Augustijn Ale | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

very good
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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Reviews: 396 | Ratings: 497
Photo of chickencoop
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this for about 4-5 years, but it seems to have held up pretty well. I get from the beginning a big boozy sweety malt bomb. At 8% this is a powerfull beer, you feel each sip with some booze, can't say I liked it a ton, but compared to the style, and possible age, this is a well made beer with a great brewing tradition....just boozy. There are better tripels out there, but this is worth a try.

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Photo of CHickman
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours hazy orange with a 1 finger creamy / foamy off white head that stuck around for a while; basically no lacing that slides down quickly.

Smells of yeast, orange peel, coriander, floral hops, light caramel, some light pepper and other spices; nice grassy, floral nose overall.

Tastes of sweet malt, funky yeast, floral hops, orange peel, coriander, lemon, light caramel, some light pepper and some other spices, grass or hay, and honey. Nice balance between the malt and hops and overall very tasty.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very light to no carbonation, a creamy overall feel, a medium body and a finish on the dry side.

Very high drinkability, this is a very good beer that I can drink all night as it's packed with flavor and goes down easy. I highly recommend trying this beer.

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Photo of ib7jhurley
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with thick white head with nice lacing.
Smells of lots of spices, yeasts and fruits.
Tastes citrus and plenty of yeasts.
The alcohol is hidden very well which makes this very easy to drink.
This is a very good tripel.
I will revisit this beer again.

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a slight gusher with a thick spongy off-white head. The golden-yellow body is clear with a sea of racing microbubbles supporting the head.
S- The honey malt aroma is fresh with a pale malt support and a soft green fluoride note to the finish.
T- The slight sweetness of malt has some crystal malt and honey malt characters to it. The slight citrus qualities with other fruity yeast character supports the green note in the finish. There is a slight dryness to the finish that supports the hops turning them a bit more pungent as the beer opens up. M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a cleaning fizz finish and a soft alcohol warmth.
D- This beer has a nice blend of malt and yeasty flavors with a dry crisp finish and a good balance between the malt and hops. This beer goes down smooth and quick especially for a 8 %ABV.

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

Pours a clear gold with a very thick, foamy white head. Head falls very slow leaving clinging lace.

Very nice aroma. Full of Belgian yeast, spice and alcohol.

Spicy and sweet on the tongue. Full of that Belgian Ale flavor with nice alcohol and a warming, drying finish with a sweetness left on the tongue.

Rather full mouthfeel and somewhat smooth.

Great beer, I really like this one. Give it a try.

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

Serving: 330ml bottle into an ale glass.

A: straw yellow, slightly cloudy, an inch of head in the glass that has remained for several minutes. massive carbonation.

S: Smells like a spicy tripel. Smells good.

T: It's a tripel, though a little more on the mild side. Not super aggressive as far as the spiciness or the bite is concerned, but definitely a strong flavor. Very good.

M: Foamy and fizzly like a good tripel ought to be.

D: Good. I would drink think till I fell off my chair. At 8% ABV it wouldn't take long.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

Do they know there's an extra "J" on the label? Oh, well. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a healthy bit o' white micro-froth. The nose comprises black pepper, citrus peel, cardamom, and a bit o' that funky yeast those crazy Belgiques like to use. The taste echoes the smell, with a strong, semi-citrus-y body, peppered, enmeshed in an ongoing struggle for supremacy with the yeasty characters. Straight tripel, yo. The body is a ligfht medium, with an active carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, like I said before, this is a straight tripel, highly representative of the style, but nothing altogether "special" about it. Just good Belgianness.

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Photo of cudmud
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: One finger of head and wonderful lacing. Antique copper color with a yeasty haze.

Smell: Nice esters and smells of wet grass. Rich malt aromas.

Taste: Strong yeast flavors which are balanced with malts and hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and doughy.

Drinkability: A wonderful beer to enjoy anytime

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear golden yellow in color with a fluffy white head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of fruit and yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there are lots of fruity flavors in the overall taste, which also has some notes of apples and candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a good amount of carbonation. I didn't notice any dryness.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink because of a lack of dryness and since the alcohol was well hidden.

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Photo of randjuke
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour to Trappist glass gives cloudy golden color with huge foamy white head. Aroma sweet with light fruits. Taste citrus, banana, spices, hops, Belgian yeasts. Highly carbonated with medium mouthfeel and crisp mildly hoppy finish.

Nice tripel, would drink again.

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Photo of Overlord
2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold. Gigantic, huge, white foam explosion. ugh.

Smells like sweet yeast. Tastes like sweet yeast. One of the most straight-forwardly simple belgians I've ever had, let alone from a tripel. I mean, it's just a sweet, well carbonated brew.

Not much to say about it. Would not revisit.

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

pours bright golden with a egg-white bright head that explodes over the sides and sits all poofy with a meringue/jelly-like shimmy, quivering! settles slow with an odd mound of foam remaining for some time.

expected sweet yeasty nose. not too strong, but quite evident.

THANKFULLY, the yeastiness i don't really like alot in most belgians is quite subdued, very balanced, with the malts making their way up front. very nice. a bit of alcohol twang is evident, but for a style that is not really a favored one, this is quite wonderful. i'll have to remember this one. mouthfeel is both smoth and sparkly. again great balance.

be careful of the's quite drinkable, thus dangerous. and yes, it goes great with sharp cheese. and a flaky pastry!

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

Appearance: A stunning gold with decent clarity. A foamy, fizzy, worthwhile white head graces the beer.

Smell: Fruit, mimicing pear and pineapple. A little bit yeasty. Bready malts also appararant.

Taste: Spritzy on the palate, almost stinging. Has a green grape aspect to it, champagne like too. Light lemony hop giving off alittle citrus and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very viscious, very dry. As mentioned earlier, stinging. It almost takes away from the beer but it is unique.

Drinkability: I've always liked this beer, but it has become more refined and aggressively carbonated. Still a beer a turn to when Im in a Belgian mood.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, last one on the shelf, well before "Consume By..." date, that's a good sign, right?

I was warned about the robust effervescence of this beer, so I took pains to be careful. Slowly cracking the cap, it was obvious that there was a stupid amount of carbonation welled up in the bottle. It took a minute or so of bleeding off the gas, before actually popping the cap. Sheeesh. The beer pours a cloudy medium orange hue, with a skyscraper of foamy off-white head, which leaves wisps of lace as it slowly dissipates. It smells of mildly sweet barley malt, bready yeast, and earthy hops. The taste is more barley malt, candy sugar, soft mealy fruit esters, a bit of musky yeast, and soft earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation, after the initial explosiveness, is actually quite sedate. The body is medium weight and sugary, and it finishes clean, some simple sweet malt dawdling, while any extra ABV is quite well obscured.

An enjoyable tripel, with the subtle handling of the yeast and sugar attributes, provided you are able to get it safely into your drinking vessel...

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer in a Belgian sampler pack.
Poured it into my Chimay goblet. The beer poured a deep, clear gold, with a thick, creamy head of beautiful white, meringue-like foam. Good clarity and good head retention. Thick, sticky lace clings to the glass.
The aroma has a touch of a mineral twang to it. The rest of the nose is fruity with pears and light citrus, spicy with phenols and coriander, and malty with a touch of alcohol.
The taste is sweet at first, malty and slightly grainy. Ripe fruits make a show in the form of apples, pears and light peach. There is a nice bitterness, and the beer finishes quite dry. The body of the beer is very nice, and there is a nice cascade of carbonation. The alcohol warms as it goes down.
I'll admit, this is my first experience with Tripels. I think I'm hooked.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml. bottle marked 02DI-14:39. Sampled on May 8, 2010. It pours a slightly cloudy orange-brass with about two inches of foamy white head the slowly bubbles away while leaving a thin lace in its wake. The wheat is noted in the aroma along with Belgian spices, yeast, and banana. The texture is fairly smooth. The taste has a slight tartiness at the start, a mellow middle, and finishes satisfyingly dry. An all around well-rounded, easy to drink Belgian Abbey Tripel.

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Photo of crossovert
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm revisiting this mix pack. It is fresh. 11.2 oz brown bottle.

It pours a clear but slightly hazy golden peach with a huge soapy looking head that recedes slowly and nicely and leaves some speckled lacing. The head isn't as impressive as the body.

The smell is one of the best of the style, I can smell it from a coupe feet away. Fruity yeast and sensual malts mix for an amazing intense scent. The malts really smell lively here, I love the freshness.

This is one fruity brew. It literally tastes like it is brewed with fruit. It has an amazing string of yeast. The malts are mellower on the palate and provide a sweetness for the fruity flavors to dance. Apples, oranges, apricots, the fruits are intense. It is fairly dry in the finish with a very nice mouthfeel.

This is one of the better tripels out there, I've only seen it in this mix pack.

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

330ml slowly poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a golden honey color with a billowing, dense, cloud-like white head that floated on the surface of the beer as one solid mass for a very long time. It finally reduced slightly after a few sips into a nice thick film that lasted the whole beer through and left great lacing.
S: Sweet fruit, green apples, fresh pears, Belgium spices and faint yeast.
T: Tons of sweet fruits and fruit juice flavors, especially apple juice and pear with hints of citrus. The fruit gives way to spicy hops, pepper and other Belgium spices. At times this tastes like I'm biting into a ripe pear with white pepper. Aftertaste turns slightly bitter with fruity sour notes.
M: Bubbly carbonation melts on your pallet with each sip. Very smooth. Alcohol is only noted in the aftertaste and is very well hidden.
D: I was pleased with this beer. A very good standard, well-rounded tripel. Pick one up, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 4/22/10 notes. Poured from a 750 ML bottle into my Duvel tulio.

a - Pours a golden color with one inch of white head.

s - Smells of yeast, spice, banana, and some citrus fruits.

t - Taste follows the nose...citrus fruits and yeast. Not as much spice as the smell had.

m - Moderate carbonation and medium body.

d - This was ok tripel; nothing great but nothing bad here, just a typical tripel. Wouldn't seek out again but will probably try it again at some point.

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Photo of WBCFM
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is listed as a Tripel, but I'm not sure if it really is. It certainly tastes like one, but it's ABV is low for a Tripel. To me it's a "Tripel Light".

Anyway - I bought this as part of a Belgium sample pack, and I only have one. I think this beer is really good. It has a great start, and finish. Due to the high alcohol content of many Triple's they tend to have a strong finish, but not this one. The 8% ABV really mellows it out and gives a velvet smooth taste all the way through.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Spiced and bananas, almost typical Belgian aroma.

Appearance - Big white head and tons of carbonation from the pour. The beer was a golden yellow color, which I was a little surprised about. After a few sips the head left a nice amount of lacing on the glass as well.

Taste - Pretty much the flavor is as expected. A sweet ale with a decent level of spice and fruitiness. As the beer warmed I felt it opened up a little more and the flavors melded well. Considering I poured it at 56.5 degrees I suspect this warming was north of 60.

Notes - This is an OK beer. If this as cheap and readily available I would easily buy this as a regular beer.

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

A - cloudy amber in color, high foam, lacing is evident. Long lasting foam.

S - fruits (lemon? apple?), spices (cinnamon, maybe?), a bit alcoholic and astringent

T - tart in the beginning, smooth and has a mellowed sweetness all the way through

M - it tingles at the end of the sip, i like it

D - Very.

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Photo of tone77
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices, I can't wait to taste it. Taste is delicious. Great combination of fruit and spices, a very mild bitterness at the end. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this makes for an exceptional brew.

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

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Very careful pour yields a 1 inch pillowy white head that crackles audibly and dissipates slowly, leaving minimal lacing. Pours a hazy orange with lots of bubbles rising throughout the glass. Mild speckles of bubbly lacing.

Smell: The steam right out of the bottle after popping the cork has a sharp, fruity aroma of apple and grape. In the glass, the smell settles into a vibrant mix of apple, banana, pear, and Belgian yeast. Stays huge and develops some floral character as the beer warms.

Taste: First sip is juicy, tasting predominantly of apple with some orange and Belgian yeast. Rather tart, finishing a bit dry and warmingly boozy. The orange stays strong for awhile as some phenols and a notable-for-a-tripel hop bitterness come out in the middle. The fruit character up front develops nicely as I get through the glass, with the apple giving way to a flavor and mouthfeel similar to eating very ripe raspberries. There's the smallest hint of leathery funk in the middle.

The tartness and phenols are a bit overwhelming, so I felt the beer was dying to be paired with some cheese. Luckily, I had some cheddar and crackers handy. Paired with these, the tartness and dryness give way to a creamy mouthfeel, while the nice funk and deep fruit flavors stay strong. The development of the fruit up front keeps delivering; apple becomes banana, becomes pear, becomes peach, becomes berry, etc. Really nice. The orange/citrus drop out almost entirely, but the Belgian yeast and warming alcohol in the finish are a constant. The flavor develops further, yielding some spicy and floral notes. There's a beautiful depth to this beer.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, medium-bodied, and very carbonated. Occasionally slick and oily.

Drinkability: At first, I thought this was a decent tripel with a nice, uncharacteristically aggressive alcohol finish. The flavors really grew on me though, and I'll definitely pick this one up again.

This is a deceptively good beer. For the first few sips, the flavor is somewhat unassuming, and the strong apple/orange flavors plus huge carbonation are about all that's going on. The mouthfeel was also a bit too aggressively tart and dry without pairing it with food. However, this beer really rewards careful attention. The development of flavor and aroma is exceptional.

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

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue glass feb11 2010

A open near a sink this one explodes out of the bottle, once it settled it poured a hazy golden orange with lots of carbonation floating up to a 1/2in film that hangs around for quite a while

S lots of apple and a little yeast with some other tropical fruit

T not to far from the smell with a little sweet grains and just a hint of booze, quite fruity would make a good summer drink if it had less booze

M light in the mouth, almost foams up instantly

D refreshing and well rounded good in all areas but not going to blow you away

at 2.50$ a bottle I can see myself drinking a fair bit of this in the future its a good score

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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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