Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 99
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rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 6.78%
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 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. (483 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 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. (576 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 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. (822 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For a special treat, cracked open a giant Jeroboam sized (double magnum) of this and poured and evaluated in a tulip glass to be shared with lots of people. What a great way to celebrate beer bottle review 100!

This is a wonderfully gorgeous looking beer. Exceptionally clear you can see the head from the bottom. Great honey orange and gold colors, on a foamy white tight head. Excellent retention, one of the best looking beers I've seen in some time.

Smell is quite simple of yeast and soft biscuits malts. Nothing too fancy just solidly good. Pilsner crisp smelling with little Belgian yeast styles. Really great combination.

Taste excels. Great balance of biscuit bread chew, faint yeast and a great crisp mouthfeel and finish. Flavors of faint honey and a real sweet lemon with some chew.

Super easy to drink, you don't even feel the ABV on this at all goes down so easy, what a great style this is. (910 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Carefully poured with most sediment reserved, this looks mostly clear and blonde. White champagne like head pours out of the glass and is not going anywhere. Leaves behind a bubbly lace.

SMELL: Expressive Belgian yeast notes of green grape, sour apple and funk. Cakey malt aromas chime in too, as this is a big strong blonde.

TASTE: This blonde has vinioys qualities and big doughy malts. Funky yeast notes provide a dank tartness. Noble hops are identified by a stewed leafy flavor and pleasant bitterness. Finishes with a ciderish tang as well as a metallic flavor. Warming alcohol is felt more than tasted. Dry maltyness gives the body good depth. As this blonde approaches room temperature grainy flavors develop, along with the powdery yeast, estery fruit and sweet malts.

FEEL: Full bodied ale that has a champagne like carbonation. The carbonation dries the beer out certainly, and there is an aftertaste of fruity yeast. Very drinkable with enjoyable feel and flavor.

OVERALL: Quite a nice Belgian blonde ale here. Funky yeast, copious malt, good flavors and feel. The bottle now states this beer is 8% abv, and that's the reward for paying the price. A perfect beer on a sunny Sunday afternoon. (1,213 characters)

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. (1,040 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 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. (613 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 7, 2013.

The pour is golden yellow with a white fizzy head that slowly dissipates but never really goes away. There is a subdued haziness in the color.

The aroma is a beautiful array of Belgian pale malts, Belgian candied sugars, yeast, banana, clove, and allspice with a much mellower hop note.

The body is medium but creamy.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a slight pepper bite coating my throat and well-integrated alcohol. Very fine. (497 characters)

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. (731 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 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. (642 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 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. (1,220 characters)

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. (3,949 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 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 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 RonaldTheriot
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Augustijn Blond has a pretty thick, off-white head and a somewhat hazy, bubbly, golden appearance, with a large amount of thick lacing left behind on the glass. As a side note- the contents exploded out of the bottle when I popped the cap. The aroma is of overly-sweet, strong malt and grain husks. Flavor is the same, with some fruitiness and even caramel, if one can believe it. The alcohol is masked, to an extent. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Augustin Blond finishes semi-dry, sweet, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is not for the weak-at-heart, but it is still a bold, wonderful beer. It’s worth the price!

RJT (635 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.44/5  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. (703 characters)

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... (1,041 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml stubby, poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours crystal clear golden yellow with erupting white foam. Long lasting, and very clingy.

Mild malty and fruity/spicy smell.

Very clean fruity taste - hints of bubblegum? Evolves into a slightly sour finish. Very clean finish.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Very tasty, light hop close. Another solid brew. (341 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale blonde colour, just over one finger of white head, fairly thick lace left on the glass. Smell is yeasty with some tropical fruit, some bubblegum/candy notes, mild hop bill, muted spice notes as well. Taste is dry and yeasty, some of the tropical fruit comes out in the middle, spicy, dry fruity finish, light bubblegum and banana flavours come out in finish. High carbonation, dry and fairly full bodied, good feel. This was a really good belgian pale, one of the more enjoyable of the style in recent memory, wonderful dry ale that I will most certainly revisit. (573 characters)

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