Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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2.63/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
07-25-2010 23:52:43 | More by TheHammer
2.68/5 rDev -27.8%
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.
03-23-2012 23:09:46 | More by douggoodavage
2.78/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
01-15-2012 17:28:33 | More by bobhits
2.95/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
12-28-2010 06:03:47 | More by AdamBear
3/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
06-20-2012 05:22:09 | More by Mosmo
3.03/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
01-15-2010 03:57:37 | More by jujubeast6000
3.05/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
12-01-2009 02:39:09 | More by MeisterBurger
3.05/5 rDev -17.8%
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
12-29-2012 04:31:09 | More by ikantspel
3.13/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
11-09-2011 23:41:20 | More by barleyroad
3.13/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
11-07-2010 04:03:24 | More by MattyV
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
12-03-2010 03:20:31 | More by Swedes21
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
06-15-2014 02:30:53 | More by tomordonez
Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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