Augustinian Ale | Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

Augustinian AleAugustinian Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 05-20-2002

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Spineypanda
4.23/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden amber, with a ridiculous head, no matter how i pour it.
Smells a bit barnyardy, with an almost brettanomyces smell to it.
The first taste brings notes of tartness and sweetness, with a good almost green apple kick to it. As it settles in your mouth it calms down a bit but keeps that taste on your palate for some time.
Quite carbonated too.
A great beer from Nethergate, and will enjoy it again.

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Photo of wl0307
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting the cask version, 4.5%abv.

A: pale amber to dark orange-golden in colour, a very thin foam settles fast on top of low carbonation.
S: the fruitiness of nectarines and peaches come along with flowery bouquet scents, wrapping a firm but rounded maltiness in the middle. Overall, very well blended and fruity.
T: white-grape juice as well as Riesling-like winey flavour prevail upfront, mixed well with an aromatic-biscuity malty edge and a mildly tannic orange-zesty bitternessĀ… the finish has plenty of lingering undertones of malty bitter-sweetness with a kickback from more dried citrus rinds.
M&D: softly-fizzy in texture with a rather nice balance, this is a medium-bodied, tasty and thirst-quenching pale ale benefiting from an abundant amount of hops (by NethergateĀ’s standard, that is). When on form, this cask ale is very delicious indeed and highly recommended!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one just exploded out of the bottle; highly carbonated. It pours to a bronze color with a thick, chunky off-white head. It has a nice floral, spicy, coriander aroma, with a soft malt backbone. I get the coriander first thing in the flavor, which then flows to the soft malt flavors and the spicy, floral hop bitterness. The bitterness is very soft in the finish. It is a very smooth and easy drinking beer. A surprisingly tasty, different English brew.

Sampled 9/10/03

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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 John
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz. bottle. Bottle conditioned. Pale straw-gold color with a yeasty haze after pouring. There's no dregs left in the bottom of the bottle. Good initial head with a persistent layer of creamy foam. The aroma is primarily grapefruity hops and some fruit (peaches?). Initial taste is hoppy. Overall taste is atypical of any other English ale I've had...but I like it. The label states that the beer is brewed with "a touch of coriander." It works extremely well here though, meshes well with the hops. As the brew warms, the coriander is more evident but welcome. Sturdy malt balances the equation. One could argue the catagorization of this as an English pale ale vs. an herb/spice beer. IMHO, this was a hoppy English pale for 2/3 of the experience. Whatever catagory you prefer, this was a tasty, unique brew.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a hazy copper with a large head of billowy foam.

The smell has some caramel malt ands fruity sweetness with a nice fresh citrus note.

The taste is nice and malty with a good caramel sweetness and some nice fruity tones. There's a slight hop bitterness near the finish but it's not very assertive...I like that in an English Pale Ale as I'm looking for the malt when I try examples of the style.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of low, it has medium carbonation, and it finishes fruity and malty. Great head retention and there's some lacing.

Drinkability? It goes down *very* easy. Just a good all around Pale Ale.

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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 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 Stoffel
4/5  rDev +17%

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

The scent of fresh garden herbs exudes from the half liter glass as the ale is poured. A hefty five-finger head erupts with a frothy explosion of large bubbles that ever so slowly settles to a more manageable height. Makes it difficult to get a good gulp without frosting the mustache though (not that it detracts from the overall experience). Despite (or because of) the large bubbles, the froth clings well and stays through the last sip.

The aroma carries through to the flavor of the hazy orange colored brew, depositing the distinctive coriander and orange peel impressions directly on the middle of the tongue, with a soft and slightly sweet after taste and a lingering hop accent.

Any excess carbonation seems to be released when poured, as this well rounded ale is well received in the mouth and easily digested.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +17%

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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3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color with a slight orange tint. 2" thick off-white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles racing furiously towards the top. Outstanding retention. Nice patches of thick lace.

S - Orange blossom. Spice. Definite coriander. Tangy. Very appealing nose.

T - Citrus. Herbal. Tea leaf. Orange juice. Hint of bready malt. Decent bitterness in the finish.

M - Thin to medium mouthfeel. Not as carbonated in the mouth as the appearance led me to believe.

D - Great drinkability. This was a surprise for me. I look forward to trying this again soon. Well worth a try for your English beer money.

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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 Brad007
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. What a way to greet the eyes!

Lots of buttery malt with a very mild hop bite. Very clean regardless. Not as "fruity" as other examples.

Seems very fresh with crisp, buttery malt followed by a balanced hop bite. Almost too clean.

Lingering buttery malt/hops. Nothing to write much about as it finishes clean.

I like this example of the style. It's easier to enjoy, clean and drinkable as is. Check it out.

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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 meylo
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer took me by surprise. I traveled down to South Texas from Austin. See when I head down there, I have to stop in at either Whole Foods or Whip-In. The valley has no place to buy good beer.

I really enjoyed this ale. It had the look of a typical hefey but the taste was uber sweet. To me it had a lavender onset taste with a springy calm fresh after taste.

I have to give this the Meylo "Closing of Summer" award of 2007.

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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 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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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Bayou, SLC

Pours a cloudy dark yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some nice thick creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, slight banaa/corriander. The taste is malty/yeasty, slightly sweet, nice little citrus twist, with some bananna/corriander. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry. Drinkable,this is a tasty brew, more of a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Torch
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This is a beautiful beer that pours with a nice tall head that has good retention and nice lacing. The appearance screams DRINK ME!

S - I'm not sure I know what coriandor smells like but I don't think I smell it here. Lemony is the best description of the smell. Very pleasent on the nose with no off smells at all.

T - I'm a fan of English Pale Ales and this one doesn't disappoint. Citrus and hops go well together in my book.

M - It's probably the excessive carbonation but this beer is somewhat sudsy feeling.

D - Good but not great. If the mouthfeel were improved this one would be awesome.

Very good beer overall.

St. Augustine, pray for us!

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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 Georgiabeer
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat of a strange beer. Quite fruity for a pale ale, and with a distinct aroma and taste of heather honey. Pours a quite murky orange with only a modicum of head. What there is fades quickly. Fruity and honeyed in the smell- almost like marmalade. The taste is similar, but with a touch of seltzer and copper. A bit thin in the mouth, and the finish is a little bit thin and sour, but overall not bad. Unusual, I'm glad I tried it.

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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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Augustinian Ale from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 30.7% out of 100 with 75 ratings
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