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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

166 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%


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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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:58:45 | More by cliff1066
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:09:09 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:43:05 | More by Jwale73
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 20:02:01 | More by puboflyons
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DavidST

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 05:12:49 | More by DavidST
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KKB

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 02:18:26 | More by KKB
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Magpie14

Michigan

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."

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 15:18:15 | More by Magpie14
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 22:14:16 | More by LXIXME
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 00:57:09 | More by zaphodchak
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 02:29:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Bung

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:47:54 | More by Bung
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Kooz

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:14:16 | More by Kooz
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz poured into a snifter

A- Super dark amber brown, dark but clear. A two finger off white head.

S- Dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs. Both bitter and sweet. Some spice, reminds me of rum. Caramel.

T- There is crisp bitterness up front as well as a spiciness that keeps you alert. The middle of the tongue is dominated by malts, a lot of caramel taste. Some toffee and maybe cocoa. The dark fruit flavors are also quite pleasant.

M- This beer is pretty creamy and has a nice feel to it. It is also high in carbonation. There is a nice crisp spicy aftertaste that leaves the palate refreshed.

O- This is a nice beer. nothing wrong with it and I hope to have it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 03:06:24 | More by TwelveOunces
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jonmikel

Spain

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 23:00:34 | More by jonmikel
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 14:46:12 | More by Absumaster
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 04:06:18 | More by biegaman
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pkalix

California

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 03:23:53 | More by pkalix
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second of a Van Steenberge variety pack. Not too experienced with Belgian Darks but here goes. From a 330ml bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a deep mahogany with nice ruby tones when held to light. A light tan, one-finger head dissipates rather quickly but left behind some decent lacing.

Tons of sweet caramel malts, a touch of roasted malts and spice, and a whiff of booze in the finish.

Begins with a clean caramel/toffee malt profile, some roasted malt comes through in the middle, maybe some floral to earthy hops. A touch of spicy yeast in the end with a clean alcohol finish. Very well balanced.

Medium in body, almost chewy, but the carbonation helps lighten it up. Finishes very clean and balanced. Very drinkable, it's like a strong Newcastle with Belgian yeast.

Overall this is a solid Belgian Dark. Clean and drinkable. Well crafted malt profile, but not super complex. Recommended to any fan of Belgian ales, or fans of bocks and brown ales that want to try something different. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 20:36:18 | More by Humulus85
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Really dark brown, not opaque but holding up to the light bubbly in texture. Off-white to a very light orange head rising to maybe a fingers length.

Smell: Light alcohol, feeling of yeast.

Taste: It's lightly bitter, but has a sweet caramel feel to it. I like It's pilsener feel to it but it feels slightly like a bock. Yeast not too heavy but just enough absolutely great.

Mouth: Medium and smooth.

Overall: Having this after a long day of work, makes me appreciate a descent beer. It is not going to blow you out the water but I think in the end you will like it's quality. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 05:11:15 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Pahn

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Couldn't find any freshness info. Received the bottle in March as a birthday present (suggested to my friend by the store's "beer guy").

Appearance: After a loud pop of the cork, careful pour yields a 3 inch poppingly fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly. Pours a semi-translucent ruby. Head and beer leave almost no lacing.

Smell: Bold Belgian yeast aromas, banana and plum, with highlights of clove and brighter fruits like berries and even citrus. The magnitude and character of the aroma really brightens every sip, and illustrates the virtues of drinking out of a tulip glass.

Taste: Sugary apple and banana with prominent Belgian yeast. Juicy sweetness that goes well with the fullish body. Hot finish reminds you you're not drinking fancy apple juice.

This is good. The fruity esters are at the fore, along with a very flavorful Belgian yeast character. I write 'Belgian yeast' smell / taste in many reviews, but--especially in better beers--the exact nature of such a smell varies by beer and brewery. The more unique but recognizable and palatable, the better (as here). ABV is not well hidden at all, but since there's so much fruit and sweetness, the heat adds balance.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied and juicy, giving a very succulent impression (which matches well with the flavor). High carbonation bordering on unpleasant. Hot, slightly dry finish--guessing that much of the 7.5% ABV comes from candi sugar.

Overall: Solidly above average Belgian Dark Ale. It has more character than, say, Leffe Brune, but lacks that beer's reasonably strong leather and clove type flavors/aromas. I generally prefer that end of the BDA / BSDA spectrum to sweet fruit bombs like this one, but this beer is bold and well-put together enough to be enjoyable regardless.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 01:38:11 | More by Pahn
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Douberd

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 13:27:53 | More by Douberd
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 22:38:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
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douggoodavage

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:57:55 | More by douggoodavage
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:36:12 | More by Digimaika2
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown, thin ecru head of tiny bubbles. Caramel, treacle, and coffee dregs. The finish is slightly balanced toward a subtle brown sugar sweetness as opposed to the light earthy bitterness that hangs on at the finish. A lower level of carbonation compared to the Augustijn Blonde helps showcase the maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 21:47:22 | More by bump8628
Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.