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Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009)
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Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of AdamBear
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Swedes21
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.45/5  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.

Photo of BBP
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MattyV
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jhtipton
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheHammer
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Sigmund
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby bottle, bought at Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is now 7% - seems to vary quite a bit. Pale yellow colour, slightly hazy, huge and white head lasts "forever". Fairly nice aroma of spices and Belgian ale yeast. The flavour is mildly spicy with moderate notes of white candi sugar, not too sweet, quite nice. Moderate hops. Light bodied for its strength, alcohol is well hidden, pleasant to drink.

Photo of seanyfo
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a delirium tremens chalice.

A- Cloudy(should be clearer) amber body with a 2 finger head on aggressive pour. Head reduces to a whispy 1 finger but produces good lacing and otherwise has staying power.

S- Biscuity toffee malt, some spice. some citrus quality although muted.

T- Malts are subdued but toffee sweetness detected with the hop bitterness comes through in the dry finish with a hint of vanilla and alcohol

M- Spritzy medium carbonation, medium body

D- An easy drinking belgian pale ale with a muted flavour profile on the tongue but refreshing in the dry finish. A nice example

Photo of giblet
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured pale into the glass. good two inch head that remained. good steady carbonation and good lacing. this is a very good beer. nice malt hop balance. light fruit finish. i could really go for more of these gems! would go well with a tray of cheese!

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of ecoastman
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So far, with only 6 reviews, I think this beer is underated. While it's not the best BPA in the world, it is certainly a great session beer considering it's 7%. This might be my all-round favourite regular drinking beer so I'm rating it higher for my personal list. I just wish I could buy it by the case in Ontario.

The appearance had some of the best sheet-lacing I've seen. A nice golden haze makes this a great looking beer.

The aroma is traditional sweet, complex belgian malt. The taste is the same with low bitterness and a smooth, creamy feel.

I'll be keeping an eye open for this again.

Photo of ludachris
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy burning gold with a massive chunky white head that displays excellent retention and leaves thick, cloud-like patches of lace. Active carbonation but not as aggressive as in other Belgian Pale Ale's I've had.

Huge whiff of leather, medicinal phenols, bubblegum, pear and a bit of spice and butter.

Medicinal phenols upfront with the leathery yeast being a bit more tame in the taste, followed by faint notes of bubblegum and pear against a buttery backdrop and semi-dry finish. The lower level of carbonation for the style makes itself very apparent in the taste. It's still there, but not explosive like the others of the style. It still manages to hide the alchol quite well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and at the heftier end of the light scale. Refreshing and a tad creamy. It's nothing bad, but could be better.

Overall, a decent Belgian Pale Ale, but nothing fantastic. The pronounced notes of leather and medicinal phenols in both the nose and taste were a bit of a turn off and didn't seem to have any qualities to bounce it back from this. For me down in Ontario, this beer is only available in the Belgian mixed 6 pack. It's one of the weaker offerings of the set, but the pack is still worth picking up for the other bottles in it.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/2/2009 (Bottle 02D1):

Pours a humongous slightly off-white head, big frothy bubbles, somewhat lasting. Body is a clear burnt yellow color, bubbly. Very fruity, floral aroma. Light fruit like apple, pear. Very strong pear aroma. Sweet smelling. Very light taste, some light fruit, a hint of floralness. White grapes and pears perhaps. Refreshing. Watery palate.

Photo of mintjellie
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed honeyed orange in colour with lots of visible carbonation. The head is absolutely massive, taking up almost half the glass and leaving a patchwork web of lace on the walls of my glass as it slowly recedes.

The beer shows aromas of green apple and lemon with faint musty, medicinal bitterness in the background. A little on the sweet side, it tastes of apple and lemon. The leafy, medicinal finish feels musty and drying.

Medium-bodied with fine carbonation. Feels crisp. An approachable and simple pale ale from Belgium.

Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of kegger22
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Augustijn Blond pours yellow but looks amber in the glass. It has a huge, creamy white head with all kinds of lacing and retention. The aroma is that musty smell that I often sense in Belgians. The taste I get is sour apples, but there is some sweetness also. The feel is medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated but not overly so. Drinkability... I would be happy if I had a couple more of these.

Augie Blond is a very nice Belgian pale ale. It is not over carbonated, which I prefer, unlike so many of the Belgians.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of surprised not to see this listed here.

Pours a clear golden honey color topped by a bright white pillowy head. Lively carbonation. Fantastic head retention.

Slightly sweet fruit aroma, but the leathery yeast is the star of the show here.

The alcohol and spicy yeast characteristics seem to dominated the taste. There's some bittersweetness underneath all that but it's hard to peg them exactly. Leathery aftertaste lingers a little too long.

The mouthfeel is crisp and yet smooth.

Overall this is a decent Belgian ale, but it's a little rough around the edges for me.

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Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.