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Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009

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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 98
Reviews by jujubeast6000:
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/2/2009 (Bottle 02D1):

Pours a humongous slightly off-white head, big frothy bubbles, somewhat lasting. Body is a clear burnt yellow color, bubbly. Very fruity, floral aroma. Light fruit like apple, pear. Very strong pear aroma. Sweet smelling. Very light taste, some light fruit, a hint of floralness. White grapes and pears perhaps. Refreshing. Watery palate.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Swedes21
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - Beer pours with a tremendous amount of white fizzy head! The head is very light and full of air pockets. The beer is a clear amber colour with a tremendous amount of carbonation present.

Smell - very strong raisin smell to this beer, as well hints of sweetness. There is a decent amount of yeast as well.

Taste - You can really taste the raisin/fruit base as well as some yeast. This is a very light beer.

Mouthfeel - good amount of carbonation adds a little bitterness to the end of this beer. Overall, not a lot brought fwd, maybe some added yeast taste.

Drinkability - This is a decent beer, one i am glad i tried, but not one i would go out to find again.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Purchased as part of a sampler pack from this brewery. The front label features an image of a monk trapped in a giant spider's web.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A pale golden hue with good carbonation - becomes significantly clouded by fine yeast sediment towards the end of the pour. Produces a huge head of white foam with impressive stability; reminiscent of Duvel. The head eventually subsides, leaving frothy lacing around the glass. Aroma of yeast and esters, with notes of banana, cloves and a hint of spice.

Tastes of light malt with plenty of yeast and esters dominating the flavour. Notes of banana. Slightly sour, with a faint hint of sweetness - this is somewhat unbalanced. No bitterness to mention, and the alcohol seems well hidden. Mouthfeel is tingly, leaving the palate dry. Leaves a mildly acrid yeasty aftertaste.

A decent belgian blonde, but it won't change your life. The complex yeasty characteristics are OK, but it has an acrid undertone that spoils the flavour. Worthy...

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a golden-copper color with a modest white head. Plenty of visible carbonation bubbling up. A thin partial coat and ring last throughout the entire drink, and bubbly lacing is left behind with each sip.

Smell: Belgian style spiciness dominates, with hints of clove and cardamom, but there’s also more than a hint of fruitiness, a biscuity malt base, and a light touch of floral hops.

Taste: Largely conforms to the nose and is mainly the flavor of spiced malts. Sweet, especially up front, but with a mild hop bitterness kicking in from the finish onwards.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Medium-strong carbonation is lightly prickly.

Overall: A solid and spicy blonde with well-hidden ABV that lacks the complexity and refinement of the best Belgian alternatives.

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big white head settles into a into a fairly decent lacing above a clear copper golden colored beer that seems to have some pretty good carbonation to it.

Light aroma with grain malts, bread, cooking spices, lemon, and a lighter sourness.

Lemon pepper with grain malts and some breadiness along with other light spices in a warming taste.

A dryish aftertaste with just a hint of the tastes remaining on this medium bodied beer.

This is a pretty good beer considering they call it a blonde, has more and better tastes than most blondes around here, well blonde beers anyway.

Photo of jonmikel
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a 330 ml bottle.

It is opaque. It's colour is orange with some golden sparks.

In my opinion, it smells to cheese (I would say Edam) with some hints of lemon. The alcohol is also present.

The mouthfeel is quite good. A little bit bitter, in my opinion.

The overall taste acomplishes my expectations but it is not the best Belgian Pale Ale that I've tasted.

Photo of mintjellie
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed honeyed orange in colour with lots of visible carbonation. The head is absolutely massive, taking up almost half the glass and leaving a patchwork web of lace on the walls of my glass as it slowly recedes.

The beer shows aromas of green apple and lemon with faint musty, medicinal bitterness in the background. A little on the sweet side, it tastes of apple and lemon. The leafy, medicinal finish feels musty and drying.

Medium-bodied with fine carbonation. Feels crisp. An approachable and simple pale ale from Belgium.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic hazy blond color, quick bubbles deliver a huge, towering white head, crystal clear and white, last forever.

The aroma is veru natural, earthy and pure. big wheat, grains, earth, musky dry earth and sour from the wonderful yeast aroma, slightly sweet malt underneath.

The flavor is just exactly what I LOVE about authentic Belgian beers, Earthy, sour, musky yeast complexity that is righteous. The malt is subtle, crisp and slightly sweet with grassy, mild hops.

The feel is perfect for this style and for my own personal feeling. Light, lively, crispy, with a full lush, smooth finish. Spot-on.

I just love this one through and through.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear, golden yellow color with a white, frothy 3-finger head. Decent retention. Fair lacing, but little to no stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on grain, with a touch of sweetness and mellow sourness. Fruity esters. Hints of apple and banana.

Taste - Plentiful grain character upfront and throughout, while lesser notes of sour apple and a faint spice round out the profile. Finish is quick, with a lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body, with sharp, biting carbonation. Lively. Slick, almost buttery feel as it goes down. Very easy to drink.

Overall - While I enjoyed this beer, I found the flavor a bit boring. The mouthfeel definitely helped in delivering a better than average, good belgian brew. That said, I don't think this is a beer I'd look to buy again.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden color with a ridiculous amount of head. If I had something tall enough to hold it all I estimate that this whole bottle would produce over 2 feet of head.

Very fragrant with citrus and some yeast. Spectacular.

A hint of eisbock character, a higher alcohol sweetness. Everything else in the flavor is a combination of citrus, but not heavily hoppy citrus, and some yeast.

Feels light, slightly dry, and clean with a medium tingling.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard clear golden body with a dense white head.

The aroma smells like green apples, mineral spirits, and sulphur. Quite an odd collection of scents.

Thankfully the green apple and pear is what translated most. Corn and grainy malt. There's a chemical like aftertaste like the mineral spirit smell.

Lighter body with strong carbonation.

An odd Belgian pale to say the least. Normally it's a clean style but this one was not that.

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml stubby, poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours crystal clear golden yellow with erupting white foam. Long lasting, and very clingy.

Mild malty and fruity/spicy smell.

Very clean fruity taste - hints of bubblegum? Evolves into a slightly sour finish. Very clean finish.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Very tasty, light hop close. Another solid brew.

Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2. From a sampler pack. My bottle says 8.0 abv.
A solid gold with some haze to it. Giant head overflows the New Belgium glass even with a very careful pour.

Aroma, my nose is a little stuffy, but there is sone yeasty spice and clove. A faint fruitcake and caramel.

Taste, taste has some more earthy hop notes to it. Stone fruit, some clove, light bready malt back. Finish is a little spicy clove.

Pretty light feeling with the high carbonation. There is just enough stickiness to it though. A good middle to slightly above example. Nothing to complain about, nothing to rave about. Worth trying.

Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pk from the LCBO for $18.00. Pretty good for $3.00/beer. Served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice head. Go slow pouring Danielson! Dark golden good. Head stays well and to a film for a the remainder of the pour

S- A bit light but yeasty good.

T- Young. Not quite up to snuff in the flavor department. A light Duval

M- Dry as expected.

O- Very good. Nice Belgium blonde. Worth the $3.00 for a 330ml bottle no problem.

Food Pairing

This nice blonde went well with..... cheese and olives. Vary the cheese to get a good punch then mild.

Enjoy!!

Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 7, 2013.

The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy head that slowly dissipates but never really goes away. There is a subdued haziness in the color.

The aroma is a beautiful array of Belgian pale malts, Belgian candied sugars, yeast, banana, clove, and allspice with a much mellower hop note.

The body is medium but creamy.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a slight pepper bite coating my throat and well-integrated alcohol. Very fine.

Photo of danmcg62
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours a cloudy orangey yellow with a huge frothy head that leaves some lacing on the glass as it disappears.

S-Very fruity. Mild hops. Grassy notes in there as well

T-Major fruit at the beginning with some mild hop bitterness.

M-Mild spice from the fruit and hops. Decent feel in the mouth.

O-Overall this is a good, but not great Belgian ale.

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For a special treat, cracked open a giant Jeroboam sized (double magnum) of this and poured and evaluated in a tulip glass to be shared with lots of people. What a great way to celebrate beer bottle review 100!

This is a wonderfully gorgeous looking beer. Exceptionally clear you can see the head from the bottom. Great honey orange and gold colors, on a foamy white tight head. Excellent retention, one of the best looking beers I've seen in some time.

Smell is quite simple of yeast and soft biscuits malts. Nothing too fancy just solidly good. Pilsner crisp smelling with little Belgian yeast styles. Really great combination.

Taste excels. Great balance of biscuit bread chew, faint yeast and a great crisp mouthfeel and finish. Flavors of faint honey and a real sweet lemon with some chew.

Super easy to drink, you don't even feel the ABV on this at all goes down so easy, what a great style this is.

Photo of evlu1441
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in a mixed 6-pack. I;ve been on a bit of a Belgian kick lately, so let's see how this one goes.

Poured into a snifter, it had a substantial foamy head. It's almost too big! I'll blame it on the glass. The beer is light orange and very hazy. It's fairly nice looking, and leaving nice lacing, but the head is a bit much for me.

The aroma if fruity and yeasty. It's quite standard for a Belgian blonde. Citrus and apple notes come through most predominantly, with some faint spiciness.

The flavour is somewhat underwhelming. It;s slightly fruity, and highly carbonated. The flavours are pleasant, but subdued, and less-than-interesting. Pear and citrus zest come through most clearly, but nothing to write home about.

Overall, this is a decent Belgian ale, but not the best I've had. It's quite forgettable at the end of the day.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Augustijn Blond has a pretty thick, off-white head and a somewhat hazy, bubbly, golden appearance, with a large amount of thick lacing left behind on the glass. As a side note- the contents exploded out of the bottle when I popped the cap. The aroma is of overly-sweet, strong malt and grain husks. Flavor is the same, with some fruitiness and even caramel, if one can believe it. The alcohol is masked, to an extent. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Augustin Blond finishes semi-dry, sweet, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is not for the weak-at-heart, but it is still a bold, wonderful beer. It’s worth the price!

RJT

Photo of mwilbur
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with high carbonation producing a 3 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention produced by the carbonation jets continuously refueling the head.
S: Toasted malt, clove, spice and black pepper, and a hint of soft citrus.
T: Toasted malt, citrus, clove, and bready belgian yeast.
M: Light body. Sweet and slightly oily feel. Moderate prickly effervescence from the carbonation.
D: A decent beer...especially for style. A solid table brew...best served with a meal.

Photo of barleyroad
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold, nice foam on the pour. This beer is full of bubbles. Smell is ok and has that typical euro beer. Mouthfeel is strong on the carbonation end, this beer will cause a tingle to the tongue. Taste is nice and very drinkable for this type of beer. Overall we find this beer to be average at best, however we can drink this.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the mixed 6, pours a slightly hazed golden with a huge soapy meringue head that takes a long time to recede. Leaves sticky gobs of lacing down the glass.

Nose reveals a Belgian yeast that is fair parts fruity esters and spicy cloves. A hint of grains, a faint whiff of phenols but that's about it.

Pretty straightforward BPA, yeast dominates with spicy cloves, hints of apple and citrus zest, lemon, light grassy hop finish, grainy malt with a hint of bubblegum. Juicy and round in the beginning with a bone dry finish. Carbonation is through the roof, like swarms of tiny needles in your mouth, makes it hard to pick out flavors. This is a pretty simple ale with one major flaw (carbonation). Not bad but I wouldn't buy it on its own.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another new addition to the Van Steenberge sample pack; at least it is new to me. As the reader may be able to tell from the large number of recent reviews, this beer seems to be better distributed than its predecessors. I've purchased the sample pack in the past and am pretty sure that this beer is the same beer as one that was dropped...but I cannot be certain. Anyway, on with the review.

Poured from a bottle into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.5: Beautiful golden color. Really gorgeous. Perfect one inch head dissolved into a quarter inch head that stayed throughout the session. Small bubbles were rising all over the beer.

-Smell 3.0: Very yeasty smell with a hint of barley. There is also the slightest hint of alcohol in the bouquet. Not entirely unpleasant, but somewhat unexpected in a "dubble."

-Taste 3.5: More yeast and malts along with a distinctive white-sugar sweetness. Slight sourness. The yeasty smell kind of makes one expect a weissbeer, but the taste is completely different. Could not detect any hops.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Again, lots of bubbles. With the exception of Piraat, this seems to be a theme with the Van Steenberge brews.

-Overall 4.0: Very good beer and a good example of a dubble. I don't know why Van Steenberge changed the name, but the song remains the same. If you have a chance to try this beer, I would recommend it.

ABV 7.5%.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Brouwerij Van SteenBerge's Augustijn Blond that came in a mixed Belgian six pack that was given to me as a gift. I'm in the mood for a good Belgian Blonde and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the best by date. Poured from a stubby 11.2oz Belgian bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, I like that it has a monk brewing with a stained glass window in the background, it's got a nice design to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very hazy golden orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of really fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of sticky lacing behind. I thought this was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the color was just a little lighter.

S- The aroma starts off with a very high amount of sweetness that has an aroma that's a little similar to candied sugar and it's followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical Belgian yeast aroma with some fruity. banana, and spicy clove like aromas coming through. Up next comes the malts that impart lots of sweet malt aromas with some caramel, toffee and a little more fruity aromas with a little bit of dark fruits showing up in the background. Towards the end there was a light sweet alcohol aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma and it seemed to be fairly balanced.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that still has the Belgian candied sugar aspect and it's followed by the Belgian yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that I got in the aroma. Up next comes the malts that imparts the same aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time the caramel aspect seems to stick out the most with a little bit of toffee in the background and it blends into some dark fruit flavors that have more of a raisin aspect to them this time around. On the finish comes a pretty light boozy flavor with some more sweetness and sweetness and the watery finish really held back the taste.a watery. caramel. and raisin like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but the

M- Not the smoothest, very crisp, pretty prickly, medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, I know these beers should have some higher carbonation, but this one was too prickly for me.

Overall I thought this beer was ok at best and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, it didn't really have an aspect that set it apart from all the other average Belgian Blonde Ales and there wasn't any aspect about it that I thought was really well done. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't that smooth, very crisp, pretty prickly, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my interest, one is more than enough for me, I figured that out before I got half way through the bottle, the sweetness and super high carbonation would prevent me from even thinking about drinking another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they seemed to be the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness and the high amount of carbonation, they both need to be toned down a good amount. I wouldn't buy this beer and I wouldn't recommend it either, it's not hard to find a much better Belgian Blonde Ale. All in all I wasn't impressed with this one, it just didn't have what it takes to be a great example of the style and It was hard for me to get over how prickly it was. I think this is now one of my least favorite Belgian Blonde Ales. Piraat is still my favorite beer from this brewery and this now my least favorite. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, fairly large head which dissipated fairly quickly, average lacing. Clear golden color with a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Smell of hops and bananas.

Taste is akin to the smell, nicely hoppy and just a hint of bananas. Not very sweet, a plus.

Feels good in the mouth, just a bit above average.

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Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.