Augustijn Brune - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle as part of the Belgian Van Steenberge winter feature at LCBO. for $18.95 CDN per six bottles. Beer review 2 of 6 in this mini-series. Also bottle read 8.0% ABV as opposed to the 7.0% listed here. Served fairly cold (left out for about 10 minutes prior to opening) into oversized wine glass
Appearance - Nice clear dark red / honey brown / roan color/ Beer poured 1 finger of off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly, however a nice soap thin layer of cream was left on top.
Smell - Really nice. Dark chocolate, candied fruit specifically cherry and plum, and overall very festive smelling. Little bit of the funky Belgian yeasts. Reminiscent of a Christmas Bakery less all the bread.
Taste - Very much like the nose, cherry and chocolate dominate with a slight dark bitter chocolate aftertaste. Considerable sweetness to this brew but just enough bitter flavors to offset this and it isn't cloying. Also picked up a little bit of other dark fruits and some caramel in there.
Mouthfeel - Rich, decadent and full tasting. Medium carbonation. Flavor coated the mouth nicely.
Overall - Really nice. Pleasantly surprised after being let down a little bit by the blonde. Because of the sweetness and use of cherries and chocolates was reminiscent of a cross between a Belgian Dark Ale and a Dubbel. Very fine stuff indeed.
Serving type: bottle
11-03-2013 19:19:33 | More by DenisKolkin
4.09/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured out of a 11.2 stubbed bottle into a Chimay goblet. Accidentally aged in my cellar after purchasing the Van Steenberge gift pack last December. With all things considered, this may be nearly a year old.
Pours an excellent reddish plum color (the classic dubbel appearance) with tons of carbonation and a frothy, bubbly head that rises to the top about 3 fingers high. Yeasty brown droplets coat the top, and some cloudiness (although little sediment) hangs around. Head retention is very good - even 30 minutes later there was a half finger of froth that never seemed go recede in any shape or form. Lots of bubbles glide to the top. Lacing is splattered about in tiny droplets, but it could be better. Top stuff here for sure.
The aroma contains vivid notes of dark cherries, plums, blackberries, old, bruised apples, and spicy notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. The yeast really is the star of the show here, providing an undeniable funkiness resembling green apples and a nutty mustiness. There's a slight sweetness from the malts and booze at hand, giving off strong notes of caramel and brown sugar, and maybe a bit of molasses in the process. Dried, old hops linger around to leave behind a grassy, herbal flavor. Very well integrated stuff - a year of aging, as is always the case of well made Belgian darks, has down wonders for this.
The flavor is a yeasty, malty sweetened blast of fruit and spices with a touch of sweetness from the booze. If the green apple yeasty aroma wasn't already something noticeable in the aroma, right here it appears to be the predominant flavor here. Somehow - even if it may be an off flavor - it works, as it melds with the caramel and nutty, slightly peppery spices to produce a caramel candy apple profile overall. Clove and nutmeg are still the most predominant spices, but the caramel apple profile is very appealing to me, especially as it melds with the sharp booze and bitterness from the dark grains instead of a cloying sweetness. Creamy, well carbonated, and syrupy albeit with a bit of bite. Not difficult to drink at all, except for the high amount of alcohol. Drinks terrifically well.
I'm surprised with how much I liked this, but suffice to say the flavor does not match the complexity of the aroma at all, and the caramel/apple/clove combo becomes a bit too one-dimension in the long run. Nevertheless, this is a solid offering from a brewery that seems to throw me back and forth, and I wouldn't mind experimenting with aging a few more of their dark beers (which I am, such as Gulden Draak). Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2013 03:54:58 | More by magictacosinus
4.19/5 rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 33 cl bottle into a Corendonk snifter.
A: Pours dark reddish-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and a nice coat of lacing left on the glass with each tip.
S: Lightly sweet and very fruity with some bready malt.
T: Flavorful with sweet and bitter in about equal measure. Nicely fruity with dark fruit (raisins, figs), plums, caramel, dark bread, molasses, and light spices.
M: Medium-full body. Very smooth. Soft, medium carbonation.
O: Excellent but short of world class.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2013 23:25:03 | More by chinchill
Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.