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Augustijn Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of adamette
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

adamette, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

yemenmocha, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Keith_R, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

randylangford, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Dave_Treat, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Resuin, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of paterlodie
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

paterlodie, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Kerrie, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

socon67, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of SebD
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

SebD, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of neckbracesub
4/5  rDev +2.8%

neckbracesub, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

Cylinsier, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

samEBC, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

pkalix, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Beerlover
1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

Beerlover, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bump8628, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +2.8%

safaricook, Jul 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Kahlerbock, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Janeinma, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

TheSixthRing, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of jkball01
4/5  rDev +2.8%

jkball01, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

stephens101, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

magictacosinus, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of ZachT
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ZachT, Oct 23, 2013
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.