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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This a very nice Belgian beer. Pours a nice cloudy orange with a good head. The head gives way to a nice lace. Taste is fruity and warm. Some malt is present. Good bite with a hoppy, tart aftertaste. Way too drinkable. Maybe it is because I like tripels so much.

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Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Van Steenberge tour of stubby bottle...

Sedimented dark ochre appearance, opaque. Crystalline 1/2 inch head that laces the glass in tiny bubbles. Foam holds its shape almost like pudding. Aroma is relatively subdued, lemon candy cough drop, and a bit of musty sharpness. Lots of straw to the taste, an impression of dustiness at the back of the throat -- malt starts like wild honey and grass, with a slight smoke impression mid mouth. Finish is good, moderate aftertaste and a good sense of carbonation that's not overdone. Alcohol is decently hidden, a solid Ale in the Belgian style here.

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Photo of Shiloh
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice beer. I would appreciate it to a larger degree if the ABV was lower, but that is just me. The 4.0 rating was very well deserved.
Arrived a cloudy, medium golden hue with a nice full fingered crown of tight & creamy white foam.
Crown disapated on consumption to a medium glass ring and thin island lace.
Noticeable on the nose was yeast.
Taste was most pleasant, fruity citrus like offering that failed to leave. Well balanced and firm.
Would love to meet this guys little brother.(ABV speaking of cource). Smooth.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Very white, tight head that went down slowly. The body is light, cloudy orange.

Smell – Lovely aroma of yeast and fruit, mostly oranges, bananas, and melons, with some typical Belgian spices. The coriander especially comes out nicely.

Taste – The yeast wimped out in the taste, leaving just a small reminder from the nose. The orange picked things up big time, but it was kind of syrupy and artificial. The spices came through nicely, though, saving this from a 3.0.

Mouthfeel – Full carbonation and medium-bodied. Not a hint of the 8.0 ABV.

Drinkability – Not a bad AT, but not one I’d buy again.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle

Pours a thick creamy head with descent retention, and sticky, patchy lace. The color is orange, with lots of small bubbles. Aroma of fruit, bubblegum, bread and citrus. Low hops. The taste is somewhat uncomplicated: a tart start, sweet middle and slightly dry finish. Medium bodied, lots of CO2. Nice warming effect.
IMHO This beer looks great, but otherwise,I don't get it. This tasted more like a Saison than a Tripel. The tartness was overwhelming. I might have gotten a bad bottle.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden color with a thick, chunky head. The aroma is floral, herbal and medicinal. The flavor is medicinal with the hay-like qualities of a lambic. It is a bit astringent as well. It has a drying finish. It is smooth, almost creamy and light in the mouthfeel for its strength. Another excellent Belgian brew.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring -Pours a cloudy, orange brown, a bit dirty, but with a very nice, pure head loaded with microbubbles. Disappointingly, despite the texture of the head, it leaves no lace. Smelling -The smell is very fruity, with a hint of spice at the head and a definite presence of alcohol. Tasting -The spice hits first with the flavor, a bit stonger than anticipated from the smell. Afterwards, the malt comes in with apple and peach present. The most rewarding part of this beer is its mouthfeel sticking out against most abbeys- a nice true, Belgian tripel. The alcohol is not particularly present, leaving the pallette available to enjoy it to its fullest. On the other hand, nothing distinguishing about it that I can't find in other Belgians that have a bit more complexity. The price and availability of this beer are superb.

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Photo of Gavage
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy, dirty tan color with a thick bubbly head. It was slighlty over carbonated as the bubbles were rising furiously. There was a mellow malt nose, which was followed by a malty and slighlty yeasty flavor during the first swig. The alcohol seems rise above the beer, making it an average drinkable beer. The malt flavor lingered long on the tongue, but some more bitter balance is needed. Not bad, but there are better belgian's out there.

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Photo of clvand0
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a golden color with a large bubbly head that died off quickly. The aroma was a little fruity, but yeast/wheat was the aroma that caught my attention the strongest. The flavor is very typical of a wheat beer with the added flavor of orange peels and maybe a little spicyness. I really didn't enjoy the taste of this beer for some reason. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for the style or something, but I thought the drinkability and mouthfeel were psub-par.

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Photo of vitesse
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in 33 cL bottle.

a very good tripel, imho. beautiful bright golden appearance. didn't spew out of the bottle like a lot of the smaller belgian bottles. taste and aroma are so damned fruity. pears, apples, cherries are what i detected. slightly saaz-like hops flavor as well.
mouthfeel is surprisingly un-thick. nice.
drinkability suffers, though. lots of alcohol makes for a short night and a big hangover the next day. will creep up on you.

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Photo of taez555
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a big thick creamy white head with very wide bubbles. It had a highly carbonated orange body. The bubbles were floating up like crazy.

The smell, well... I'm not sure how to put this. It smelled exactly like those bread and butter pickles. mixed with some soft malt, spice and fruit. but mostly bread and butter pickles.

Now my first thought was that it was a bad beer, maybe improper storage so it had turned on me, but... the taste was very normal. Started very bitter with some earthy hops. Some nice soft malt tones. It reminded me like a cross between sam adams and some some decent german helles, with just a touch of belgian wit. But still... I couldn't shake this slight bread and butter pickle flavor and smell..

Overall, it's not a bad beer. Unique to say the least. Maybe I'll try another bottle one of these days.

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Photo of Jon
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Augustijn pours a hazy golden color with a suprisingly thin white head which exhibits minimal lacing. Aromatic notes of fruitiness (including apple, pear and orange peel) lead the way while some yeastiness lingers in the bouquet, as well. Taste is not dissimilar to that of a traditional Belgian wit with some coriander and spice. It differentiates itself, however, with a subtle fruitiness, sweet malt and a bit of alcoholic burn on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated for the style, but it doesn't hurt the drinkability. The 8% abv is well-hidden in this tripel. Certainly unique from most other tripels, but nonetheless a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very beautiful Belgian to be sure. The body is a deep golden hue tending toward light amber. The buttery tinged head is enormous and slips away only after a valiant fight leaving a strong residual and plenty of lacing. This is a dandy tasting beer that has good sweetness but is balanced enough to not be overly so. Lovely compexity in the aroma and taste. Very solid mouthfeel and nice drinkability for a beer of this high an ABV.

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Photo of euskera
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle.

Poured out golden yellow with a nice fluffy head. Smell was of yeast and malt with a slight honey overtone. Taste was pleasant, with pear hints and that yeasty backbone. Mouthfeel was a bit conflicted for me, some bitterness crept in. On the whole, a good, tasty triple, but I prefer the slightly sweeter ones, like Val de Dieu.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle
Pours with a huge head. A very cloudy gold. Tons of carbonation. The head disappears quickly and there is very little lacing. The scents are citrus and tangy. A sugary grapefruit.

The flavor is a very sour pear. The malts balance it out. A little butter some pepper and clove aftertaste. This ale has great direction. Just like a play. A nice first act, a middle and a great climax. Wonderfully created for flavors.

This ale does have a bit of an alcohol bite to it. It brings on a pushy feel in the mouth. Because of the carbonation there is an airy heavy quality to this ale. I did enjoy this ale as a single. I would not drink two in a row.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Mustard
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz. brown bottle. No bottling date, no "best by" date. Enjoyable little monastic brewing image on the label. Particularly like the three little rabbits upon the crest of blue. Are they in the brew?

Appearance: Tawny gold with a slight orange tinge. Slightly hazy. Pours a huge, fine head which hangs around for the ride. Looks like someone spooned out a large dollop of pancake batter atop this beer. Thick, heavy lacing.

Smell: Dry fruit, cloves.

Taste: Gentle, tart maltiness to start, followed by banana and spicy clove notes. Subtle herbal bitterness makes its presence known in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; a bit flat.

Notes: An underflavored, albeit incredibly drinkable, tripel. Goes down so easy -- just wish I could smack its flavor and mouthfeel out of hibernation.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow gold color, slightly cloudy, large head. Malty, with a banana and clove flavor. Slight vineous taste. Moderately hoppy, somewhat fruity. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is moderately bitter. High alcohol (8%) taste not noticeable. Beer finishes very well, mellows as it sits in the glass.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer. Yellow/orange in color with a thick, almost white head that lasts forever. Aromas of bready malts and citrus fruits. Very well balanced with touches of citrus and spice. Great carbonation, and the 8% ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy bottle upon opening (before pouring it overflowed). Light fruity complex aroma with banana, phenol, spiciness, and citrus, but not much malt. Big white head that took a bit to settle. Clear dark gold, with more setiment as poured the rest of the bottle. Interesting mix of sweet with a sour dryness. Finish is surprisingly short, with the mix noted above. Wonderful array of flavors from front to back, with aspects of light malt, mild phenols, cloves and fruitiness (that's not citrusy). Nice light body with full carbonation. Little indication of alcohol in taste. Wonderful drinking experience full of aroma and taste adventures.

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Photo of Mark
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the subtle prodding of MJR I have decided to keep trying the world of Belgians, in the hope of developing a taste for them. This offering pouring a orange gold, head was pure white and settled to about an inch thick. Lacing was sparse but abit thicker at the bottom of my goblet. Aroma was fruity and some spice, pear was my first thought. Spritzy mouthfeel which seems to be standard for the genre. Taste was spicy and fairly smooth. I detected a bit of banana, clove, and pear. Decent drinkabilty for an 8% brew, espescially a style the jury is still out on for me. I'm still not a convert by any means but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a large white head over a very hazy golden amber liquid. Fresh fruit and yeasty esters in the nose. Taste is a nice maltiness, with fruit and then a good amount of hoppiness comes a calling, by no means overpowering though. Some alcoholic power sensed as well. Finishes with a great bittersweetness that drys out slightly at the end.

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Photo of Rocko
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color, very much of a head and the head was very frothy, but it settles after 5 mins. Quite bubbly which reminds alot of Duvel.

Estery smell with touches of vanilla and very slightly of honey. It taste is bready with sweet touches of fruit.

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Augustijn Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 497 ratings