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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Augustijn BruneAugustijn Brune

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BA SCORE
86
very good

177 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

01-13-2012 17:47:40 | More by ThinkAgain
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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,
malt

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

PRETTY GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 17:25:47 | More by BeerLover99
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 20:14:31 | More by peensteen
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 21:02:48 | More by SebD
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jakan1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

12-11-2011 04:50:52 | More by jakan1
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +5%

12-01-2011 23:53:15 | More by rekel
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 19:39:54 | More by spinrsx
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-28-2011 07:26:37 | More by bigox420
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%

11-28-2011 02:23:39 | More by bigdaddypolite
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 00:17:06 | More by korguy123
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 17:06:24 | More by liamt07
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-25-2011 13:49:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2011 17:33:38 | More by jsnoek
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-21-2011 01:21:31 | More by RedAleMan
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my final beer from the Van Steenberge mixed 6-pack. I saved it for last largely because it seemed the least interesting to me. That said, I have been very impressed with the other peers in the pack, and I doubt this will be an exception.

It pours a hazy reddish-brown with a large fluffy light toffee coloured head.

Banana comes through quite prominently in the aroma. This mingles with some flowery aspects and belgian yeasty smells and a hint of tartness.

The flavour is full and quite sweet. Brown sugar mixes with some hoppy bite and aromatic floral aspects. It finishes with a nice rounded malty note.

Overall, another nice offering from van Steenberge. It's not the most outstanding Belgian dark, but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 23:14:27 | More by evlu1441
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark amber beer with a nice ratio of foam. This is beer has a non-eventful smell, some what disapointing. Mouthfeel is full of bubbles and that is being proper. The taste is very, well, nice. There are hints of roasting and a nice hoppy mix. We like it! Overall the smell and taste do not match, but do not let that get in the way of having one.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:09:19 | More by barleyroad
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 03:20:46 | More by yemenmocha
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yet another new addition to the Van Steenberge sample pack; again, at least it is new to me. In a previous review, I was uncertain as to whether or not the beer that particular beer replaced in the sample pack was simply the same beer with a different name. This is definitely NOT the case with this beer. This is not the same beer as the Bornem Dubble, which is darker with larger carbonation bubbles.

Poured from a bottle into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Average looking, dark brown color. Opaque. Small head that stayed about the same level (1/5"). Small bubbled carbonation.

-Smell 3.5: Strong barley smell with a hint of chocolate. Slightly sour smelling with some hoppy accents.

-Taste 4.0: Very, very smooth. It is slightly sweet and smoky, like a porter. There is a kind of "dead space" in the middle of the taste, that is quite refreshing; just cool liquid. Very clean aftertaste with just a hint of yeast and toasted malts remaining in the mouth. Nice.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Bottle conditioned carbonation is not distracting at all. Small bubbles that are refreshing. Very light and refreshing in the mouth, not syrupy at all despite its relatively high ABV (7.5%).

-Overall 4.0: Another very good Van Steenberge beer. This is refreshing and quite a difference from the golden "dubbles" that so many of us are accustomed to. Worth sampling when you find it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 04:22:09 | More by BeerDocT
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 14:34:45 | More by OWSLEY069
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 19:19:32 | More by wl0307
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had preceonceived notions that this was going to be disappointing.
Once de-capped with that typical Van Steenberge hiss, this beer conjured up aromas of some brown sugar, rum and alchohol and was equally rich in the glass. Orange and russet brown in the glass with some faint apple fruit there was some spritziness on the tongue but nothing overly acidic unlike some other beers from this brewery.
Taste wasn't bad ressembling the nose but the dominance of that brown sugar trace at the end was a nice surprise. Head throughout though it thinned over time.
Bit of an overachiever here. With some minor changes this could be an excellent beer.
Not disappointing at all really.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 08:06:43 | More by Zimbo
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 17:01:29 | More by Stinkypuss
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atis

Finland

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear brown with reddish tint and huge, foamy and rocky off-white head and patchy lacing. Aroma is strong malt, a bit of wood with hints of alcohol.

Taste is clean caramel malt, some wooden feel, lots of presence of dried fruit, spicy yeast and pleasant alcohol warming that slowly increases its presence. Mouthfeel is about medium with lively and rather high carbonation.

Overall, very refreshing and drinkable Dark Ale, maybe lacks body, but flavours compensate for that.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:37:30 | More by atis
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:43:15 | More by metter98
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DeanMoriarty

California

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 07:37:14 | More by DeanMoriarty
Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.