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Atomium Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Atomium Grand CruAtomium Grand Cru

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very good

149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAngel on 03-14-2003

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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 79
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Maduro. $3 for a massive Chalice. I hear there are 6 grains in here….interesting…

I immediately notice how fast the head dissipates and that the beer appears to be flat. This is somewhat misleading as there are plenty of minute, champagne like bubbles in there. They are just difficult to see. Unfortunately this will play out later giving the mouthfeel a deceptively flattish and overly light body. It’s not flat really just dead feeling. Head is initially two fingers thick but it disperses and shrinks to nothing quickly, no lace, no clinging, nada. The aroma is spicy and confused: fruity esters, bananas, coriander, pepper, powdery yeast, and honey. The flavor is dominated by yeast and booze. Very dry feel from the yeast. Granny smith apples and grapes, peaches and pineapple in the flavor. Muddled. Drinkability is low. I don’t find this beer cohesive and remember it being much better in the bottle.

Photo of tectactoe
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a bit of haziness, but overall nice clarity. The beer is incredibly volatile, it overflowed and went everywhere upon opening the bottle and created a gigantic head, even with a relatively modest pour. The initial smells are most fruity, mainly apple, banana, and some white grape. The taste follows through with the same fruit, banana being the most prominent, with slight grape and apple skins in the background. Lots of wheat and grain flavors come through as the beer warms up. Spices are there, as well, namely clove, although it's more laid back than it is in traditional Belgian beers. The alcohol is slightly warming but not invasive. Carbonation is huge, as it is with most of these styles. Medium body with a crisp overall feeling on the mouth.

Pretty good brew, it's hard to go wrong with a Grand Cru straight from Belgium. Nice addition of apple and grape to the traditional "banana & clove". Very drinkable at 8% ABV, also.

Photo of tigg924
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy, golden, with a medium head/medium carbonation

Smell: bread, yeast, belgian spices

Taste: It mimics the smell.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, although it is smooth..slightly sour

Drinkability: This was probably my least favorite offering at the bar that I was tasting. To me this tasted like a slightly more complex and carbonated Blue Moon...I have had better and will not be trying this one again.

Photo of dwvarner77
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent yellow, slightly hazy, with a huge huge thick ivory head that stays for several minutes before falling to a heavy foam with substantial lacing.
Nose is grainy and sweet, lots of malt, wheat, orange, and yeast. Most enjoyable aroma.
Taste is wheat at first, followed by a citrus orange and lemon with a distinct yeast characteristic, finishing with a warming alcohol flavor. A bit of earthy hop balance present.
The liquid itself has a thinner mouthfeel, but its balanced with the active carbonation. Drinkability is good for the ABV.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a hazy murky dark orange body with a thick creamy off-white head that last and last. It actually sticks to the sides of the glass as the head sinks in the middle of the glass. There is a good bit of lacing throughout the glass. There is no sign of carbonation in the dense body.

S- The smell of perfume and yeast has a faint apple hint to it. The smell is light and faint rather than mysterious.

T- The light spice note is dry with a faint apple finish. There are notes of green peppercorns and bitterness from hops in the finish. The taste is also light but there is not much depth. There are some faint hints of wheat and bread notes that have a slight earthiness as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium full mouthfeel with a high tight fizz that adds more body very nicely. It has the mouthfeel of a Hefe Weizen.

D- This beer reminds me of a wheat beer in appearance and mouthfeel but the taste and smell are much lighter and there is no banana, clove or coriander spices noted. Interesting but not the complexity I had hoped for with all the grains.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A massive four-finger honeycomb head rises above a cloudy honey-hued brew turbid with chunks of yeast. The head sticks around for quite a while, and then settles at a thick cap. Loads of off-white lace are left on the sides of the glass.

S - Honey, clover, heather, and confectioner's sugar. Yeasty honey-drizzled warm home-made bread. Some banana, caramel apple, and peach are noticeable behind the yeasty goodness. Smells outdoorsy and fresh like laundry dried outside on a line....but also honeyed, bready, and yeasty.

T - Fresh warm homemade bread yeasty malt with baked apples drizzled in honey. Extremely fruity and honey-sweet. Banana and peach add a spritz of slightly tart balancing vibrancy to a very yeasty and sweet brew.

M - Ridiculously full bodied and thick with sugar. The thick syrupy viscosity of this brew is a continuation of the honey themed appearance, nose, and flavor. Chewy and solid with a bit of alcohol heat.

D - This is outstanding beer, but it's hindered a bit by the overwhelming sweetness. More of a dessert beer than something you would have two or three of.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32cl stubby bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA.

Appearance - Very full white head. Laces and fades

Smell - Full of citrus and belgian yeast notes.

Taste - Sweet malts with bitter hop bill. Spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium and almost cloying sweetness.

Overall - A decent beer, not worth going out seeking.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz single, Riley's $2.99. Purchased because it was new and had a unique bottle

appearance: poured into la chouffe tulip...huge white foam attack that ends up looking like a bubble bath...body underneath is a cloudy orange-blonde shade...interesting

smell: strongly spiced - especially clove, herbal yeast, banana, peach, pear...decent

taste: not the best of the style i have had but a good beer nonetheless...banana and clove combo is strong, big yeast presence...fruit cocktail, pineapple, peach, pear, grape

mouthfeel: active yeast, foamy and clinging

drinkability: fine

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Served in a red wine glass, it appears slighty hazy and amber with a tall, fluffy white head. It's funny, I'm used to finding beers that have great flavor but are a little dull in the aroma department. This was the opposite. It was bursting with coriander, cinnamon, and peppermint (unusual, but interesting). The flavor follows the coriander with a hint of orange peel - sort of like a wit, but without wheat character - and then a subtle but delicious candied apple malt flavor slides in before the beer finishes. Still, the beer's taste is too mild for a beer of this strength. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised to find a fresh take on this style.

Photo of marcobrau
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge, white rocky, meringue-like head that's very slow to settle down. This effervescent, blonde ale has a delicate orange zest aroma. Despite the high carbonation, this beer is smooth and rather full-bodied. The bottle states that this ale is brewed with sixtypes of grain. If so, it's rather hard to detect them. I would guess that at least one of these malts is wheat, along some type dextrin malt and maybe some flaked or puffed grains of some sort, contributing to the head retention and body. This ale seems to lack complexity, despite the advertised use of six different grains, but what it lacks in complexity it makes for up for (at least somewhat) in it's aroma and smooth character. The taste is of sweet malt with bready, wheat overtones and a flurry of sweet fruit flavors towards the finish. The finish is short, sweet and fruity with some orange showing up (as advertised), but lacking any appreciable bitterness. Not a bad brew and similar to Leffe, just a bit sweeter. A little too sweet in the finish for me. Overall, a pretty drinkable Belgian strong ale, but there are other examples of the style that I find more interesting.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden orange colr with a light white head.

S: The nose has a great malting complexity with a touch of zesty spiciness from the hops and 6 different grains.

T: For flavor the 6 different grains blend well together combining for a well balanced malt palate with some different grain characteristics coming through producing a beautiful and crisp nature with a touch of toasted honey malt sweetness. There is a slight yeasty bite and lemongrass notes along with some herbal hopping. Also there is some fresh fruit, dried apples and a slight sourness along with warm baked bread notes upon warming of the tongue. Some Belgian spicing as well, coriander, sweet orange peel is detected.

M: full, complex.

D: very nice drinkability.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, white head that fizzes quickly leaving chunks of lacing.

Smells of bready malt and light fruits.

Tastes of a good dose of pale malt with some yeast coming through as well. Notes of pears and apples along with some bread. Sweetness is at a good level, not too much. Some yeasty spice notes show up in the end and add some pepper to the mix.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a solid example of the style, but some things could be amped up and the mouthfeel could be tweaked.

Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this squatty 11.2oz brown bottle at Sal's Beverage World in Addison, IL for $2.19. Bottled on date of 3/20/08 is stamped on the back label, so I hope this beer isn't past its prime yet.

It doesn't matter whether you pour this beer slow, fast, with a tilted glass, or straight down the middle; it's going to gfive you a gigantic fluffy white head that will take up 90% of the glass. It takes awhile to settle down, and when it does, it leaves behind a cloudy pear yellow liquid with lots of spotty lacing.

This beer has a multitude of aromas. The most noticeable is a musty barnyard smell, but if you give it a good swirl you can also pick up wheat, yeast, tropical fruit, and even some coriander spice.

This is really tasty. Everything in the smell is also in the taste. Nice wheat bread flavor is sweetened with malt and a pineapple citrus fruit flavor, balanced with spicy coriander, a dose of hops, and a touch of alcohol.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a smooth texture, but then a hefty enough dose of carbonation keeps it refreshing. Dry finish.

For an 8.0% alcohol beer, the alcohol flavor is not totally hidden, but nothing like you might expect, making this a very drinkable beer. In my opinion I recommend drinking this beer cold. I liked the taste better right from the fridge over what it tasted like as it warmed.

Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby 33cl brown belgian bottle. Pale golden color. Dense, creamy off white head. Lots of lacing. Sticks to the glass. Freshly spiced aroma, lots of cinnamon, fresh honey and whiffs of citrus. Taste was sweet, almost syrupy for a few tastes. Subdued citrus flavors. Hints of honey goes by again. Lots of snappy hops to finish. Sticky sweet finish, but late hop presence with good bitterness cleans out the palate. No trouble with the alcohol, 8% abv. A very good belgian beer. Worth a try. Compliments of the BelgianBum.

Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its extraction from the 330ml stubby brown bottle sets in the glass a muzzy orange color with a Bunyanesque creamy light tan head, as it, slowly dissintagrates the lace forms a thick blanket to obfuscate the glass. Nose is over ripe fruit, lots of malt, fresh and crisp to the senses, start is ambrosial with a decent malt presence, the top light to moderate in feel. Finish is authoritarian in its acidity, the hops spicy and pleasing to the palate, quite dry and some somewhat tart aftertaste a nice drinking beer has a nice bit of tummy warming.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, honey color with an amazingly huge, foamy white head. Head falls very slow. Big, sticky lace.

Nice malt and grain aroma with a sweet and tinny smell.

Rather complex malt & grain taste. Earthy with a lot of flavor. Big, sticky sweet finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation.

Nice, easy drinking brew. Quite pleasant.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bukowskis in Cambridge, served in a goblet. Fluffy white head, pillowy. Bright pale golden and clear. Lots of litttle bubbles zipping skyward.

Big yeast aroma. Farmhouse(horseblanket) and bandaide are there, but theres good purfume and spicy malt too.

Big yeast taste too. Tad bit of rubberband and bandaid again. Sour apple and some other flavors that remind me of a flemish red/wild ale. Fizzy carbonated mouthfeel. Surprisingly full body. Alcohol is present as a spicy bitterness.

I really enjoyed this and my goblet disspeared faster than I wanted it too. It makes me want to take big gulps to get the explosion of flavors...its hrad to sip, even though its meant to be a sipper at 8%

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Atomium goblet at Hopleaf 1/11/07.

A: Gold with orange tint. Pretty clear. Two finger head with sticky lace.

S: Aromas of sweet fruits and honey.

T: Flavors of bananas, clove, berries, honey, sweet grainy malt, and flower petals. Also detected flavors of tart apples in the lightly hoppy finish.

M: At first the mouthfeel is thin and dry. However, as it warms, it becomes full and creamy yet never quite loses that bitter, dry mouthfeel.

D: Very enjoyable balance between sweet and dry. I found this to be quite refreshing.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was difficult to review, as it's nowhere near my favorite style, and it's hard to keep in mind that I'm reviewing it versus others of the style.

On the pour into my pint glass, this beer produced a prodigious, six finger head, nearly filling the glass with foam. As it subsided, it got somewhat rocky, and it was a while before I was able to get the whole 11.2 bottle into my pint glass. The body was a deep yellow, with a slight haze.

Aroma was primarily doughy and yeasty, with a bit of spiciness prominent as well. As it warmed, I was able to pick up notes of fresh white bread.

Taste was spicy and peppery at first, with hints of esteriness. The yeast was profoundly noticeable.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, with an average body to it. However, the flavors sort of faded quickly on the aftertaste, which left me with an impression of it having been thin, even though I know it was not.

Drinkability is staggeringly average. I was not impressed enough to have it again, and I agree with the impression some people gave that this is a watered down tripel. Not quite sweet enough for that, in my opinion, but the other qualities were right in line. Didn't give me the slightest hint of a buzz, either, and I drank it rather quickly. I do believe that my next beer tonight will have to be a darker one to make up for it. That leaves Fruli and Cerise out of the running.

Photo of Loki
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 330mL bottle a friend brought back from Belgium.

Appearance: golden orangish color with a quickly forming and dissipating head comprised of millions of tiny bubbles. Sticky cobwebs of lacing that cling just right above the liquid.

Smell: Aromas of honey and orange peel with hints of tangy yeast and some spices. A faint waft of white pepper and coriander perhaps.

Taste: Beautifully balanced sweet honey and orange zest with Belgian yeast spice dance together fluidly. Flavors are very balanced and flow smoothly. Subtle spices start to play a more dominate role with coriander coming out more fully and a slight wheat flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Probably my only issue with the beer. The first part of the glass was an over carbonated almost alkaseltzer like carbonation that was not that pleasant, but in no way ruined the experience. Was the initial carbonation subsided after a few minutes the mouthfeel was more balanced and more enjoyable.

Drinkability: Wonderful, aside from the first carbonation, this is a wonderfully smooth and enjoyable beer that beguiles its 8% ABV.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A six-malt beer? Interesting. You probably won't hear beer geeks bitching about the corn in this one if they taste it first and find out about the ingredients later.

Atomium pours into my brandy snifter a cloudy, darkened auburn. I picked this beer up out of town and during a sharp-stop on the drive home, the cap came partially opened, spilling a few drops out onto my backseat. Fortunately, this puncture-wound did not affect the flavor or appearance of this beer. Phenomenally powered head-presence that meringues way over the top of the glass like a hat. Patience is required before the first sip.

Initially, I get a strong yeast character; proofed yeast starter. Following that is an infinite underlayer of fruit that leans most strongly towards pear and apple-cider. Clove-like phenols. Orange, Curaçao, coriander, rose hips, and cracked pepper.

Fruit impressions carry over strongly to the taste as embodied by pears and peppered citrus. Earthen hop-zing synergizes with near-tart yeast twangs. Blend of malt-bill makes malt indistinguishable from flurry of spices and phenols, but maintains ephemeral and downright refreshing girth. Clean and compact.

Sits incredibly light on the tongue. Finishes spry, acidic, and addictive. Quenching.

Not exactly the most complex Belgian out there but entertaining enough and oh so drinkable for an 8% beer.

Photo of mdagnew
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from belgianshop.com

Poured a light golden yellow / bronze colour... Slightly off white head poured big and foamy and settled to a thin layer...

Aroma - Strong honey / malty sweetness with spicy hops underneath, vanilla creaminess, fruity (oranges, apricots), floral...

Taste – Light orange sweetness, creamy, spicy hop hints, grass / hay notes, peppery...

Feel - Creamy and quite sharp dry. Medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A top notch pale ale.... a nice surprise as i didn't kow much about this beer.... Highly recommended...

Photo of ronniebruner
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! I was completely surprised with this beer. I bought it only because I had never seen it. This beer has an amazing aroma! It poured a beautiful golden yellow with a perfect amount of white head. It is enfused with honey and seet spices, something I was definitely not expecting, and leaves a wonderful taste on the tongue after it is swallowed. Definitely a unique brew and well worth the time! At $2.49 for an 11.2 oz bottle, get one!

Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like Belgian beers this one holds up pretty good, had three different ones tonight, and this one fits the bill.

Belgian beers have this fruity Honey twang to them followed by a slight bittering after taste. They are definitely in a class by themselves! I drank this one "Grand Cru" right after a Duval "Golden Ale" ...and you know what, they were pretty much the same thing ...to me anyway. I noticed a difference in the triple and that was that it had three times the flavor!

Photo of Newsman
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with a vegan meal at Horizon's in Philadelphia. (This place, BTW, had the best beer list I've ever seen in a vegan joint. And even if you're an avowed carnivore like myself, it's good food, too.)

Sorry...on to the beer. Had the 11.2 oz. bottle brought to me with the appropriate Atomium goblet -- nice touch.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a massive head that took a while to subside, leaving lacing all the way down. Smelled of citrus, a bit of yeast, a bit of bread.

The taste was impressive -- a good mix of light malts and a bit more hop than I expected, but nothing overwhelming. A very good blend of flavor, with some notes of honey and baked bread lurking behind the initial rush. The alcohol is very well masked.

The mouthfeel reminded me of champagne -- well carbonated. I wonder if the folks who had this on tap may have suffered from a lack of carbonation in the keg, because in the bottle, it wasn't a problem.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. It may feel like a session beer, but I felt this one by the end of the first, so beware of that subtle alcohol.

I would absolutely have this again.

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Atomium Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.