Augustijn Ale
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #82
Ranked #13,065
3.9 | pDev: 11.03%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Typical short and stubby 330ml brown Belgian-style bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy (from the yeast in the bottle) light peach coloured brew with a massive white foam head, that eventually settles to a ringed lace with ample retention.

Smell: A touch fruity (orange, pear) with soft grains and phenols. Faint yeast.

Taste: Oh so smooth and creamy on the palate, turning slightly bitty with notes of grain and prickly with its tight, active carbonation and spicy alcohol -- which is deceiving. Sharp biting edge peaks with a twang. Underlying fruity foundation, broken up by soft white pepper notes, herbal hop character and phenols. Feel and flavour on the palate becomes pear-like with a second round of fruit depth, including a bit of orange oil. Chalky yeast towards the drying, coarse finish -- which seems to hang about a bit too much.

Note: Overall = simply amazing! This beer is an absolute treat. Anyone interested in Belgian beers needs to give this beer a try ...

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Photo of Jason
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown stubby bottle with no freshness date though it is a beer of strength and certainly does have a longer shelf life than most beers.

Appearance: Outstanding head retention, a think two fingered foam does not move the least bit until a few sip are taken. Very loose yeast as it was pullled to the top of the bottle as soon as I started pouring .. the result was a very cloudy brew.

Smell: Fruity and spicy aroma with a kiss of medicinal phenols on the side. Coriander, ripe orange, pear, and spicy hop are quite aromatic … hint of chalky yeast and alcoholic esters as well.

Taste: Smoothness is streamlined to bring the mouth feel to a near surreal enjoyment. Medium bodied with a very well textured carbonation. Solid maltiness, light tartness and steely grain upfront. Hint of ripe fruit ... mellow fruitiness is surrounded by spice of hops, medicinal phenols and soft coriander and orange undertones. Powdery yeast and alcoholic esters pull the backend with a semi-dry finish. The alcohol is a bit deceiving though it warms the body well.

Notes: This is a killer triple not one of the greatest but still up there as far as flavour goes. A beautiful brew to be had and romantic to the senses. Balanced to a T, and oh so flavourful. If you are looking try a Belgian Triple start here. Paired well with some sage aged cheddar and whole grain crackers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mynie
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged about a year in my fine closet.

Pours brilliantly! Dark honey yellow with a perfect amount of haze and tight white head that sticks around for ages.

Smells of tart, fruity belgian yeast, european hop spice, and a dry, earthen malt.

Tastes very tart up front, aged but in a good way. Honey, fruit juice, yeast, white pepper, and lemongrass. Ends on a big yeast kick and a very slight hint of alcohol. Nice.

Goes down smooth for its ABV, and it's stood up well to time. Certainly worth picking up.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.23/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2 oz into pint glass. $3.49, purchased @ Nikki's in PVD. No freshness info, but I think it just arrived.

A- Pale golden yellow, a bit hazy with a dull orange glow. Huge head, takes a while to settle and pour.

S- Coriander and fruity/floral sweetness. Faint.

T- Taste is muted, mild crisp apple sweetness and a bit like smarties.. medicinal, confectioner's sugar, pill bottle bitterness. Overripe papaya, out of place. Not what I was looking for.

M- Thin, watery, lacking depth or good yeast character. Low carbonation, it all blew out in the pour.

O- I was not impressed. Been getting some good tripels lately, but I won't buy this again. I only drank 1/3 of this and drainpoured the rest.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a slight gusher with a thick spongy off-white head. The golden-yellow body is clear with a sea of racing microbubbles supporting the head.
S- The honey malt aroma is fresh with a pale malt support and a soft green fluoride note to the finish.
T- The slight sweetness of malt has some crystal malt and honey malt characters to it. The slight citrus qualities with other fruity yeast character supports the green note in the finish. There is a slight dryness to the finish that supports the hops turning them a bit more pungent as the beer opens up. M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a cleaning fizz finish and a soft alcohol warmth.
D- This beer has a nice blend of malt and yeasty flavors with a dry crisp finish and a good balance between the malt and hops. This beer goes down smooth and quick especially for a 8 %ABV.

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Photo of cudmud
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: One finger of head and wonderful lacing. Antique copper color with a yeasty haze.

Smell: Nice esters and smells of wet grass. Rich malt aromas.

Taste: Strong yeast flavors which are balanced with malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and doughy.

Drinkability: A wonderful beer to enjoy anytime

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

augustijn review #100!!

from the 'old stubby' into a delirium snifter. first thing i notice is the cool label. got the ommegang lion on it, a hardcore monk, and some antelopes?!?

pours nice.. clear gold with fluffy light head and that triple smell... yeast, malts and lemon.

tastes like a tripel, with a little more hops and crisp metallic flavor. less pronounced yeast in the flavor.. more refreshing- almost a white wheat flavor. for 8%, this beer is supremely drinkable. when it comes to these steenberge 6-packs, here's the order in which i drink em:

1. gulden draak
2. piraat
3. bornem dubbel
4. augustijn
5. bornem tripel
6. bruegel blonde

ok for the style, wish i could buy a sixer of this. would be a great session beer for me.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap in my favorite pub, the Vlaamse Reus in Wageningen. The beer pours a slightly hazy, amber-orange color, with a bubbly medium-lasting white head.

Smell: Malts, spicy yeasts, hints of coriander and clove and fresh fruits (citrus)

Taste: the first that I noticed is the metallic aftertaste, what a negative surprise. Strangely enough, this metallic taste disappeared after a few nips.... The taste is quite malty, spicy (clove) with fresh fruits (sour apple, orange) with hoppy undertones.

Mouthfeel: Relatively high carbonation, tickles the tongue. The beer is medium-thin.

Overall: nice spicy, hoppy and refreshing beer. A decent tripel. Nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of bruachan
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

comes in a nice big 750 w/ a laboring brewermonk on the label. the aroma out of the bottle is incredibly fruity (mango and raisin)

bigtime white head is fed constantly by vigorous carbonation, which clouds the brew's opacity. that is not to say, however, that it's a crystalline beer, as it appears to have its own haze. the color is a peachy amber

phenolic aromas of white pepper and other spices meld with some woody hops. up close i don't smell the same fruitiness i got earlier

ooh, tangy. it's not brett or anything like that, but a soft, tactile sourness that plays well with the subsequent bitterness. the very first thing i sense with each sip is the fruity tartness. super bright (peach, mango, nectarine, plum) but behind it is the denouement with the hops in tow. not much hop flavor, but they're bringin' up the rear

fine brew. it measures in at 8%, but that don't mean it ain't drinkable. the flavors form an excellent balance between the sweet and not, though allowing each other to shine

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Photo of Grunewald
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours cloudy dark amber with a huge head that laces in sheets on the glass.

S - sweet estery malt, citrus and light spice

T - sweet malt, then fruit and light citrus, and finally a medicinal flavor with a biting spice. The spice mellows and a soft medicinal taste lingers.

M - medium carbonation, medium body, very smooth with a semi dry finish. A light warming in the stomach also present.

D - balanced, but leaves me thirsty

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Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass, this beer is a hazy amber-orange color with a soft, slim head on it. Nose is quite full of ripe bubblegum, vanilla, banana notes. More fruitiness in the flavor, but there's also a nice, tart musty sourness to offset the sweet taste. Peppery phenols make an appearance as well. Unfortunately, the body is rather watery. At first, it seemed rather tasty, but it just doesn't hold up well.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours like apple juice with no head (perhaps because I split the bottle between two glasses). There is some sediment floating in the bottom of the glass. The nose is sour with sour apple, rotten strawberries, and ginger. This is a shockingly sour - and even astringent - ale in the mouth. Lots of fruit, grapes, and hops, it resembles a sparkling cider. No hint of the strong alcohol in the taste or mouth. Though I really enjoyed the unique sourness to this ale, one is plenty for one sitting.

After tasting this beer, I was surprised to see it labeled a tripel style. Though strong in alcohol, this was so bitter and sour, it was much more like a sour ale. Congratulations to the brewers for moving so far outside the box on this style.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a golden orange with a rich, creamy white head that lasts the whole glass.

Smell: The smell is an odd, funky almost rustic feel, and lacks the fruitiness of most Tripels.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Again with the smell, it lacks the normal fruity appeal. The flavor is interesting, and has an almost cherry taste, but not too authentic. The mouthfeel, on the other hand, is creamy, full bodied, and really helps the beer out alot.

Drinkability and Overall: The only thing that makes this any more drinkable than the average beer is that incredible mouthfeel. Creamy as all hell. It's not exactly how I like my Tripels, but definitly a unique interpretation on the style. Give it a shot.

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Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this beer out of one of those stubby 330ml bottles. It poured a nice honey color with a 2-finger head. There were streams of carbonation as well as sediment on the bottom. The head was lasting and produced a good amount of lacing. The smell was of sour apple, malt and lemon. The taste was light and refreshing and included spice and white wine hints. It was very tingly in the mouth and on the tongue. Overall, I fairly enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of Kooz
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form bottle into Sam Adams pint glass. Poured clear, but cloudy--interesting. Some head that seems to linger a bit.

Smells acrid, yeasty, and sour, but in a pleasant way. Smells almost like a brewery.

Tastes how it smells. Very nice flavor--amazing how different this is from even the best domestic craft beers. This is the third or fourth I've tried from this brewery, and all have had two things in common--depth of flavor, and great mouthfeel. This is no exception in either category. Mouthfeel is good and creamy...

Overall, it's another winner for Brouwerij Van Steenberge.

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely beer. Fruity and sour.

330 ml. bottle purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank.

Pours a dark amber with a two finger white head. Left some small ribbons of lace.

Aroma is sweet caramel, fruity ale yeast and traces of floral hops.

Taste is rich caramel, under-ripe summer fruit, ale yeast and some floral notes.

Mouthfeel is medium. Nicely balancing the refreshing sourness of this brew is the medium body that allows the sourness to linger for a short period in the mouth after each sip.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of irish174
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass. Pours a golden color with a large 2+ finger head.

Aroma: Has that typical Belgian beer aroma. Fruity hints banana's,apples and grapes.

Flavor: Banana and's sweet and fruity to begin, but ends overall with a slight Belgian IPA finish.

Palate is very nice, very crisp,and smooth

8% You don't taste it but certainly feel it after a few so watch out rookies! Overall a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of AlexJ
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 pours a hazy, radient yellow gold color with a massive, fluffy white head that has exceptional staying power. After 30 minutes in a Duvel tulip, there is still 1/4 in. of thick patchy foam. Lacing hangs like Spanish moss. Straight 5 for appearance, all the way!

Aroma is a lively blend of pinapple, green apple, lemon zest, and spicey yeast notes. There's definately a sour twang to it that tells me it's going to be very refreshing.

The flavor is delicate for a tripel, more like a Belgian strong pale. There's tropical pinapple and papaya, green apple, very light banana, cotton candy, and bubblegum. Not nearly as sweet as it smells, with a beautiful measure of sour funkyness to make it super balanced.

Body is light to medium with an incredibly airey, fluffy mouthfeel leading to a dry, chardonayish finish. So light and refreshing yet complex and sophisticated. Very nice offering from our Belgian friends.

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Photo of jimiv73
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i must say this is a well rounded beer not the best but very consistent i remember the first time i drank this it came from one of those sampler beer packs from belgium! it came in at a nice 8% alcohol and went down fast so needless to say i went out and bought some big boys and was not discouraged!!!

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Photo of Paddez
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, orange brew with a medium sized, soapy head.
The aroma is spicy and fruity with some yeasty notes. It also had a less pleasant acidic/metal-like note to it though.
The taste is hoppy and yeasty rather than malty. Lots of spicy, grainy and fruity aspects come together in a typical triple taste . Nice.

Can't compare to triples like Westmalle, Chimay or Keizersberg, but it's certainly not a bad brew and a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of psinderson
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in traditional glassware.

Appearance: Clear, light golden color. Thick, strong white head.

Smell: Light citrus with some peppery spice.

Taste: Fruity - Grapes and raisins - up front with some alcohol, mild citrus hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish, but clean and good.

Drinkability: Decently clean finish...light.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml slowly poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a golden honey color with a billowing, dense, cloud-like white head that floated on the surface of the beer as one solid mass for a very long time. It finally reduced slightly after a few sips into a nice thick film that lasted the whole beer through and left great lacing.
S: Sweet fruit, green apples, fresh pears, Belgium spices and faint yeast.
T: Tons of sweet fruits and fruit juice flavors, especially apple juice and pear with hints of citrus. The fruit gives way to spicy hops, pepper and other Belgium spices. At times this tastes like I'm biting into a ripe pear with white pepper. Aftertaste turns slightly bitter with fruity sour notes.
M: Bubbly carbonation melts on your pallet with each sip. Very smooth. Alcohol is only noted in the aftertaste and is very well hidden.
D: I was pleased with this beer. A very good standard, well-rounded tripel. Pick one up, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden colour as a Tripel should, with an off-white head that is thick and foamy. Smell rather spicy and sour, lots of citrus. Taste was great clovey spiciness that is a great example of a Tripel. Light and creamy mouthfeel as well. Dangerously tasty, but there are many better Tripels out there.

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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 497 ratings