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Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jrenihan
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in snifter.

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pale malts, fruit, definite citrus, nice lemony spices, floral hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice citrusy and spicy feel to it, nice sweet malts, some grassy hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of barleyroad
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold, nice foam on the pour. This beer is full of bubbles. Smell is ok and has that typical euro beer. Mouthfeel is strong on the carbonation end, this beer will cause a tingle to the tongue. Taste is nice and very drinkable for this type of beer. Overall we find this beer to be average at best, however we can drink this.

Photo of danmcg62
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of evlu1441
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
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%.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic hazy blond color, quick bubbles deliver a huge, towering white head, crystal clear and white, last forever.

The aroma is veru natural, earthy and pure. big wheat, grains, earth, musky dry earth and sour from the wonderful yeast aroma, slightly sweet malt underneath.

The flavor is just exactly what I LOVE about authentic Belgian beers, Earthy, sour, musky yeast complexity that is righteous. The malt is subtle, crisp and slightly sweet with grassy, mild hops.

The feel is perfect for this style and for my own personal feeling. Light, lively, crispy, with a full lush, smooth finish. Spot-on.

I just love this one through and through.

Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip glass and had to stop several times because the head was so massive it nearly overtook the rim of the glass each time. Massive amounts of carbonation produced a huge rocky white head that had a long retention and left gobs of foam all over the sides of the glass.

It was a very bright gold color with amber hues - very attractive.

I could smell it even before bringing the glass to my nose. It was strongly fragrant of bread, malt, yeast, touch of spice and citrus.

It tasted of banana bread, clove and some lightly sweet malts with a bit of hop on the finish but not much.

It had a nice mouthfeel, nice body that was full of flavor and not watery. Nice complex flavors melded together in the mouth in harmony. There was the slightest of alcohol warmth toward the end of the finish.

Overall a very nice Belgian. I have had it several times and it is always enjoyable.

Photo of NStLincoln
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh, PA and poured into a goblet (hooray for proper glassware in a bar!). Review is from notes taken on 6/4/2011.

Appearance: Pour is a golden/coppery color and has just a short, thin 1/4 finger white head that is uneven and pockmarked; body is a little hazy; it has a thin, foamy cap, that while short, really lasts throughout the entire drink; shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout; a few splatters of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Nice and malty, with a touch of caramel to them; spicy Belgian spiciness (clove, cardamom); just a light touch of bitter and floral hoppiness lies in the back.

Taste: Really matches to the nose to a "T" and the spiciness comes through just a touch perfumey; malts are soft and provide a decent backing to the spice and mild hop bitterness; hops are little more present than I thought they would be and provide a bitter, herbal/floral piece to it all.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/light; carbonation is strong and prickly; body is "wet," and leaves a moderately thick and sticky coating that holds the spice and hops long into the aftertaste.

Overall: It's a solid and refreshing beer that would be great for the summer, but certainly enjoyable any time of year. Nice, lighter body with refreshing attributes and an ABV that has a presence, but isn't overwhelming or anything.

Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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...

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: blone, big head like a sundae.

smell: banana, tropical fruits

taste: lots of spice, tropical fruits, banana

mouthfeel: a little light, good carbonation, not over done

drinkability: great belgian blonde and not overly sweet. important to me.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- fresh from the brewery sampler pack
A - a hazy very bubbly golden ale with a towering foamy head that lingers quite awhile.
S - not much aside from belgian yeast and faint malt. The carbonation is quite ticklish.
T - a light citrus hop bite I wasn't expecting but it's there and goes well with the mild sweet bread.
M - goes down smooth with a fairly clean non-lingering finish.
D - quite drinkable.

Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.