Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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!
06-18-2012 20:36:18 | More by Humulus85
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
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!
05-29-2012 05:11:15 | More by BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
05-26-2012 01:38:11 | More by Pahn
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
05-03-2012 13:27:53 | More by Douberd
United Kingdom (England)
3.58/5 rDev -6%
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.
03-29-2012 22:38:53 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.95/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
03-23-2012 23:57:55 | More by douggoodavage
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
03-04-2012 03:36:12 | More by Digimaika2
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-01-2012 21:47:22 | More by bump8628
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
Very nice looking beer with a rich oft-white colored head and extreme lacing down the beer. Pours an outstanding dark bold color. Scents of cherries, apricots, cranberry, and belgian yeast and sugar. Tastes like tart cherries and candied sugar. Beer gets better as it warms. Medium bodied, but yet very light in the fold. It will be revisited!
01-29-2012 01:10:40 | More by bigdeuce
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
01-23-2012 01:31:27 | More by jrenihan
3.28/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
01-22-2012 02:49:24 | More by BierStein711
Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.