Augustijn Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Augustijn AleAugustijn Ale
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Augustijn AleAugustijn Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 396
Photo of vince4953529
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of emsroth
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
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 kjkinsey
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of shick1
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Longstaff
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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 +19.9%
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 +19.2%
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 +18.7%
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 +18.4%
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 +17.4%
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 +17.1%
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 wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 frontalot
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of drummerguy
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Ant4711
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of nathi
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 +16.6%
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 leffeblind
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of generallee
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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 +16.1%
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 +16.1%
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 +15.8%
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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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 71.2% out of 100 with 497 ratings
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