Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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United Kingdom (England)
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
07-18-2011 18:55:03 | More by wl0307
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
4.13/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
06-14-2011 01:08:31 | More by BelgiumBill
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
06-12-2011 01:06:56 | More by NStLincoln
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
06-09-2011 01:25:48 | More by bamadog
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
06-05-2011 20:11:43 | More by SmokinSmyth
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
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
05-09-2011 16:37:29 | More by CampusCrew
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
- 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.
04-24-2011 22:27:05 | More by Beer4Baltimore
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
04-05-2011 22:28:14 | More by DaveBlack
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
03-13-2011 22:08:56 | More by biegaman
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
A: Extremely bubbly yellow pour with a billowing and thick white head.
S: Bananas, candied sugar, belgian yeasts, and some citrus.
T: Belgian yeasts up front with some spices, citrus among other fruits as well. Nothing wrong with it, pretty standard Belgian Pale.
MF: Lots of carbonation, dry throughout, hardly any hint of alcohol.
D: Could drink these guys all day.
03-12-2011 19:42:34 | More by russwbeck
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
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-20-2011 14:54:32 | More by spinrsx
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
01-15-2011 05:36:22 | More by smakawhat
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
2.95/5 rDev -20.5%
A-pale cloudy gold but wow tons of foam. it took me awhile to get all the beer out of the bottle because the head was backed up so far. its very very bubbly as well.
S-very strong and tasty smelling belgian spices and yeasts. i'm excited about this one! the spices are very pronounced.
T-hits and leaves with belgian yeasts. there's a hint of banana in there. its not a completely strong flavor tho. in the middle, there's an undesirable plastic-like taste. all in all this is a very bland forgettable beer.
M-good creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish. feels nice.
D-it has this distinct plastic taste that makes drinking it not all that fun, but its not bad enough to make drinking it turn in to a pain. I don't know...if I had to, I might be able to drink more of this, but not if I have choices.
12-28-2010 06:03:47 | More by AdamBear
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
330 ml served in a chilled glass
Appearance - Beer pours with a tremendous amount of white fizzy head! The head is very light and full of air pockets. The beer is a clear amber colour with a tremendous amount of carbonation present.
Smell - very strong raisin smell to this beer, as well hints of sweetness. There is a decent amount of yeast as well.
Taste - You can really taste the raisin/fruit base as well as some yeast. This is a very light beer.
Mouthfeel - good amount of carbonation adds a little bitterness to the end of this beer. Overall, not a lot brought fwd, maybe some added yeast taste.
Drinkability - This is a decent beer, one i am glad i tried, but not one i would go out to find again.
12-03-2010 03:20:31 | More by Swedes21
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
11-27-2010 19:34:17 | More by ritzkiss
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
11-22-2010 01:25:35 | More by tbeckett
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
4.08/5 rDev +10%
A- Golden, and hazy. Good carbonation, and intensely frothy head, almost to the point where I'd penalize the mark for being too full. Extraordinary lacing, but that's what you'd expect from a behemoth head.
S- Tons of yeast, and slight spiciness. Bit's of light fruit as well, pear, apple, etc.
T- Pretty fruity but contained at the same time. Notes of banana and apple mostly, but blended well and balanced with the yeast. There actually is a fairly good hop balance that keeps this one a tad more bitter than the average BPA. For what it's worth it's a solid representation of the style.
M- Creamy and full bodied. Carbonation gives it a nice full feeling, but keeps it light at the same time. A little dry, and slightly sticky finish.
D- A solid example of a Belgian Pale ale, but nothing really stands out, however, if you're looking for a BPA fix, this one definitely won't let you down. The 7% is almost invisible, and it's a fine drinker.
11-12-2010 23:10:45 | More by BBP
3.13/5 rDev -15.6%
Holy Carbonation Batman! It took me about 5 minutes to pour all 330mL into a Duvel tulip.
Poured a hazy deep golden colour with a monstrous white fluffy head that had big soapy bubbles in some spots, and was very dense in other spots. Head lasts pretty much forever and laces well.
The nose is sweet, with yeasty and lightly fruity notes, but rather muted and uninspiring overall. The taste is belgian yeast, bready malt, and fruit (apples?). The finish is slightly sweet, and paired with a slightly unpleasant lingering dank character.
Lively carbonation and light to medium body, refreshing. Alcohol is adequately hidden.
The initial opinion of this wasn't too bad, it had alot of your run of the mill Belgian pale notes, but the weird aftertaste wore me down and made it a bit of a struggle to finish.
11-07-2010 04:03:24 | More by MattyV
4.08/5 rDev +10%
Poured from a brown stubby 330 ml bottle into my Affligem chalice. It was a windy day and I was afraid the fluffy head would take off. It laced nicely and was a rich dark golden hue that was extremely cloudy. Smell is yeasty, fruity, and lightly malted. Taste is like a loaf of bread with honey, wheat, and pears. Mouth feel is wonderful; a medium bodied blonde which is not too common. Drinkability is good, but at 7% ABV tread lightly. The bottle gave me a best before of 28/10/11.
10-31-2010 16:12:13 | More by jhtipton
2.63/5 rDev -29.1%
Appearance: Poured into my Chimay chalice and a bubbly column of carbonation rises from the bottom of it, directly to the dead centre of the surface. It doesn't produce much lacing, and it seems to only retain enough head to cover the surface, but all in all nice. The colour itself is a cloudy dirty blonde, as it has notes of darker orange/brown.
Smell: Even after extensive warming the beer doesn't put out very much in the way of scent. Has an odd, musty pig leather like yeast smell which has notes of sour apples, pear juice and a light nectarine like smell. I'd give it a 2.75 but because it doesn't put out quite enough, it's getting the lower end of the scale.
Taste: Unsurprising, like many Belgian high ABV beers, the yeast dominates, and is present throughout the beer. Thankfully, the fruitier aspect come out a bit more on the tongue then with the nose. Still that mustiness is still present though and hamstrings it. It seems good for the doughy biscuit malt at the start, but it amplifies itself and seems to drown out the light floral hop character. Honestly, expect more bitterness near the end due to the alcohol then the hops, as it's not disguised very well.
Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is good, as it really brings out the beer, even those tastes aren't my cup of tea. The frothy head really saves it. The dry musty taste during is odd, and even stranger it disappears, leaving an malt end that both tastes and lingers like unbaked sour dough.
Drinkability: It's just not there as it's a bit too dry to be refreshing, and gives off too much alcohol flavour to be put back. It does go down nice enough, and it doesn't bloat or cause any gas issues, but I can't see myself drinking this in any situation, other then a tasting.
Final Thoughts: I really don't know what they were trying to go for with this one. The problem here is it has a standard Belgian Pale flavour but with a much higher ABV typical of a Strong Belgian Pale or a Tripel. It seems that there is too much yeast and it has gobbled up all the flavour to make that high alcohol taste which isn't being masked well enough by the rest of the beer. I'm gonna say you'll want to pass on this one.
07-25-2010 23:52:43 | More by TheHammer
Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.