Augustinian Ale | Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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Augustinian AleAugustinian Ale

Brewed by:
Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 05-20-2002

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 62
Reviews by beerguy101:
Photo of beerguy101
2.52/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Medium brown color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is orange and lemon pledge. A medium to light bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. The lemony citrus flavor dominates everything in this beer. Spicy, with coriander and ginger? Being the dominant flavors. Hops are slightly bitter. Finish is dry and rather pleasant. Not sure what else is right in this beer. It just SO citrusy that everything else get overshadowed and it can never get over this rather major fault. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with just a gigantic head that I couldnt contain went overflowing my glass no way did I expect quite the head on this monster,aromas are very buttery with a lemony edge also a yeasty smokiness that lingers.Taste is very herbal right off the bat with some underlying butteriness,quite medicinal in the finish.A different tasting ale out of the ordinary in some aspects but not to bad just takes a few sips to ft used to it.

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Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle with label as pictured. Pours a hazed orange body with two fingers of offwhite head. Excellent retention and sheets of lacing as the ale is consumed.
Interesting aroma is spicy and herbal with a light malt background. Hints of citrusy lemon and apples are also noted.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. The mouthfeel becomes creamy as the ale warms to room temperature and the carbonation fades.
Taste has herbal hops, biscuity malt, and a mild spiciness from the coriander. Bitter and slightly medicinal, with notes of citrus and pears. Bitter finish that suggests a good English Bitter.
Nice English brew that straddles the fence between a pale ale and a bitter. The coriander is restrained, but adds an interesting touch.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a weird beer that is basically your typical English pale crossbred with a Belgian wit. There's a fine, grainy malt character, rolling grassy hops and a big load of coriander to screw with your head. It's full of character, and reasonably satisfying, but is just off center enough to disorient the drinker. The first pour of the bottle gave me an entire imperial pint glass worth of foam, with nary a glint of liquid beer at the bottom. If you've ever seen a full pint of foam, it is a discouragingly impenetrable sight. Subsequent, more careful, pours revealed a sunny, chestnut-colored brew with a firm, fluffy head atop. The scent and taste are very much like flavored tea or an herbal cough drop. There are malts and hops in there, and they taste good too, but they are overshadowed. I personally would have preferred the beer with a little less of the lemony, dandelion-y coriander flavor, but I imagine a pint of this, whilst poised in a field of nettles and wildflowers with bees buzzing by during the dripping heat of summer, would be a ravishing experience.

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Photo of ADR
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty clear for a bottle-conditioned brew. Head settles to skim in 30 seconds. About 10 big chunks of yeast. Lemony aroma, a touch of cinnamon. Sweet and sour flavors, enhanced by aroma. Senses of citric and coriander (and even a touch of dill?), especially pronounced at the mid and back part of the mouth. All the flavors are nevertheless mellow, making this pleasant but a little thin in mouthfeel. Despite its use of coriander, not super memorable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottles (2x - mostly recently 4/2015). .
Pours with a medium amber body and a rather weak head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: sweet caramel, baked bread and faint spicing.

An unusual ESB, it is moderately fruity (especially apricot), and there's some light coriander spicing that mixes nicely with the load of caramel malts. Lightly sweet, this would probably benefit from a stronger hop load.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish brown with an aggressive head. The light manila envelope colored foam easily climbs almost as high as the beer is deep. It lasts for the whole beer and is constantly being refreshed from a steady stream of medium sized bubbles rising through the liquid.

The smell is spicy and orange citrusy. Saccharine candy sweet, almost like a orange cream ice pop or some other treat from the fair. There is an effervescent tingle to the scent as well due to lots of bubbles.

Taste is very creamsicle like. It is sweet and orange tasting but not citrusy. More like some orange juice added to a brew. It is one step away from being too dessert like and it jogs a mental image of some kind of orange cleaning product. Before it totally gets there there is a nice spiciness and an excellent bite from the carbonation.

An interesting flavor but not compelling enough to try again. It is mild and easy to drink but the creamsicle taste is a turn off. I want a beer thats cool and refreshing not an orange popsicle.

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Named after one of my all time favorite saints. I'll try to not let that color my review too much. Love the pic on the bottle though.

Medium dark reddish color, but with a rather huge froth on top that's borderline excessive. Clears out quickly enough though. Aroma is heavily lemon, orange, and perhaps a hint of ginger somewhere. Heavily citric, and rather powerful.

Taste has a hint of the coriander that's claimed on the label, but I mostly just get lemon and orange out of this one. Almost resembles a Belgian ale in how much citrus flavor I get out of it, though slightly more subdued than most of that style.

Not a bad ale at all, really. I'd love to have this with a lemony seafood dish.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Augustinian Ale by Nethergate

A big 1pt 0.9oz bottle poured a nice orangy/ tea brown with a big bubbly white head. I poured it rough otherwise probably little to no head. The Smell is an overpowering lemon/ orange. The Taste is lemon juice meets a cup of weak tea with a dash of orange juice. The mouthfeel isn't bitter at all, but you would think?!

Overall, a watery slighty flavored beer that goes down easy but isn't worth shouting about.

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Photo of cokes
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Blurry amber with steady-rising carbonation. Piles of bleached tan froth, receding to form large caves overhead.
Intensly aromatic! I can't decide if I like it or loathe it. Crates of coriander with candy -sweet tangerines. Tempers a bits as it warms, with an uprising grainy malt. doesn't really temper.
Plenty spicy in the mouth too. Coriander is unrelenting. Celery impressions coupled with a mango-kiwi fruitiness. Piles of orange rinds. Quirky, and perhaps further than taste allows, as it approaches dish-washing-liquid. Soapy. Touches of grainy malt, but it is mostly hidden behind the coriander waterfall. Buttery traits arrise as it gains temperature. Hopping? Lightly metallic and bitter, but once again, blanketed. Still piles of orange rinds. And for a good long while afterward.
This is a bit difficult to gauge. More like an uberwitbier as none of the Bitter/Pale Ale traits make it through. Spiced outta my league. I couldn't see this as a session. I can barely see reaching the bottom of this bottle.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lightly hazy, peachy-amber body is topped by a creamy off-white head that holds quite well and leaves some nice lace. The bouquet is unlike any I've ever encountered with a sharply fruity (peach and citrus), sweet, and gently coriander-like aroma. Very odd! It's really interesting, but not necessarily inviting as one might expect a "sour" beer. In a Jeckyl & Hyde twist the flavor, however, has much more in common with a standard fruity pale ale except that it's gently spiced. A firm, softly sweet malt is well balanced by light flavorful spice, some grassy and floral hop flavor, and a firm bitterness that dries out the finish. Some coriander carries over in a long and dry aftertaste. As it warms the spicing becomes much more obvious and it overpowers much of the hop flavor. Quite unique, but not very inspiring. Still, well-brewed and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of reaganrvltn
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of 2ndstage
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Pours like a typical english pale ale, the head was kind of strange really large bubbles that diminished quite quickly to a light lacing of head on the glass.
Smell is where this beer is at. Nice hop presence but something else quite floral maybe chamomile and corriander very strong in the nose.
Nice medium body lower maltiness but just enough for the hoppiness of this brew. Finishes fairly dry and clean and leaving a crisp snappy cresendo to the performance. Very drinkable will be glad to find this one again.

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Photo of dungaree
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown hue with a slight cloudiness. The 1/2 inch head stays and it has adequate carbonation with small bubbles.
Smells of malts, yeast, coriander, and hints of lemon and orange. Tastes of coriander, good hops, slight lemon, and light alcohol. The finish stays wet and it has a good balance of malt and hops. When it warmed a bit, the coriander taste protruded a bit more and changed the taste. I preferred the taste at the cooler temperature straight out of the bottle.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle no. L185-03. Sampled on March 14, 2010 with the beer served at about 50 degrees. The pour comes on strong with lively carbonation, an amber-copper color, with about three inches of frothy, foamy beige head. The carbonation mellows after a moment. A muted malted aroma with a fascinating floral and fruity hoppiness engulfing it. The mouthfeel bold in texture but soft and delicacy. The taste is candied sweetness, a bitter but slightly dry hop finish but everything tends to be subtle and mild. Easy to drink.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-hazy caramel color with an enormous dark white head that kicks of spots of lace on the glass.
Aroma is lots of grapefruit and lemon with some darker citrus fruits i the background.
Flavor is some caramel malt and loads of citrus fruits and some resiny bitterness. Very fruit dominated interesting but not quite there.
Mouthfeel had the classic British Ale hard water characteristics. Very weet witha flowery furit hop note and light bitter and salt on the tongue.
Drinkability was decent but nothing I'd seek out again or recommend.

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L bottle into pint glass.

Deem amber color with a light tan colored one inch head that lasts forever. Stacked lacing along the glass.

Sweet and piney hops dominate the aroma, sitting over a lightly toasty malt base.

Bittersweet hops mix with a creamy malt base. A touch of honey is tasted as well. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is mostly the hops fading.

This Pale Ale is more American than English with sharp hops and a 5+ %ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone Brewery flute. Pours a cloudy medium orange amber. Abundant carbonation, foamed robustly out the bottle on opening, and required a quick pour to avoid losing a lot of ale. Settled to a two finger, white head with good retention. Aroma of light fruit and a Belgian yeast-like and somewhat mineral component that may be attributable to spicing although spices are not noted in the brewery description. Flavor is light citrus, fruit, finishing dry and hoppy. Light to medium bodied. An interesting and unusual English pale ale with some elements that are reminiscent of Belgian pale ales but the finish is a bit on the dry side for me.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Augustinian Ale has an extremely thick, spongy, off-white head, a good amount of lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, super-fizzy, orange appearance, with roiling specks and relatively large brown chunks throughout. When the bottom contents are swished and poured in, a brown, dirty cloud descends into the glass. The aroma is harsh and of turned citrus. There is also pungent sour bread in the smell. Taste is of red clay, iron, sweet citrus, cellar mold, bread crust, tea, and tap water. Mouthfeel is chewy and dirty, and Augustinian Ale finishes semi-dry and rough.


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Photo of Gusler
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disengages the bottle a limpid copper color with a portly sized head that is also semi-creamy in texture with the color a winsome light tan; the lace forms a thick curtain to drape the glass. The nose is a sweet and somewhat perfume like, hints of coriander or orange peel, not quite sure, malt sweet, fresh as the morning dew with a nice crispness, that I find appealing, start is sweet, nice hefty malt profile, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is sharp-edged carbonation wise, the hops striking in their spiciness, very dry and lingering aftertaste, quite a quaffable brew, ah got to love these English Ales.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL with some sort of gibberish code of L185-03 on the back label. Pours a hazy copper color with a large and fluffy tan head. Retention is pretty damn good on here, lacing just ok.

Nose is quite fruity and sweet - strawberries, raspberries and cherries floating around in a cup of syrupy coca-cola. Maybe some toffee and burnt biscuit bottom maltiness under the strange cola aroma...maybe thats from the coriander.

Cola and burning biscuit flavors are still there and the fruitiness dissipates somewhat, replaced by plenty of coriander. Has some tartness akin to berries though and even a little bit of wood flavors are noticeable. A pretty odd beer that grows on you a little bit as the bottle empties. The coriander flavors are a little different than your typical wit, more burnt and toffee-esque. Fairly bitter on the finish and cleans up nicely. Not bad, at first I did not think I would like it at all, but I had no problem whatsoever finishing this half liter.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of markbatonrouge
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

There are some striking things about this beer -- it's certainly very unusual. The poured a dirty gold color with heavy, almost chunky sediment in it (it says it's bottle-conditioned). As a homebrewer, I don't mind that at all, but it will raise eyebrows for some.

What's most immediately strking after the pour is the aroma of the beer. It smells of sweet flowers and beautifully subtle citrus. My goodness, I say to myself, this aroma is amazing. At least some of this comes from coriander kind of like a Belgian wheat, but it's not a wheat beer at all, and so the aromas are really unique, fun, impressive.

After the aromas, the taste sort of pales in comparison. The sweet citrus remains with some bitterness that, in my mind, doesn't quite reach a level of good balance.

However, the mouthfeel is pretty amazing also -- effervescence, and lots of it, is the key word here. It's very carbonated, almost fizzy like a soda or a highly carbonated sweet beligian ale. I really like the mouthfeel, though the carbonation is only one part of equation. The other part of moutfeel for me is richness and thickness, and this beer doesn't perform at that level.

In the end, while the aroma and effervescence are really interesting, almost fascinating, after a bit, the beer becomes less drinkable to me. The sweet aromas and high carbonation wear a little thin after awhile. I was ready to move on to something else.

I'm really glad I tried this beer, and I recommend to anyone who wants to try an English beer that is pretty darn unique. I'm just never going to be able to drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite hazy copper color, even with a gentle pouring; there is quite a lot of suspended fine sediment. The large and creamy, excellent off-white head slowly fades to a paper-thin layer; despite this, excellent lacing is present.

Aroma: Strong aroma of home-baked bread, fruits, spices, mild hops, and honeysuckle notes

Taste: Begins with grassy notes, caramel and yeast notes and zesty carbonation. The taste soon assumes a fruit-and-spice characteristic. The finish is drawn out with a rather pronounced earthy note and a long-lasting, slightly medicinal note.

Mouth feel: Quite creamy, smooth, and fairly full.

Drinkability/notes: A rather interesting beer, far from what I expected. One has a sense that that this beer would be familiar to an English tavern patron of two centuries ago.

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