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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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Sigmund

Norway

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 22:08:26 | More by Sigmund
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-23-2013 02:09:06 | More by ZachT
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-21-2011 01:22:35 | More by RedAleMan
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 03:18:01 | More by korguy123
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick, white foamy head. Aromas of pear, citrus and white pepper interlaced with musty hops. Tantalizingly sweet and dry. Very unique for a Belgian grand cru style. Extremely complex in every aspect. Light, yet pungent citrus notes mixed with similar notes of a Belgian strong ale finishing extremely dry. Mouthfeel is excellent and drinkability is very good despite its higher alcohol level.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2003 09:08:22 | More by crookedhalo
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet.

Appearance: a very bold gold. Deep and bubbly body, head wasn't crazy thick as some other BSPAs riding to maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Light yeast, and a dark fruit smell to it. Wish it was little stronger.

Taste: Light honey, deep yeast, and slightly bitter. It is definitely good and worth inhaling, you might finish this faster than you think.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, with after taste tingling all over your cheeks.

Overall: Beer is built for everything you need. I have little to no complaints and wish I bought more. Drink for me, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 04:06:34 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy lemony yellow body, thick dense head with good retention

Smell, very fresh smelling, some almonds once again like the tripel. A little hint of cidery apples

Taste, big crisp nutty initial flavour. A wallop of alcohol hits you as you go further into the sip, boozy on the finish too.

An interesting a tasty ale, very alcoholic on the mouthfeel but still tasty. Def. a sipper

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 23:02:15 | More by cypressbob
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-31-2012 20:35:42 | More by ThinkAgain
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-01-2011 23:53:35 | More by rekel
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy, slightly peach orange..lot's of fine carbonation keeps a nice head around a while. Lacing toally coats sides of the glass.

Musty green apple aroma..soome slight spiciness.

Quite the magic carpet ride of flavour...bit of a bite initially from the 9%ABV followed by a combo of caramel malt, sweet to the taste, and liquorice. Not overly spicy and quite dry on the finish.

Nice sipping brew...certainly could do more than 1 in this July heat & hunidity

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:52:03 | More by Shadman
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

07-29-2013 01:26:21 | More by ScaryEd
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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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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-18-2013 20:13:58 | More by browniewithnuts
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-06-2013 16:43:57 | More by MarvinSnyder
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 22:26:42 | More by seanyfo
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tall white head, absurdly light body, with a full body of yeast to make it opaque.

The nose is nearly non existent but gives off some sours and chemical like notes I don't know how to describe.

The beer is very unique. It has green apple like tartess, mixed with an absurdly dirty body, sour yet the yeast gives both a nutty and sweet flavor.

The beer is pretty good till now, but damn the beer is over carbonated to the extreme.

A good change of pace. Not really what I expect with this style but interesting. Worthy of a try, but for me not a repeat due to the mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 02:08:40 | More by bobhits
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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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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-30-2013 01:21:41 | More by jrfehon33
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dnichols

Washington

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a Achel chalice.

A: It poured a lemony gold body with a massive bone white head. The head was at least tow fingers and sticky. The billowy head retained well and supported a spotty lacing.

S: The light malts were hard to detect given the lemony and spicy hops.

T: It initially presented a dominant flavor of white pepper overlaying light sweet malts. The creamy lemony and rich light Belgium sugars topped off quality brew.

M: It was medium bodied with a creamy rich sweet and spicy profile. It finished warm and clean with no noticable after taste.

D: It was a pleasant brew with a creamy sweet body and clean and warm finish. It was a bit to full bodied for a session drink but a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 03:18:32 | More by dnichols
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fmccormi

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-07-2012 23:40:54 | More by fmccormi
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belgbeerdrinker

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 08:18:47 | More by belgbeerdrinker
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear yellow (slightly golden) with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch frothy white head. Good retention.
S: Citrus, belgian yeast, and some candi sugar. There is something here that also makes me think pilsner...which is odd.
T: Pretty much follows aroma. I think it's the hop character that is making me think pilsner.
M: Light body. Slightly oily feel. ABV is well hidden.
D: Fairly average offering here. I bet it was a hell of a beer back in 1295 though...

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 02:51:14 | More by mwilbur
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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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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 03:41:06 | More by atigerlife
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Twal

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-01-2013 18:28:15 | More by Twal
Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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