Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 261
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 6.78%
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 bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Golden-brown body, slightly hazy, with a large puff of foamy white head. Bready aroma, notes of candi sugar and light citrus zest. The aroma follows into the taste, light, pale bready malts, citrus zest, herbal hops, rock candy, light banana esters. Decent, but a bit thin overall. Light-medium body, a bit sticky mouthfeel, light carbonation. A decent drinker, but nothing tremendous. (427 characters)

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased as part of a brewery mix 6 pack from the LCBO in Ontario. Pours a golden-orange colour with huge white head. I had to wait for the head to dissipate somewhat to actually drink this. Some lacing on the glass. Smells grassy with Belgian yeast. Quite a dry flavour, very understated sweetness. No bitterness at all really. Low carbonation in the mouthfeel, which is surprising given how much head there was. (421 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the mixed 6, pours a slightly hazed golden with a huge soapy meringue head that takes a long time to recede. Leaves sticky gobs of lacing down the glass.

Nose reveals a Belgian yeast that is fair parts fruity esters and spicy cloves. A hint of grains, a faint whiff of phenols but that's about it.

Pretty straightforward BPA, yeast dominates with spicy cloves, hints of apple and citrus zest, lemon, light grassy hop finish, grainy malt with a hint of bubblegum. Juicy and round in the beginning with a bone dry finish. Carbonation is through the roof, like swarms of tiny needles in your mouth, makes it hard to pick out flavors. This is a pretty simple ale with one major flaw (carbonation). Not bad but I wouldn't buy it on its own. (745 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beeswax coloured beer has a honeycomb nest of head to match. The surface is more likely to gain attention from those looking for a tempur-pedic mattress than those jonesin' for a beer. The head is foamy and white and leaves the glass looking like a salt repository. Clarity is fully appreciated and the afternoon's sun is well kindled in its reflection.

The aroma has a damp cereal graininess, hint of herbal spicy hops, and fruity nuanced yeast. It isn't too meek but fails to spill out the glass; in both content and composure it is fairly stock for a Belgian ale. A light cinnamon-y spice grows as the beer warms. It makes a fair compliment to the amber malts, but isn't substantial enough to boost the score.

Herbal hoppiness and fruity yeastiness accompany dry amber malts in the taste as flavours of Gewurztraminer wine, mint herbal tea, fruit tarts, cereal grains and banana muffins combine to make for a moderately palatable beer. A subdued spiciness is donated by the yeast which becomes literally visible in the bottom few drops of the bottle.

Augustijn Blond is not as quaffable as most its Belgian counterparts for the simple reason that it lacks in character. The flavours are mediocre at best and the mouthfeel is equally insignificant, contributing little bitterness or sweetness or lasting taste. Each sip is forgettable. The aftertaste is negligible, leaving the palate apathetic to further sips.

Belgium produces enough beers that one could live there and drink a beer every day and go well over two years without ever having to drink the same beer twice. My suggestion is you skip over Augustijn Blond for both Brouwerij Van Steenberge's and the rest of the country's other (better) offerings. After tonight, I surely doubt I'll have it again. (1,774 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : orange color, with a huge white foamy head.
Smell : spicy grass aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : spiced yeast and alcohol presence, with
creamy and malty background flavours.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Pale Ale. (274 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden colour with a tall bubbly head. Pretty decent retention and very attractive lacing.

S: Spices of clove and pepper, pineapple and pear qualities, and an underlying corn syrup-like sweetness. Pleasant but not all that dynamic for the style.

T: Effervescent bitterness is quite dominant upfront- wasn't expecting that. Spices of primarily pepper follow along with faint hints of orchard fruit. The herbal bitter focus is pleasing, but the balance seems a little off with few other tastes present, including a subdued sugar presence.

M: Lighter body for the style with a moderate-high carbonation.

D: Not bad, but not a real good belgian pale ale either. Bitterness I felt was a bit much, with the other faintly present tastes (fruits & sugars) taking a back seat. If you don't like typical sweet bpa's then I would recommend giving this a try. (861 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another new addition to the Van Steenberge sample pack; at least it is new to me. As the reader may be able to tell from the large number of recent reviews, this beer seems to be better distributed than its predecessors. I've purchased the sample pack in the past and am pretty sure that this beer is the same beer as one that was dropped...but I cannot be certain. Anyway, on with the review.

Poured from a bottle into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.5: Beautiful golden color. Really gorgeous. Perfect one inch head dissolved into a quarter inch head that stayed throughout the session. Small bubbles were rising all over the beer.

-Smell 3.0: Very yeasty smell with a hint of barley. There is also the slightest hint of alcohol in the bouquet. Not entirely unpleasant, but somewhat unexpected in a "dubble."

-Taste 3.5: More yeast and malts along with a distinctive white-sugar sweetness. Slight sourness. The yeasty smell kind of makes one expect a weissbeer, but the taste is completely different. Could not detect any hops.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Again, lots of bubbles. With the exception of Piraat, this seems to be a theme with the Van Steenberge brews.

-Overall 4.0: Very good beer and a good example of a dubble. I don't know why Van Steenberge changed the name, but the song remains the same. If you have a chance to try this beer, I would recommend it.

ABV 7.5%. (1,390 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in a mixed 6-pack. I;ve been on a bit of a Belgian kick lately, so let's see how this one goes.

Poured into a snifter, it had a substantial foamy head. It's almost too big! I'll blame it on the glass. The beer is light orange and very hazy. It's fairly nice looking, and leaving nice lacing, but the head is a bit much for me.

The aroma if fruity and yeasty. It's quite standard for a Belgian blonde. Citrus and apple notes come through most predominantly, with some faint spiciness.

The flavour is somewhat underwhelming. It;s slightly fruity, and highly carbonated. The flavours are pleasant, but subdued, and less-than-interesting. Pear and citrus zest come through most clearly, but nothing to write home about.

Overall, this is a decent Belgian ale, but not the best I've had. It's quite forgettable at the end of the day. (852 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Big foam after popping the cork but not a spew. Big clouds of whipped cream head. Clear golden color in the Ommegang chalice. Plenty of sudsy carbonation in the mouth. Light fruity, yeasty aroma with a spicy whiff of lemon cookies.

Flavor starts off with a white cake batter taste. Lots of lemony flavor with the wheaty malt flavor. Tangy fruit notes with a hint of wet cardboard and ginger snaps. A little bit sticky, though the sweet malt is more balanced with the acidity. It really is like a sugary citrus drink, though the bitter yeast flavors are unmistakeably Belgian.

A powerful brew in the grand tradition with all the Belgian characteristics. More of a brew to sip respectfully. It's hard to take too much of this with that cloying cake taste. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Ibis Market in Mission Hills. (822 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Without reservation, this is probably the second most beautiful looking beer on the planet! Big ole' thick creamy head. Looks like whipped cream was added from the middle of the brew! Orgasmic! A little tart on the taste, not oft style. Very grainy and gritty. Straw pale looking appearance also. A bit sour however, which is somewhat unattractive. Medium bodied, very crisp just a bit too astringently fruity on the back. A definite keeper. (441 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2. From a sampler pack. My bottle says 8.0 abv.
A solid gold with some haze to it. Giant head overflows the New Belgium glass even with a very careful pour.

Aroma, my nose is a little stuffy, but there is sone yeasty spice and clove. A faint fruitcake and caramel.

Taste, taste has some more earthy hop notes to it. Stone fruit, some clove, light bready malt back. Finish is a little spicy clove.

Pretty light feeling with the high carbonation. There is just enough stickiness to it though. A good middle to slightly above example. Nothing to complain about, nothing to rave about. Worth trying. (601 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear, golden yellow color with a white, frothy 3-finger head. Decent retention. Fair lacing, but little to no stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on grain, with a touch of sweetness and mellow sourness. Fruity esters. Hints of apple and banana.

Taste - Plentiful grain character upfront and throughout, while lesser notes of sour apple and a faint spice round out the profile. Finish is quick, with a lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body, with sharp, biting carbonation. Lively. Slick, almost buttery feel as it goes down. Very easy to drink.

Overall - While I enjoyed this beer, I found the flavor a bit boring. The mouthfeel definitely helped in delivering a better than average, good belgian brew. That said, I don't think this is a beer I'd look to buy again. (805 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Enormous three finger billowy white head. The beer itself is almost crystal clear with a deep rich honey color. Carbonation is constantly rising from almost everywhere to feed the head, which stays around a long time, and leaves a lot of scattered lacing.

S: Very heavy on the banana aroma with the yeast to back it up. Smells sweet and like an unremarkable blond Belgian

T: Much different from the nose. Nice malts up front that give way to a spiciness. The alcohol covers all and warms the throat. Quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied and, not surprising given the head on this monster, heavy on the carbonation. Ever so slightly sticky feeling.

O: A good beer, but not great. The flavor is well balanced and certainly worth a try. Doesn't stand out. (752 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Broken from the Van Steenberge beer pack I purchased last December. Gave this a go in spite of the fact that the Piraat ale did not hold up so well. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours an easy going golden amber color, complete with a frothy, bubbly head that coats up to the glass's rim. Leaves behind medium lacing as it recedes. A good ring covers the top of the glass at all times, and carbonation is still plentiful. Viscous and shiny - the equivalent of a well crafted pilsner. It's simple, but it works.

The aroma is quite a different experience from the Piraat fiasco, as it reveals similar banana and white raisin sweetened aromas, but far more subdued and mellowed out. I simply cannot believe that this is 8% ABV. You could never tell as the yeasty phenols and crisp, golden barley flavors cover it up quite nicely. Very subtle notes of grass and dried citrus permeate, but the focus here is clearly on the sweet grains and fruity yeasty esters. Can't complain about anything here other than it being more simple than I'd prefer!

The flavor is about equal as the aroma, displaying less notes of bananas and more of the white grapes, raisins, and light ripe apples. The graininess immediately follows, with a sweetened bright bready character. A little bitter at the finish, but otherwise finishes quite clean and crisp. I admit I'm still shocked at the ABV at hand here. Does it need to be this high?! Perhaps not, but we all have to blame Duvel for kickstarting the trend of mildly flavored, high alcohol concealed beers that are rampant in Belgian related or stylized beers today. It's highly easy to drink, and well carbonated and comfortable, but getting your ass kicked over a beer this simple is a bit too much.

I enjoyed this thoroughly, but I didn't need to get outlandishly tipsy drinking it in the process. The extra alcohol no doubt provides more sweetness to the flavor, but the yeasty phenols and grains are good enough that they could do without it. Regardless, this aged quite well in the past 8 months, but perhaps it's even better fresh as it lacks a dynamic dry hopped presence I enjoy in the style. (2,145 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, no bottled date. This pours a slightly hazy golden light brown color with a massive off white head which is slowly dissipating right now, this leaves a lacing. The smells are of fruity belgian yeast esters, a little citrus. The feel is medium high carbonination. The taste is okay, like many of the other beers from this brewery, it suffers from a high alcohol content which isn't well masked and gives this a certain boozy taste, under that you get some nice citrus like hop bite, a dry finish, not bad. (545 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. part of the six bottles from Van Steenberge at the LCBO for $18.95 CDN. Bottle indicates ABV is 7% not 8% as listed here.

Appearance - Pale golden / copper color with 1 finger of head. The head had a short retention time but left a soapy cap at the top and some lacing cascading down the glass.

Smell - Belgian yeasts, and bread notes dominate up front, transitioning into a some sweet candied fruits namely apricot and pear. Light boozy smell here as well.

Taste - Bready sweetness, boozy and less fruit in the mouth than was picked up on the nose. Might be some sort of candied pear flavor in there. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, and to me was a bit bland given the nose on this beer. The beer does however, improve a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Fairly rich and decadent, but a bit too much carbonation and is a bit syrupy. It does coat the palate nicely though.

Overall - It's a good but unspectacular Belgian pale Ale, would much rather move up the weight class a bit into Strong Belgian Pale Ales and have one of those. (1,089 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from a sampler picked up at the LCBO; listed at 7% and best before June 18 2016. Served slightly chilled.

This one pretty much exploded into foam instantly when I popped the cap off, wasting at least a quarter of the bottle. It pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, topped off with about an inch of resilient, soapy, sparkling-white head. Good retention, with lots of lace - this blonde ale certainly looks nice. Mildly sugary-sweet aroma, with some grainy pale malts and yeasty bread, as well as notes of apricot, green apple and pear. There are also hints of banana and clove spice.

The flavour follows much along the same lines - quite sweet, with notes candi sugar, honey and grainy malt sweetness. Light notes of apple flesh and pears also come through, along with suggestions of peach, banana and sultana raisin. Yeasty towards the finish, with a mild clove spiciness. Sweet aftertaste, with banana and apricot. Medium in body, with assertive carbonation levels typical of this style - it provides a good, solid bite, and the overall mouthfeel is crisp, light, and smooth. Easy to drink for its strength, but not remarkable in any way whatsoever.

Final Grade: 3.65, a B grade. Augustijn Blond is a decent beer, but still not a very notable one. The alcohol is well-masked, and while the flavour profile is suitable and not at all offensive, this still strikes me as a forgettable Belgian pale ale. There just isn't anything jumping out at me about this one, for better or worse. I'd certainly consider having this beer again, and would consider it at least worth a shot - but don't expect anything more than a serviceable Belgian blonde. (1,661 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottom line, to me, this was not a blonde. Very strong yeast esters. Flavor profile was somewhere between a Belgian strong (which I guess is more what I associate with this brewery) and a triple...but not particularly great ones. Overall, an okay beer, but loses points in terms of being a blonde. Alcohol influence was also too strong for style. (347 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best Before June 20, 2013.

An absurdly large white head sits atop a golden beer. This thing foams up more than almost anything else I have encountered. Leaves a fair bit of lacing as the head dissipates.

Smell has a lot of fruit. Green grape, lemon, pear, banana. Belgian yeast. Quite sweet. A bit of spice, but not much. A very fruity smell.

Taste is similar to the nose. Fruity, sweet, fairly light. Low on spice for the style. A bit of bready malt. A bit more alcohol presence than may be expected for 7%. Nice, but not a standout for the style.

Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth. Medium body. Soft.

Overall, a nice beer but not particularly memorable. Enjoyable to drink but not one to actively seek out. (712 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: honeycomb/bubbly body, 2 finger white head,
mighty fine lacing

S: banana, beglian yeast, grain, mild
spices

T: sweet citrus, yeast, malt, grain, light spicy finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Quite refreshing. Would get again
and recommend. I rarely tire from
Belgian beers.

RATHER GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (313 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden ale, pleasingly rounded and with a good palate.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Label displays the branding with the image of a monk turning the mash in a stained glass like illustration. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden pour, towering frothy head with good retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Yeasty nose with citric touches, peppery hint and a hint of bready malts...

T - And the mouth follows nicely with that soft yeasty sense, touches of muted hoppy citric notes, with light peppery hints, and biscuity malt.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation, fine bubbles with a nice soft semi-dry finish.

O - Very nice flow, somewhat generic but with enough flavor and rhythm to make it notable.

Notes: Fair enough, nothing for the ages but rather approachable, very good to share socially and engage people in quality brews. I confess I´m holding a Jeroboam of this for something next week, and I think it should work really well. (992 characters)

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. (594 characters)

Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.