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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ThaCreep on 04-20-2010)
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

jk3, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Alex5
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Alex5, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of jonmikel
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

jonmikel, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of douggoodavage
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured with little head. Beautiful amber ruby color. Scents of alcohol, yeast and over ripe grapes & cherries. Tastes like dark malts raisins & brown sugar. Thin mouth feel water like. Overall not a bad beer its like a session beer in the Chimay style.

douggoodavage, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of bobhits
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

These dark strongs all seems to taste the same. This one however ignores the fruity side of brings out some wood, chocolate, and finishes it with the Belgian yeast fruity flavors that we all expect.

There's something "off" in the aromas and the taste though. A certain stale like presence that isn't working well for me.

Overall this isn't a bad beer. Fans of the style should definitely give this one a go. If you're not a fan however, avoid as there's nothing special enough to justify the purchase price.

bobhits, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -21.1%

DWolf, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of SinutabRamirez
3/5  rDev -21.1%

SinutabRamirez, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of TheDrunkGnoll
3/5  rDev -21.1%

TheDrunkGnoll, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Beerlover, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of ThaCreep
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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

ThaCreep, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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."

Magpie14, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of ScaryEd
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ScaryEd, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of killcore
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

killcore, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of bgibbard
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

bgibbard, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of kayrex
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

kayrex, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of rrski198
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

rrski198, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Bung, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into arcadia ales chalice

This is my third strong dark.

Carbonation medium, half finger off white head.

Brown in color

Smells of malts, Belgian yeast, wood, and cherries

Tastes of chocolate, malt, hop bitterness, cherries, and the beer has a fruity finish! Courtesy of the wondrous gift of Belgian yest.

Mouthfeel: Watery, this is where the beer is lacking.

Overall, above average. Seek it out for an introduction to the style. Don't seek this out if you are looking for something complex, such as Brother Thelonius by North Coast. Naturally, try this for an introduction.

BierStein711, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Asked for a good Oud Bruin at Bierbrasserie Cambrinus and this is what they served me. Poured it from a 33cl bottle into a stemmed tulip glass. Best by: 6/18/11

A: Pours a nice brown/reddish hue, with a solid head and real nice lace that coats the entire glass from start to finish.

S: Malt, wood, black liquorish and fresh baked bread. There's a very slight weird smell at the end though (like rubber hose) - something is kinda off.

T: Luckily what ever is causing the unpleasant smell doesn't effect the flavor at all - very nice aged brown ale flavors, chocolate, roasted malts with some slightly sour fruit and a faint taste of hop.

M: Light/medium bodied with mellow carbonation.

D: Average drinkability. I wouldn't be bummed if this is was the only beer at a party, but certainly wouldn't want it to be.

DeanMoriarty, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Absumaster, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Kooz
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Kooz, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of thierrynantes
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2010.

Appearance : brown red color, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : burned caramel aroma (with other strange note : phenol ?).
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt and caramel flavours.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian dark ale.

thierrynantes, May 13, 2010
Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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...

NilocRellim, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

tectactoe, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mattfancett, Aug 26, 2014
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Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.