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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 203
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 18.93%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThaCreep on 04-20-2010

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dubbel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought on recent road trip to Belgium; says 8% vs the 7% listed here.
Pours a deep reddish-brown with a thick sticky head. Nose is a nice malty/caramel with a nice balance of Belgian yeast character. Taste didn't work as well. I felt it was cloying, overly sweet, and lacking depth. Flavor profile opened up as it warmed, but did not help the sweet/cloying feeling. Finish turned a bit skunky. Overall, not something I'd go back to.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Beige head, fine and durable.
The aroma and taste is very delicate notes of wild berries and a minimum of caramel, all though not enough clear.
Low saturation. Augustijn Donker is too watery and without a body. Gentian very short, like as Napalm Death song "You Suffer (http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Suffer), and no more.
Alcohol completely undetectable. Beer is drunk very easily, but without much commitment. This Augustijn is "medium".

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from a sampler picked up at the LCBO a few months back; listed at 8% abv. Best before April 29 2016, and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a murky burgundy-copper hue, generating one finger of fluffy, light beige-coloured head at the surface. It lasts for five minutes or so, eventually wilting into a filmy cap and narrow, creamy collar that doesn't generate much lace. The aroma is pleasant, but relatively subdued - bready malts and yeast are detectable, with hints of plum, chocolate raisin and a touch of spicy clove and cinnamon.

This is actually a very nice Belgian dark ale. More bready malt notes come through in force, accompanied with sweet flavours of molasses, candi sugar, and even a hint of cocoa. Dark fruit is also quite prominent - mostly prune and raisin, and maybe a bit of fig. There is also an enjoyable, earthy, somewhat herbal bitterness near the finish, providing a counterweight to the sweetness. Clove spiciness and a touch of dark chocolate tie things up nicely, followed with a mildly boozy-sweet aftertaste. On the heftier side of medium-bodied - approaching full, with assertive carbonation that prickles the palate, yet a paradoxically smooth mouthfeel that feels almost luxurious in the mouth.

Final Grade: 4.15, an A-. I am really enjoying my glass of Augustijn Brune, as it hits pretty much all of the major notes that I expect from this style, in addition to tasting quite excellent. Rich tasting and full-bodied; an excellent inclusion in this Van Steenberge sampler. A very good quality ale, though not quite on the same level as some of the better Belgian-style dark ales I've had over the years. Still, that's impressive company, indeed.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
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.


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Photo of polloenfuego
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown ruby with a small 2 finger head that slowly breaks down leaving a thin foam that would be a struggle to call lacing.

Smells were dark fruits, yeasts and malts. Taste was very similar to smell with a bit more spice on the tongue.
Medium body and smooth mouth feel.

A nice beer, but no real wow here. This was part of a mixed 6 pack of Belgian ales and to this point this is perhaps the one I am least enthused about. I am holding out hope for the last two.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle as part of the Belgian Van Steenberge winter feature at LCBO. for $18.95 CDN per six bottles. Beer review 2 of 6 in this mini-series. Also bottle read 8.0% ABV as opposed to the 7.0% listed here. Served fairly cold (left out for about 10 minutes prior to opening) into oversized wine glass

Appearance - Nice clear dark red / honey brown / roan color/ Beer poured 1 finger of off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, however a nice soap thin layer of cream was left on top.

Smell - Really nice. Dark chocolate, candied fruit specifically cherry and plum, and overall very festive smelling. Little bit of the funky Belgian yeasts. Reminiscent of a Christmas Bakery less all the bread.

Taste - Very much like the nose, cherry and chocolate dominate with a slight dark bitter chocolate aftertaste. Considerable sweetness to this brew but just enough bitter flavors to offset this and it isn't cloying. Also picked up a little bit of other dark fruits and some caramel in there.

Mouthfeel - Rich, decadent and full tasting. Medium carbonation. Flavor coated the mouth nicely.

Overall - Really nice. Pleasantly surprised after being let down a little bit by the blonde. Because of the sweetness and use of cherries and chocolates was reminiscent of a cross between a Belgian Dark Ale and a Dubbel. Very fine stuff indeed.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11.2 stubbed bottle into a Chimay goblet. Accidentally aged in my cellar after purchasing the Van Steenberge gift pack last December. With all things considered, this may be nearly a year old.

Pours an excellent reddish plum color (the classic dubbel appearance) with tons of carbonation and a frothy, bubbly head that rises to the top about 3 fingers high. Yeasty brown droplets coat the top, and some cloudiness (although little sediment) hangs around. Head retention is very good - even 30 minutes later there was a half finger of froth that never seemed go recede in any shape or form. Lots of bubbles glide to the top. Lacing is splattered about in tiny droplets, but it could be better. Top stuff here for sure.

The aroma contains vivid notes of dark cherries, plums, blackberries, old, bruised apples, and spicy notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. The yeast really is the star of the show here, providing an undeniable funkiness resembling green apples and a nutty mustiness. There's a slight sweetness from the malts and booze at hand, giving off strong notes of caramel and brown sugar, and maybe a bit of molasses in the process. Dried, old hops linger around to leave behind a grassy, herbal flavor. Very well integrated stuff - a year of aging, as is always the case of well made Belgian darks, has down wonders for this.

The flavor is a yeasty, malty sweetened blast of fruit and spices with a touch of sweetness from the booze. If the green apple yeasty aroma wasn't already something noticeable in the aroma, right here it appears to be the predominant flavor here. Somehow - even if it may be an off flavor - it works, as it melds with the caramel and nutty, slightly peppery spices to produce a caramel candy apple profile overall. Clove and nutmeg are still the most predominant spices, but the caramel apple profile is very appealing to me, especially as it melds with the sharp booze and bitterness from the dark grains instead of a cloying sweetness. Creamy, well carbonated, and syrupy albeit with a bit of bite. Not difficult to drink at all, except for the high amount of alcohol. Drinks terrifically well.

I'm surprised with how much I liked this, but suffice to say the flavor does not match the complexity of the aroma at all, and the caramel/apple/clove combo becomes a bit too one-dimension in the long run. Nevertheless, this is a solid offering from a brewery that seems to throw me back and forth, and I wouldn't mind experimenting with aging a few more of their dark beers (which I am, such as Gulden Draak). Recommended.

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Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of rrski198
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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...

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Photo of mwilbur
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Hunter
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, brown-red ruby color. Very small head of light foam, lovely tracing but little staying power.

Smell: Wood, earth, sweetgrass, malts.

Taste: Much lighter than I would have expected. Cereals, cocoa, spice, light smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light, gentle heat from the alcohol, clean.

Overall: Another hit from this brewery. the Belgians know what they are doing. I can see pairing this with cured meats, heavy cheeses, pears, and blackberries. A lovely thing.

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Photo of ckollias
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 11.2oz stubby bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy, amber hue with a huge, fizzy, white head that lasts forever and slowly dissipates down the side of the glass ending in a huge lace.

S: Strong dark fruit aroma with a Belgian yeast background.

T: Smooth slightly sweet and tart with a dark fruit flavor mixed with some caramel on the dry sweet side.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent Belgian dark ale.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby/bloodstone color with a one-finger off white head, which dissipated quickly. Leaves some lacing, but a lot of it slinks back into the glass.

S - Medium strength aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits (raisin, date, fig) and slight bit of Belgian yeasts.

T - Taste follows the nose almost perfectly, with a big blast of candied malts and most of all, frutiness. Very lush and juicy. Some black cherry not present in the nose pops out in the mid-palate. Mild earthy hop leaves (almost English tasting) and just a touch of Belgian funk carries the finish. Abv presence is mild. Really good, and I did not expect it to taste this good given the ho-hum appearance and aroma.

M - Common Belgian fizziness, with a somewhat thin body. Nicely drinkable.

O - I freaking loved this, and this is the best example of an under-rated style that I have sampled. Personally, I appriciated the lack of overpowering "barnyard" funk common to many a Belgian. It's there, but it doesnt dominate. Balanced. Superb. Rebuy!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my DFH chalice. Pours with a four inch, rocky, cream-colored head pockmarked with tiny craters across the surface. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch, creamy cap. The brew itself is a brownish-mahogany hue with a slight haziness. Nose expresses dull prune notes and a slight yeastiness. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavors are a bit muted but a slightly vinous character is revealed towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, a decent BSDA, but not much complexity. There are definitely better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, no bottle date, but I bought these in November. This pours a fizzy, lightly cloudy brown color with a decent off white / tan color which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark fruit and candied sugar, minimal hop presence. The feel is medium with high carbonination. The taste is quite good, you get the sweet candied sugar and loads of malts but this is a very dry beer which makes an interesting combination.

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Photo of KKB
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Belgian, Belgian, Belgian, what am I to do with such a lovely head? You gotta give it Augustijn brewery, they just always deliver on at least the look of the beer. The beer is a deep caramel body with shades of butterscotch around the edges. The head is a wheat toast, and has incredible retention, with intermittent lacing forming around the glass. Beautiful.

S – Candied dark fruits with a strong malt backbone create an interesting scent that is rather enjoyable. Swirling it a bit to get a better idea of what I’m smelling and the smells that come out are almonds, plum, and brown sugar. Very nice.

T – It’s tart and fruity. That’s a curveball. Really somewhat disappointed here actually. Again, another beer by Augustijn with an awesome appearance, a good smell, and a totally mediocre taste. It’s not bad, again, but it just isn’t great either. It has a sugary/bready quality to it and some of that fruit that you had in the nose. Not bad at all, just not great. A bit bland really.

M – The mouthfeel is good and one of the redeeming parts of this beer, the body is medium-full with solid carbonation and it has a really smooth quality to it that is just wonderful.

O – Overall this beer is just somewhat lacking. Appearance is awesome. Smell is good. Taste is bland. I hate to say it but I probably wouldn’t buy this beer again. Would definitely drink it if offered to me though. Not bad. Just not good.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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."

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some mild spice aromas. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. There is a slight spice flavor on the finish as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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