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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Augustijn Grand CruAugustijn Grand Cru

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BA SCORE
87
very good

215 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%


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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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:33:24 | More by TwelveOunces
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pkalix

California

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:06:10 | More by pkalix
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Humulus85

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:33:14 | More by Humulus85
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Mosmo

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 21:44:59 | More by Mosmo
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jerryusc

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 00:46:42 | More by jerryusc
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 22:32:28 | More by biegaman
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RedBear84

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 00:03:47 | More by RedBear84
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 04:06:34 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Douberd

Netherlands

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 15:44:47 | More by Douberd
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xylophonica

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 08:52:48 | More by xylophonica
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 04:40:35 | More by thecheapies
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Shagtastic

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:28:32 | More by Shagtastic
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:10:12 | More by bigdeuce
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beerpirates

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 20:04:46 | More by beerpirates
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tall white head, absurdly light body, with a full body of yeast to make it opaque.

The nose is nearly non existent but gives off some sours and chemical like notes I don't know how to describe.

The beer is very unique. It has green apple like tartess, mixed with an absurdly dirty body, sour yet the yeast gives both a nutty and sweet flavor.

The beer is pretty good till now, but damn the beer is over carbonated to the extreme.

A good change of pace. Not really what I expect with this style but interesting. Worthy of a try, but for me not a repeat due to the mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:08:40 | More by bobhits
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer I reviewed while in The Red Rose, Brugge. Although this isn’t a Trappist beer the bars motto/logo ‘Trappist beer, taste the silence@ Rose Red’ certainly is true: this is a lovely place to review a few beers in.

This 33 cl bottle was poured for me into an Augustijn tulip glass: hazy golden body a white bubbly crown on top, although cloudy you can clearly see rows of bubbles rising through the beer trying to replenish the crown above, so plenty of carbonisation.

Mixed bag of smells: yeast, citrusy hops, cereals and maybe some baked biscuits as well, just to add a little sweetness trying to even out a mostly sour nose.

The taste was also a mixture of flavours bundled together: hoppy spices, citrusy hops, Belgian yeasts, alcohol, mildly toasted malts and some pepper for good measure!

Easy to drink, the alcohol being half hidden and surrounded by the aforementioned goodies: glad I noticed it on the beer menu.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 09:31:14 | More by BlackHaddock
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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

A: golden yellow bubbly body, finger white head,
beautiful lacing

S: Belgian yeast, lemon grass, spices

T: lemon peel/grass, malt, belgian yeast,
spicy, bubbly finish

M: med body, smooth/bubbly mouth

O: Very easy going, refreshing brew.
Highly recommend + would get again.

QUITE NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:57:54 | More by BeerLover99
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, hazy gold with a rocky white head. Carbonation is very active in the glass.

S: The nose is subtle, with aromas of spicy yeast, biscuits, and citrus most noticeable. Nothing out of the ordinary for this style.

T: Notes of lemon, grass, straw, biscuits, kumquat, bitter orange, and alcohol wash across the palate. The finish is robust and cleansing with notes of tart citrus and fiery alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, dryish, and prickly. Carbonation is very active. Alcohol presence is fairly pronounced.

O: This is a solid Belgian strong pale ale, though it does not stand out from the pack all that much. In my opinion, it is too reminiscent of ales like Duvel and Lucifer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 15:19:17 | More by mrfrancis
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dsprainman

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours that perfect strong pale color. Nice golden hue with enough yeast to fog up the body a little. Plenty of head that sticks around.
S- The nose is a little bland. Belgian yeast and some alchohol.
T- Again, belgian yeast with alchohol. Kinda boring
M- This has a nice dry mouthfeel, very effervescent.
O- Well after loving their blonde, Augustijn's Grand Cru really didn't live up to it's moniker for me. Not a bad beer, just a little boring. Nothing really grabs my attention.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 07:57:28 | More by dsprainman
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sfprint

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of carbonation, rising and tricky to pour. Big sodaish head. Cloudy grainy dark honey color. Not a deep honey color, but a light honey color that's slightly grey.
S: Pastry creaminess, flower nectar, slight sourness.
T: A hair tart, savory peaches (as in really not sweet). Kinda like an unsweet peach cobbler. Unsweet honey, sort of has a natural soda quality to it. A hair bitter. Has sweet and sour mix qualities to it.
M: Slightly foamy and light, not much of a sting.
O: Good, but I don't love it. Nice and interesting but doesn't quite hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:19:28 | More by sfprint
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, from the Belgo giftpack. 330ml bottle into a tulip, best before June 6, 2012.

Poured a lightly hazy golden orange, with a fairly dense white head which becomes a bit creamier in appearance as it subsides. Nose has some underripe banana, light fruitiness and lots of yeast influence. A hint of spice pinches the nostrils near the end. Some general sugary sweetness as well. Taste has some peach and general fruitiness, with a more-than-apparent alcoholic and sugary sweetness. Spice in the finish. Kind of has a spirit-like alcoholic sweetness which dominates. A hint of some frosting sugar, with some crackery and pale malts. Mouthfeel is a heavier medium, and a curious carbonation - flat on the palate initially, but ramps up at the end. Dry finish. Certainly a lesser golden strong, but not completely unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 19:26:54 | More by liamt07
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before 10/05/13.

Beer is light golden, almost straw coloured. A very large and frothy white head on top. Lots of sticky lacing as the head begins to dissipate at a moderate pace.

Smell is just FULL of banana, more than I have probably found it any other beer. Some spice is noticeable at the end, underlying the heavy banana scent. Also some honey, yeast, citrus. But really, it is the banana that dominates- smells like a banana popsicle, actually.

Banana is again prominent in the taste, but there is a little more going on. Spices are more prominent. Relatively dry for the style. Some green apple present. Finish is particularly focused on peppery spice flavours.

Carbonation is a little high, and sort of irritating. Medium bodied.

For me, not a favourite of the style but stands out as being a little unique. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:39:28 | More by jrenihan
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark golden color pour. Finger width snow white head that will not go away. Lacing holds on forever.

S- Bananas and cloves with a slight lemon peel. Sweet biscuity malts with a nice yeast backing.

T- Bananas and cloves, slight alcohol with a medicinal aftertaste.

M- Light bodied with prickly carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:18:01 | More by korguy123
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dark golden colour with one finger of fluffy white head. No retention, but a nice cap of half finger of head.

S - Banana, zesty citrus, sweet spice, yeast, booze. The citrus zest is very different and interesting, like nothing I've smelled before. My friend says it smells like sunlight dish soap.

T - Yeast, orange and zesty citrus. Sweet spice, a slight booze note.

M - Full body with gentle carbonation and a sweet finish.

O/D - A nice pale. The typical yeasty, citrus notes. A little boozy. Tasty but not a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:14:23 | More by tbeckett
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden colour, 3 fingers of fluffy rocky white head, slow disapation, lots of lace sticks to the glass. Smell fruity and yeasty, light funk, candy notes, spicy, cider like with earth hop notes. Taste is spicy with tart yeast flavours, lightly sweet initially but becomes quite dry around the finish, apple, fruity flavours, lightly spicy and earthy. Medium active carbonation, full body with medium weight. Easy drinking and very nice, a really solid belgian pale, will revisit gladly.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 16:15:15 | More by peensteen
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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