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Atomium Grand Cru - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAngel on 03-14-2003

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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 RedBeerchetta
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Monk's Cell at The Publick House. Nice copper color with not much of a head. Nothing noteworthy about the nose. Served in a goblet (off brand). But the taste was something unusual for a Belgian strong. There's an earthiness about it that I really enjoyed. It's much more complex than, say, Tremens, and stands out from something like Duvel without being odd or out of style. It's "discretely unique", I guess is how I'd put it. One of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales.

Photo of DGSchmitt
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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 RixBeer
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy pee colored yellow. The coloration reminds me of a bud light. This beer exploded with foam. More than 6" of head. YIKES....as it settled it did stick to every inch of the side of my glass. EVERY INCH!

Definite smell of coriander and some kind of wheat and various spices sort of flowing awkwardly together. Very interesting smell with a hint of pear or apple. Great smell. Very pleasing!

Yup, coriander and lots of it along with some a sort of earthy graininess that a balances the spice quiet well.

The carbonation dies to a pretty balanced point where the beer not only becomes drinkable but also requires you to sip and sip again and again. Surprisingly good!

This beer is very drinkable as it hides it's 8% ABV insanely well! I'm shocked at how delicious this beer is on a nice hot day!

Photo of martyl1000
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this better than its much more famous compatriot Delirium Tremens (the fact that Atomium comes at half the price might play a part in that).

Bright and bubbly, even a careful pour producing a billowy, rocky, white head.

Big, complex. Digging the Belgian yeast w/ its delicate tropical fruit. Malt character dominates, though a hoppy thread is strung throughout (except maybe in the aroma).

The malt sweetness and yeasty funk might have been overwrought, were it not for the zippy carbonation and white-pepper on the tongue.

This is 8% alcohol? You'd never know.

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

In the style of Duvel, but considerably more interesting, the Atomium is a classic example of the Belgian tripel that comes at a time when many are being brewed too sharp, sweet, or bland. It's a compendium of Belgian brewing with shortbread and bitter--but green and herbal--hop flavors, medium body, consistently crisp aroma, and wonderful length. I stress that these hops are very fresh and maybe, outside of the yeast of trappist ales, the best indicator of what it means to be a Belgian beer. This is the type of stuff that's in your blood, and I imagine that when a Eurail passes through the country, this is what it smells like between the cars.

Relax, relaxx.
ng

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

I had this on tap at Deep Ellum. It was served in a big goblet shaped like some other Belgian goblets (I have an identical one from St Bernardus), with the Atomium logo. The beer was copper color with a thick foam leaving lots of lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty complex, maybe due to the 6 grains they brew it from (barley, rye, wheat, buckwheat, spelt, maize). The overall effect is a sweet aroma similar to Tripel Karmeliet. The taste is also very similar to Tripel Karmeliet, but maybe a little stronger or richer (maybe). Definitely a sipper due to all the flavors but it was hard for me to sip too slowly. An awesome beer, as are several others from this prolific brewery.

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 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 BeerBelcher
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I ordered this out of curiousity and was very pleasantly surprised by what I got...quite a bit lighter than other "Grand Cru" I've had, but not entirely inconsistent with other Beglian Strong Ales (like Duvel) I've enjoyed in the past.

It poured a light yellow color, with an impressive amount of effervescence. Tons of cumulus head that towered over the rim of my glass. Aroma was very light and sweet, with plenty of very zesty lemon flavor. You could sense the alcohol presence, although the beer tasted smooth and in no way astringent. Mouthfeel was extremely smooth.

Highly recommended.

I had a bottle of this at the Palm Tavern in Milwaukee. The bartender said they just got it, so I would assume my bottle was rather fresh (I forgot to check for a date code).

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

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Atomium Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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