Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
From a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.
A: poured a nice clear and vibrant gold with a fierce 3 finger head that stayed for a long time before finally giving way to some heavy lacing.
S: yeasts, sweet fruits and cloves. Some light alcohol present on the nose as well.
T: follows the nose with an earthiness that was not expected. The booziness of the beer also really comes through.
M: good carbonation, dry finish bordering on astringent.
O: this was a nice beer, but not a memorable one. The fact that the booziness of this beer was too up front is probably what works against it the most. There are good flavors to this beer but the alcohol taste almost washed it out.
11-15-2013 23:49:51 | More by polloenfuego
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Bottle 4 of 6 of Belgian taster's pack from Van Steenberge. Served fairly cold into a oversized wine glass.
Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded 3 fingers of white voluminous head. Beer is golden like a darker champagne and hazier (but not too hazy). The head receded quickly and there were plenty of effervescent bubbles in the glass. While the head did dissipate there was a solid half finger of a white cap resting on top of the beer throughout.
Smell - Light booziness, summer fruits, some sweet malts. Also smells like summer desserts and an element of funky Belgian yeasts which is not surprising. Also freshly baked bread is another aroma in this complex brew.
Taste - The 9.0% ABV hits home here and makes the beer boozy with a combination of summer fruits and a slightly earthy undertone. This new earthy flavor paints a picture in my head that hundreds of years ago this beer was being created and cellared in some dark dank remote area of the abbey. The beer also has trace spicy elements given the tingling in my mouth afterwards. Transitions to a slightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel - Crisp refreshing finish, but retaining its rich and velverty BSPA without being syrupy. Also leaves a pleasant tingling sensation, much in the same way champagne often can. High carbonation.
Overall - Well done, love the sensations in my mouth. While the flavors are well done, they are fairly standard for BSPA's but it's the other senses that elevate it above the standard for the style. Would repeat this purchase if I could get just this beer instead of having to spend $19 to buy a six pack.
11-04-2013 23:40:05 | More by DenisKolkin
United Kingdom (England)
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's well out of date. Hopefully the strength will have helped to preserve it. Acquired ages ago from Lidl as part of a box set and stored in my garage.
Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with notes of unripe apples, apricot, bubblegum, banana, clove, spice, sugar, a hint of marzipan, sherry and faint cardboard. Dry, vinous and rather oxidised, with a significant whiff of booze in the background.
Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a sweet, boozy finish. Notes of marzipan, apricot, apples, bubblegum, banana, clove, spice, sugar, sherry, mild earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Little bitterness to speak of. Quite oxidised, with a touch of dessert wine and a warming hit of alcohol upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a velvety body that envelops the tongue. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet, fruity yeast esters and harsh cardboard.
Decent if not outstanding. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour showcase a complex blend of yeast esters that confer a dominant fruity character. The age of the bottle has resulted in some oxidation, which adds a sherry-like note that is not unpleasant. Overall it's just a bit too sweet, however the body is silky smooth. A satisfying brew with an obvious Belgian influence. Worth sampling if you come across it.
10-07-2013 23:58:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.99/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured out of a 11.2 stubbed bottle into a Duvel tulip. Accidentally aged in my cellar after purchasing the Van Steenberge gift pack last December. This may be nearly a year old, if not older.
Pours a golden amber color that resembles a darker pilsner or Belgian blonde ale, especially without the yeast initially poured in the glass. You'd have to be blind to not immediately guess that this is ridiculous in terms of its carbonation and yeastiness, though. Pours 4 fingers worth of foam by the time half the bottle is poured in - in a 45 degree angle, no less. For hilarity I kept pouring the liquid in until it was producing a boiling vat-like appearance at the top of the glass, one palm tall, with thick bubbles and soap-like foaminess. Leaves behind a generous amount of thick lacing. Head retention lasts a good long while. Looks very bubbly and sparking throughout consumption. No complaints at all here.
At first there's apparent phenols from oxidization, ranging from a green apple funkiness to slight acetone, nail polish remover notes, but it does get better the more this warms up. White grapes, ripe raisins, honeysuckle, white pepper, herbs of sorts (maybe a bit of mint), wet grass, candi sugar, caramel, and butterscotch. Pretty sweet at the finish, with a sugary character that hides the alcohol well, although not completely. Stings slightly. Fantastically overwhelming for a tripel, but not bad by any means. For what it's worth, this is probably the worst part of the whole beer.
The flavor reveals its true colors, however, and in the same realm of the other Augustijn offerings, age has done significant work to the beer at hand. At first, there notes of white grapes and raisins, as well as a heavy, caramel-forward candi sugar notes. Then, it suddenly goes down amazingly creamy and juicy, becoming quite buttery on the palate and revealing notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and other barrel-like spices. While I haven't found any information that this was fermented in oak barrels, it sure tastes like it - reminds me of a cross between an aged tripel (with little to no hop profile) and a Chardonnay that's gone through semi-heavy malolactic fermentation. A little bit of a burn at the back of the throat, but otherwise, the white nectarine, white grape buttery flavor works with me. Very carbonated and juicy. A pleasure to drink.
I'm impressed how the flavor is miles ahead of the aroma, and I'm happy for it being that way. This is quite different than other tripels/Belgian strong pale ales I've had - the buttery, vanilla, stone fruit flavor makes everything far merrier. Not sure how it was fresh, but hey, this was without a doubt the best one of the series with age on it, flavor-wise!
09-12-2013 04:01:25 | More by magictacosinus
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-10-2013 04:32:12 | More by superspak
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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