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Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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:
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(Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009)
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Photo of tomordonez
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

tomordonez, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ludachris
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

ludachris, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Satchboogie
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Satchboogie, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Jwale73, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of danmcg62
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

danmcg62, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

mklisz, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of gfreed
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

gfreed, May 22, 2012
Photo of kayrex
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

kayrex, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Veebz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Veebz, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of SalMineo
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

SalMineo, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of hotsudge
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

hotsudge, May 15, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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...

jazzyjeff13, May 16, 2011
Photo of jonmikel
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

jonmikel, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

StoutHunter, May 02, 2014
Photo of mintjellie
3.35/5  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.

mintjellie, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of NStLincoln
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

NStLincoln, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Absumaster, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of mjacquard
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

mjacquard, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

SmokinSmyth, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber hue. Very large, bubbly, white head. Settles/deteriorates fairly slowy. Sparse lacing.

S: A little malt, plenty o' yeast, a little lemon citrus and tea leaves.

T: Pungent, yeasty flavor rules the day. A little nutty or woody malt tone.

M: The pungent nature sticks with the palette throughout the experience. Slightly bittersweet finish.

D: Nice refreshing quality, goes down easy.

Atmosphere is decent. Large cascading head, but not much in terms of lacing. Nose is mostly defined by its yeasty nature, but a little balance with a sweet herbal tone. Flavor is pungent and yeasty, but not off-putting. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge white soapy, rocky head. Blonde in colour, hazy. Head lasts forever and there's tons of carbonation.

S - Tons of yeast, mild zesty citrus. Yeast wins out.

T - Lot's of orange but the yeast wins out and dominates the finish.

M - Dry. Lot's of carbonation.

D - Lacks complexity but a good Belgian Pale.

tbeckett, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 6 pack from the brewery. 7% ABV. Dated best before 6/8/11.

Pours out to a slightly chill hazed medium golden, forming a prodigious white meringue like head. Briskly carbonated. Subtle aroma of pineapple, mango, cloves and other belgian yeast phenols. Just a hint of higher alcohols but not obtrusive. Mouthfeel is spritzy and effervescent with a medium light body. The taste starts with tropical fruits and has a nice honeysuckle malt taste in the middle, followed by a firm nondescript bitterness which hangs around in the aftertaste. Aggressively hopped.

This is a decent Belgian Blonde Ale along the lines of Duvel, but it's not something that I would likely buy again.

Mitchster, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Ciocanelu, Oct 12, 2014
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.

Vonerichs, Jul 06, 2013
Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.