciness and pleasing sourness. Fruity and tart with pools of underripe pineapple and eddies of apple cider. Cane sugar and cookie dough debris float along the surface. A surge of alcoholic heat is quelled by the following spicy clean-up crew. Hopping adds grassy, dried stalks and yeast adds dough and white pepper. The disaster relief squad works with a quickness, as the finish is bone dry.

The body is that of champagne filtered through fleece. Effervescent, yet fuzzy and soft. Nearly seems nitrogenated, with its tiny bubbles crashing to the surface.
Fabulous beer. A 750mL would be more appreciated. The smaller bottle was merely a tease.

11-02-2003 23:57:26 | More by cokes
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Just added on draught at the Sharp Edge a nice switch up from the classic Augustijn Ale, this beer appears a vibrant amber gold with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is very flowery and full of malty sweetness. Overall the taste has a bit more kick at nine percent alcohol, and this Belgium isn't overly sweet making it really a drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but fluffy at the same time nice mouthfeel to it. Can't drink too many at 9% abv, but wow what a great beer after work.

05-14-2003 15:21:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

The Augustjin Grand Cru poured an amber color. The smell was somewhat flowery. The taste was about as dry as I've tasted in a Belgian, and I'm generally surprised to see that the ABV is 9% because it didn't taste remotely that strong! This was relatively smooth in mouthfeel. I prefer my Belgians a bit sweeter, but as far as drinkability goes, someone could have more than one or two. If you like dry Belgians, this would certainly be a fine choice, although the alcohol in this one will sneak up on you, so enjoy carefully!

05-13-2003 20:33:52 | More by beergeek279
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Presentation: Stubby brown 330 ml bottle with a “consume before date” on the back label.

Appearance: Pale golden hue with a champagne like carbonation that shows the bubbles keeping up the sticky white lace.

Smell: Such a faint mustiness in the aroma, fresh cut apple and an earthy grain in the aroma show that simple can be great.

Taste: Close to spritzy with the lively carbonation, moderate body that is quite effervescent. Fruitiness bursts here and there with a light and dry malt palate. Herbal and earthy with soft yet over sized medicinal phenols, the dryness takes care of them any way. Faint refined honey like flavour. The finish is dry in stature with a leafy presence. Dry and fruity throughout, spiciness and a puckering yeast character control the rest.

Notes: Drawn more to its drinkability than lack of sweetness the 9.0% abv gets lost in the mix and seems like it is a brew of 5% abv but the twang tells it otherwise. One of the driest grand cru beers to come my way. Damn did some one say dry?

04-27-2002 21:10:38 | More by Jason
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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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