Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- fresh from the brewery sampler pack
A - a hazy very bubbly golden ale with a towering foamy head that lingers quite awhile.
S - not much aside from belgian yeast and faint malt. The carbonation is quite ticklish.
T - a light citrus hop bite I wasn't expecting but it's there and goes well with the mild sweet bread.
M - goes down smooth with a fairly clean non-lingering finish.
D - quite drinkable.

Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in snifter.

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pale malts, fruit, definite citrus, nice lemony spices, floral hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice citrusy and spicy feel to it, nice sweet malts, some grassy hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of Humulus85
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first of a Van Steenberge variety pack, by an awesome uncle. Never had any of these before. From a 330ml bottle into my Darknes snifter.

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow. A restrained pour produced a classic three finger head. Superb retention left behind tons of sticky lacing.

Esters, spices, bubblegum, a hint of alcohol, some grainy malt.

More spices, some clove, some bananas, a touch of bubblegum (but not as much as the nose), a hint of alcohol in the finish. Some nice pale malts help round it all out.

Light to medium in body. Tons of light carbonation. Very well balanced between sweet and dry, a bit of warming alcohol on the back of the tongue.

Overall this was a nice Belgian pale; nothing earth shattering, but complex and drinkable. Recommended to any BA looking to branch out into the world of Belgian beer. Looking forward to the rest of the variety pack. Cheers!

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Golden yellow with a fluffy, four-finger, meringue-like head. Small amounts of lacing, as most of the bubbles seem to want to stick to the mass in the middle instead.

S - Belgian yeasts, clove, a hint of banana, mix of other phenols.

T - Big phenolic taste forward, with banana, bubblegum, and clove. Honey sweetness underneath. Some spicy hops kick in around the mid-palate and makes things a little more interesting. This brew has some things in common with a German Hefeweizen, but with a decidedly Belgian slant, as the yeast strains stand out noticeably, bringing along a hint of sour. Finishes with a clean mineral twang.

M - Medium bodied but at the same time being kind of airy, with standard fizzy Belgian carbonation. A "swish test" nearly had me spitting foam out my nose. But yet, it works.

O - Kind of an oddity, but I enjoyed it. A surprising attention getter in the Van Steenberg sampler.

Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, Belgo giftpack. Best before June 6, 2013. Into a tulip.

Pours gold with some copper hues. A dish soap-like white heads sits atop, and leaves some stocky and thick lacing behind. Nose has some fruity esters and light fleshed fruits. Big yeast notes, some lightly prickly spicing and a bit of an herbal characteristic. Taste has some pale malts, fruity notes (which come through lighter than presented in the nose) but resemble some peach or nectarine-like fleshiness. White peppery spice. Light mouthfeel, with the carbonation zipping and fizzing at times. A nice refreshing and light blond.

Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Giggy
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden oak cored pour with a good off-white head. Slightly hazy, small carbonation bubbles raise to the top until the end.

S: Aroma develops more as the beer warms. Tastes of malt, yeast, cloves, spices, and citrus.

T: Sweet and fruity, peaches, lemons, oranges, slightly spicy but very balanced

M: Slightly heavier on carbonation than I prefer.

O: Good solid Belgian. Would drink again.

Photo of Sigmund
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby bottle, bought at Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is now 7% - seems to vary quite a bit. Pale yellow colour, slightly hazy, huge and white head lasts "forever". Fairly nice aroma of spices and Belgian ale yeast. The flavour is mildly spicy with moderate notes of white candi sugar, not too sweet, quite nice. Moderate hops. Light bodied for its strength, alcohol is well hidden, pleasant to drink.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Hazy golden straw yellow with a massive three finger head with a slow pour. Good retention and lacing.

S- A lot of wheat in this beer. There is a lemon zest to it. Belgian yeast. A slight spiciness. An earthy hop note.

T- A very sweet beer is the first thing I notice. The Belgian yeast comes through very much so in this beer. It has a spicy earthy quality to it. A lot of wheat in here and a lot of graininess. A slight dry and bitter aftertaste.

M- High carbonation, a nice feel thanks to the wheat and yest. It goes down easy except the carbonation kind of keeps it at a slow pace.

O- I really enjoyed this one, its not the type of thing I drink often so this was a nice change of pace and a well made beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some mild grass and hay aromas. Taste is of malt, grain, grass, hay, and some fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and pretty refreshing.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey gold with a huge foamy white head. Some lace. Very pretty.

Big yeast and sweet wheat and malt in the nose. A little musty grain, some fruit and a little spice.

Nice belgian blond. Malt up front, some yeast and grain, then alcohol, some spice, leading to lighter bitterness and boozy notes in the end. Enjoyable, but missing something? Some light tropical fruit. I want a little bite in the end, and everything just kinda fades.

A little mushy. Needs a touch more carbonation.

Overall, not bad. The flavors are there, though a bit flawed. Very worth a try, though not my favorite.

Photo of Jetulio
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a Big Tulip (gulden draak) glass
Appearance... hazy yellow beer with head colour white of 1 finger (not lasting head)
Aroma...grape and raisin, clear smell with a little touch of malty aroma
Taste... citrus and herbal, bitterness appears in a second wave,
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/high carbonation, very fizzy appearance but not so in mouth
Overall... a very nice and balanced ale, bitterness is present in a malty environement (it is a Belgium), refreshing beer too.

Photo of jsisko01
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have a strong feeling this beer has been sitting around the store for a very long time, probably expired.. Production code is 22IJ 11:06 but I have no idea what it stands for.

Appearance - Had to stop pouring less than half-way through because it generated 3 inches of white foam. Looks like soap suds and lasts a long time. Color is a dark copper/gold color. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Yeast, toffee, whiskey/alcohol, and spices.

Taste - Very sweet with honey, light spices, a little fruity, and a strong alcohol bite like a whiskey ale..

Mouthfeel - Thick bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall - This is the first Belgian pale ale I've ever tried but the alcohol aftertaste just grosses me out..

Photo of BierStein711
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Arcadia Ales chalice provided by girlfriend for a Christmas gift

Three finger head, dark gold in color. Quite cloudy in appearance.

S: Whisky, fruits, golden hops, malts.

T: Hop bitterness, fruits, herbal notes, Belgian candi sugar, and yeast. Overall very good in flavors, minus the way too boozy aftertaste.

M: Very fulfilling, not watery or too thick at all.

Overall, try this beer. Very easy to find in the variety pack put out by Van Steenberge around the holidays.

Supplementary: Better served at room temperature

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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 LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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 mwilbur
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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 RedBear84
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. The color was that of apple juice but cloudy. The white sudsy head lasted throughout most of the tasting. The nose immediately reminded me of a Leffe Blonde, another Belgian Pale. There is a yeastiness to the nose nose with a mild sour edge. Having been warned of the sourness I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer quite balanced. The yeast and light sour flavors were well countered with just the right degree of hops.

Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice frothy head, which shows pretty good retention. Colour is a medium amber gold, strong carbonation. Leaves a slight film and decent lace.

Smell is mostly malty with strong citrus/grapefruit undertones. Some slight nuttiness, and hops. Oily lemon notes, quite interesting. Some sulfury components develop.

Taste is a solid crisp balance between malts and hops. Quite light and fresh, citrus and a bit of sourness at the end. More herbal hops and a bit of roughness to the end, bit musty on the end.

Mouthfeel has a fair bit of carbonation, it is really crisp with a pretty big presence due to the ABV, finishes really cleanly though. Nice and sessionable, quite refreshing and bitter.

Its pretty good, and gets the good done. And although it can be complex at times, this didnt come across as awe-inspiring. Nice, with a good body, and refreshing. Would have it again, but no reason to go out of my way to buy more, especially not at the price i got it at.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear yellow/gold colour with a massive size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is a lot of carbonation showing and there is some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - bubblegum, pear, breads/grains, lemon, metallic notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has lots of carbonation and it feels very light yet velvety on the palette. Most of the flavour consists of bubblegum, breads/grains, cloves, and lemon juice. The beer finishes with a fruity and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - An above average beer that I enjoyed. It seems to be lacking just a little bit of balance, but it's still good nonetheless.

Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, BB 21/06/2012, served chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's stemmed tulip-shaped goblet.

A: light orangey-golden in colour, slightly hazy and moderately carbonated, coming with a thick & frothy off-white head that lasts extremely well.
S: citrus-zesty notes and sweet pale malts abound, rather refreshing thanks to the serving temperature; rich & enticing over-ripe tropical fruit-like esters sneak through the thick froth following each swirl, showing a really decent input of exoticism resulting candy sugar.
T: lightly citric, tannic, not quite sweet & lubricating comes the foretaste, then followed by a semi-sweet herbal, vanilla-ish as well as softly malty mid-taste. The finish comes mildly chewy and mildly estery with a decent level of sourness.
M&D: softly carbonated, smooth on the palate, which goes well with the retrained flavour profile all in all. Not a bad brew, showing a really decent, understated/quiet flavour. Better than Augustijn Brune, in terms of overall performance & balance, IMO.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Gold and little dark than most blondes with a white head and speaking of it the head is f'n crazy, I mean in a soft pour it still inflated to three fingers length at least.

Smell: Strong yeast, and very everlasting.

Taste: Like the smell strong in yeast, but not much else any where. I was expecting more have had much better but regardless not disappointing.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation sharp texture and full-filling after taste.

Overall: Very good beer, beer is somehwat of as hybrid cross between a trippel and blonde but overall I like it and I think so would you. Salud!

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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 russwbeck
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely bubbly yellow pour with a billowing and thick white head.

S: Bananas, candied sugar, belgian yeasts, and some citrus.

T: Belgian yeasts up front with some spices, citrus among other fruits as well. Nothing wrong with it, pretty standard Belgian Pale.

MF: Lots of carbonation, dry throughout, hardly any hint of alcohol.

D: Could drink these guys all day.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a pale yellow gold in color with a massive 4 finger frothy head that breaks rather quickly leaving some decent lacing and a thin cap of foam.

The smell is typical of a Belgian pale, with yeasts and breads up front and some fruits on the tail. The Taste is similar to smell, with the yeadst and breads coming strong and fruits coming later and softening.

The feel is decent, the carbonation is medium and the mouth feel is lighter with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall not a bad beer. The alcohol is hidden well and the flavors come together nicely.

Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.