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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAngel on 03-14-2003)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

MidwestBA, Feb 23, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.8%

cowboy83, Dec 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

DRTBrewster, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of GreenWBush
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

GreenWBush, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Davit, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of marcobrau
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

marcobrau, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml stubby brown

-Supposedly the first beer made with 6 different grains

A-This beer has one of, if not the best, heads I have ever had the pleasure to see. I poured it into a Duvel tulip and there was barely enough room. This is the second bottle so I know it is consistant. The marshmellowy head seemed thick enough to stand on but light enough to be enjoyable. The lacing was unreal nd coated the glass. Body was light golden and clear (I left the yeast in bottle this time) with decent carbonation.

S-Definately heavy, raw Belgian yeast smell full of flowery and fruity esters.

T-Dry and crisp with a peppery spice. The corn used in this beer seems to be noticed in the semi-coarse finish. The bittering hops are noticable, especially in the foam, but very welcome. This seems like a nice dry Saison to me with hints of granny smith apples. Very nice if you are into the Farmhouse style.

M-Very light and refreshing with a full-flavored, but thin body. The spiciness of the yeast is a little sharp, but I personally like that characteristic. 8% abv is not even noticed until it warms its way to the belly.

D-Very nice change of pace and easy to drink. I have not had many like this and was very pleased with it. I would definately have this again and recommend it to others.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of tapman
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What is a grand cru? I need to do some research, but soldiering on...

light orange and yeast-textured. Giant white, foamy head (mine was kinda cold in the beginning).

Bananas with a sweet alcohol aroma up front. Hint of apple juicy sweetness. The bitter, heavy yeast aroma is also quite strong.

Moderately bitter with an alcoholic grainy body. A sour, dry finish plants. Interesting with this brew, as it warms it becomes more bitter which overpowers the sweeter notes and takes away from the complexity of the brew.

The mouthfeel begins well enough, but with the previously mentioned giant head the lack of carbonation brings out the bitter which isn't so good as we remember from the taste portion of this review.

Overall its not too bad and you really can't taste the alcohol, well not true. You do taste it but since its from multiple grains and reflects that in the taste which becomes a part of the beer and is flatter than the taste of most alcohol. Still, there are many strong Belgium ales that do this better and actually improve with warming opposed to losing flavor. Meh.

tapman, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of BeerAngel
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden orange and is very clear yet busy with a ton of carbonation with one massive off-white head that stays and stays and stays. The smell of sweet fruit and a tart yeasty smell combine to make your mouth water. The taste is a warming blend of more of the sweetened fruit, spices, tangy yeast, and a warming finish with a carb bite. This is very nice! This is a light bodied brew that finishes slightly sweet but is balanced out by the well-pronounced carbonation. It is a very solid and fairly complex beer and I would definitely have this again! Thanks to BelgianBum for this beverage! Op uw gezonheid!

BeerAngel, Jul 24, 2003
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber, golden color with a huge white head that actually grows as the beer sits. Lots of carbonation as well.
Good smell to this beer as well. Smell is very grainy with a bit of hops smell as well.
Very nice taste to this beer. Very grainy taste with a lot of things going on here. Every sip of this seems to have a slightly different taste to it. A bit of wheat, grain, biscuit, cereal, and others are all working in here.
Mouthfeel is a bit to thin. But a good crisp taste that isn't too sharp.
Drinkability is great. This beer is incredibly refreshing and hard to put down. Great beer for a warm summer day.

BDIMike, Apr 25, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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

ngandhi, Nov 09, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

rogerthegill, May 05, 2012
Photo of Nipitato
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate gold hue. Slightly opaque. Pours with a huge light fluffy white head that drops down to 1/4" inch. Visible effervescence.

S: Light perfumy/floral aroma with strong orange and lemon esters. Alcohol aroma. Grainy malt aroma underscores. Sweet sugary character is also present. No pepper.

T: Not nearly as complex as the style should be or the nose would suggest. Flat flavor overall. A grainy malt flavor is quite prominent. Buttery. Slight peppery notes. Maybe complexity isn't the issue rather this is just an interesting Belgian that does not fit a style. A touch of citrus and some alcohol round out flavor.

MF: Highly carbonated and dry. Light mouthfeel. Some alcohol warming.

D,notes: This beer warmed on me once I got away from style characteristics and upon further reflection I find it quite complex. The beer hides its alcohol well. Lightness and high carbonation add to drinkability.

Nipitato, Apr 16, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy orange yellow pale amber with a thin white foam decent lacing.

S: green banana, corn husk, wet earthy suggestions

T: Almost a soft almond sweetness blending into sweet tree fruit and melon. All of this backed with a subtle tall grassy herbal bitter snap along with drying carbonation.

M: prickly

O: Just a bit of butterscotch makes this one a good, but underwhelming brew.

flannelman808, Feb 08, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark honey/amber color with 4 inches of fluffy foam.. I had to keep stopping and waiting to get the whole beer in the glass. Takes at least a good 5 minutes to dissipate. Lacing is great though.

Smell - Coriander is the most dominant aroma here.. followed by some clove, honey, pale malts, and yeast.

Taste - Strong flavor of honey, along with coriander, clove, white peppercorns, yeast, and a mild alcohol bite at the end. Way too sweet of a beer, with just minimum bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body with medium carbonation.

Overall - If you don't mind how sweet it is then you have yourself a pretty good beer. It's almost like drinking honey. Tastes very similar to Beerhive Tripel by New Holland Brewing Company.

jsisko01, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-orange, with a thin, white head that fades gradually, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is heavily spiced malts with a little bit of citrus hops. Some banana, lemon peel, and pear, as well as some darker fruits. Light, peppery notes as well.
Taste is spiced malts, with some Belgian yeast and a trace of hops. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar notes. Raisin and fig.
Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly biting. Moderate to high level of carbonation. Dry on the finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good.

Parrotbeak, Jul 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

DrGonzoDDS, Mar 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Dweedlebug, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Loki
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Loki, Jan 14, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Rohkey, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of WankelEngine
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy, tan/dark golden color with a big off-white head that slowly fades, leaving a lot of lacing.

S: The most notable scent is sweet, floral hops. There is also the typical bready yeast smell and flavor of a Belgian ale. Light caramel malts impart a certain sweetness to the smell.

T: Again, the taste is dominated by hops. They give the beer an herbal, floral taste with the accompanying bitterness. There is a light malt flavor which helps mask this bitterness. I think I can detect light citrus flavors, but they are faint. The aftertaste is short and yeasty.

M: Light. There is a lot of small carbonation which complements the warming effects of the alcohol.

O: A refreshing Belgian ale, surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content.

WankelEngine, Apr 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BigGruntyThirst, Dec 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

kristenrae8, Apr 26, 2013
Atomium Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.