Augustinian Ale | Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

Augustinian AleAugustinian Ale
75 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 05-20-2002

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, ice tea brown body with a small head and little lacing

Smell: Faint aroma of citrus and coriander; a distinct bitter smell

Taste: Unripe sour fruit (apples?) and a heavy dose of coriander; tastes somewhat like a hard English cider; very bitter and lemony; unusual and jarring, at first

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low/moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Get ready to pucker up, as this one is for lovers of bitter flavors; for the rest of us, this is interesting, but not particularly approachable

 538 characters

Photo of beertastegood
2.86/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big coriander aromas along with sweet, orangey-lemon as well. Pours a slightly hazy copper with a huge white head.

Tastes very...strange. An astringent, sour, citric-like flavor dominates the palate, with a very slight backing of sweet malt. Hops bitterness is medium, very noticable. The hops are actually what help this beer stay somewhat balanced. Dry finish, with a very distinctive coriander flavor at the end. Weird.

 426 characters

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.

 484 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five-finger off-white pillowy head that stays leaving a lot lace. Cloudy amber color. High carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts with a mix of hops and malts with the hops dominating and a prickly mouthfeel. Lingering hoppy aftertaste. $3.75 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

 320 characters

Photo of sinistermadman
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Augustinian Ale served via 16.9 oz bottle poured in pint glass.

The first thing I immediately noticed is the gi-normous head which arrived after the initial poor. This ale pours a medium copper-amber color. The head is very pillowy and dense. The cloud white foam leaves a slight lacing behind after drinks.

Smell includes hints of citrus, and various spices which I guess includes coriander.

The taste. Slightly tart. Not too overbearing though. The coriander is definitely at the forefront. I think I could use this brew to marinate my chicken breasts in before grilling. Quite a spicy character. First drink was not that great, but I am warming up to it.

Mouthfeel is not great in my opinion. This ale attacks the tip of your tongue. For me this affects drinkablity somewhat. I think this might be interesting accompanied with poultry. I don't think this will be a mainstay in my lineup anytime soon.

 915 characters

Photo of HardTarget
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt. 9 fl. oz brown bottle with 5.2% abv and a bit about finest malts and a touch of coriander.
Aroma: Well, there’s the coriander, the lemon grass like smell is strong and unmistakable. The spice masks all else.
Appearance: Amber orange glass is topped by a good two fingers of head that started about 3 and a half and laced as it settled.
Flavor: Coriander is strong, but under it I get some buttery biscuit notes and a hint of coriander infused hops.
Mouthfeel: A bit numbing, leaves a coat but dries rather quickly.
Overall Impression: While not a world class brew, I found this to be fairly drinkable. Taste is adequate, and given I really like coriander, I enjoyed the package even if the rest of the flavors were fairly bland. Looks great, big frothy mocha head, clumps and rings of lace, hazy orange amber. Smell is one dimensional, but again, I like coriander. Have to give it pretty good marks. Worth a try in my book.

 938 characters

Photo of ybnorml
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clean bright orange beer. Has a big foamy beige head and a lace effect. There is a sweet citrusy (orange?) aroma with a light spicey background. A very astringent taste and mouthfeel. Made me think of drinking lemon pledge. After I tasted it I assume my wife had cleaned my beer glass with furniture polish. I then drank directly from the bottle. No change. Not my glass or my wife at fault.

 393 characters

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.

 760 characters

Photo of hobbes2112
1.22/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I bought this yesterday at the store and was pretty excited because it was a new beer to me.

Things quickly went downhill from the joy of a new product.

Poured a dark orange with brown core. The liquid color was nice, but the was ZERO head. Not just a little, absolutely none. It just sat in the glass like a still beverage.

Smell was odd, sugarly but tart like iced tea. No discernable beer elements. You can convince yourself that there is a hop smell in there, but it sure doesn't stand out.

Taste. BLECH! This tastes like putrid acidic iced tea. Nothing pleasant except the moment when you can no longer taste it in your mouth. First beer I have ever poured out due to taste. I really only made it about 4 ounces before I gave up.

Mouthfeel was a joke, no carbonation, no body, terrible bite. Bitter in the bad way, heinous aftertaste.

If you could give a zero in drinkability this would get it! Avoid at all costs.

I would rather drink a macro, even a bottom shelf swill macro before having this one again.


After reading some other reviews I am concinved that I got a bad bottle. What I just suffered through sounds nothing like the rest of your are talking about. I am going to talk to the store people, then know me and might hook me up with a replacement.

Edit #2:

Had it again...still sucks.

 1,339 characters

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.

 442 characters

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.

 549 characters

Photo of HochFliegen
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a copper color with a huge head that is creamy and white in color. The lace is thick and hold to the glass well. The aroma is quite flowery with hints of corriander,orange peel and other citrus smells. The taste lasts a long time and is dominated by floral and citrus flavors. This is very different from any other beer ive had. Its kinda sweet and bitter in the end and finish with a dry aftertastse that lingers. Due to the large floral taste and smell I think I could only handle one of these in a sitting.

 524 characters

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.

 448 characters

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.

 556 characters

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.

 637 characters

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

 476 characters

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 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.

 627 characters

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.

 1,029 characters

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.

 813 characters

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.

 658 characters

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.

 1,412 characters

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.

 869 characters

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.

 530 characters

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.

 460 characters

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.

 813 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Augustinian Ale from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 75 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.