Augustijn Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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396 Reviews
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 aasher
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with zep9865 for a "mini" tasting. This one pours a cloudy honey gold in color with a two finger spongy white head. It smells of pale malts, pale malts, and pale malts. It has moderate yeast and a tinge of honey. The flavor is of sweet pale malt, moderate alcohol for the style, and a good amount of yeast. It's very solid but nothing to go crazy about. It could use a little more honey or spice to it. It drinks fine for the style and has the body you'd hope for and expect. I like it, it's definitely solid considering a big bottle was only $6.99. I'd recommend trying it.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.23/5  rDev -42.4%
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 jsprain1
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy apricot with a tremendously thick head, that disappates down to two fingers and stays there, with some lacing.
S- Aroma is sweet fruit (a lot of peach coming out of this, as well as the juice from canned pears), with alcohol being much more prevalent in the aroma than most 8% beers show. A bit of banana in there too.
T- Sweetness and some pale malt in there up front, pretty subdued flavor initially. Becomes more fruity, and finishes with much more alcohol thn I would like from the style.
M- Good body to it, but I found the carbonation much more coarse than I would like.
O- A decent beer, but not one of the better Triples out there. Too sweet, doesn't hide the alcohol all that well, and excessively coarse carbonation. Decent enough, but generally average for the style.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honeyed orange with a terrific head -- just towering, with tons of lace. Great clarity and bubbles rising. beautiful bubbles clinging to the glass.

Pear and peach nectar, some yeast and grain husk in the nose.

Some fruit sweetness initially, then some bitterness, grain and malt, yeast, a little spice, some wood (vanilla?). This dries out to a light bitter pucker, then fruit, then bitter again. I sense a little booze, but you'd never know this was 8%.

Medium to medium-full, but carbonation keeps this moving. Not a cloying brew, and very complex. Does not have the intensity of some others of the style, but this is one you'd grab again.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ksmi116
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice.

A - pours a slightly hazy golden color, with a large white bubbly head that has decent staying power.

S - Smells of cider and mild alcohol. I get hints of apple in there, with darker fruits underneath.

T - Taste surprised me, not much like the smell at all. Nothing really sticks out in the taste, just well balanced overall. Not what I was expecting

M - Super bubbly and light in body.

D - (Overall) Not my favorite Tripel but definitely one that is alot like the style. Worth a try, but not one I'll be going back to soon

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Photo of xodin
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp golden blonde, with a hint of cherry. Tall, highly retentive head stands firm. Aromas of mild fruits and candies dominate, with a hint of spice and molasses in the background. Fairly light bodied for the 8% ABV, no doubt thanks to the clear candies indicative of the style. Flavor is sweet, estery, and complete. A well rounded tripel. The fruits and some maltiness mix with the carbonation in the swallow, ending with a dry finish. I find myself seldom disappointed by the Belgian master's--another well recommended brew to behold here.

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Photo of Tyler08
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden pour from a bottle to a wide-mouth bubble glass. Very nice white lacing with a decent head.

S: Very fruity and citrus smell.

T: Easy on the palate with a fruity taste.

M: Quick drink, very light Ale. Fruity aftertaste.

D: As with many Belgian-style Ale's, this beer goes down smooth. Can easily finish multiple bottles at one sitting. Might get a bit bored with it though.

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

Giant head of three plus fingers, sitting on a hazy brew, with a color of 5 on the SRM beer color chart. Lacing is minimal and very little cling. Smell is complex and very pungent. Aromas of orange, peach, pear, malt, apple, and grain. Taste is smooth and nothing sticks out, well blended flavors of pear, orange, malt, hops, and spices. Nice full body and creaminess as this fine brew flows around my mouth. A good solid brew; smooth, great taste, lots of alcohol.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light golden color with a huge white foam head that has meringue like qualities. Pillowy with nice lace.

S- Light fruit aroma with some spice and yeast.

T- Plenty of spice initially with some banana, lemon, and clove coming through. Estery finish with a good dose of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D- Decent brew but not as good as some other examples of the style.

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

Small stubby Belgian thick glass bottle into a snifter. Pours the expected bright pale golden color with a massive head. Yeast comes through prominently with some funk and fruit in the aroma along with the malts and hops. I feel this is one of the defining characteristics of a good tripel, a strong yeast backbone in the nose, and this one delivers.

The flavor is not as complex or developed as some of my top tripels though. However, this is a high caliber tripel and doesn't disappoint if you're just looking for a drinkable and tasty tripel rather than a mind-blowing beer.

It's definitely a great beer, and a solid tripel, but the playing field is large and expert when you're talking about tripels made in Belgium, which is why I can't put this one into the solid 'A' category.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice. A bright golden with some lighter yellowish hues. Heading is absolutely amazing. Very thick and bubbley heading and excellent retention in which is free flowing from the bottom of the glass to the surface.

Smell is mostly notes of corriander.Very sweet sugars and a soft fruity yeast aroma.

Taste has alot banana from the get go. Fruity yeasts with some warming sugars that mixes well with the hotter alcohol.There is a slight tartness as well in the backend.

Mouth is medium bodied with excellent carbonation very alive and bubbley on the palate. Leaves a slight linger on the palate and numbness on the teeth.

An all around solid tripel.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden yellow, tan, monster 3 inch foamy head. Lots of lacing.

Smell - Very floral, nice yeasty aroma. Some malts and hops are present. Honey and banana are also noticable

Taste - Huge yeast kick at first, some malts and spices mixed with the alcohol. Spices are minimum, and overpowered by the yeast. Beer is out of balance.

Mouthfeel - Its very thin and basic for a triple. Kind of bland and sour on mouth and tounge. A slight tingle from the alcohol from a swallow.

Drinkabilty - Too mellow and simplistic for my liking. Triples are to be flavor heavy and complicated. This is too easy to drink and lacks punch. It would be embarrising to put this up against trappist rochefort or unibrowes la fin. Maybe a good starter beer for first time triple drinkers, or even if you dont like triples. Dont have any need to drink this again.

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

Bottle poured into chalice

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold, decent head retention.

Smell: sweet orange peel, pears, and pepper.

Taste: Strong pepper and chalk flavor up front, followed by fruit-esters: pears, oranges, and berry. Ends dry with some tartness. Nice warming effect due to the high level of alcohol.

Drinkability: A very spicy triple. Not my favorite, but still good. The only thing I don't like about this beer is the chalk flavor, probably from the yeast strain.

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Photo of gopens44
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy and dark straw colored

S - Smells more like a Belgian Strong, but good nonetheless. Yeast presence in the nose with few sweet hints as well

T -A little tinny, but otherwise it had a touch of a boozy presence. Malty, and a little sweet.

M - Crisp and light with not too much aftertaste

Meh. Not my first choice, but would do well in a pinch.

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Photo of dedrinker
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a fuzzy white head.

Aromas of candy sugar and light malts with a dash of yeast.

Flavor is the same - kinda thin and sweet-ish with a yeasty bite.

sharp carbonation interferes with my ability to accurately gauge the body (which I thought seemed kind of medium to light) as well as making drinkability suffer.

I dumped.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; cloudy straw yellow, with a white head. Active carbonation with excellant head retention. Head last through dink and leaves good lacing.

smell; tart and sour with some faint hop spice and fruit.

taste; Upfront tart and sour but quickly turns rich and malty. Tart flavors are present from start to finish. Similar to a gueuze with toned down flavors. Not too much sweetness comes through, somewhat bready in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel/drinkability; spicy and stinging carbonation. Slightly chewy but still thin, overall medium bodied. Moist in the finish that makes one want more as it is quite refreshing and well balanced. Makes a good session drink when staying sober is not an issue.

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Photo of OnThenIn
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gigantic fluffy white head that is at least two fingers high. The beer itself is a dark copper to amber color. The head, of course, sticks around for a while.

S: Smells a bit like a hefe with some of that slightly tart and peppery aroma. I can smell a bit of lemon. There is also a slight sweet odor. Not a strong nose, but man does it smell good.

T: There is a bit of a spicy flavor with a hint of grassy bitterness. The finish is very dry and decently clean. A bit of citrus as well.

M: High carbonation with a medium body.

D: The high carbonation moves things along, while the extremely clean and dry finish really make it easier to drink. Makes me think of a slightly heavier sparkling wine.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a muted golden brown at the top and fades into an amber hued orange towards the bottom. Hazy with a small white head that creates a large center mound surrounded by wisps.

S - Funky tart yeast, tangy apples, apricots.

T - Spicy Belgian yeast, green apples, pears, honey, soft clove, and lemon layered with a sweet pale malt. Subtle hops provide slight bitterness towards the end. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Moderate carbonation provides a soft silky feel.

The spices are more subdued on this but it has a nice tang to it. Good fruit flavors combined with a tasty yeast and very easy to drink.

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Photo of scott451
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized tulip. Slightly hazy apricot with a one finger bubbly head.

Light yeasty fruit smells. Fruity taste. Quite light for a triple but the finish is much bigger. A bit of a tangy finish with some caramel overtones.

A fairly light body with carbonation mask the ABV. Well balanced and fairly interesting.

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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 bskrtz
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served cold in glass beer challis

A) Cloudy clean golden mixture with white puffy head

S) Fruity sour mash. Lemon and spice. Alcohol is noticably strong.

T) Candy sugar, apple juice, apricots & honey. Smooth with classic Belgian hops. Refreshing

M) Very light and fizzy. Alcohol is strong and warming

D) A very good triple but beware this is strong stuff

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Photo of stephens101
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-orange in color with a bubbly, rolling tan head that fills the Augustijn goblet, dissipates quickly, and leaves a fine spotty lace behind.

Tangy Belgian yeast rises to the nose with some taffy and light and somewhat soured fruits in the background. The mixture makes for a very unique aroma. Tastes sweet and tangy up front with more big fruits and sweet malts in the middle. A slight hoppiness exists in the back and a bit of coriander is also noticed.

Creamy and smooth going down with a fairly open and medium mouth-feel. A faint residual alcohol heat tickles the throat. The most unique Tripel I've tasted, and one of the most satisfying.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A murky yellow hue with a foamy, 1 finger, white head. Decent lacing.

S: A sweet grainy malt aroma with a Belgian yeast, spice, and floral hints.

T: A smooth and crisp flavor with flavors of Belgian yeast (bread like flavor), citrus hops, pepper, sweet malts, and honey (?). Great flavor.

M: Medium body with a lot of carbonation. A thick texture, but wonderful overall.

D: I would love to try this with pasta or cheeses. Great beer.

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Photo of Shadman
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a tripel. That pale straw colur, slighty cloudy, lot's of fizzy white head and tons of fine carbonation bubbles.

Slightly spicy and yeasty, sweet tart apple aromas. Pretty much a Belgian Tripel.

Flavour was pretty middle of the road and was tempted to score it .5 pts lower. Vrisp carbonations and a touch of bite from the booze. Yeasty, slight spicy, with that Belgian candy sugar sweetness almost overwelming the drisp apple-like tart flavour one looks for,

Giving it a good drinkablity because it is a decent example of the style that should be a first-timer's intro to the style. Drinkable, but not overwelming.

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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.87 out of 5 based on 497 ratings.
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