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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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Magpie14

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
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."

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 15:18:15 | More by Magpie14
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Scott1970

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

12-05-2012 23:43:19 | More by Scott1970
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bgibbard

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

11-25-2012 21:25:30 | More by bgibbard
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Wamba

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

11-18-2012 21:57:09 | More by Wamba
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coder


4/5  rDev +5%

11-17-2012 03:53:20 | More by coder
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andthevolcano

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-06-2012 00:56:12 | More by andthevolcano
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Labeorphile

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-02-2012 01:47:18 | More by Labeorphile
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jeddis1

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-25-2012 20:26:41 | More by jeddis1
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -0.3%
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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neckbracesub

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5%

09-28-2012 12:22:26 | More by neckbracesub
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -10.8%
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 +2.4%
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 -28.3%
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 -10.8%
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 -6%
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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kobeer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

07-27-2012 16:16:15 | More by kobeer
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pkalix

California

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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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tectactoe

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-21-2012 22:06:42 | More by tectactoe
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richie


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

07-13-2012 07:40:59 | More by richie
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SinutabRamirez


3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-23-2012 03:36:00 | More by SinutabRamirez
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Humulus85

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

06-17-2012 16:28:34 | More by kayrex
Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.