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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 205
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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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 jonmikel
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
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 bobhits
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of douggoodavage
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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

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Photo of Magpie14
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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 rrski198
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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 DeanMoriarty
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of Kooz
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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 jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a medium-hued brown, reddish tints. A smallish off-white head dissipates quite rapidly, leaving a film.

Smell is relatively faint, comprised of sweet, bready malt and raisin.

Some raisin and other dark fruit in the taste, but not strongly. Bulk of the taste is sweet, bready malt and Belgian yeast. A little thin.

Pretty high carbonation level, medium bodied, a bit chewy.

Overall, a decent beer but not a great example of the style. A little thin in all respects, though not unpleasant in any way.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled stamped with Best Before: 11/07/2013

A: Clear reddish-brown with a fluffy foam head that lingers on-top for a while and clings to the glass as it falls.

S: Sourish notes (lemon-grapefruit-balsamic), an odd but not off putting rubber odour, herbal twang, and hints of dark fruits. Enjoying this aroma quite a bit, especially the sourness.

T: Metallic-herbal and slight sourness evident throughout taste. Nutty tastes and faint dark fruits including cherries. Not a traditional belgian brune (if that's what this is classified as) but enjoying the generally lighter taste and sour element quite a bit.

M: Light bodied with a med-high carbonation. Quite chalky and dry with a tart and sour-tangy feel.

D: Not quite what I was expecting as a brune, but enjoyable with the sour taste. Not something I would seek out but not a bad deal if it's included in a mixed Augustijn 6-pack.

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Photo of korguy123
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the six bottles from the 2011 LCBO holiday Belgium pack.

A- Clear deep ruby, pour. Aggressive pour and swirling brings me a finger width off white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Bananas, cloves, all spice with faint stone fruits.

T- Toasted malts, bananas and all spice. Not nearly as sweet as the nose leads on.

M- Thin with lively carbonation. Imagined it would be heavier than this.

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Photo of peensteen
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown, one finger of white head, minimal lace, decent retention. Smell is yeasty, lots of dark fruits, raisin, brown sugary notes, faint alcohol, some overripe banana and dark bread. Taste is fruity, grape and raisin, bready, brown sugar, banana, toffee/caramel. Over carbonated and fairly thin, fairly light feel as well. This was better as it warmed but for the style this isn't great, I would probably drink it again though if it were in front of me.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, big candy sugar and a small fruitiness. In the taste. a small roast, almost chocolate like, and a small candy sugar in presence. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small candy sugar in the aftertaste. Big candy sugar and a nice small roast. Nice but nothing exciting.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hefty chunk of sediment plopped out from the bottom of the bottle. Despite looking like something found in the dryer's lint trap it didn't muck up the clarity all that much; the beer's shady russet tone still shows a strong, clear orange kindling against the light. There is an abundance of puffy, lusciously moussy, khaki-tinted cream.

The bouquet benefits greatly from oxygen; be sure to swirl repeatedly to appreciate the notes of almonds, spice, plum and blackberry that would otherwise be concealed behind the beer's dull, mundane crystal malt base. As it warms, the glass smells more and more as though it were rimmed with ginger and brown sugar.

The flavour is an odd combination of fruit chutney, hard toffee, and a bit of toasted marshmallow. It's not nearly as distinctive as it sounds. On the whole, the taste is quite weak and leaves a dry, stale void for an aftertaste. A metallic presence is noted and spoils what is otherwise a creamy mouthfeel with a clinging, leaden off-flavour.

The impression of chutney comes from tastes of fruit (pear, strawberry, blackberry, apple) that have been mulled in spices (clove, ginger, pepper) and sugar. The sweetness, however, is cloying as if from extract or adjuncts (the maltiness is thin and suspect). The lack of alcohol is a plus, but isn't enough to sell me on it...

Augustijn Donker leaves much to be desired. It ranks so low down the Belgian Dark Ale totem-pole that it really doesn't even warrant mention. This was not my first time trying it, but it likely will have been my last (none in the Augustijn series impressed me). However reasonable the price, I guarantee you Belgium offers better brands at the similar cost.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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 wl0307
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, BB 15/06/2013, served lightly-chilled in a short-stemmed goblet.

A: dark copper with ruby hues, lightly hazy, with a pillowy/foamy off-white head settling slowly to a thin sheet to last.
S: aromatic amber malts, crystallised sugar and fruit esters abound, not in the right-in-the-face way, but rather delicate. Exotic esters such as red bean paste joins force with prune jam and unidentified berries.
T: lightly sour-sweet, spicy, and yet at the same time rather malty (in an English way in fact, with that bit of stinky edge of Maris Otter pale malts to it, but also a little bready…) comes the foretaste, coupled with some old-ish notes as of woodiness, caramely sweetness and marinated prunes; mildly spicy and chewy in the finish, with only a wee touch of hop bitterness lingering, leaving a rather lubricating alcoholic feel down the throat.
M&D: mildly carbonated, medium-bodied, the balance is retained intact throughout the drink, and overall the hop contents seem to make some impact. Not bad, but all in all slightly boring to my taste.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.