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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Belgian short bottle with a picture of a monk brewing beer.

Pours a great big head that falls and has a lacing that's stuck to the glass. Has a golden brown color to it.

Smell is very spicy and malty with sweet sugar.

Malty apple flavors predominately, accompanied by different spices like nutmeg and clove.

Mouthfeel is ok, nothing to shout about. A little watery, but still a little smooth.

I wouldn't try another one of these for a while, but seems like a good beer.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 330 ml bottle into a snifter. No date on the bottle unfortunately, simply the printing: "25BC".

This bee poured beautifully. Stacked lines of carbonated bubbles formed uniform rows as it was poured into the glass. A rich honey-gold color to the body, with a thin white head that was gone almost immediately.

The aroma wafted strongly out of the snifter as it was poured. Very intense sweet and fruity scent of fruits: apricots and melon. Faint alcohol is detectable upon closer inspection.

The flavor is made up of a smooth malt base with tart fruits. Hops are very faint, but add a bit of character. A bit of an unpleasant sour aftertaste, though this could be attributed to the possibility that this sample is less than fresh.

I can't help but think how great this would pair with a strong cheese. Maybe something sharp.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date present. Pours a slightly hazy medium light amber with a huge head, great longevity and equally great lace. Earthy and yeasty aromas. Honey like orange smells as well. Earthy, yeasty and orange flavors. Sweet with a mild hop presence, but still noticeable. Hard to get a good mouthful because the huge head is still there. High carbonation, alcohol presence is hidden pretty well. Easy drinking for a beer with a fairly high ABV. A really tasty beer.

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Photo of Graham21
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured nicely retained good head. orangish in color somewhat cloudy.smells of yeast, citrus, flowers,oranges
Tastes metalic, sour, orangy, yeasty, and malty.
i really like the mouthfeel, it has good carbonation and its a bit creamy. i could drink a few of these

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

Appearance is a hazy/cloudy golden yellow. Medium white head, nice lacing.

Aromas are fruity, alcohol, bready, spicy, grassy.

Taste is Spicy, earthy, yeasty, malty,bready with strong alcohol bite.

Medium mouthfeel and body with a creamy smoothness.

Very drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy golden color with a thick white head with moderate lacing. The aroma is fruity, citrusy with some malt tones in there. The taste is very refreshing, citrusy. It almost tastes like I dissolved a pack of smarties candies in here. Not overly sweet, nice and pleasant. A very drinkable beer.

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

I’ve discovered that Augustijn tastes much better when some of the yeast in the bottom is added directly to the beer. Before opening my bottle, I held it upside down at a 45 degree angle and gave it a dozen or so rotations around the cap to bottom axis. This method ensures minimal disturbance so it’s ready for immediate opening.

This beer pours a cloudy apricot color with some bright gold and orange highlights. The tall head is uneven on top but the bubbles that construct it are all about the same size (very tiny). There is also a swarm of bubbles flying up from the bottom of my tulip glass, vigorously sustaining the head. This is a beautiful beer. Smells initially of a honey and light, dry oat malt with a huge banana, strawberry and lemon sweetness. In the background there’s a hidden spicy yeast. The flavor is centered around this spicy yeast, complimented with some crisp hops, almonds and under ripe plumb skin. This branches off into a pineapple and hazelnut tangy finish that brings along some of the bitter yeast and hops with it. Somewhere in the middle there seems to be a slight brown sugar and green grape sweetness. The mouth feel is light and dry with a pretty wild carbonation that creeps all around my mouth, but then dissipates before it can ware out its welcome.

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

Very faint haze in a medium gold beer. Large, fluffy, white head that showed some lacing and fair retention supported by generous carbonation. Bready, spicy aroma from the yeast balanced by lemon and a bit of alcohol. At times I thought I caught some banana and nut, almost like banana bread, but this didn't last long and wasn't constant. Light flavour overall, maybe just good balance. Medium sweetness and significant hop bitterness along with a strong, bready yeast component. Lemon shows up towards the end and it finishes with increased spiciness. The flavour seemed to fall off a bit at this point though. Medium bodied, slightly slick with some dryness and alcohol warmth. Lively carbonation. Everything comes together fairly well. No complaints here!

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Photo of ojiikun
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lighter than I expected, more yellow-orange than copper. Nice, obvious, chunky yeast floating alongside persistant streams of bubbles. Head and lace fell quickly, but carbonation lasted. Initial and final tastes of citrus with bite that ends like mineral water. Very light-bodied, but doesn't at all taste like a tripel. Something musky or tropical lies underneath the hops, but it's hard to classify.

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

Orange, somewhat cloudy colour with a strong head retention. Wow, that thing will not move unless you swirl the glass. Little clumps of yeast float around the oversized goblet. Plenty of sticky lace clings to the sides. Smells fruity, malty, with a bit of medicine. Overall, a pleasant scent, though the medicine does not seem to fit. Taste is pretty damn good. Bit of overripe fruits, malts, bananas... Delicious. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy bodied with a rich, creamy smoothness. A delicious beer, and I anticipate the other beers I've yet to try from this brewery.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic! One of the best Belgians I have had in quite a while. Poured a much lighter colour than I thought it would have. A slightly cloudy golden orange. Fluffy white head about 20mm thick. Seemed to have decent retention. Nice lacing. Smell was very strong. It had a musty smell that reminded me of a lambic, which I liked, but it had a powerful alcohol / phenol smell that I didn't care for as well. The taste was very nice. A fair amount of spice and again, reminded me a little of a lambic or a saisson. Delicious. Great job on concealing the 8.0%abv, too. Very smooth and easy to drink, even at this carbonation level, Over all, I though it was a fantastic choice. I would definately buy this again.

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

A: Pale golden-bronze. Pours a nice fluffy white head, not a lot of retention, but some nice lace.

S: Fruity alcohol, somewhat bready, with a little spice & phenol.

T: Flavours are very light. Not nearly as malty/bready as its little brother (Boucanier 'red'). Some spicy/earthy yeast flavour, a little rind, with a touch of fruity esters and phenol. The alcohol flavour is very smooth and warming, much more subtle than some. Awesome bitter/sweet/tart balance.

M: Light to moderate body with almost a creamy smoothness, fairly high carbonation, dry.

D: Quite good/dangerous.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense white head leaving intricate lacing down the glass' sides. Clean, golden in color with shades of butterscotch.

Moderately sweet malt aroma. Faint farmhouse mustiness over hints of clean banana, pineapple, and even orangepeel.

Very clean and stripped down fruit flavors: banana and coconut. Semi-sweet, subdued malt character. Very fresh tasting. A burst of spice and fruit at mid-sip.

Medium bodied; light and refreshing, very welcomed qualities for a Tripel.

Clean and refreshing; decent flavors as well. I would love to try this on tap to take a little bit of the carbonation off.

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Photo of bashiba
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dull orange with a thick creamy long lasting head, Huge retention and tons and tons of lacing.

Smell was sweet and musty with light yeast, banana, and clove notes.

Flavor was light and balanced with a bit of yeast, spices, citrus fruit, and apple. Has a bit of light grassy hops that contrast nicely with the semi sweet malt and fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is ultra creamy and mildly thick.

A pretty solid tripel.

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Photo of LPorter33
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle from the sampler pack

Appeaance = clear, golden brown. Great frothy head which lasted and looks delicious. Nice lacing. Lots of bubbles rising up. Impressive appearance

Smell = Strong bananna scents like fresh baked bananna bread. Alcohol is present along with the sweet malt. Pretty good scent.

Taste = Really crisp refreshing taste. I love the carbonation as it adds to an excellent mouthful and really makes this drinkable. Hides the 8% well. Full of a nice fruity flavor, reminds me of a good champagne. I really enjoyed the taste.

Overall = This is really nice Belgium. One of the better ones I've had. I definitely recommend it. Extremely refreshing and tasty. I could have a couple of these ( which would be dangerous)

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

Pours golden with a huge creamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell is of sweet fruits such as bannana and apple. This accompanied by a strong sourness with spices and yeasty overtones. Very nice.

Taste very smooth for the style. Sweet and fruity with a pleasant bitter finish and little aftertaste. Spices are pronounced and the warming alcohol is blended nicely.

This is a very pleasant and drinkable brew. Would be a great session beer.

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

Appearance: Upon opening, my bottle spewed forth with a tempestuous geyser of white foam! Very dramatic, but hopefully not normal. The beer itself is an almost opaque golden honey color with a brown apple cider tinge. Head is, not surprisingly, huge and white with EXCELLENT retention.

Smell: Very fruity and very vinous, like a mix of apple cider and white wine, with some orange and pineapple action going on. Sour yeast is also quite prevalent. Has a bready character that reminds me of a croissant.

Taste: Everything described in the nose is here, but the yeast is more mellow and dusty than I expected. Very sweet and fruity, almost like an asti (or maybe I just have champagne on the brain after that volatile opening).

Mouthfeel: Lovely! At once creamy and effervescent.

Drinkability: A good celebration ale. I just might serve this one on New Year's.

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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 mdagnew
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a golden yellow / light orange colour... Head was white, big and foamy with quite small beading and lasted quite a long time...

Aroma - Citrusy, peppery, pineapple, earthy hints, coppery/metallic notes, grassy notes, hint of raspberry also...

Taste – Lemony, slight sweetness, spicy, orange notes, slight earthiness...

Feel - Very sharp as there is quite a lot of carbonation... light bodied..

Overall - A top notch Belgian tripel.... one of the best. Highly recommended...

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Photo of UnionMade
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stubby 12oz bottle, purchased at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. A massive white froth erupts on the pour, the beer actually pouring out a little like spoiled milk, clumpy, the beer in the glass looking like a golden snow globe, or perhaps a Sea Monkey habitat gone horribly awry. I shit you not. I have no problem with cloudy beer, and I'm fully aware that belgian yeast stirs up if you barely touch the bottle, but this is rather unappetizing. The Old Lady, who hates yeast pours, actually gagged a little when I showed her, then covered her eyes. Excellent head retention however, keeping a nice solid coating. Spotty lace. Floral, fruity aroma, with a distinct Saaz hop bite. Sorta soapy, spicy hopping, pilsy malt, kinda spicy yeast and very floral. Malty flavor, with candi sugar sweetness throughout, but balanced with a combination of yeast spiciness and spicy hops. Charged carbonation is neither refined nor natural feeling. I think it has attention deficit disorder. It's like my palate is being electrocuted, with a tingly sensation after each sip. Honestly, it's not terrible, but it does feel manic. Way too energetic, tiring my palate out. Moderately fruity, kinda tropical, with a pineapple and artificial gummi peach candy feel, finishing with a bit of saaz soapiness and milder yeasty spiciness. Milder phenols, leaning in the direction of plastic. Rather hoppy for a belgian tripel. Not unwelcome, but i almost feel that its over hopped to make up for he lack of yeast character. Finishes with a surge of carbonation, followed by a lingering fruity aftertaste. The bottle was finished, but with the faults coupled with the import price, I won't revisit this.
A head-to-head with Flying Fish's Grand Cru. I almost hate to say it, but the beers were similar, and Flying Fish's killed this one on all fronts. For a beer brewed in belgium by a respectable brewery, this fails to meet my expectations.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - A cloudy bronze color and carbonation bubbles vigorously. It has a two finger head that dissipates after few minutes but never fully dissappears. Splotchy lacing that doesn't last adorns the glass.

S - Cloves, malt, and a bit of apricot. Carbonation stands out as well.

T - A slightly sweet malt with a bit of cloves. It is bitterness that is very strong for the flavor. It really lingers after each sip.

M - The carbonation is overwhelming. It is thin and a bit refreshing, but the sharp carbonation stings the tongue. It starts to film in your mouth as well.

D - Well, it goes down easily, but the high carbonation hurts it all around. I imagine it wouldn't taste too bad with food. It is not terrible - just mediocre.

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

11.2 oz stubby bottle pours a glowing golden with lots of floating particles. Bready, grainy aromas, sweet bread, honey, lemon and pepper flavors. Medium bodied with a super carbonated, crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry and spicy. Alcohol very well hidden at 8% not bad.

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Photo of imblane
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle no freshness date. Poured into my chalice a cloudy honey color with moderate carbonation and a white fluffy head. Smell is grainy with a hint of grape and orange. Taste is crisp with a slight fruity/banana hint and some sweetness and finishes with a warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth with a hint of carbonation. Overall a good Tripel that I will buy again.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy yellow body. Fluffy white head with pretty good retention

Smell, strong almondy aroma, slight hint of esters and some dry malt

Taste, crisp and slight boozy. Biscuity with a slight estery sweetness

A solid pale ale, not world changing but good none the less

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was VERY carbonated, but it wasn't a gusher - it just produced a vigorous high head that wasn't really very long lasting. Color is kind of orange-yellow and its a little cloudy. The aroma is nice, featuring a sweet honey-like, spicy note, some grainy maltiness, and a touch of something more complex like licorice. The flavor is nice, its got a nice malty sweetness that isn't too heavy but it also seems to lack a little complexity. Overall this is a pretty good tripel, maybe not the best but definitely a good example of the style.

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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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