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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In honor of Villanova University's Augustinian tradition, and the fact that they have cancelled classes yet again tomorrow (giving me a relaxing 6 day weekend), I will gladly imbibe this Augustijn Ale.

The white head retains well over the yellow/orange brew. Yeasty sediment is quite prevalent. The aroma is potent, with clove and spice dominating the subtle fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is quite carbonated and spicy, yet also somewhat chewy as well. Flavors of banana, clove, citrus fruits, and plenty of spice and warming alcohol. This is a very complex and well done Tripel, and a bit softer and more subtle than others, making it very drinkable. Very nicely done.

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

Pours a golden straw in color with a thick frothy off-white head. After a long rest, the head fades to a thick even layer across my glass--no lace whatsoever.

Aromas of wheat, corriander, earthy grasses, and citrus.

Taste and smell are very much like a hefe-weisse. Honey and orange peel round out the flavors present.

Lighter body than a lot of tripels and lower carbonation too. Very smooth and drinkable. Not over the top, just right where it should be.

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

Pours a deep golden under a fine cream head. Fat lace. Nose of spun sugar and wet seagrass rugs. A draught pummels your buds with sweet malt as a spiked club wielding hunter pummels a baby seal. A chance hop note is thrown in to mellow things out a bit. Finishes boozy with a cream soda chaser.

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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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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought since I am having the Chimay White tonight it would be nice to have another Tripel to compare. Pours a cloudy-straw yellow in color with a half inch head of small bubbles that lasts. The smell in clean and fruity. Seems to have a much more pronounced flavor than the Chimay White. Both very effervesent on the tongue but this one doesn't seem to be as alcoholic as the other. Much more smooth and clean. Again, I am no expert on this style or any style more that matter.

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

Huge, HUGE fluffy head that seems to hang around forever. Underneath is a nice golden amber beer. Wonderfully aromatic, with scents of fruit, grain, and banana peel.

Nicely balanced flavor with a slight carbonated bight. Slightly spicey and yeasty, with plenty of malt flavor. There's also hints of citrus in the undertones. Finishes fairly dry and a little bitter. The alcohol is nice and warming.

This is a nice, rich tripel from Belgium. A very tasty example of the style. If you come across an Augustijn, by all means purchase and enjoy.

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Photo of Wildman
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden color and formed a huge foamy white head that acted like a float and formed circular lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of citrus and spice is present with elements of grain. A flavor of citrus, spice and a slight bread aspect to it. A light and airy finish.

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

Amber color with a light spicy smell and taste. Nice large white staying head. This beer is very pleasant to drink. Another Top Beer from Belgium. This guys have been in the market for hundreds of years

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Photo of Todd
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color, the head ethereal, white, the lace chunky, and long lasting. Nose is malt, citrus, clean and crisp. Front is ambrosial, the top slender, the finish caustic, the hops barely noticeable, droughty aftertaste, did not really find this beer as I hoped and subsequent samples has not changed my mind.

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

Pours a hazy golden-peach color with a thick, creamy head. An amazingly long-lasting, creamy head. The body is filled with co2 trails rushing to the top. Lightly fruity and spicy aroma. Seems to have a faint aroma of green grapes. Solid taste - flavor of mild fruit peppery spices, and a bit of yeast. Spices dominate the slightly dry finish. Rough, but not unpleasant mouthfeel.

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

Hazed, opaque peach with lots of floating sediment. Bulky, milky head sticks around well.
Grapey-winey notes. Dashes of hop-like bitterness (though not really "hoppy" smelling).
Starts off in the mouth as the aromas would indicate. Lots of grape and white wine flavors. Mild yeastiness. Turns slightly grainy midway, and ends with some drying hops. Sponge-like, as they add little flavor, yet make this bone-dry at the finish. This searing finale is a real savior of the beer. Not much going on otherwise.
Medium-full bodied. Creamy at first, then crisp and brittle at the finish.
Downable given the 8%. Alcohol is not noticed.
Fairly simple, yet decent.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty aroma, with hints of hops, spiciness. Fruit is evident on deep inhalation

This beer is a very nice, just slightly hazy (from bottle fermentation) sunset orange color, highly carbonated, with a head that starts of big and foamy and settles down to a thin, white top.

Medium-light body, with a clove-ish spiciness, more yeast, and a warming sensation of alcohol. Dry, hoppy finish. A little unbalanced on the spicy/bitter side. Stands up very well next to spicy food!

Quite a history to this beer! Check out for some interesting background.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a hazy golden color, with a tight foamy medium head. Taste of spices with a touch of fruit. Alcohol was 8% but not over powering. In the same class of Draak and Piraat, which I picked all 3 up at Bevmo in California. But not as good.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just found this the other day, along with Draak and Piraat, at Harringtons in Chelmsford. Poured a good, hazy golden color, with a big, frothy head. Head thinned down to lasting, fine layer, and good lacing was left in the goblet. Nose showed some fruitiness, spice and yeast, albeit a tad mild. Mouthfeel held up well, with a slight touch of roughness. Found some more mild fruitiness, along with plenty of spicy, yeasty notes. Had a lingering, dry finish. Nice bier! Prosit (while I watch the A-Bros on CNN!).

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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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 rastaman
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeasty floral aroma, very smooth medium body. Sweetish start, but well balanced, and spicy, with a slightly bitter finish, very enjoyable little beer, but not the most complex belgian beer.

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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 jackndan
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Augustijn: Very highly carbonated, I lost a couple of ounces when I opened the well-settled bottle. Golden, hazy beer, with a pure white head, that creates long, lingering Belgian Lace. Wonderful aroma, somehow reminds me of the Sara Lee bakery when they were making thousands of cherry pies (I worked there for a spell). Some malt sweetness, with a background of peaches. Then it kicks in with aggressive hops, and a dry, clean finish. I like this beer very much, but I’d like it better if it wasn’t so fizzy. By the way, as it heats up, it's got a more pronounced alcohol warmth.

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Photo of StevieW
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It comes is a short brown bottle, do different Belgium breweries recycle the same bottle ? It looks just like a Maredous X or bier du buccaneer. Pours golden with a big white foamy head. Really strong floral aroma that set me back. The taste of yeast is really strong to start and finishes easy with a nice flavor. I thought it a very good wheat beer, not an ale. Very well balanced and easy to drink. I had it with a turkey sandwich on roasted garlic bread, delicious !

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