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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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 WckdVbz
1.84/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not much to say here.

Photo of TheHammer
2.64/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into my Chimay chalice and a bubbly column of carbonation rises from the bottom of it, directly to the dead centre of the surface. It doesn't produce much lacing, and it seems to only retain enough head to cover the surface, but all in all nice. The colour itself is a cloudy dirty blonde, as it has notes of darker orange/brown.

Smell: Even after extensive warming the beer doesn't put out very much in the way of scent. Has an odd, musty pig leather like yeast smell which has notes of sour apples, pear juice and a light nectarine like smell. I'd give it a 2.75 but because it doesn't put out quite enough, it's getting the lower end of the scale.

Taste: Unsurprising, like many Belgian high ABV beers, the yeast dominates, and is present throughout the beer. Thankfully, the fruitier aspect come out a bit more on the tongue then with the nose. Still that mustiness is still present though and hamstrings it. It seems good for the doughy biscuit malt at the start, but it amplifies itself and seems to drown out the light floral hop character. Honestly, expect more bitterness near the end due to the alcohol then the hops, as it's not disguised very well.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is good, as it really brings out the beer, even those tastes aren't my cup of tea. The frothy head really saves it. The dry musty taste during is odd, and even stranger it disappears, leaving an malt end that both tastes and lingers like unbaked sour dough.

Drinkability: It's just not there as it's a bit too dry to be refreshing, and gives off too much alcohol flavour to be put back. It does go down nice enough, and it doesn't bloat or cause any gas issues, but I can't see myself drinking this in any situation, other then a tasting.

Final Thoughts: I really don't know what they were trying to go for with this one. The problem here is it has a standard Belgian Pale flavour but with a much higher ABV typical of a Strong Belgian Pale or a Tripel. It seems that there is too much yeast and it has gobbled up all the flavour to make that high alcohol taste which isn't being masked well enough by the rest of the beer. I'm gonna say you'll want to pass on this one.

Photo of douggoodavage
2.66/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a 11.9 oz bottle. A white fluffy root beer float type head ....nice. Lace left slung on glass. Very hazy - bottle conditioning of course. Strong sent of bananas and cloves. Citrus , yeast , bread flavors. Nice silky smooth mouth feel almost creamy. Nice complex example of the style.

Photo of bobhits
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a huge white head, it starts with a lot of large bubbles, but as i used multiple pours to complete the glass it got the rootbeer float levels of thickness. Nice dense orange colored body hinds under the foam...this is a bit too cloudy but reminds me of a great IPA color and body.

A touch of candied sweetness mixed with strong citrus notes. There's a bit of cereal grain to finish things off. Not overly complex.

A citrus/sour flavor really dominates this one. No flavor is overly intense to strong and with a good bit of spices and yeast flavors mixed in there's enough extra going on if the citrus part isn't something you're looking for.

Very drinkable even though the body feels a touch lacking in carbonation. I think the citrus bite keeps things together nicely.

Nothing special here. I like this one more than a great many of the blondes I've had, but this is far from a style I really seek out. Worth a try to say you had it, but nothing I'll come back to.

Photo of AdamBear
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pale cloudy gold but wow tons of foam. it took me awhile to get all the beer out of the bottle because the head was backed up so far. its very very bubbly as well.

S-very strong and tasty smelling belgian spices and yeasts. i'm excited about this one! the spices are very pronounced.

T-hits and leaves with belgian yeasts. there's a hint of banana in there. its not a completely strong flavor tho. in the middle, there's an undesirable plastic-like taste. all in all this is a very bland forgettable beer.

M-good creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish. feels nice.

D-it has this distinct plastic taste that makes drinking it not all that fun, but its not bad enough to make drinking it turn in to a pain. I don't know...if I had to, I might be able to drink more of this, but not if I have choices.

Photo of Mosmo
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: darken golden cloudy blonde. big, bold, frothy, almost lathery, head that lingers throughout the entire experience.

S:Crisp yeast, banana, spice, hints of honey?

T: I get the slight banana flavor, bit of spiciness, very mild alcohol warming towards the back of the tongue. A bit watery

M: slight bitterness, but a decent light bodied Belgium brew.

Very light brew that could be consumed anytime. Not a bad beer, just looking for a bit more aroma and taste. I would buy it again if my options were limited.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of surprised not to see this listed here.

Pours a clear golden honey color topped by a bright white pillowy head. Lively carbonation. Fantastic head retention.

Slightly sweet fruit aroma, but the leathery yeast is the star of the show here.

The alcohol and spicy yeast characteristics seem to dominated the taste. There's some bittersweetness underneath all that but it's hard to peg them exactly. Leathery aftertaste lingers a little too long.

The mouthfeel is crisp and yet smooth.

Overall this is a decent Belgian ale, but it's a little rough around the edges for me.

Photo of ikantspel
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

stubby bottle into a duvel tulip

pours a duvel-esque goldan straw color with a soapy foamy head

granny smith apple, clove, spices in the nose

starts off fruity, then some herbal notes hit, finishes sweet but slightly boozy

solid effort. prefer american BSPAs though

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of barleyroad
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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 MattyV
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Holy Carbonation Batman! It took me about 5 minutes to pour all 330mL into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a hazy deep golden colour with a monstrous white fluffy head that had big soapy bubbles in some spots, and was very dense in other spots. Head lasts pretty much forever and laces well.

The nose is sweet, with yeasty and lightly fruity notes, but rather muted and uninspiring overall. The taste is belgian yeast, bready malt, and fruit (apples?). The finish is slightly sweet, and paired with a slightly unpleasant lingering dank character.

Lively carbonation and light to medium body, refreshing. Alcohol is adequately hidden.

The initial opinion of this wasn't too bad, it had alot of your run of the mill Belgian pale notes, but the weird aftertaste wore me down and made it a bit of a struggle to finish.

Photo of Swedes21
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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 tomordonez
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Snifter or tulip. Tilted glass and finish high to get some head. Unlike Piraat not a lot of head forms from pouring high. Head becomes a thin film. A little yeast left in the bottle.

Color: Gold, crystal clear. It looks like the usual pils you get in any country.

Aroma: Pineapple, peaches, wood, a little hops, a little brandy.

Taste: Similar to aroma. Some pineapple with peaches. Softer than the Piraat. Medium carbonation. Some Sauvignon Blanc-like flavor in front. Middle tastes like a pilsener Urquell. Finish has malt, some alcohol and some bitterness that fades away.

Not in love but I don’t dislike it. I like the fruity aroma but it tastes to much like a white wine or an average pils. At room temp you would think you are drinking a pilsener Urquell. Forgettable.

Photo of ludachris
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burning gold with a massive chunky white head that displays excellent retention and leaves thick, cloud-like patches of lace. Active carbonation but not as aggressive as in other Belgian Pale Ale's I've had.

Huge whiff of leather, medicinal phenols, bubblegum, pear and a bit of spice and butter.

Medicinal phenols upfront with the leathery yeast being a bit more tame in the taste, followed by faint notes of bubblegum and pear against a buttery backdrop and semi-dry finish. The lower level of carbonation for the style makes itself very apparent in the taste. It's still there, but not explosive like the others of the style. It still manages to hide the alchol quite well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and at the heftier end of the light scale. Refreshing and a tad creamy. It's nothing bad, but could be better.

Overall, a decent Belgian Pale Ale, but nothing fantastic. The pronounced notes of leather and medicinal phenols in both the nose and taste were a bit of a turn off and didn't seem to have any qualities to bounce it back from this. For me down in Ontario, this beer is only available in the Belgian mixed 6 pack. It's one of the weaker offerings of the set, but the pack is still worth picking up for the other bottles in it.

Photo of gfreed
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a blonde ale, has the salty taste of a tripel and the violently ballooning head of a wheat beer. Check your Belgian expectations at the fridge door and you'll do fine with this bottle. Don't expect much fizz (which is good); don't expect much bite (it could use a bit more) and don't expect to drink it quickly (because you have to wait for the dense head to dissipate). Do let it get warm, as that brings out the fruityness that is so remarkable about this beer. Not bad for a single.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle (bottled 9/22/10 I believe) poured into a chalice

A: Pours Golden yellow, hazy, massive 3+ finger head formed before I even got half the bottle in the glass. Head was very bubbly and airy and dissipated fairly quickly leaving decent little colonies of lacing.

S: Banana/spices, slightly tart apples/pears, toasted bread, hint of spicy alcohol.

T: As with the nose, I get mainly the belgian yeast esters, mostly banana, spices, lemon, and very slight tart fruits. There's a decent amount of toasted bread and grains. There's a very mild bit of noble hops in the background, but you have to really look for it. The belgian yeast/hop aromas seem to completely fade away in the middle and leave a rather bland finish and aftertaste. There's almost a bit of soapiness. Finish is extremely light and lacks flavor.

M: High carbonation, but no where near crisp, just a ton of massive bubbles that make the mouthfeel extremely light and airy, almost fluffy. I definitely think it's done to much excess.

D: Well, the initial taste is pleasant, the finish is inoffensive, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Having said that, I don't like the mouthfeel and I find the flavor falls off a cliff way too quickly.

Photo of jonmikel
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Jwale73
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent, golden-orange with a rocky, two inch, bright white head that slowly collapses in on itself. Head eventually settles into a frothy cap with thick, textured clusters of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses tangerines and a suggestion of candi sugar. There's also a trace of clove and a slight metallic quality. Taste is somewhat bland and also reveals a wet cardboard character as well as a bit of grassiness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, palate cleansing carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a fairly lackluster BSPA - not something I need to revisit again.

Photo of danmcg62
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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 StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
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 mintjellie
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange, golden beer with a settling head.

Smell is fruity with notes of peach and melon, some light solvent.

Taste is fruity with a nice fruity character of mostly peach and a little melon. Bitterness is low and fits the style. The beer is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth and not sharp in the back. This beer has a higher carbonation than the Brune, but it is right ibn style for a Blonde.
I did not expect that this beer would be this balanced and smooth, although not very special this beer is decent and worth seeking out.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of NStLincoln
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 3 liter bottle. Overwhelming root beer float kind of head with a cloudy gold body.

Cloves for days. bread, ripe bananas. slight metallic tinge.

More cloves. slightly smoky, Runts banana. Mark says, "It's hard for me to describe taste but I do like it."

Fun to drink out a giant bottle. A fine Belgian beer.

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Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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