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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

182 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

jrenihan, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of BierStein711
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

BierStein711, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

samEBC, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of MisterGrizz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

MisterGrizz, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of bobhits
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

These dark strongs all seems to taste the same. This one however ignores the fruity side of brings out some wood, chocolate, and finishes it with the Belgian yeast fruity flavors that we all expect.

There's something "off" in the aromas and the taste though. A certain stale like presence that isn't working well for me.

Overall this isn't a bad beer. Fans of the style should definitely give this one a go. If you're not a fan however, avoid as there's nothing special enough to justify the purchase price.

bobhits, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ThinkAgain, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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!

BeerLover99, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

peensteen, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of SebD
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

SebD, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of jakan1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jakan1, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

spinrsx, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +31.6%

bigox420, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of bigdaddypolite
4/5  rDev +5.3%

bigdaddypolite, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of korguy123
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

korguy123, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

liamt07, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jsnoek, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

evlu1441, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of barleyroad
4.18/5  rDev +10%

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.

barleyroad, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

yemenmocha, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of BeerDocT
3.8/5  rDev 0%

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.

BeerDocT, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

wl0307, Jul 16, 2011
Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
85 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.