Augustijn Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Sammy
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Too sweet and carbonation prickly. Smoke and citrus and cloves did not work for me. Tart aftertaste. Can smell yeast and malt. This brewery does much better, and expected more from a triple - perhaps a bad batch. Colour OK and alcohol masked and hoppy.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried two bottles of this since I questioned the first. The first wasn't bad; there was, however, clear bottle variation.

Dark honey color with large white head (second bottle was a bit cloudy but still with that nice head;

Jasmine nose; short citrus flavors that have hints of sweetness; the second bottle was pur bananas and peaches; overwhelmingly so.

Taste of one bottle showed some hop with a citrus finish. And, per the nose, the second bottle was full of sweet malt, bananas and peaches-lots of fresh peaches.

I believe that the second bottle was likely more indicative of the beer simply since the flavors were more assertive and clear.

Mouthfeel was medium/medium heavy and with some creaminess.

Very good, if not a bit sweet malt and fruit. Lots and lots of bananas and peaches all around.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear golden yellow in color with a fluffy white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of fruit and yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of fruity flavors in the overall taste, which also has some notes of apples and candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a good amount of carbonation. I didn't notice any dryness.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because of a lack of dryness and since the alcohol was well hidden.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, last one on the shelf, well before "Consume By..." date, that's a good sign, right?

I was warned about the robust effervescence of this beer, so I took pains to be careful. Slowly cracking the cap, it was obvious that there was a stupid amount of carbonation welled up in the bottle. It took a minute or so of bleeding off the gas, before actually popping the cap. Sheeesh. The beer pours a cloudy medium orange hue, with a skyscraper of foamy off-white head, which leaves wisps of lace as it slowly dissipates. It smells of mildly sweet barley malt, bready yeast, and earthy hops. The taste is more barley malt, candy sugar, soft mealy fruit esters, a bit of musky yeast, and soft earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation, after the initial explosiveness, is actually quite sedate. The body is medium weight and sugary, and it finishes clean, some simple sweet malt dawdling, while any extra ABV is quite well obscured.

An enjoyable tripel, with the subtle handling of the yeast and sugar attributes, provided you are able to get it safely into your drinking vessel...

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Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze to it. The head has excellent retention, lasting for the entire glass.

Smell: Intense fruity esters; apple and pear primarily, a touch of banana. Bready undertones. Bold and sweet.

Taste & mouthfeel: The taste is similar to the aroma with flavors of ripe pear and apple, banana bread, white pepper, lemon zest and a hint of alcohol. The light body and high carbonation make this a deceptively drinkable beer. The dry finish has a slight alcoholic astringency, as though there's not quite enough flavor to cover it up. Otherwise, a solid beer that I'd not necessarily seek out but would definitely drink again given no better alternative.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large head that disapear too quickly. This is a typical belgian beer but not as good as the Trapist. Good taste of wheat and some spices that I'm unable to identified and a very soft mouthfeel. Overall not my favorite but still very refreshing product from Steenberge

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden/orange color with a thick, three-finger, ivory-colored head of foam. It left behind thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of a great deal of clove, really nice! Plus, there were notes of yeast, candy sugar and caramel.

T - It tasted spicy and yeasty with hints of clove and sweet caramel. The flavors were balanced, but seemed a less potent compared to the strong aromas.

M - It was crisp and very sharp bite on the tongue. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a good tripel. Nice aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice golden color with a white head. Nose brings a good amount of floral and citrus notes along with some grain and caramel, as well as a bit of spice. Taste is floral with some light lemon and grain as well as some light fruits and Belgian yeast. Medium feel with pretty good carbonation. Drinks pretty well and is a very nice beer overall.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy peach color with a very nice bi fluffy white head that takes forever to settle,very citrusy/lemony aroma with a light clove spiciness underneath.Flavors are not unlike the aromas lemon/citrus flavors dominate along with some yeast and underlying spiciness that is quite subdued for the style.Very easy to down even at 8% alc,not overly complex but still enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of superspak
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(04HD bottle code). Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with fair retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big apple, pear, orange zest, lemon, honey, herbal, clove, pepper, yeast spiciness, and light funkiness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of apple, pear, orange, lemon, caramel, honey, pepper, herbal, clove, and yeast spiciness. Slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of apple, lemon, orange, pear, caramel, honey, pepper, clove, herbal, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of malt sweetness and peppery spiciness; with great flavor complexity and balance. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent Tripel! Great flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was perusing a store for some new items, and saw this sitting on the shelf. It looked pretty interesting and wasn't too expensive. So here comes a review. Poured into my Corsendonk tulip glass in anticipation of my next beer.

A: Cracked the top and it started slowly erupting out the top, so I had to pour quickly. It poured into the glass with a big creamy pot-marked head of about a finger and a half. It's extremely clear with an amber golden yellow color, and loaded with bubbles dancing as they rise to the top of the glass to continue the legend of the large head on top. Swirling it slightly makes the head bounce around on the top in a mesmerizing fashion.

N: Lots of wheat and yeast to start this off. I get some light Belgian malts and candi sugar hiding behind the wheat and yeast. Some light citrus and banana makes its way through the cloud and into my nose as alcohol permeates through it all. It actually has a nice strong Belgian alcohol nose. This is a definite Tripel style beer. I even get some more sweet fruit like apple. very interesting and complex nose.

T: Time to taste this interesting accidentally discovered beer. Taking a big nostril in as I take the sip, an explosion of bubbles, wheat, and Belgian malts blast over my tongue. Some very warming and spicy alcohol hits next reminding you that it is 8% but hinting closer to double digits. Sweet candi sugar tempts the tongue almost erotically as it turns back to alcohol. Some light banana rocks itself through, followed with some other light fruits and perhaps apple (yeah I know thats a fruit but... shut up).

M: Semi thick, not too much, but a metric shitton of carbonation and highly spicy warming alcohol that slightly singes the tongue (and I just had a dram of a rye bourbon).

F: More warming alcohol, and carbonation start the finish. It dries off very well considering how sweet it started. The fruit really lingers for a bit and loiters illegally with the Belgian malt taste and wheat. I'll be burping this taste back for a few weeks I think.

Final thoughts: A surprisingly good tripel, and great find. A ton of carbonation, perhaps a little too much. It has some great Belgian malts and wheat tastes, some interesting sweets and fruits. I almost feel my mother should be here telling me to watch my sweets but not the fruits. The alcohol is almost a little much, even for 8%. All in all, a great beer and worth a try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy peach-colored body is capped by a massive head of rocky white foam. Once poured (and that's not easily done in one step) it holds exceptionally well, eventually dropping to what many other beers start with. It holds a solid 1/2" throughout most of the goblet and leaves exceptional lace! (I understand, however, that this may be due to excessive aging and temperatures during export... the original in Belgium is supposedly more subdued). The nose is soft and fruity; it's not sharp or sweet, but more like an orange-laced pastry. It's gently grainy with a touch of wheat that supports the soft fruitiness. The body is medium; and it combines with a very fine-bubbled natural carbonation to leave it as soft and smooth as a silk covered pillow. Not unlike the aroma, a creamy maltiness that's accentuated by gentle fruit (orange, apricot, pear) envelops the mouth. It eventually gives rise to some underlying hop flavors and a noteably balancing bitterness. It finishes with a long-lasting note of mildy sweet and fruity malt; and drying, bitter, herbal hops. Quite impressive!

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from a Belgian sampler 6-pack.

Bottled under pressure, as evidenced by the soda pop sound upon opening. And the beer has an abundant head that prevented me from getting the contents of the bottle into my oversized glass even with a gentle pour. The frothy, irregular near-white head settles to a ½ finger head after about 10 minutes (and some consumption), but is readily restored by adding more from the bottle. The liquid is a hazy light golden.

S - Spicy (coriander; cloves?), over-ripe fruit, toasted malt and yeasty, with hints of bread dough and hops. More than a hint of the alcohol (detracting from my rating).

T - Enough spicing to strongly influence the flavor profile, but not so much as to mask the flavors of malt, yeast and hops. Nice finsih.

M - good carbonation, with far more effect on the head and less effect on the mouthfeel than expected. Medium-light body. Semi-dry finish.

O - about average for a Belgian tripel. Rating about 3.75; moved up a bit from 3.5 as beer warmed, and as I warmed to its flavor profile.
I can’t help but draw comparisons to the Bornem Tripel I had last night: essentially the same style beer and from the same brewery. This beer is somewhat similar, but it is drier, more bitter, and gets more of its flavor from hops and malts as opposed to cloves or other spices – all good things IMO. It is also much fruitier.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of apples, Belgian yeast, light malts, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast, apples & other fruits and a little spice. The malt character is hearty but not heavy at all and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a yellow-orange body with an inch of foamy, white head on top. Fine, honeycomb lacing on the way down.

Smell: Sugar and honey coated pale malts set against a big bowlful of coriander-spiced mashed bananas.

Taste: Meager pale maltiness with a drop of wildflower honey and a decent sugared sweetness. Earthy coriander and fruity, tart bananas and apricots follow. Lightly spicy hops and bitterness. Chalky yeast component precedes the fruity, bittersweet finish with a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium, finely-textured carbonation.

Drinkability: An easy drinking, though not exactly awe-inspiring tripel. Paired excruciatingly well with "Swisha" by RATATAT.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flecked and flaked and chunky golden amber. Despite the fact that my initial pour was less than half the bottle, a disturbing amount of junk managed to escape. The bottom of the glass is a busy bubble factory. It has created and is maintaining a huge, ivory colored head of soft, frothy foam. If it wasn't for the cluttered look from the variously sized brown floaters, this would be an attractive beer. No lace cements my lukewarm 'thumbs up'.

The nose is dominated by fruit and alcohol. Like the best tripels, it isn't a raw, ethanol-like aroma, but is more akin to a mellow fruit brandy. Golden orchard fruit is uppermost (apples, pears), although strangely enough, it smells as bananarific as many hefe weizens. I doubt that it was done in this case, but using a hefe weizen yeast in a tripel should produce an interesting beer.

The flavor profile gets the basic outlines of the tripel style correct, but fails to fill them in with a beer of substance. Augustijn Ale starts out on solid footing. Unfortunately, it doesn't peak or even increase in power or complexity throughout the mouthful. It's all downhill from an admittedly above-average starting point. It's hard to say where the blame lies, so I won't speculate.

It's a bit sweeter than the average tripel, but because the mouthfeel isn't all that full, it doesn't have the opportunity to linger and feel sticky or syrupy. All of the various flavors (fruit, spice and alcohol) are in balance relative to one another and are on the low end in terms of palate presence. Even though they aren't very prominent on the palate, I can still appreciate sugared banana and maybe even a light sprinkling of ground clove. Odd that.

I've already alluded to the mouthfeel; this would be a better beer if it was a bigger beer. The carbonation is style average in terms of intensity and is easily tolerated. I'd like the mouthfeel better if I didn't get small chunks with every sip. Feeling like I need to use my teeth as a strainer is never a good thing (unless hops are involved).

I'm not that thrilled. This isn't an old bottle so I have no idea why it looks the way it does. Even without the chunks, it fails to keep pace with the top tier of Belgian tripels. Or the second tier for that matter. Since there are plenty of delicious versions to choose from (even in Iowa), I won't be drinking Augustijn Ale again.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 3+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Insane lacing & head retention

S: Perfumy hops & pears & not much else

T: Pears & green apples, some white pepper & a touch of apricot up front. Some boozeyness, grapefruit, mango & honey as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruit, a touch of cinnamon,& a touch of grapefruit

MF: Fairly creamy, medium bodied, good balance

Drinks pretty good for the style & abv, not a great Tripel, but solid enough

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Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

80% head on the initial pour. As the head settles, it becomes quite dense forming foamy peaks and craters. Surprisingly, there is nearly no lace as the bubbles slide readily on the glass. The liquor color is dark straw or very light amber. Clear.

Sour green apple aroma. Similar to other pale trippels.

Sour flavoring that matches the smell profile. The aftertaste is equally sour and lasts a very long time. Some definite warmth from the alcohol content. Thick in body with unpredictably moderate carbonation.

This would not be a beer I'd typically grab. It's malty and potent and in many ways a one-trick-pony when it comes to flavors and aroma.

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Photo of Jason
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

Do they know there's an extra "J" on the label? Oh, well. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a healthy bit o' white micro-froth. The nose comprises black pepper, citrus peel, cardamom, and a bit o' that funky yeast those crazy Belgiques like to use. The taste echoes the smell, with a strong, semi-citrus-y body, peppered, enmeshed in an ongoing struggle for supremacy with the yeasty characters. Straight tripel, yo. The body is a ligfht medium, with an active carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, like I said before, this is a straight tripel, highly representative of the style, but nothing altogether "special" about it. Just good Belgianness.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 4/22/10 notes. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulio.

a - Pours a golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of yeast, spice, banana, and some citrus fruits.

t - Taste follows the nose...citrus fruits and yeast. Not as much spice as the smell had.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body.

d - This was ok tripel; nothing great but nothing bad here, just a typical tripel. Wouldn't seek out again but will probably try it again at some point.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with more than a finger of white bubbly head. Pretty solid retension on the head. Fair amount of lacing upon the glass. Nose is a blend of yeast, clove, phenols and a bit of fruit. Taste is a little bitter upfront from the hops. Tastes of clove, grains, yeast and a bit of dry orange and or coriander fill out the rest of the flavor profile. The finish is quite dry and a little tart and bitter. Medium to light feel and quite a tingly amount of carb in this. Overally very enjoyable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite belgium drafts to date this beer appears a crystal clear golden tone with a virbrant white foaming head. Wonderful lace forms rings around the inner side of my official Augustijn glass. Aroma is spiced up with an awesome slightly bubblegum malt profile. The malt and yeast combo is amazing making this single a tasty treat for me. Very mild hop aroma blends nicely here. The taste ties it all together mixing the sweet bubblegum tone forcing an instant smacking of the lips together. Amazing complexity of spices, malt, and mild hops to equal one hell of a beer. Oh and did I mention of how redicuously drinkable this Belgium glory is.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold/orange with the standard Belgian head. Smell is unbelievable. Massive apricots on the nose I say - more specifically dried apricots cut open. I can’t recall the last time I have caught a whiff of such a distinct flavor. Mouthfeel is extremely carbonated with loads of froth and bubbles - might be a bit too much for some. Actually I think it might be a bit too much for me. I find it hard to judge the flavors with so much fizz and bubble. Taste is somewhat mild, but smooth. I get sweet tones with some hop flavor, but not much else besides a slight citrus edge and some of that dried apricot as well. Definitely a unique brew that is worth trying again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chunky white head, cloudy amber color. Fresh aroma: soft, but spicy, fruity, citrus, peach. Big carbonation, sweet flavor, nothing out of the ordinary, though. Nice finish, stays on the tongue and dances around awhile, like a good Belgian ale should.

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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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