Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

109 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 244
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
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 jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.04/5  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. (498 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours straw-colored with an enormous white airy head. Slow dissipation leaves fantastic lacings. Perfection!

S: Sour smell, citric and green apples. Yeast and spices. Some wheat in the back.

T: Wheat - ripe bananas. A mellow sweetness from the malt. Kind of full taste. Spices, yeast, green apples and citric notes - just like Strong Belgian Pale Ale should be.

M: Long warming aftertaste, sweet and bitter. Body is syrupy full while carbonation is held, way back.

O: Surprisingly complex and well crafted. Me like! (523 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden with pelnty of carbonation. Clear, and minimal lacing.

S - Smells of apple cider, some spice, and a lingering floral smell.

T - Very similar to a dry riesling. Flavor of apples comes through, along with some white grape, and traditional belgian yeast tangyness.

M - Good balance of carbonation with smooth mouthfeel, comes off much lighter than its ABV%.

O - Perfect to replace champagne for a toast, and would be good for those who are wine drinekrs loooking for a change up. Personally, I found it a bit underwhelming. Too bubbly and sweet-foward. (572 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow colour to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of bready malts, with a fruitiness, apples, caramel, light spices and yeast. Hard to describe, fairly complex.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet malt character, bread, apples and tropical fruit, a bit of caramel, spices, earthy notes and some yeast. Nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (633 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw-golden colour with a skyrocketing marshmallow-like foam head. Lasting retention and attractive patches of lacing down the glass.

S: Banana, cane sugar, cloves, coriander, and pineapple. An inviting and mellow blending of aromas.

T: Tropical fruits upfront coupled with spices of pepper and clove, and leads into sweet cane sugar. Detecting some orchard fruit qualities in the form of apple and pear. A grainy cracker-like quality presents itself towards the finish with flashes of herbal qualities and a subtle sourness. A bit focused on the spice, but nonetheless overall quite good.

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Fairly oily with a pleasingly dry mouthfeel.

O: Quite a good belgian strong pale ale from a reputable brewery. Was purchased in a holiday 6-pack, and will likely pick up one or two more before the season's over. (862 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a fairly large white fizzy head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for about 6 minutes before it was gone. There are also lots of yeast chunks floating around.

Smell - Bread, grains, lemon, apples, malts, funk

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/grains mixed with lemon and apples. There are also some fruit esters and a yeast flavour mixed with some funk. It ends with a fruity slightly sour aftertaste.

Drink - A great that I'm happy I had the chance to try. It seems to have a mixed bag of flavours and it was interesting throughout the glass. The alcohol was well hidden and I'd definitely pick this one up again. (809 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is gold in color with a generous amount of foam. Smell, is hoppy with an hint of flora's. Mouthfeel is hoppy going in and cleans the mouth nicely. This beer finishes nicely with a slightly strong hint of carbonation. Taste is refreshingly sweet, but has the right amount of hops to follow. Overall this beer is a nice combo of ABV and taste. (352 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed 6-pack I picked up a while back. Poured into a pulip:

The beer pours a pale and slightly golden colour with lots of carbonation rising up to the top. The head is extraordinary! Fluffy and light, and MASSIVE!!!

The aroma is sweet, with notes of green apple very apparent. There is also some slight spicy licorice smell. Quite a complex aroma!

The flavour: sharp sweetness slowly is overtaken by mellow spiciness. Some nice flowery, fragrant hops come through before it eventually rounds out to a nice grainy malt flavour with a smooth finish.

Overall, The drinkability is high on the beer. It's smooth, spicy and interesting. A very nice belgian ale. (670 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Poured a HUGE head at least three inches. I did all that I could to reduce the head, but the head didn't care! After head receded, the beer itself is a cloudy, golden yellow. Attractive, but not outstanding.

-Smell 4.0: Very, very nice. I smell caramel and malt and barley and yeasty, yummy goodness. Very promising.

-Taste 4.0: Lots of carbonation up front and then the alkalinity of the hops quickly kicks in. Sweetness followed and then a wonderful hop and barley aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too dry, a very refreshing brew.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: Way too much carbonation. As I stated above, this is the first thing I noticed and it negatively impacted my enjoyment of the beer. Also as I stated above, I poured a huge head which should have taken away some of the carbonation. It did not.

-Overall 3.5: Just to summarize, this is a delicious Belgian ale, but the carbonation makes it less enjoyable than many others. Still, that's like saying that you have a 18K gold bracelet instead of a 24K gold bracelet. This is still a high quality, delicious beer and is worth trying. (1,144 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pour with luminous golden color and enormous white head. Delightful. Nose has some soft fruits, maybe tropical, apples, and some light herbal funk. Palate offers a magnanimous carbonation level that tickles the palate oh so nicely, and brings in soft malt flavors with the delicious dry but fruity qualities. Herbal quality comes up and carries through to the finish.

New bottle design, new to market here, so certainly not an aged example. (451 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foam builds on the bottle once opened with malt and yeast on the nose. In the Chimay goblet there's also more than a whiff of apple. Hisses in the glass with a tighhter head than other offerings from this brewery but this slowly dissapates over time. Hazy yellow.
Lots of carbornation make for some blazing acidity not all that different from a good Champagne. I know this may not be everyone's cup of tea but I like it especially given its amazing food friendliness. It went wicked with BBQs grilled wild salmon too.

Would like to try this again when I'm not so allegerific though. (584 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

According to the bottle, a long tradition of brewing, dating back to the 13th century.

Soapy big head on dark golden ale, massive carbonation in this.
Smell and taste, a bit of bubblegum, a lot of malty sweetness, some citric and spicy notes.
Aftertaste is bittersweet, but the alcohol is very present also. It's on the edge of acceptable and agressive.
Mouthfeel/aftertaste has a bite of it, defenately.

Overall it's an acceptable drinking experience, but by far not the nice balanced bittersweet drink you'd want from a triple/pale ale. (540 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a Hollywood head - picture perfect and doesn't drop a whit

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with white pepper and tart apple esters; too much barnyard funk, however

Taste: Hoppy and tart, with a growing green apple character by mid-palate; underneath, there are bready malt and candi sugar elements; after the swallow, the sweeter malts linger and, fortunately, overpower some of the funk though both elements are present in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body but a bit overcarbonated

Overall: There are a lot of interesting elements but overall this is in the second tier of the style (623 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded orange with a grey hint, an off-white head, no lacing but curtains.

The smell is very fruity and fresh, pears and persimmons, but also some nuts and almonds.

The taste has initial sweetness, raw sugar, brown bread, fruits, red apples and pears, some lemon sourness, a touch of alcohol.

Medium low carbonation, soft and a rather full body.

A nice, moderate all round Belgian beer. Sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden, (462 characters)

Photo of benfons
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful golden colour, Big head that disappears fast.

S: Malts, honey, apple and even a hint of pineapple

T: banana and apple, but with an earthy and grainy taste to it Not too sweet but nothing great.

M/D Feels a bit thin, to many and too small carbonation bubbles, alcohol is really noticeable

Not bad, but not great either. (337 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of beerbum05
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (303 characters)

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. (1,870 characters)

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. (1,050 characters)

Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.