Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.58/5 rDev -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.
08-26-2012 03:04:42 | More by Bung
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
11-15-2010 01:39:27 | More by Mitchster
District of Columbia
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-02-2012 02:16:10 | More by Daniellobo
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
07-03-2011 18:24:33 | More by thierrynantes
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
01-05-2011 00:10:19 | More by kwjd
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Pours honey gold with a huge foamy white head. Some lace. Very pretty.
Big yeast and sweet wheat and malt in the nose. A little musty grain, some fruit and a little spice.
Nice belgian blond. Malt up front, some yeast and grain, then alcohol, some spice, leading to lighter bitterness and boozy notes in the end. Enjoyable, but missing something? Some light tropical fruit. I want a little bite in the end, and everything just kinda fades.
A little mushy. Needs a touch more carbonation.
Overall, not bad. The flavors are there, though a bit flawed. Very worth a try, though not my favorite.
04-13-2012 23:37:15 | More by OtherShoe2
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-16-2011 02:08:21 | More by jrenihan
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
05-02-2014 03:43:13 | More by StoutHunter
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
A: honeycomb/bubbly body, 2 finger white head,
mighty fine lacing
S: banana, beglian yeast, grain, mild
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
RATHER GOOD, WORTH TRYING!
01-04-2012 20:57:33 | More by BeerLover99
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
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...
05-16-2011 22:02:52 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.2/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
03-01-2011 03:24:50 | More by Satchboogie
4.08/5 rDev +10%
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.
Very tasty, light hop close. Another solid brew.
12-26-2009 17:01:21 | More by KTCamm
4.06/5 rDev +9.4%
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!
04-23-2013 16:23:21 | More by RonaldTheriot
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
12-09-2011 19:03:10 | More by peensteen
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
08-05-2012 15:45:53 | More by Absumaster
Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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