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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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85
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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThaCreep on 04-20-2010

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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 62
Reviews by Kooz:
Photo of Kooz
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery has never let me down. It is probably the most consistently good brewery I've ever seen. This selection, though not among their best, doesn't disappoint and is really very good.

Poured dark brown with a creamy tan one inch head. Leaves a sticky lacing after every pull. It's a very attractive beer.

Smell is subtle. Slightly boozy with a light sweetness to it. Fairly average.

Tastes good. There are layers of flavors. I get some sweetness, like molasses. I also get some strong floral notes, with a slight burn from the alcohol. I like, not love, it. It gets points for complexity.

Very good mouthfeel. Could be a bit tighter foam, but still very good. No bite, very mellow.

Overall, I'm happy with this beer. Although it isn't one of their best, it would be the best beer for a lot of breweries.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle.

Beer poured a murky brown colour. Very light aroma of chocolate malt and slightly figgy. Tasted sweet belgian yeasts with a little malt. Not bad, but not much to it. Very drinkable, especially for an 8% abv.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not, but maybe...

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Part of a box collection from this brewery.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep coppery-brown with decent carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy light-brown foam with great retention; this slowly reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast with notes of bananas, brown sugar, dried fruit, a hint of marzipan and a whiff of booze.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a fruity yeast character. Notes of brown sugar, caramel, bananas, dried fruit, marzipan and dry yeast. A hot, spicy alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with nice body. Quite astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet fruity yeast.

Not bad. Has an easy-going, well-rounded character that goes down nicely. Lacks depth; perhaps a little sweet with an excessively boozy finish, but no major complaints. Nothing special, but worth trying.

Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 33 cl bottle into a Corendonk snifter.
A: Pours dark reddish-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and a nice coat of lacing left on the glass with each tip.
S: Lightly sweet and very fruity with some bready malt.
T: Flavorful with sweet and bitter in about equal measure. Nicely fruity with dark fruit (raisins, figs), plums, caramel, dark bread, molasses, and light spices.
M: Medium-full body. Very smooth. Soft, medium carbonation.
O: Excellent but short of world class.

Photo of simoen
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

smaakt vrij zoet en de geur ook zoet maar niet overdreven

Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clearish amber red colored beer that seems to have pretty good carbonation.

Roasted malt and light dark spices with a hint of sourness aroma.

A roasted malt taste without the caramel aspects of most US roasted malt beers. The taste also brings along some light spicy aspects that are quite an enhancement.

A dry aftertaste that seems to have a light puckering effect with much taste hanging around on this medium to fuller medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent taste, good within itself with roasted malt taste that differ from there american counterparts, worth a try, for sure.

Photo of jonmikel
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer leaves a quite small amount of foam with low carbonation. The colour is a very dark amber, almost black.

It smells hopy and quite alcoholic.

The mouthfeel doesn't seduce me at all. It's alomst like wine. Not very much to taste.

Overall, I don't recomend very much this beer. This brewery a lot more to offer in the rest of their beers.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy brown with a slightly orange tint. The head is light sandstone in color, near 2 fingers thick and shows good retention.

Smell - Caramelized sugar, hints of raisin, toffee and bread rounds out the aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate caramel and toffee notes complimented by lesser dark fruit character. Moderately bready. Fairly straight forward, finishing in much the same way it starts.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with soft, bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Nice, well-rounded Belgian dark. Sweet, but not overtly so, allowing for a nice, drinkable and approachable brew. I could definitely stand to drink another one.

Photo of Magpie14
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: opulent cream colored cap. Hues range from hazy brown to reddish orange.

S: wafts of candied fruit and spice. Fruits are definitely on the dark side. Kinda timid and relaxed in the nose.

T: flavors go hand in hand with the nose...timid. Fruits pop up with flavors of fig and raisins, some spiced pear as well. Unique sweet malts at the end of each sip. Flavors are fair and serviceable

M: fine fizzy bubbles. Relatively smooth. Medium bodied

O: I find this beer enjoyable and dismissible at the same time. Or shall I say "neither neither here nor there."

Photo of zaphodchak
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No real head retention, hazy red-brown body.

Crisp nose, malty with a trace of steel and orange peel.

Light malt body, a refreshing brown. Kinda dry. Some date/fig undertone. Well-balanced.

Bright bubbles cling to your tongue.

Solid brown ale, but doesn't really stand out.

Photo of cliff1066
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Listed on label as 8% ABV from a 11.2 fl.oz. bottle. Pours golden color with a small head. Aroma is sweet-sour indicative of a Belgian yeast, with after taste of fruit and toffee notes. Lots of carbonation, a spicy taste complemented by a sweet bitter finish.

Photo of Bung
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a sampler pack, Gulden Draak and Piraat are great so I figured why not.
Rusty red pour, just a half finger of cream color head. Just stuck to the glass.

Aroma, lots of fig and raisin. Some yeasty spice, some dark sugar and fruit.

Taste, kind of mild actually. Musty red fruit and plum. Some dark brown sugar and toffee. Finishes kind of an earthy/grassy thing.
Just getting over a cold, maybe this is affecting my buds a little.

Slightly lower level of carbonation than norm, but it is pretty smooth. Barely mid bodied, alcohol well hidden.
Pretty average, but fairly easy to drink.

Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased in a mixed 6pk for around $13.00 good deal! Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that stays for a couple of minutes. VERY dark and almost brown

S- Nice malt here.

T- Very good. A bit thin though. Good malt

M- Dry and tart. Very carbonated

O- Very good. Overall a good beer. Would drink again

Food Pairing

This good beer went well with...... Pirogues. Nice potato/cheese filling served with onions and melted butter.

Enjoy!

Photo of puboflyons
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle and the Van Steenberge mixed 6-pack. Sampled on December 30, 2012.

It has an inviting looking mahogany brown pour, slightly cloudy, and with a short-lasting off-white foamy head.

The aroma has a nice sweet caramel and barley malt note with Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and the vaguest of hops to add a slight nostril bite.

The body is about medium but also nice and smooth.

The taste begins sweet and malty with a kind of peppery low to moderate bitterness hanging on at the end but not for long. Likable all around.

Photo of evlu1441
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my final beer from the Van Steenberge mixed 6-pack. I saved it for last largely because it seemed the least interesting to me. That said, I have been very impressed with the other peers in the pack, and I doubt this will be an exception.

It pours a hazy reddish-brown with a large fluffy light toffee coloured head.

Banana comes through quite prominently in the aroma. This mingles with some flowery aspects and belgian yeasty smells and a hint of tartness.

The flavour is full and quite sweet. Brown sugar mixes with some hoppy bite and aromatic floral aspects. It finishes with a nice rounded malty note.

Overall, another nice offering from van Steenberge. It's not the most outstanding Belgian dark, but a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color. It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that has good retention properties; a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and malty sweetness in the nose along with some notes of spices.
T: The overall taste is rather sweet and has flavors of apples, cherries and pears. There are also some hints of spices in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: Although the beer is sweet, it's not entirely difficult to drink because the sweetness isn't cloying and is balanced to some degree by the spices.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A nose that evokes esters and roasted malts that offer good odor smell. The palate is sweet without being lightweight and offers, especially in the finish, a spice that is not uninteresting, and offers a taste of some spices on the tongue. A fairly drinkable beer for its type without being extraordinary

Photo of mwilbur
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a coppery-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Decent retention. Faint lacing.
S: Sweet caramel malt, figs (and other dark dried fruit), clove, cinnamon, bready yeast, and a hint of cola.
T: Nice strong dark dried fruit (raisins, figs), caramel malt backbone, molasses, hint of heavy cream, and fairly predominant spices (clove, cinnamon).
M: Sweet with a strong body. ABV lends itself to fortifying the body and yet the beer ends up drinking easier than the 7% would suggest.
D: A nice drinking brew. Solid for style.

Photo of barleyroad
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark amber beer with a nice ratio of foam. This is beer has a non-eventful smell, some what disapointing. Mouthfeel is full of bubbles and that is being proper. The taste is very, well, nice. There are hints of roasting and a nice hoppy mix. We like it! Overall the smell and taste do not match, but do not let that get in the way of having one.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another new addition to the Van Steenberge sample pack; again, at least it is new to me. In a previous review, I was uncertain as to whether or not the beer that particular beer replaced in the sample pack was simply the same beer with a different name. This is definitely NOT the case with this beer. This is not the same beer as the Bornem Dubble, which is darker with larger carbonation bubbles.

Poured from a bottle into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Average looking, dark brown color. Opaque. Small head that stayed about the same level (1/5"). Small bubbled carbonation.

-Smell 3.5: Strong barley smell with a hint of chocolate. Slightly sour smelling with some hoppy accents.

-Taste 4.0: Very, very smooth. It is slightly sweet and smoky, like a porter. There is a kind of "dead space" in the middle of the taste, that is quite refreshing; just cool liquid. Very clean aftertaste with just a hint of yeast and toasted malts remaining in the mouth. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Bottle conditioned carbonation is not distracting at all. Small bubbles that are refreshing. Very light and refreshing in the mouth, not syrupy at all despite its relatively high ABV (7.5%).

-Overall 4.0: Another very good Van Steenberge beer. This is refreshing and quite a difference from the golden "dubbles" that so many of us are accustomed to. Worth sampling when you find it.

Photo of rrski198
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Brilliant orange and light brown color. Quite impressive. The head came and went so quick, it was off white.

S: Great roasted caramel scent. Slight alcohol spiciness. Dark fruits, plum and raisin.

T: metallic, roasted caramel malt. Again for only 7%, the alcohol is prevalent.

M: watery, slight hop bitterness. For me the metallic flavor lingers to long and the beer leaves me wanting more dried fruit and malt.

O: nothing I would club baby seals to find again. Glad I tried it, but it was not amazing.

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Raisins/grapes, malts, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of dark fruit.. grapes/raisin and malts. There is also a bit of a woodiness to it.. almost like a port wine. It also has a touch of spiciness and a hint of banana. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – The beer had an interesting taste from the wood flavour. While not something I would drink on a regular occurrence, I'm happy I gave it a try.

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, Belgian gift pack. 330ml bottle into a tulip, best before July 11, 2013.

Poured maroon, which appeared a bit redder around the edges. Light tan head with some relatively dense lace and modest head retention.Nose of light toasty grains and breads, a pinch of dark fruit notes come through as well. Dried grapes and some light sugar notes. Fairly simple. Taste has some caramel, dark fruits, a hint of copper, more bread and brown sugars. Drying finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a carbonation that's a tad crispier and fizzier than I'd hope for; once the carbonation dies down, the body is still too thin for my liking. Still enjoyable, and this could work well with some food pairings I'd gather.

Photo of Douberd
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 330 ml, at home, poured into a trappist glass.
One finger beige head, quickly dissolved. Dark ruby colour.
Sweet aroma of dark fruits, plums,caramel.
The taste is even more fruity and sweet. Some banana taste along with the other fruits.
Light carbonation and medium to thick body.
Overall a very nice beer.

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown beer with a settling off-white head, moderate carbonation.

Smell is of candisugar with a fruity and mild malty smell. The smell also has some 'unfreshness' which appears to be very light oxidation or some higher alcohols. It is not very present and I only smell it after some deep sniffs.

Taste is malty with distinct notes of candisugar, which give the beer a slightly woody taste. The yeast adds a light fruity character that gives the impression of dark and ripe fruit. The aftertaste is mild and short. Bitterness is low.
Overall this is a decent Belgian dark ale with a nice drinkability.

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Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.