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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

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

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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 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 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 BeerBard
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost no head from this English ale...at least from my bottle. Cloudy and wheat-brown in color. Not very aromatic....can't smell much at all really. The best thing about the ale is the nice balance of hops and malts that ultimately saves it from complete mediocrity and makes it a worthy choice for a drinking session. Hops come on early and leave late, but they're quite friendly and non-obtrusive. Yeast and coriander flavors just barely present. The malts come out of hiding as you warm to it and it warms to you. A bit of a metalic taste was noted...don't know if the bottle was going bad. Nothing that special I'm afraid.

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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. Naw...it 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 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 kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), over a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

A big, cream-colored head leaves some creamy lacing. The beer is a very slightly hazy orange/amber. The last pour unloads a ton of fine sediment with some not-so-fine dark specks.

The smell is flowery, sweet, a little smoky, fruity with just a hint of caramel. I don't know if it adds up, but my overall impression is sunscreen lotion.

Lots of hops in the front: flowers, some grapefruit, a little tobacco. Some caramel makes a nice entrance in the middle, sweetening things a little. The finish is hoppy bitter! Turfy. A little peaty. This is pretty good.

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Photo of TXHops
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nethergate’s Augustinian Ale is a recent addition to Manneken-Brussel Imports out of Austin, so on a recent trip, I got me some… This coriander-spiced English Pale Ale pours with a honeyish amber body and a beautiful, perfect cream-colored head of foam with bubbles so small, the head looks like an albino pancake. This head would make a nitro-ale jealous, plus it didn’t take 5 minutes to settle. Unfortunately for this beer’s appearance score, large, black chunks of trub floated around awhile before settling to the bottom. Oh well—bottle conditioning…

A sweet, peachy aroma greets the nose, somehow escaping the blanket of foam. There’s maybe the vaguest sign of the coriander in the aroma, though a bit of it comes through in the sweet, peachy flavor. The medium-light, softly-carbonated body swims around the mouth, pushing that canned-peaches-in-syrup flavor to the far reaches of my palate. A dose of bitterness from some flavorless hop prevents the beer from falling out of balance.

As the beer warms and the flavor lingers in my mouth, the coriander begins to come through slightly more in the aroma. The same change occurs in the flavor as well, but the peach syrup flavor increases as well, subduing the spice’s push.

For a guy who doesn’t like coriander, I thought this was a well done beer. The spice was used very conservatively and didn’t overwhelm the beer’s native flavors.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber color, average head, but not the astonishing mushroom cap of foam I find in good weizens or witbiers. Great aroma : tingly, spicy, loads of fruitiness. Majestic hoppiness here, with a rush of flavors spilling onto the tongue, but slightly sour and citrusy. It's an English wheat ale, but I'm not sure if it falls near a Belgian wit or a German weizen, or somewhere off on it's own. I can pick out the coriander, but not exactly orange. Good, but, compared to the best of those aforementioned styles, out of it's league.

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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 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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