Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 261
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ikantspel
3.07/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

stubby bottle into a duvel tulip

pours a duvel-esque goldan straw color with a soapy foamy head

granny smith apple, clove, spices in the nose

starts off fruity, then some herbal notes hit, finishes sweet but slightly boozy

solid effort. prefer american BSPAs though

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Photo of Giggy
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden oak cored pour with a good off-white head. Slightly hazy, small carbonation bubbles raise to the top until the end.

S: Aroma develops more as the beer warms. Tastes of malt, yeast, cloves, spices, and citrus.

T: Sweet and fruity, peaches, lemons, oranges, slightly spicy but very balanced

M: Slightly heavier on carbonation than I prefer.

O: Good solid Belgian. Would drink again.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice frothy head, which shows pretty good retention. Colour is a medium amber gold, strong carbonation. Leaves a slight film and decent lace.

Smell is mostly malty with strong citrus/grapefruit undertones. Some slight nuttiness, and hops. Oily lemon notes, quite interesting. Some sulfury components develop.

Taste is a solid crisp balance between malts and hops. Quite light and fresh, citrus and a bit of sourness at the end. More herbal hops and a bit of roughness to the end, bit musty on the end.

Mouthfeel has a fair bit of carbonation, it is really crisp with a pretty big presence due to the ABV, finishes really cleanly though. Nice and sessionable, quite refreshing and bitter.

Its pretty good, and gets the good done. And although it can be complex at times, this didnt come across as awe-inspiring. Nice, with a good body, and refreshing. Would have it again, but no reason to go out of my way to buy more, especially not at the price i got it at.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big white head settles into a into a fairly decent lacing above a clear copper golden colored beer that seems to have some pretty good carbonation to it.

Light aroma with grain malts, bread, cooking spices, lemon, and a lighter sourness.

Lemon pepper with grain malts and some breadiness along with other light spices in a warming taste.

A dryish aftertaste with just a hint of the tastes remaining on this medium bodied beer.

This is a pretty good beer considering they call it a blonde, has more and better tastes than most blondes around here, well blonde beers anyway.

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Photo of Agent1
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Great head retention. A striking and beautiful white layer of head. Very active and bright. Larger bubbles can be seen throughout and until this settled, it was fairly spongy and foamy-looking with plenty of lacing. This pours a vivid orangey-gold. Quite colorful. Carbonation appears to be quite active.

Smell - Lemon, honey, light toffee notes, wheat and barley, banana, cloves and sourdough/ bread.

Taste - Honey, pineapple, faint licorice notes, caramel, toffee, subtle spices such as cinnamon, cloves and coriander, orange peel, apricot and lemon citrus. There are even hints of banana to this as well, although not too obvious. Light breadiness on the finish, which is nice.

Mouthfeel - Stimulating mostly the roof of the mouth, this does not seem to activate all areas of the palate. This may be this beer's weak spot. Personally, not the greatest. Not terrible, but not one of Van Steenberge's best.

Overall - Reminds me of Gouden Carolus' Tripel, however, perhaps not as complex or defined. Nice tropical fruits can be noted in this beer when paying attention. Fairly smooth. More in the style of a Tripel to me than a "Blond" per se, but still great nonetheless. Definitely worth buying again.

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Photo of PaulThePolymath
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A cloudy rust orange looked gorgeous in a glass. Had a very foamy sticky head that laced around the glass like crazy. foamed up a little too much, had to let it sit for a few minutes to drink it.

Smelled like malt and some floral notes, not too crazy.

The flavor hit me immediately, the mouthfeel was fantastic, i wish all beers were this way. Mouthfeel contributed to the flavor as it "carried" the flavor across perfectly. The aftertaste is a little sweet, but the beer doesn't come off as a sweet beer at all. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall a 4, its 8% ABV (Least thats what my bottle says!) And is great for sipping and enjoying the turn of the seasons.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Kooz
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of jonmikel
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Mosmo
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Photo of RedBear84
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of gfreed
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of douggoodavage
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of Douberd
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of bump8628
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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