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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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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 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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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 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 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 Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Augustijn Brune, which the brewmaster considers a dubbel.

From a stubby bottle into a small snifter, pours a rich brown with an off white head with little lace. Aroma of caramel, malt, and some wood/oak elements. In the flavor, malt driven possessing a faint roasted quality. Muted fruit notes from the yeast and a semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a chalky yeast presence. Overall, a nice abbey brew, authentic and very much a true Belgian.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 wl0307
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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 spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Bung
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
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 jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown color with modest sized head, and surprisingly modest compared to many Belgians. Nose has some dark toffee, figs, brownbread, and a nice musty quality. On the palate a black tea element is there, some light caramel, and a light body. Finish is light with more black tea, and I find this ale is very drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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 BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brown/cherry wood body, no head,

S: cherry, figs/dates/plums, spices,

T: sweet cherry/ripe fruit, malt, mild boozy/spicy finish

M: med body, solid carbonation/smooth

O: I enjoyed this, but don't know if I would
get it again. Fair amount of alcohol warmth


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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful ruby red, also picked from the sampler pack. usually the samplers arent all that great, but these have all been firsts for me (except for the Gulden Draak) and i was wary from the beginning. nice looking head which diminished quickly with lacing. fine bubbles of carbonation. BA has this listed as a 7% but the bottle says 8%. previous reviewer hit it on the head "strong Newcastle with belgian yeast". so happy with the the sampler pack i went back and bought another one for a friend. except now i'm drinking it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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 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 Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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 SebD
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some nice amber and ruby hues coming through. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy and bready malts, some definite grapes and some other dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy and bready malt character, some grapes and dark fruit and a sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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