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Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 202
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ThaCreep on 04-20-2010

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Photo of Bung
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Kooz
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of jonmikel
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,692 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (1,015 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (624 characters)

Photo of Pahn
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (1,821 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of douggoodavage
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of bigdeuce
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (343 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (513 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (593 characters)

Photo of bobhits
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (511 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (296 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.75/5  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. (580 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (741 characters)

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Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.