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Augustijn Blond - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
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good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009)
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-19-2013 00:55:36 | More by Kopfschuss
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magictacosinus

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Broken from the Van Steenberge beer pack I purchased last December. Gave this a go in spite of the fact that the Piraat ale did not hold up so well. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours an easy going golden amber color, complete with a frothy, bubbly head that coats up to the glass's rim. Leaves behind medium lacing as it recedes. A good ring covers the top of the glass at all times, and carbonation is still plentiful. Viscous and shiny - the equivalent of a well crafted pilsner. It's simple, but it works.

The aroma is quite a different experience from the Piraat fiasco, as it reveals similar banana and white raisin sweetened aromas, but far more subdued and mellowed out. I simply cannot believe that this is 8% ABV. You could never tell as the yeasty phenols and crisp, golden barley flavors cover it up quite nicely. Very subtle notes of grass and dried citrus permeate, but the focus here is clearly on the sweet grains and fruity yeasty esters. Can't complain about anything here other than it being more simple than I'd prefer!

The flavor is about equal as the aroma, displaying less notes of bananas and more of the white grapes, raisins, and light ripe apples. The graininess immediately follows, with a sweetened bright bready character. A little bitter at the finish, but otherwise finishes quite clean and crisp. I admit I'm still shocked at the ABV at hand here. Does it need to be this high?! Perhaps not, but we all have to blame Duvel for kickstarting the trend of mildly flavored, high alcohol concealed beers that are rampant in Belgian related or stylized beers today. It's highly easy to drink, and well carbonated and comfortable, but getting your ass kicked over a beer this simple is a bit too much.

I enjoyed this thoroughly, but I didn't need to get outlandishly tipsy drinking it in the process. The extra alcohol no doubt provides more sweetness to the flavor, but the yeasty phenols and grains are good enough that they could do without it. Regardless, this aged quite well in the past 8 months, but perhaps it's even better fresh as it lacks a dynamic dry hopped presence I enjoy in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 19:23:36 | More by magictacosinus
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-31-2013 02:04:02 | More by WOLFGANG
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ScaryEd

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-28-2013 22:07:11 | More by ScaryEd
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-22-2013 08:55:27 | More by GRUUMSH
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davelag

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-17-2013 18:03:49 | More by davelag
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-13-2013 07:42:17 | More by hansavijaticar
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Joe_Duvel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-13-2013 03:32:31 | More by Joe_Duvel
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard clear golden body with a dense white head.

The aroma smells like green apples, mineral spirits, and sulphur. Quite an odd collection of scents.

Thankfully the green apple and pear is what translated most. Corn and grainy malt. There's a chemical like aftertaste like the mineral spirit smell.

Lighter body with strong carbonation.

An odd Belgian pale to say the least. Normally it's a clean style but this one was not that.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 23:46:30 | More by Vonerichs
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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-30-2013 18:13:14 | More by tastymug
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-29-2013 01:50:03 | More by jrfehon33
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BMan33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-28-2013 00:51:44 | More by BMan33
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-15-2013 21:26:38 | More by zeff80
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Luiz0930

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-31-2013 05:51:00 | More by Luiz0930
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dokupe

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-31-2013 04:23:19 | More by dokupe
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archero

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-25-2013 16:02:34 | More by archero
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desint

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-24-2013 11:14:36 | More by desint
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Carefully poured with most sediment reserved, this looks mostly clear and blonde. White champagne like head pours out of the glass and is not going anywhere. Leaves behind a bubbly lace.

SMELL: Expressive Belgian yeast notes of green grape, sour apple and funk. Cakey malt aromas chime in too, as this is a big strong blonde.

TASTE: This blonde has vinioys qualities and big doughy malts. Funky yeast notes provide a dank tartness. Noble hops are identified by a stewed leafy flavor and pleasant bitterness. Finishes with a ciderish tang as well as a metallic flavor. Warming alcohol is felt more than tasted. Dry maltyness gives the body good depth. As this blonde approaches room temperature grainy flavors develop, along with the powdery yeast, estery fruit and sweet malts.

FEEL: Full bodied ale that has a champagne like carbonation. The carbonation dries the beer out certainly, and there is an aftertaste of fruity yeast. Very drinkable with enjoyable feel and flavor.

OVERALL: Quite a nice Belgian blonde ale here. Funky yeast, copious malt, good flavors and feel. The bottle now states this beer is 8% abv, and that's the reward for paying the price. A perfect beer on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 18:07:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.1%

05-17-2013 05:17:30 | More by djcreepshow
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

05-15-2013 01:11:13 | More by hotsudge
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Chrysostom

Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As always, this beer is reviewed live, not from notes. As always, it is reviewed to style (ala BJCP), modified by personal taste (contra BJCP), unlike the "hedonic scale" of certain beer-review sites. If I reviewed solely to taste, certain beers, poor exemplars of my preferred styles, would receive consistently higher marks than excellent exemplars of styles which are not favoured by myself.

It's called "Augustijn", and I'm a Catholic seminarian-monk and huge fan of the great Saint and Doctor Augustine and his theology (it's basically the one thing that keeps me from having both feet in the Eastern Orthodox world - they don't like St Augustine or his doctrines of election or original sin), so it was irresistible.

From the brewers of Gulden Draak. Without further ado, a review:

Presentation: 750mL corked and caged bottle, $11.99, poured in to a Duvel tulip at around 40ºF and warming as I write the review. The cork popped off with extraordinary force.

A: Nearly clear golden straw/hay, golden-orange or red gold (red gold is gold alloyed with copper instead of the common silver, which produces white gold, nor a copper-silver mixture, which mimics the colour of real, pure gold, and is the standard common gold for sale in jewellery [as opposed to bullion]: not an actual "red", in other words) colour, like a darker Budweiser. Three or four or five fingers of fluffy bright-white head (as much or more head than beer) on even the GENTLEST POSSIBLE POUR! (Most beers I pour end up with a scum of head unless I up the vigour purposefully.) Whoa, carbonation! Ridiculous levels. If some Belgians are "lively", this is like Christ after he was resurrected. This makes fresh Duvel look flat and lifeless. Head recedes at a moderate rate, "poppling" a little bit along the way, to a half-finger thick cap on the top of the beer - leaving huge chunks of foamy sheet-lacing on its way - maintained by a veritable tornado of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the glass. This is a beautiful beer.

S: Whoa, Nelly! Some Major (with a capital "M") Belgian funk, big yellow fruits (bananas, apricots) and esters, huge sour tartness, fresh-baked sourdough bread, a little bit of horseradish-like spice and maybe a faint whiff of hops every once in a while. There are massive notes of Orval coming off of this beer, mixing with some notable Duvel-like characteristics, and blending in to something that is altogether reminiscent of a toned-down, less-sour gueuze lambic. This smell is more complex than the taste of some more pedestrian libations.

T: Belgian, Belgian, and more Belgian. Funky Belgian yeast, bready, tartness, hints of sweetness, spicy malts, and a bit of spicy hop kicking in on the finish. On the finish, the malt also shineth through with notes of toasty bread. The sour/tartness carries through from the front of the palate to the finish. If a man had never had a Belgian beer before, and tasted this, he'd exclaim something in a mix of German and French.

M: Light and airy, with bubbly, spritzy carbonation blowing all of the flavours together in the mouth and then separating them out again. Huge carbonation makes the beer much lighter than it is (or should be), with this kind of complexity.

D: Pretty high. Light and refreshing, although not as addictive as St Bernardus Abt 12, Chimay Blue, and some other Belgian Strong Darks/Quadrupels.

O: An excellent beer. Funky, fruity, dry and sweet (how's that for contradiction?), sour and tart, bready and Belgian. This was quite a treat. Yet again, Steenberge doesn't disappoint.

To style: 90/100
To taste: 90/100

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:14:03 | More by Chrysostom
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Stugotzo

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-07-2013 21:41:40 | More by Stugotzo
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

05-05-2013 00:39:48 | More by zonker17
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quirk6

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-03-2013 01:42:59 | More by quirk6
Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.