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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

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Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009

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Ratings: 251 | Reviews: 98
Photo of DaveBlack
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of russwbeck
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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
2.99/5  rDev -19.2%
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
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.44/5  rDev -7%
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
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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
2.64/5  rDev -28.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
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
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
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
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
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
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
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
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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