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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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111 Reviews

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 247
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Boto
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one has a hazy, straw yellow color to it. The head is big, thick and white. There is a fairly good amount of lacing to go along with it. The aroma has notes of spices, sour fruits, flora,l others too. The taste is rich and full. A hint of sourness with the fruits, spicy,yeasty with some bitterness. Complex and satisfying.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap Saturday at the Sharp Edge. Served in an Augustijn goblet.

A- Body is a near transparent very pale golden yellow with a thin creamy eggshell white head that has decent retention. Tiny bubbles are seen constantly rising to the top.

S- Smell is dry and fruity. Apples and citrus come through with hints of wheat, Belgian spices, and hops.

T- Taste is subtle and smooth. Dry apples and citrus upfront with a grainy spicy yeast backbone. A touch of hops is added for the finish which is pretty clean and dry. Subtleties from the initial flavor linger on the palate with the slightest touch of alcohol.

M- Very champagne-like mouthfeel with high carbonation and light body.

D- 9% ABV is well hidden here. This is a nice light and drinkable BSPA. Its delicate and subtle flavors made it fitting to enjoy with my dinner and conversation.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of peensteen
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle from The Vineyard, Belfast.

Poured a golden, slightly hazy colour. Pours with very big white foamy head which dissipates pretty quickly. Only a slight ring round the edge stayed until the end...

Aroma of citrus (lemon). Peppery... flowery.... slight earthiness... aromas all seem quite subdued though....

Taste – Peppery, slight vanilla, hints of honey, sour. Nice bite from the alcohol...

Feel - initially very sharp due to high carbonation, but once the bubbles burst quite creamy and mellow... Quite drinkable..

Overall - an excellent strong pale ale. Maybe not up there with Duval... but not far off...

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Photo of pkalix
4.2/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
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.


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Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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,

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance : Amber beer, high fermentation, well saturated
Smell : Herbaceous complex nose reveals malt and hops
Taste and mouthfeel : full beer, a little spicy, with a fine bitterness extended
Drinkability : good beer in the style strong Belgian pale ale

Review added 11-24-2007, translated from french 1-16-2008.

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Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: very nice hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation fizzing upward and very thick foamy head that stayed, finally settling to a still-thick head
s: malty aroma with slight hops & spices
t: rich malty flavor, lightly sweet with something like a citrus-y finish
m: creamy body, very smooth with good carbonation. pretty good balance
d: an enjoyable & lighter grand cru interpretation

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden, a bit orange beer with a head that lasts the entire glass.

Smell of higher alcohols and a lot of biscuity malt.

Taste is pretty mild. The beer is pretty alcoholic and this comes through in the taste. A warming feeling in the mouth. This beer is actually a pimped up version of the normal Augustijn, and that is pretty clear. It doesn't add a lot. The malt is bscuity and has some candisugar notes. Mouthfeel is quite thin and that bothers me a bit. At 9% this beer is heavy, but the thin mouthfeel makes me drink this in 15 minutes. Ahhh, those Belgians....

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Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, ironically the same night that the van Steenberge owner himself, Jef Verserle was in the bar shaking peoples' hands. A pretty cool experience.

The appearance was a translucent light lemon yellow. The head was a thin film that dissipated rapidly. The smell was a mix of spices with a hint of lemon. The taste reminded me somewhat of another of my favorite beers, Delirium Tremens, but this one might be a tad sweeter. The most subtle taste of hops and no aftertaste to speak of. Felt thin and refreshing and went down smooth. I didn't detect any hint of alcohol taste to it. This might be a new favorite of mine and I'm sure to drink it again in the future.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO a few months back; best before May 7 2016. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a hazy, effervescent golden-yellow colour, generating about one inch of puffy, eggshell-white froth at the surface. The head recedes, slowly but surely, over the course of the next ten minutes or so; left behind in its wake is a modest cap and a generous, foamy collar. The aroma is fairly typical of the style - grainy, bready malts, with some honey sweetness, red apple, apricot and pear, with plenty of yeastiness. Candi sugar and clove are also noticeable, with a hint of grassy, floral hops.

Pleasant flavour, with nothing out of the ordinary worth mentioning. The malt profile is grainy and sweet, with a wide range of orchard fruit flavour coming to the fore - red apple, apricot and pear, with faint suggestions of banana, citrus and sultana raisin. It becomes yeastier and spicier toward the finish, as notes of clove, white pepper and grassy dryness successfully cut through the sweetness of the candi sugar and malt profile. Off-dry aftertaste, with the 9% abv hovering barely on the fringe of detectability. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation and a soft, smooth, somewhat prickly feel on the palate. It's much easier to knock back than beers of this strength tend to be.

Final Grade: 4.02, an A-. Augustijn Grand Cru falls under one of my favourite style categories - and while I wouldn't say that this BSPA manages to top any of my first choices in this grouping, it's still a very well-made and exceptionally quaffable Belgian pale. Great stuff; I'd pick this up again, even in its sampler pack format - and for the record, the other five beers are worth checking out, too. Not a world-beater, but beers don't necessarily need to be world class to be completely satisfying.

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Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-cloudy pale yellow with a white, pillowy 3-finger head. Great retention. Lace clings in thick bunches around the side with great stick.

Smell - Sugared banana. Faint clove. A touch of lemon.

Taste - Sugary, fruity esters upfront. Less banana on the tongue than in the aroma. Moderate character of green apple and mellow lemon. Hits on clove spice near the finish, then turns somewhat metallic in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, with ample and lively but soft carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - A pretty mellow Belgian strong. I really enjoyed this one. Probably not something I'd want to session, but I'd surely buy it again in the future.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Humm what's that smell, a beer or port? No its beer, Augustijn grand cru, allmost over age so it had quiet some rest before I opened this one. Nice head and an almost clear golden colour make it a nice appearance all together. First sip make you taste port again. But this time with a litle malt and quiet dry. Dry aftertaste with some bitterness make it a plesant beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An always welcomed light phenol phunk floats in the air upon pouring this murky orange brew. Head is thick and resilient with the last of the foam out of the glass slowly flowing at it's own glacial pace.

An array of light fruits play into a world sweet bubble gum, cotton candy and Belgian yeast. A second whiff scores some faint medicinals and barnyard.

Piquant light fruits and spices fill the palate. Butterscotch, a touch of grain, and a simple but lingering hop bitterness makes for a pleasing finale.

Medium bodied with a delectable creaminess and just enough spicy alcohol heat to let you know despite it's calm demeanor, this is a big beer that holds its own in any arena.

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Photo of Giggy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.