Augustijn Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

very good
497 Ratings
Augustijn AleAugustijn Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Reviews: 396 | Ratings: 497
Photo of emsroth
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml stubby bottle

App: golden amber with a slight haze. A small but thick head sits on top.

Smell: A wonderful mix of sweet/sour grapes and bready malt. Alcoholic esters make themselves known and make me want to drink.

Taste: The taste is dominated by a sharp malt flavor. Ends with a crisp, refreshing hop bitterness. A sweet candy flavor remains on the palette after sipping.

Delicate carbonation matches wonderfully with the full body.

There are probably better tripels out there, but from the ones i've had, this beer shines.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the most tastiest, easy drinking Belgian Triples that I have had. Poured into a goblet and it was just slightly cloudy with a whitish medium head. Smell was very wheatish, and fruity with just a slight tinge of alcohol vapors. Flavor was much the same with some juicy fruit flavors and very mild spices. You could hardly tell that this has 8% alcohol. Very nice and since it is the cheapest in their line I will be buying more.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with long lasting bubbly head.

Aroma of spicy phenols, Belgian yeast, some clove and candy sugars

Flavors of peppery phenols, clove, yeasty Belgian goodness with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is warming, chewy and carbonated. Leaves a slight alcohol
presence in the finish

Overall I'm very happy with m selection. I picked this up on a whim as I love trying obscure Belgians, especially tripels and I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of irish174
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Sixpack595
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Yellow/orange in color with a thick, almost white head that lasts forever. Aromas of bready malts and citrus fruits. Very well balanced with touches of citrus and spice. Great carbonation, and the 8% ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of roblowther
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The big bottle and I ain't skeer't. It pours pale cloudy gold with a thin off-white lace. It smells of sour peaches, strawberries and a nice musty funk. The taste is vanilla malt, a VERY smooth flavor indeed. It has a pleasant chalky finish with caramel notes & I'm in love. The mouthfeel is slick, smooth, and dry in the finish. The drinkability is phenomenal, with the alcohol well hidden and a very balanced flavor. Barkeep, another round!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 for a 11.2oz bottle at Merchants. Pours out to an attractive milky overripe peach, forming a tightly beaded dense meringue/crema-like head with superior retention and solid sheets of lace. Very nice looking beer...this is what is meant when you hear the term "liquid bread". Moderate carbonation. Lots of fine pancaked yeast in the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is excellent....cloves, raw apple cider, bananas, bubblegum, orange, yeast. Mouthfeel is about medium-bodied, and carbonation is subdued compared to other trippels, which I happen to prefer. It makes for easier drinking. The taste is as expected...lots of bready character, but not interesting tinge of sourness, like sour cherries, is in here. Well-balanced...not too sweet. Is coriander in here? Tastes like it for sure. Alcohol is subtle.

This is an excellent triple. One of the better examples I've had. Very drinkable. There is not too much of any one thing going on here, making it easy to drink while retaining all the characteristics I expect for the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle, part of a gift set I recieved "living beers" of Belgium. huge head, very frothy, takes quite a while to pour. The beer is golden-clear until the yeast begins to disperse, giving a lovely haziness. mmm, yeast,orange,banana. this beer smells remarkably similar to sparkling Lambrusco. Tart, fruits on the palate, long citrus finish. great foamy/creamy mouthfeel. One very delicious brew!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite of the sampler. Poured an electric orange (perhaps I should have stopped sampling at this point!) with a great white head. It looked awesome in the glass, almost too good to drink. But I'm glad I did. Plenty of fruit and good carbonation. This was a great beer.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown stubby bottle with no freshness date. Served in an Augustijn chalice.

A: Not much head but bubbly like champagne. Very slightly cloudy perfect amber color.

S: Fruity sweet smell with an undertone of spicy aroma.

T&M: Very smooth medium bodied ale with well textured carbonation. Hint of ripe fruit and spice, not overpowering ... just a hint

Notes: Excellent

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Photo of nathi
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden and cloudy. Huge tick head.

The aroma of this beer is so very spicy and complex. Not as huge as some, but still big. Some floral notes and fruity esters and a nice rich malt background, almost a candy like character.

Very carbonated, slightly tart, and very dry. Strong citrus notes, and a good maltyness for the dryness. A good spicyness all the way through. I love the super dry character of thsi beer, very refreshing, and a clean aftertaste. Almost champaign like, but with so much character. And a good hop presence as well, but not overpowering for the dryness, just enough to add a pleasent bitterness and resiny hop flavor.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

Dark cloudy amber with a tall off white head that falls to 2cm and stays there until almost the last swig. Very sticky, leaves a good coating inside the glass.

Smells of cloves, banannas, bready yeasts, with a slight whiff of alcohol.

Dark fruits, slightly spicy belgian yeast and a nice drying finish. Full mouthfeel really puts this one over the top.

A very well crafted and truely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 330ml/11.2oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

Appearance: It has a soft and hazy orange amber color with an outstanding, huge white head. It is thick and foamy with stiff rocky peaks that last forever.

Smell: The aroma is fruity with spice and yeast. There are some light hints of alcohol and hops in the background as well.

Taste/Mouth feel: the flavor is well balanced with earthy yeast, smooth spices and fruity notes of apple and pear, maybe even a hint of pineapple and sour orange peal. The malts are grainy and doughy and there is a mild hops presence that adds some light bitterness. All of this is wrapped up in a medium body with a lively carbonation. The 8% abv. is well hidden and the finish is fairly dry.

Notes: This is a very well done tripel.

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Photo of TCadillac
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App.-Dark orange and caramel color that pours into a frothy, soft, and pillowy head. A nice white ring of bubbly retention stays present the entire drink.

Smell- Pear, mango, peach, yeast, biscuit, clove, banana cream pie

Taste- Spice, correander, sunkist orange, melon, caramelized sugar, and tad hint of lemon.

MF-Smooth, will minimal bite in the back of the throat. Perfect amount of carbonation. Enjoyable just to roll throughout your mouth and savour the multitude of flavors.

D- This is a very comforting and enjoyable ale. When you associate a great beer this Tripel can be something that can come to mind. This is my second go around with Aug. Trip, feeling I did not fully appreciate the subtle nuiances of this spectacular Belgian feat the first go around.

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Photo of shippos
4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured a white lacy and fluffy head with a deep golden brillantly clear color.
elegant sweet malty aroma, sugary with a mild spicyness and orange peel. smooth well balanced taste and a good amount of carbonation to cleanse the palate. the alcohol is bairly perceptable and has a nice dry finish. very very drinkable and matched very well with some pork tenderloin and roasted potatoes.

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Photo of Twincrasher
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice retention. Decent head Cloudy from loose yeast.

S: Smell of alcohol together with complex fruit and phenol. Some coriander and fruit esters.

T: Much better with 2nd bottle. First bottle must have been bad. Balanced flavor profile.

M: Good finish.

Very enjoyable second time. Will purchase again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a cloudy golden orange hue. Big frothy white head with some good retention. Slowly forms craters. Some nice herbal spiciness on the nose. Like a corriander seed or dry sage. Maybe even dry mustard. Pretty unique and pretty nice. My first thought is, "I can't believe this is 8% a/v!" There's no sign of alcohol whatsoever. The body is very light. The beer is very easy drinking. It beer has subdued notes of malted wheat and orange. Similar in ways to a good Wit. But different, also, in the unique spicing that makes its presence on the nose and on the buds throughout the drinking process. This is one of the better Belgian brews I've tried. (Once again, I reitirate that Belgians are not a specialty of mine.)

A bighuge thanks to Chaz for the sample.

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Photo of JBogan
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great looking beer. Medium gold with a huge bubbly head and good lacing.

Smelled of burnt wood, yeast, banana, cinnamon and a hint of apple.

Tasted similar to the smell, rather complex and interesting with all the above mentioned smells also showing up in the taste.

Excellent mouthfeel. Prickly with a medium body, and smooth going down.

This a really nice beer, if it was a bit cheaper I'd pick it up more often, but for now it's going to be a "special occasion" brew.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow. The smell is of oranges mostly, although other citrus fruit does come through. The taste is much like the smell almost like carbonated orange juice, which makes it very easy to swallow. It also has a very pleasant mouthfeel, and (again) as it is like OJ makes it easy to enjoy more than one, even with its high alcohol content.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

08/08/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle with no dating. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker golden pour with a 1/2 inch creamy looking clean white head. Average lacing at best.

Smell- Sweet and sour fruits and spices. Apple, pear maybe some orange.

Taste- I wish most tripels tasted like this. Tons of tropical fruit flavors with a nice hit of pepper and other spices. Also a nice touch of hops involved.

Mouthfeel- A bit overly carbonated, but not as bad as most of this breweries beers are.

Drinkability- One of the better tripels I've had for sure. Well worth the $3 I paid for it.

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Photo of IronLover
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange in color with a deep, murky haze and yellowish hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a huge, billowy foam with good retention. Sweet suger and malt aromas with dark oranges, banana and a musty yeastiness at the end. Medium bodied with active soda-like carbonation. Tangy citrus orange flavor up front with spicy corriander thru the middle and banana and sweet malt thru to the finish. Sweet malty backbone throughout with banana and yeasty flavors in the the back of the mouth and throat from the middle thru the finish. Finishes with a brief citrus tangy aftertaste.

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Photo of spointon
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into a Gulden Draak snifter.

A= This ale poured a chill-hazey deep golden color with a crazy 3+ inches of slightly off-white head. The head took a long time to drop, and eventually fell to 1/4 inch. Lacing down the glass was thick and soapy.

S= Aromas of candied fruit and phenols dominated. Definite Belgian funk present in the yeast smell. Slight alcohol aromas as well.

T= This fine ale started with a sweet malty flavor followed by tons of candy fruit and yeasty funk. Alcohol warmed pleasantly at the end of each sip. A fantastic aftertaste left me wanting more!

MF= I really enjoyed the huge Belgian effervescence in this ale. The body was medium, but the firm carbonation lifted it considerably.

D= This is a fantastic Belian ale! I picked this up in a sampler mixed-pack, and will definitely be adding this to my regular rotation of Belgian trippel style ales...

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Photo of CPeterson
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- A light pale golden color with a good amount of carbonation and a pour that resulted in a nice head that dissipated well leaving a slight foam on top.

S -- Incredible yeast smell and ever so light sweetness dancing around in this one. My mouth waters in anticipation.

T -- artfully designed beer, light in color, flavor and scent yet still packing an 8.0. Mild flavors all around, citrus, spices, a slight hoppiness seems to work with the alcohol.

M -- Silky and juicy...perhaps a little spicy -- a slight tingle.

D -- I will most certainly buy this again. And again. Very easy to drink and possesses just enough flavor and complexity to make each sip a ride...cheers!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one purs from 750ML caged and corked bottle, whoa, the cork exploded out of the bottle as soon as I removed the cage and hit my ceiling!!

Anywho, once I get some into my glass, it has a nice cloudy yellow orange colour and there's a lot of foam and lacing. A very pleasing Ale to the eye for sure.

The smell is all sorts of fruity and yeasty and peppery and malty get the picture. ;^)

The taste is as complex as the smell. Big sweet n sour notes up front with a lot of spicy hops hovering around. I'm getting orange, coriander, clove, pepper and the list just goes on and on. There's even a bit of funk and earthiness about midway through and the finish is citrus fruit bitter and it leaves a long and enjoyable aftertaste. This is a heck of a good Tripel that's holding my attention with and during every sip. Man.

After a few more sips, I can taste and savour some ripened fruit, and the tartness, that started from the very first sip and continues with every subsequent sip, makes me pucker my mouth a bit but that's just fine and dandy with me and encourages me to take yet guessed it... sip. With all the complex things going on here, I find the abv doesn't even come into play and that makes for some excellent drinkability.

Mouthfeel? About as smooth as it can get. The carbonation is on the light side(despite my bottle sending the cork almost into orbit) and very appropriate for the style. The *only* thing I could complain about it's not available locally so I had to get my sample from the good folks at Liquorama for US$8.99 + shipping; Worth every penny, in my book.

Bottom line: An *excellent* Tripel because of the complex flavours that hit my palate and one that I'd get again without hesitation. If you see some on the shelf of the store *you're* in, by all means, grab at least one bottle and see what you think.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish apricot color, opaque with a thin head and minimal lace.
Smell is malt, yeast, grapefruit, raisin, apple, spice (clove and pepper?).
Taste is nicely complex, malt, raisins, grapefruit, hops, yeast and some spice.
Mouthfeel is smooth, warming the mouth and throat, full bodied with a nice, light effervescence.
Drinkability is very high with a great balance and flavors and no bad aspects at all. The alcohol hides well.

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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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