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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 TempeBeerMan
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Golden yellow with a fluffy, four-finger, meringue-like head. Small amounts of lacing, as most of the bubbles seem to want to stick to the mass in the middle instead.

S - Belgian yeasts, clove, a hint of banana, mix of other phenols.

T - Big phenolic taste forward, with banana, bubblegum, and clove. Honey sweetness underneath. Some spicy hops kick in around the mid-palate and makes things a little more interesting. This brew has some things in common with a German Hefeweizen, but with a decidedly Belgian slant, as the yeast strains stand out noticeably, bringing along a hint of sour. Finishes with a clean mineral twang.

M - Medium bodied but at the same time being kind of airy, with standard fizzy Belgian carbonation. A "swish test" nearly had me spitting foam out my nose. But yet, it works.

O - Kind of an oddity, but I enjoyed it. A surprising attention getter in the Van Steenberg sampler. (950 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 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 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 KKB
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Belgian beer just always looks so damn good. This is not an exception. Golden chestnut body with a voluminous pale white head that just looks phenomenal. Carbonation rising up from the bottom steadily, very appealing.

S – A faint fruity, citric, zesty goodness that I am inhaling; a little bit of sweet malt and a wonderful candied aroma as well. All of it very well balanced. Gets stronger as it warms. Can’t wait to taste.

T – Yum! Wonderful. Refreshing, complex, smooth, balanced. It is fruity, and lightly sour, yet still sweet with an earthy and toffee element to it as well. I’m tired so I’m not giving as lengthy of a review as I might have otherwise, but just suffice to say that it tastes very good. Really refreshing after having a few bad beers the other night.

M – Superb, on the lighter side, and really just like a cloud in my mouth with lots of carbonation. So, so good.

O – Every single one of these Augustijn beers are so, so good. I highly recommend each one of them. Just such a treat, and this one is especially good. (1,061 characters)

Photo of ikantspel
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 (270 characters)

Photo of Giggy
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden oak cored pour with a good off-white head. Slightly hazy, small carbonation bubbles raise to the top until the end.

S: Aroma develops more as the beer warms. Tastes of malt, yeast, cloves, spices, and citrus.

T: Sweet and fruity, peaches, lemons, oranges, slightly spicy but very balanced

M: Slightly heavier on carbonation than I prefer.

O: Good solid Belgian. Would drink again. (396 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice frothy head, which shows pretty good retention. Colour is a medium amber gold, strong carbonation. Leaves a slight film and decent lace.

Smell is mostly malty with strong citrus/grapefruit undertones. Some slight nuttiness, and hops. Oily lemon notes, quite interesting. Some sulfury components develop.

Taste is a solid crisp balance between malts and hops. Quite light and fresh, citrus and a bit of sourness at the end. More herbal hops and a bit of roughness to the end, bit musty on the end.

Mouthfeel has a fair bit of carbonation, it is really crisp with a pretty big presence due to the ABV, finishes really cleanly though. Nice and sessionable, quite refreshing and bitter.

Its pretty good, and gets the good done. And although it can be complex at times, this didnt come across as awe-inspiring. Nice, with a good body, and refreshing. Would have it again, but no reason to go out of my way to buy more, especially not at the price i got it at. (973 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 Agent1
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Great head retention. A striking and beautiful white layer of head. Very active and bright. Larger bubbles can be seen throughout and until this settled, it was fairly spongy and foamy-looking with plenty of lacing. This pours a vivid orangey-gold. Quite colorful. Carbonation appears to be quite active.

Smell - Lemon, honey, light toffee notes, wheat and barley, banana, cloves and sourdough/ bread.

Taste - Honey, pineapple, faint licorice notes, caramel, toffee, subtle spices such as cinnamon, cloves and coriander, orange peel, apricot and lemon citrus. There are even hints of banana to this as well, although not too obvious. Light breadiness on the finish, which is nice.

Mouthfeel - Stimulating mostly the roof of the mouth, this does not seem to activate all areas of the palate. This may be this beer's weak spot. Personally, not the greatest. Not terrible, but not one of Van Steenberge's best.

Overall - Reminds me of Gouden Carolus' Tripel, however, perhaps not as complex or defined. Nice tropical fruits can be noted in this beer when paying attention. Fairly smooth. More in the style of a Tripel to me than a "Blond" per se, but still great nonetheless. Definitely worth buying again. (1,221 characters)

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

A cloudy rust orange looked gorgeous in a glass. Had a very foamy sticky head that laced around the glass like crazy. foamed up a little too much, had to let it sit for a few minutes to drink it.

Smelled like malt and some floral notes, not too crazy.

The flavor hit me immediately, the mouthfeel was fantastic, i wish all beers were this way. Mouthfeel contributed to the flavor as it "carried" the flavor across perfectly. The aftertaste is a little sweet, but the beer doesn't come off as a sweet beer at all. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall a 4, its 8% ABV (Least thats what my bottle says!) And is great for sipping and enjoying the turn of the seasons. (661 characters)

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 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 Kooz
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy orange colored brew with a good off-white sticky head that leaves a nice lacing around the glass. Looks appetizing.

Smells of malt with a bit of a floral essence. It's nice and not overpowering.

There's an explosion of flavor, with floral hints and a heavy bitterness followed by a malty aftertaste. There's a slight sweetness to the aftertaste too. It's pleasant.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Nice consistency with some bite, but not much. Creamy foam on a swish, which makes he flavors pop. All beers should be this good in this category.

I don't know if I'd have more than 2 or 3 in a sitting, but that would be plenty. This might be a good beer to end a night with. A sipping beer for after work. (715 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Hazy golden straw yellow with a massive three finger head with a slow pour. Good retention and lacing.

S- A lot of wheat in this beer. There is a lemon zest to it. Belgian yeast. A slight spiciness. An earthy hop note.

T- A very sweet beer is the first thing I notice. The Belgian yeast comes through very much so in this beer. It has a spicy earthy quality to it. A lot of wheat in here and a lot of graininess. A slight dry and bitter aftertaste.

M- High carbonation, a nice feel thanks to the wheat and yest. It goes down easy except the carbonation kind of keeps it at a slow pace.

O- I really enjoyed this one, its not the type of thing I drink often so this was a nice change of pace and a well made beer. (762 characters)

Photo of jonmikel
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (541 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 Mosmo
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (552 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first of a Van Steenberge variety pack, by an awesome uncle. Never had any of these before. From a 330ml bottle into my Darknes snifter.

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow. A restrained pour produced a classic three finger head. Superb retention left behind tons of sticky lacing.

Esters, spices, bubblegum, a hint of alcohol, some grainy malt.

More spices, some clove, some bananas, a touch of bubblegum (but not as much as the nose), a hint of alcohol in the finish. Some nice pale malts help round it all out.

Light to medium in body. Tons of light carbonation. Very well balanced between sweet and dry, a bit of warming alcohol on the back of the tongue.

Overall this was a nice Belgian pale; nothing earth shattering, but complex and drinkable. Recommended to any BA looking to branch out into the world of Belgian beer. Looking forward to the rest of the variety pack. Cheers! (891 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Gold and little dark than most blondes with a white head and speaking of it the head is f'n crazy, I mean in a soft pour it still inflated to three fingers length at least.

Smell: Strong yeast, and very everlasting.

Taste: Like the smell strong in yeast, but not much else any where. I was expecting more have had much better but regardless not disappointing.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation sharp texture and full-filling after taste.

Overall: Very good beer, beer is somehwat of as hybrid cross between a trippel and blonde but overall I like it and I think so would you. Salud! (622 characters)

Photo of RedBear84
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. The color was that of apple juice but cloudy. The white sudsy head lasted throughout most of the tasting. The nose immediately reminded me of a Leffe Blonde, another Belgian Pale. There is a yeastiness to the nose nose with a mild sour edge. Having been warned of the sourness I was pleasantly surprised to find this beer quite balanced. The yeast and light sour flavors were well countered with just the right degree of hops. (465 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (595 characters)

Photo of douggoodavage
2.66/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (290 characters)

Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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