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Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
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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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of bump8628
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply superb. Clear burnished gold with a monstrous lump of white foam that clung to the tulip glass for the entire drinking session. Intense carbonation kept it light and lively the whole way through. Bright and complex flavors abound: vanilla, banana, rosewater, lemon rind, and Easter grass. Smooooth. I mean really silky smooth. But dry as a bone and endlessly drinkable. The stuff slid down the gullet with ease. Maybe the mood struck me just right, but goddamn this was a really standout Belgian ale.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Chrysostom
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always, this beer is reviewed live, not from notes. As always, it is reviewed to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), unlike the "hedonic scale" of certain beer-review sites. If I reviewed solely to taste, certain beers, poor exemplars of my preferred styles, would receive consistently higher marks than excellent exemplars of styles which are not favoured by myself.

It's called "Augustijn", and I'm a Catholic seminarian-monk and huge fan of the great Saint and Doctor Augustine and his theology (it's basically the one thing that keeps me from having both feet in the Eastern Orthodox world - they don't like St Augustine or his doctrines of election or original sin), so it was irresistible.

From the brewers of Gulden Draak. Without further ado, a review:

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle, $11.99, poured in to a Duvel tulip at around 40ºF and warming as I write the review. The cork popped off with extraordinary force.

A: Nearly clear golden straw/hay, golden-orange or red gold (red gold is gold alloyed with copper instead of the common silver, which produces white gold, nor a copper-silver mixture, which mimics the colour of real, pure gold, and is the standard common gold for sale in jewellery [as opposed to bullion]: not an actual "red", in other words) colour, like a darker Budweiser. Three or four or five fingers of fluffy bright-white head (as much or more head than beer) on even the GENTLEST POSSIBLE POUR! (Most beers I pour end up with a scum of head unless I up the vigour purposefully.) Whoa, carbonation! Ridiculous levels. If some Belgians are "lively", this is like Christ after he was resurrected. This makes fresh Duvel look flat and lifeless. Head recedes at a moderate rate, "poppling" a little bit along the way, to a half-finger thick cap on the top of the beer - leaving huge chunks of foamy sheet-lacing on its way - maintained by a veritable tornado of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. This is a beautiful beer.

S: Whoa, Nelly! Some Major (with a capital "M") Belgian funk, big yellow fruits (bananas, apricots) and esters, huge sour tartness, fresh-baked sourdough bread, a little bit of horseradish-like spice and maybe a faint whiff of hops every once in a while. There are massive notes of Orval coming off of this beer, mixing with some notable Duvel-like characteristics, and blending in to something that is altogether reminiscent of a toned-down, less-sour gueuze lambic. This smell is more complex than the taste of some more pedestrian libations.

T: Belgian, Belgian, and more Belgian. Funky Belgian yeast, bready, tartness, hints of sweetness, spicy malts, and a bit of spicy hop kicking in on the finish. On the finish, the malt also shineth through with notes of toasty bread. The sour/tartness carries through from the front of the palate to the finish. If a man had never had a Belgian beer before, and tasted this, he'd exclaim something in a mix of German and French.

M: Light and airy, with bubbly, spritzy carbonation blowing all of the flavours together in the mouth and then separating them out again. Huge carbonation makes the beer much lighter than it is (or should be), with this kind of complexity.

D: Pretty high. Light and refreshing, although not as addictive as St Bernardus Abt 12, Chimay Blue, and some other Belgian Strong Darks/Quadrupels.

O: An excellent beer. Funky, fruity, dry and sweet (how's that for contradiction?), sour and tart, bready and Belgian. This was quite a treat. Yet again, Steenberge doesn't disappoint.

To style: 90/100
To taste: 90/100

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4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So far, with only 6 reviews, I think this beer is underated. While it's not the best BPA in the world, it is certainly a great session beer considering it's 7%. This might be my all-round favourite regular drinking beer so I'm rating it higher for my personal list. I just wish I could buy it by the case in Ontario.

The appearance had some of the best sheet-lacing I've seen. A nice golden haze makes this a great looking beer.

The aroma is traditional sweet, complex belgian malt. The taste is the same with low bitterness and a smooth, creamy feel.

I'll be keeping an eye open for this again.

Photo of Hunter
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold color, minimal carbonation. Heavy head of dense white foam, thick tracing patterns.

Smell: Light notes of malt, citrus, hops.

Taste: Clean, light notes of hay, sugar, banana, alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Bracing, clean, scouring.

Overall: Balanced, refreshing.

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4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Carefully poured with most sediment reserved, this looks mostly clear and blonde. White champagne like head pours out of the glass and is not going anywhere. Leaves behind a bubbly lace.

SMELL: Expressive Belgian yeast notes of green grape, sour apple and funk. Cakey malt aromas chime in too, as this is a big strong blonde.

TASTE: This blonde has vinioys qualities and big doughy malts. Funky yeast notes provide a dank tartness. Noble hops are identified by a stewed leafy flavor and pleasant bitterness. Finishes with a ciderish tang as well as a metallic flavor. Warming alcohol is felt more than tasted. Dry maltyness gives the body good depth. As this blonde approaches room temperature grainy flavors develop, along with the powdery yeast, estery fruit and sweet malts.

FEEL: Full bodied ale that has a champagne like carbonation. The carbonation dries the beer out certainly, and there is an aftertaste of fruity yeast. Very drinkable with enjoyable feel and flavor.

OVERALL: Quite a nice Belgian blonde ale here. Funky yeast, copious malt, good flavors and feel. The bottle now states this beer is 8% abv, and that's the reward for paying the price. A perfect beer on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of KKB
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Belgian beer just always looks so damn good. This is not an exception. Golden chestnut body with a voluminous pale white head that just looks phenomenal. Carbonation rising up from the bottom steadily, very appealing.

S – A faint fruity, citric, zesty goodness that I am inhaling; a little bit of sweet malt and a wonderful candied aroma as well. All of it very well balanced. Gets stronger as it warms. Can’t wait to taste.

T – Yum! Wonderful. Refreshing, complex, smooth, balanced. It is fruity, and lightly sour, yet still sweet with an earthy and toffee element to it as well. I’m tired so I’m not giving as lengthy of a review as I might have otherwise, but just suffice to say that it tastes very good. Really refreshing after having a few bad beers the other night.

M – Superb, on the lighter side, and really just like a cloud in my mouth with lots of carbonation. So, so good.

O – Every single one of these Augustijn beers are so, so good. I highly recommend each one of them. Just such a treat, and this one is especially good.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip glass and had to stop several times because the head was so massive it nearly overtook the rim of the glass each time. Massive amounts of carbonation produced a huge rocky white head that had a long retention and left gobs of foam all over the sides of the glass.

It was a very bright gold color with amber hues - very attractive.

I could smell it even before bringing the glass to my nose. It was strongly fragrant of bread, malt, yeast, touch of spice and citrus.

It tasted of banana bread, clove and some lightly sweet malts with a bit of hop on the finish but not much.

It had a nice mouthfeel, nice body that was full of flavor and not watery. Nice complex flavors melded together in the mouth in harmony. There was the slightest of alcohol warmth toward the end of the finish.

Overall a very nice Belgian. I have had it several times and it is always enjoyable.

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 Douberd
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle. It pours a hazy light orange colour, semi-transparent. Head was two fingers but went off quickly, still leaving hala a finger head behind.
Aroma is of fruits. Taste is strong, fruity and a bit of the alcohol traceable. Very pleasantly drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick and quite carbonated. Overall a really great beer!

Photo of jhtipton
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown stubby 330 ml bottle into my Affligem chalice. It was a windy day and I was afraid the fluffy head would take off. It laced nicely and was a rich dark golden hue that was extremely cloudy. Smell is yeasty, fruity, and lightly malted. Taste is like a loaf of bread with honey, wheat, and pears. Mouth feel is wonderful; a medium bodied blonde which is not too common. Drinkability is good, but at 7% ABV tread lightly. The bottle gave me a best before of 28/10/11.

Photo of BBP
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, and hazy. Good carbonation, and intensely frothy head, almost to the point where I'd penalize the mark for being too full. Extraordinary lacing, but that's what you'd expect from a behemoth head.

S- Tons of yeast, and slight spiciness. Bit's of light fruit as well, pear, apple, etc.

T- Pretty fruity but contained at the same time. Notes of banana and apple mostly, but blended well and balanced with the yeast. There actually is a fairly good hop balance that keeps this one a tad more bitter than the average BPA. For what it's worth it's a solid representation of the style.

M- Creamy and full bodied. Carbonation gives it a nice full feeling, but keeps it light at the same time. A little dry, and slightly sticky finish.

D- A solid example of a Belgian Pale ale, but nothing really stands out, however, if you're looking for a BPA fix, this one definitely won't let you down. The 7% is almost invisible, and it's a fine drinker.

Photo of Agent1
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Great head retention. A striking and beautiful white layer of head. Very active and bright. Larger bubbles can be seen throughout and until this settled, it was fairly spongy and foamy-looking with plenty of lacing. This pours a vivid orangey-gold. Quite colorful. Carbonation appears to be quite active.

Smell - Lemon, honey, light toffee notes, wheat and barley, banana, cloves and sourdough/ bread.

Taste - Honey, pineapple, faint licorice notes, caramel, toffee, subtle spices such as cinnamon, cloves and coriander, orange peel, apricot and lemon citrus. There are even hints of banana to this as well, although not too obvious. Light breadiness on the finish, which is nice.

Mouthfeel - Stimulating mostly the roof of the mouth, this does not seem to activate all areas of the palate. This may be this beer's weak spot. Personally, not the greatest. Not terrible, but not one of Van Steenberge's best.

Overall - Reminds me of Gouden Carolus' Tripel, however, perhaps not as complex or defined. Nice tropical fruits can be noted in this beer when paying attention. Fairly smooth. More in the style of a Tripel to me than a "Blond" per se, but still great nonetheless. Definitely worth buying again.

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Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.