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Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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217 Ratings
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:54:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Bung

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 03:04:42 | More by Bung
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Kooz

New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 01:11:22 | More by Kooz
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 02:04:40 | More by TwelveOunces
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jonmikel

Spain

3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 15:55:39 | More by jonmikel
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 15:45:53 | More by Absumaster
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 13:47:19 | More by Rifugium
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Mosmo

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 05:22:09 | More by Mosmo
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 01:08:58 | More by Humulus85
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 20:27:16 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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RedBear84

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 23:43:56 | More by RedBear84
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 17:47:33 | More by gfreed
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 23:37:15 | More by OtherShoe2
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douggoodavage

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:09:46 | More by douggoodavage
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden ale, pleasingly rounded and with a good palate.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Label displays the branding with the image of a monk turning the mash in a stained glass like illustration. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden pour, towering frothy head with good retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Yeasty nose with citric touches, peppery hint and a hint of bready malts...

T - And the mouth follows nicely with that soft yeasty sense, touches of muted hoppy citric notes, with light peppery hints, and biscuity malt.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation, fine bubbles with a nice soft semi-dry finish.

O - Very nice flow, somewhat generic but with enough flavor and rhythm to make it notable.

Notes: Fair enough, nothing for the ages but rather approachable, very good to share socially and engage people in quality brews. I confess I´m holding a Jeroboam of this for something next week, and I think it should work really well.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:16:10 | More by Daniellobo
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Douberd

Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle. It pours a hazy light orange colour, semi-transparent. Head was two fingers but went off quickly, still leaving hala a finger head behind.
Aroma is of fruits. Taste is strong, fruity and a bit of the alcohol traceable. Very pleasantly drinkable. Mouthfeel is thick and quite carbonated. Overall a really great beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:19:10 | More by Douberd
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply superb. Clear burnished gold with a monstrous lump of white foam that clung to the tulip glass for the entire drinking session. Intense carbonation kept it light and lively the whole way through. Bright and complex flavors abound: vanilla, banana, rosewater, lemon rind, and Easter grass. Smooooth. I mean really silky smooth. But dry as a bone and endlessly drinkable. The stuff slid down the gullet with ease. Maybe the mood struck me just right, but goddamn this was a really standout Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 20:39:36 | More by bump8628
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Without reservation, this is probably the second most beautiful looking beer on the planet! Big ole' thick creamy head. Looks like whipped cream was added from the middle of the brew! Orgasmic! A little tart on the taste, not oft style. Very grainy and gritty. Straw pale looking appearance also. A bit sour however, which is somewhat unattractive. Medium bodied, very crisp just a bit too astringently fruity on the back. A definite keeper.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:31:56 | More by bigdeuce
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden color with a ridiculous amount of head. If I had something tall enough to hold it all I estimate that this whole bottle would produce over 2 feet of head.

Very fragrant with citrus and some yeast. Spectacular.

A hint of eisbock character, a higher alcohol sweetness. Everything else in the flavor is a combination of citrus, but not heavily hoppy citrus, and some yeast.

Feels light, slightly dry, and clean with a medium tingling.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 18:56:34 | More by Doppelbockulus
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a huge white head, it starts with a lot of large bubbles, but as i used multiple pours to complete the glass it got the rootbeer float levels of thickness. Nice dense orange colored body hinds under the foam...this is a bit too cloudy but reminds me of a great IPA color and body.

A touch of candied sweetness mixed with strong citrus notes. There's a bit of cereal grain to finish things off. Not overly complex.

A citrus/sour flavor really dominates this one. No flavor is overly intense to strong and with a good bit of spices and yeast flavors mixed in there's enough extra going on if the citrus part isn't something you're looking for.

Very drinkable even though the body feels a touch lacking in carbonation. I think the citrus bite keeps things together nicely.

Nothing special here. I like this one more than a great many of the blondes I've had, but this is far from a style I really seek out. Worth a try to say you had it, but nothing I'll come back to.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 17:28:33 | More by bobhits
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Arcadia Ales chalice provided by girlfriend for a Christmas gift

Three finger head, dark gold in color. Quite cloudy in appearance.

S: Whisky, fruits, golden hops, malts.

T: Hop bitterness, fruits, herbal notes, Belgian candi sugar, and yeast. Overall very good in flavors, minus the way too boozy aftertaste.

M: Very fulfilling, not watery or too thick at all.

Overall, try this beer. Very easy to find in the variety pack put out by Van Steenberge around the holidays.

Supplementary: Better served at room temperature

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:09:57 | More by BierStein711
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: honeycomb/bubbly body, 2 finger white head,
mighty fine lacing

S: banana, beglian yeast, grain, mild
spices

T: sweet citrus, yeast, malt, grain, light spicy finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Quite refreshing. Would get again
and recommend. I rarely tire from
Belgian beers.

RATHER GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 20:57:33 | More by BeerLover99
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale blonde colour, just over one finger of white head, fairly thick lace left on the glass. Smell is yeasty with some tropical fruit, some bubblegum/candy notes, mild hop bill, muted spice notes as well. Taste is dry and yeasty, some of the tropical fruit comes out in the middle, spicy, dry fruity finish, light bubblegum and banana flavours come out in finish. High carbonation, dry and fairly full bodied, good feel. This was a really good belgian pale, one of the more enjoyable of the style in recent memory, wonderful dry ale that I will most certainly revisit.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 19:03:10 | More by peensteen
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 17:02:06 | More by liamt07
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:08:21 | More by jrenihan
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