Augustijn Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

BA SCORE
87
very good
497 Ratings
Augustijn AleAugustijn Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
497
Reviews:
396
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
11
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Photo of WetCoaster
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very, very cloudy pear gold with yeasty chunks of God-knows-what floating around. Thick, rocky, pure white head, with extremely active carbonation. Collar and thick lace. Good, appropriate, but a bit messy.

Smell: Tripel 101. Stern Belgian yeast funk. Honey sweetness. Citrus sharpness. Apricot richness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Zing! This will wake your ass up. Mouthfeel is super crisp, with a fairly light body and sharp carbonation. The flavor is slightly sweet and spicy up front, with the usual honeyed clove and corriander notes, but that's bypassed quickly in favor of a strong lemony citrus bite. It finishes yeasty, peppery, dry and crisp, with no hint of the 8% ABV.

Drinkabilty: This is like lemonade on a hot summer day, so light and refreshing for a big beer; almost like a tripel-weisse.

It's missing a lot of the mid-pallete body you might find in a top-tier trip like, say, Westmalle. But UNLIKE Westmalle, which goes for almost $4.50 for an 11.2, this guy cost me a whopping 99 cents. I can live with that. Good beer; GREAT beer for the price.

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

A very good Tripel. Poured a nice golden yellow with a decent head and great lacing. Smell is grassy, citrusy with some alcohol notes. Taste is citrusy, tart coats the tongue very nicely. Mouthfeel is beautifully dry with a nice tart finish. Drinkability for the style is very good....drank this one at room temp...will try again a bit chilled. Recommended.

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Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, peachy in hue with a noticeable coppery-gold influence. No animation was noticed in the still largely clear liquid, the head was white in color, at the peak it was a modest finger in height, there was many active bubbles on the pour but the head never really developed. The foam dissipated to a thin cap. Disappointing. Subsequent lacing was patchy and not very extensive. It looks okay in my goblet, nothing special really. The nose is medicinal with herbal qualities underneath. Sometimes the yeast came across “messy” as in too doughy. Thankfully there was a fairly big blast of fruitiness, heavy on melons, pears, oranges infused with an alcoholic coriander mixture. The maltiness isn’t distinct. The bouquet is unmistakably Belgian. Good potency, it gets the point across. Inviting. The nose was silent about malt; the palate was, sadly, just as quiet. This got the beer off on the wrong foot. There was no structure; I couldn’t put the big medicinal phenols in its proper place. I need some malt as a foundation to build off of. Shaky foundations are bound to fall. Still, there is good flavor here, melons and oranges provide the fruit and these flavors are found from start to finish. Shortly after the middle, cloves break the routine. Hay and spiciness from hops add a dimension. Raw medicinal qualities dictate the finish and the only other quality in the mix here is coriander. Dry, herbal qualities in the aftertaste, which has its moments but it comes off a little empty. Overall the palate is good but it could be so much more improved. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium-light in body, too thin for me, the carbonation is big and very lively, I like the bubbles but I dislike the feeble liquid that hardly makes an impression on my tongue. This beer hovers around average for a Tripel, it has some pleasant moments but it lacks the substance needed for me to return to it. Simple tasting but, yes, it is drinkable. It was purchased as part of a sampler-pack in Ames, IA.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 330ml brown glass Duvelian stubby with a fancy red and white logo crown cap. The label is the same as that shown in the BA Avatar. Listed as Alc. 8% by Vol., with an inkjet style code of 29DC on the back US label that has all the usual nanny-state bollocks on it.

Appearance: Golden with a light orange hue, some floaties from the bottle even in the first pour and after nearly 4 days stationed in my mechanical compressor driven cold box. Nice white head, soft in texture but short lived sadly. Champagne carbonation.

Nose: Orange and Lemons say the Bells of St. Clements. Light dull matt yeasts with a definitive fruity and spicy Belgian feel throughout. Coriander is definitely there as well.

Taste: Starts with an average lightly roasted malty feel with a thin yeasty feel that reminded me of yeast supplement Tablets that tried to hide their yeasty taste but still managed a slim residue of said organism. Lots of fruit and coriander, spice Wit-like middle that has a dry, mid-spicy finish that is quite bitter, like bitter oranges - but short-lived. A tad weird, but rather acceptable though.

Mouthfeel: The intense carbonation acts like the lungs of this brew giving it life and soul, yet the 8% is well hidden. Fizzes in the mouth with a tangy orange fruit dimensions but despite the 8-clicks it still only manages an above average feel.

Drinkability: Well I finished it. A re-acquaintance, rather than an old friend, and as such I am not sure I would go out of my way to re-visit this one, but I will always chat and enjoy a drink if passing by of course. Not sure I would splash the cash for this one again to be honest. An average Tripel that can peak on draft and trough in the bottle.

Overall: Not exactly bad, but not exactly great, not exactly average – more of a solid dependable Tripel, if this was a family member it would be your favorite Spinster Aunt, if you know what I mean.

A decent enough spicy Belgium Tripel that I would not seek out, nor turn away.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Form the 33cl bottle.

Pours a clear, bright gold with dense, frothy, ivory head. Big chunky lace on the side of the glass. Smell is grasssy and lightly hoppy. Fruity and spicy. Apples, clove and nutmeg aromas.

Tastes is of sour apple at first. Then the spiciness. Clove and white pepper. Some hoppy bitterness. Underlying barnyard funk. Sticky but with a dryness in the finish. A bit fizzy. I like the funk and I like the dry finish. A bit too stick in the middle. Just OK, all in all.

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

A pleasant enough beer, for those who are in the mood for it. Pours a hazy gold color, with a tremendous heavy head that goes halfway up the glass, as typical for the style. Smells sweet and fruity, citrus-like. I was expecting a little more from the taste here, to be honest with you. Certainly, it was quite sweet, and quite smooth, but it seems to me this beer lacks the complexity and depth expected of a proper tripel. Nevertheless, this is still quite good and quite drinkable.

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet pale malt scent that refreshes. It has a clove type aroma that has a fruity Belgian yeast scent. The taste is good as well. It has a light malt flavor with a fruity yeast finish. It goes down easy with fine mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine triple. It has a light feel, but with excellent mouthfeel and flavor.

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

Bright hazy cantaloupe in color. The head is large, creamy, mostly diminishing and stays well throughout.

Green apples, papaya, pizza dough, coriander, orange and pears in the nose. Very fruity with a huge yeast character. A nice smeller.

Strong acidity and very soft carbonation. Very drinkable. Very nice tropical fruit flavors along with notes of other spices and apricots and wheat. Light bodied. Moderately bitter.

A damn good triple.

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

Yeah. 3 Liter with screened-on label with an import approved sticker 180 degrees opposite the screened label on the bottle. Belgian beer seems to get better the bigger the bottle. I've had it on draught and in the 33 cl bottle before but this is the way to go. So much drier, crisper and more carbonated that any other counterpart that Augustijn and the Van Steenberge brewery has to offer. For the price, very good. Leffe Blond drinkers and others that think Interbrew brews good stuff, hop on board.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange colored brew, fair-sized off white head on top. The scent is fruity and sweet. Carbonated, sweet taste, citrus/fruit notes, minimal hop bitterness. Some alcohol spicyness. Medium bodied. Im not an expert in this style, it seems to fare fairly well against the few others like it ive had.

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

Poured a solid bright white head that left a wall of lace. Aromas of coriander and apricot, reminds me of a wit. Hazy, golden peach colored beer. Coriander wheat flavor that is quickly joined by tangy lemon. Light body, faint bubbly mouthfeel. Overall a light tripel, coriander and lemon make for a refreshing beer.

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

An incredible fluffy head that lasts and lasts sits atop a cloudy foggy orange beer. The aroma is sweet, sugar, malts, and some sour notes with spices.
The taste is malty smooth with sweet orange, a hint of coriander, old bananas, and sour cherries and peaches. It finishes with a spicy dryness along with a slick feeling on the back sides of the toungue. Alcohol isnt present on this 8% beer.
Overall very tasty, however it doesnt yell "Tripel" to me. No belgian candi sugar aspects that I look for in a good Tripel. I had to think about what style it is. Perhaps because its so smooth. Im used to a "bigger" beer so it fooled me.

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

Presentation: 33 cl brown stubby Belgian bottle. Apprearance: This is a pure golden yellow colored beer that is a little cloudy- not as rich looking as simliar other Belgians I have had. When I poured (most carefully), this beer generated so much head I could not pour it all into my Chimay goblet. The head of small off-white bubbles subsided after 5-10 minutes and I could pour the rest.

The aroma smelled of bright Belgian ale-styled yeasts (I don't know which are which yet) and a little sweet. The aroma is much softer than many other Belgians I've had. The flavor had the bite of hops, weak citrus, and was somewhat medicine-like in the upper palate. It was sharp and bitter- as the beer warmed, something new (spicy/pepper?) joined in alongside slight additional sweetness.

Mouthfeel was moderate- it almost seemed a little watery in comparison to its brothers. Overall, I liked this brew and would gladly drink more, but there are others I want to try (or re-try) first.

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

Bubbly, yellow-orange in color with a foamy white head and a yeasty aroma bubbling up from my tulip glass. For a tripel, this is very crisp, and it has a great fizziness from the carbonation. There's a light flavor of citrus and spice, but the intensity is somewhat lacking. This is easy to drink--too easy. I'm left looking for more depth with this one.

All in all, a middle of the road tripel.

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Photo of TerryW
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Soft hazy gold with a big white head and gobs of lace.

Thick, warm yeasty smell with a touch of cloves and orange.

Orange citus taste, breadiness and wheat, some pepper and warmth of alcohol. The carbonation bites at you early on, but settles down in short order. Finishes dry.

Decent, but doesn't blow me away.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slighty hazy medium orange color with two fingers of head that die off fairly quickly. The smell is fruity with banana and orange. There is also some yeast and bread present in nose. The taste is fairly mild, with some citrus present, and a little spice as well, maybe coriander. Just a little too bland of a taste, it doesn't really jump out at you. It does hide the 8% abw well though. The mouthfeel is just a little light for a tripel style. Just a little watery and fairly light on the tongue. The drinkability is really good though, and if there were ever a session tripel, this would probably be it.

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Photo of granger10
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a hazy golden color with a very light airy head. The smell is strong on tarty yeast and alcohol. It threw me off a little. The taste was very pale in deed. It started out with a breadiness and maybe some grain adjunct flavor. Light in body and flavor. Middle is tarty and hoppy. The alcohol comes on too strong in the finish causing a liquor tasting aftertaste. This beer is balanced but not complex and the flavors don't really mix too well. I'm glad I tried it but I don't think I'll be having this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of mschofield
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange with a white head that immediately audibly crackles to a film (in a chalice). Well carbonated, just slightly hazy with yeast.
Orange, spicy aroma, that flows through to the taste.
Very peppery, more fruiy flavors appear (pear and peach), honey and dough, almost a little wheat like. Smooth, and light-medium bodied, slightly bitter, very easy to drink for 8.0 ABV.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

4 year old small bottle. I poured this into a snifter-type glass, not quite a Trappist style. It originally poured out straw colored like a Duvel, then turned yellowish-brown as sediment swirled in. The foamy head almost boils away. It's got a big Belgian smell and taste of oranges, coriander, candi sugar and honey. First beer I tasted that reminded me of honey, after dozens of “honey weisses.” Rather pleasant to sip while relaxing.

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

Appearance: Wonderful golden ale colour with a sustained, pillowy one finger head.

Smell: Light sweet fruit and a wheatyness that can be smelt from a foot away.

Taste: Not as complex as the nose suggested. Spicy alchohol and yeast on the aftertaste. Unidentifiable sweetness on tongue. Nice bitterness all the way through with good hop flavours.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Typical tripel mouthfeel, medium carbonation with alcoholic bite. Goes down smoothly. Another dangerously drinkable tripel.

Notes: Not as complex as it could be. Nose was fantastic but was let down a bit on the palette. Good tripel overall.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An all around average brew that I'm sampling as part of a variety pack from Van Steenberge-so far just a bunch of ho hum stuff in the pack, though I've 3 to go. Anyway, the brew pours a mildly hazy egg yolky yellow and features a gracious mound of fluffy foam and reatains a good deal of that as lace. Aromas are mildly sweet and slightly bananna-esc-with a definate malt drive. Sweet in the mouth with malted fruit and a very tiny bit of spice in the way of clove, nutmeg or other baking spices. A decent brew, yet nothing I'll buy again. An innocuous sampler.

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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 zerk
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat murky deep gold with a thin but persistent white head. There are quite a few chunks in suspension, even before swirling in the yeast... not exactly a beautiful sight. Aroma is a pleasant mixture of honey, passion fruit, and musty yeast with some herbal notes. Flavor begins sweet with notes of passion fruit and orange, then becomes herbal and quite bitter for the style... probably more bitter than I'm used to in a triple, but it's not unpleasant. Body is light to medium, and the beer is aggressively carbonated. Not my favorite triple, but not bad.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this in a brown 33cl bottle with an interesting bulge in the neck. Label features a monk stirring a big barrel, presumably of ale. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 5/21/05, I opened it on 11/27/03 - Beer #5 on Thanksgiving Day.

Pours a nice cloudy orangish gold with a big white head that settles quickly, but lingers nicely as film and collar, with some decent lace spots on the glass. The nose is very fruity, but there's a certain harsh edge here, probably from the hops. The mouth is light and quite prickly with carbonation. The taste opens with the typical francophone sweetness of fruit and spices. There's a hoppy kick here that sets it apart from other Belgians, though. The alcohol's presence is also readily noticeable. Certainly not a bad beer, but I'm feeling no excitement, either.

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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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