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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

KevinSP, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

archero, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/20/2011. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple, lemon, pear, grape, banana, floral, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Excellent aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with moderate malt balance. Taste of big apple, lemon, pear, grape, banana, clove, honey, floral, candi sugar, light bubblegum, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of rrski198
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is a pale yellow/orange. Massive white head with two textures of foam. The foam sitting on the beer has a bunch of little bubbles that transition to the center of the glass where a huge meringue like head sits. I poured the beer 10 minutes ago and it is still quite visible.

S: Earthy, funky, lemon. Almost sour or DMS like corn adjunct scent. Sort of like a pilsner with Belgian yeast. Very odd.

T: Sour, funky Belgian yeast. Flavor profile of a tripel and a saison. Can't get over the sour....it's good, but unexpected. It coats the mouth and finishes with the heat of the alcohol, mild bitterness and malted grain and corn.

M: High carbonation which leads to a spicy, full mouthfeel. The heat form the alcohol lingers and burns the gums.

O: So this beer just didn't smell right. Bizarre. The flavor however was awesome. I really enjoyed it and thought that for a 9% it was easily drinkable and all the flavors were great.

rrski198, Jun 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

JJStorm, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

desint, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

dmorgan310, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Stugotzo, May 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

quirk6, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

schopenhauerale, May 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jkball01, Apr 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Janeinma, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

browniewithnuts, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear yellow (slightly golden) with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch frothy white head. Good retention.
S: Citrus, belgian yeast, and some candi sugar. There is something here that also makes me think pilsner...which is odd.
T: Pretty much follows aroma. I think it's the hop character that is making me think pilsner.
M: Light body. Slightly oily feel. ABV is well hidden.
D: Fairly average offering here. I bet it was a hell of a beer back in 1295 though...

mwilbur, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

JDavidRice, Apr 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

aranton, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

brin611, Mar 16, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Curvy and stubby brown 330 ml bottle served in a De Koninck goblet.

Appearance: Pale gold-amber color with like loads of tiny carbonation bubbles like a champagne. A creamy, durable bone-colored head that thoroughly coats the glass with sticky, whitish lace.

Smell: It is a bit faint and slightly musty, but overall appealing, with a fairly solid earthy grain base and nice fruitiness.

Taste: Fruitiness initially dominates and lasts into the aftertaste, but a nice light baked bread quality is as obvious by the finish. Hints of herbs, light honey, pears, and faint spices. A slightly metallic quality noticed early on seem to disappear with warming (and more tasting).

Feel: This beer has a remarkable lively yet soft feel, and is creamy smooth with a body that is nicely full for style.

Overall: High drinkability and exceptionally pleasant, thanks in part to the very well hidden 9.0% ABV, a slightly bitter/tart balance, and a truly great mouthfeel.

chinchill, Mar 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

shick1, Mar 11, 2013
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.