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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 222
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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DavidST

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet glass, coded bottle date. This pours a clear light orange / yellow color with a massive white head which has okay retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of a lemon grass, belgian yeast esters, a little funk. The feel is medium. The taste leaves something to be desired, a considerable amount of alcohol, hardly masked at all, extremely dry, but missing the nice peppery taste of something like a duvell.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 06:11:44 | More by DavidST
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%

12-20-2012 03:24:47 | More by Lukass
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KKB

Massachusetts

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

A – Appearance is just tip-top. It’s translucent wheat colored with a tall white/clear head that just will not quit. Huge and beautiful looking. Just gorgeous.

S – Has a nice yeasty smell to it, a slight light fruitiness, and a healthy helping of funk to it as well. I quite like the nose though I can see how some would find it to be a bit over the top in the funk department.

T – Apple in the forefront, perhaps slight pear, a little bit hoppy, rather tart, the funk is definitely on the palate as well but it’s very nice really, a slight sugary element to it and a little bit of bread there as well. All in all this tastes good. Damn good in fact! I would go so far as to enthusiastically call this rather delightful. It has received mixed reviews and try as I might I still let that influence my judgment a little bit every time, but this beer is good. Now I’ve waited about 5 months to try this one so some of the flavors might have mellowed out a little bit but at the same time this is just crisp, fresh, and simultaneously refined and a little bit musky. It all comes together and compliments one another and it tastes just wonderful.

M – The mouthfeel is medium in body with heaps of carbonation, actually it is slightly over carbonated if you ask me. But this is ever so slight and entirely forgivable. That’s my one real critique actually, is to dial back the carbonation slightly. Otherwise this is wonderful.

O – Great beer! Vundaba! I didn’t expect this to be nearly as good as it is. But I blame myself for that. I love this brewery, I love Belgian beers, and I love BSPAs and this is a fine example of the style. Kudos to all involved in brewing this. The only thing keeping this back from being completely perfect is that it is a little bit overboard on the funk, and the carbonation is just a touch off. Otherwise, it is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:48:46 | More by KKB
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MrBoh

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-09-2012 05:29:30 | More by MrBoh
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Giggy

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: golden yellow with an off-white head. Good retention on the head. Was expecting it to be darker. Heavy carbonation.

S: alcohol, hard to hide 9%; yeast, sugar, slightly soapy, and a faint orange zest.

T: lots of carbonation covers some of the taste. Reminded me of champagne. I expected it to be more sweet. It is slightly bitter and dry.

M: very sharp

O: not one of my favorites and I am a big fan of the Belgians. I am finding the Belgian varieties are a bit more vast in differences than I first thought.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 23:18:36 | More by Giggy
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bgibbard

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-26-2012 00:47:11 | More by bgibbard
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Labeorphile

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-11-2012 23:58:43 | More by Labeorphile
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drslap

Hawaii

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-09-2012 11:12:07 | More by drslap
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andthevolcano

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-06-2012 00:55:18 | More by andthevolcano
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Sturmthis

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-02-2012 03:11:15 | More by Sturmthis
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-26-2012 05:30:39 | More by Resuin
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big white to slightly off white head settles into a decent lacing above a well carbonated farm honey golden colored beer that is in no way clear but doesn't have any sediment hanging throughout either, looks more like farm grown golden honey the more I look at it.

Bold cooking spices and lemon pepper on a bready grain malt aroma.

Lemon pepper along with other spices, darker pepper like spices mix very well with a bready grain malt taste.

A dryer aftertaste without much if any tastes hanging around, just a slight hankering for another drink of this medium bodied beer.

A first look this beer looks quite a bit like there blonde, but a closer look and you realize that you can not see through it and the aroma is quite a bit bigger and bolder and darker and the taste follows that. A very worthy beer, I would generally expect these tastes from a darker colored beer, so was quite happy having tried this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 21:46:47 | More by LXIXME
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-28-2012 12:22:31 | More by neckbracesub
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

09-27-2012 20:58:36 | More by mattparsons
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a six-pack Belgian beer medley. Pours a light, murky shade of yellow and gold, looks a bit cloudy. Plenty of carbonation and a thick, foamy white head that was on part with many Belgian style ales. The smell isn't as strong as I was hoping - a bit fruity and wheat-like with a mild sweetness to it, devoid really of any hops or floral scents. Some banana and yeast smells really start to come out as it warms up - common to this style of beer. This beer tastes like a classic Belgian style ale with some mild cooking spices, hints of banana and mango, cloves, biscuits, and plenty of yeast and malt. Very pleasant and simple - pleasing to the palate. The body is pretty thin, a bit sticky, and packed with carbonation. The alcohol in this beer is noticeable but not overpowering, once again, expected for this type of brew.

Overall, a simple, yet solid Belgian ale that delivers, although it doesn't necessarily stand out from the rest. This one kind of plays it safe, but it does so very well - definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 12:23:05 | More by tectactoe
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Veebz

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

09-25-2012 00:21:32 | More by Veebz
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PHSCAPT

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice, upper 50'sF product temperatue.
A - Clear gold liquid with an absolutely magnificient, thick, persistent three finger head one would get from root beer poured over vanilla ice cream. Beautiful lacing.
S - smell similar to other Belgian ales - slight fruity-ness
T- most surprising; similar to BSDAs, but not as intense. Hateful language, but almost a BSDA light.
M- nice carbonation, not overpowering but not absent.
O- Very surpised for a BSPA - much better than I expected. Don't much like pale ales until I had this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:41:43 | More by PHSCAPT
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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a slightly murky honey yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, honey, yeast, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a slight spice finish and an alcohol kick with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:29:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Kooz

New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark yellow. Not much head, no lacing. Much lighter than I expected. Looks good though.

Smells clean. It's a little bit sweet and I get a hint of lemons. Not bad.

Tastes really nice. Slightly lemony aftertaste, somewhat floral up front.

Mouthfeel. Is interesting on this one. Very creamy, very full bodied, and you get the alcohol in the mouth feel. After sipping, the alcohol fills your mouth with warmth.

Overall, like every other beer from this brewery, this is a good selection. I hope to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 01:12:45 | More by Kooz
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +7.7%
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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hardcor33

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

08-04-2012 21:53:05 | More by hardcor33
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-29-2012 03:32:03 | More by Dave_Treat
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-26-2012 16:31:35 | More by samEBC
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safaricook

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.1%

07-24-2012 19:54:41 | More by safaricook
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.