Augustijn Grand Cru
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Style:
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #75
ABV:
9%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,740
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.28%
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
277
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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a thick huge head with great retention.
Aroma with notes of banana, candied sugar, Belgian yeast, herbal hops, some cloves, grains and mild lemon sourness.
Flavor with notes of candied sugar, banana, herbal hops, medicine, herbal hops, green apples, orange marmalade and grainy malt sweetness. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9% has just a flavoring aspect.
Fruity Belgian Strong Ale with good spices and herbal notes.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

En copa Grimbergen. Viendo Cristal Oscuro 1x09-10. Consumo preferente en Noviembre 2016. Perfil tipicamente belga algo pasado de fecha pero no desagradable, con recuerdos a uva blanca y pera

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Photo of harrypowers
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this on tap in a snifter. Poured a clear golden color with a small head that dissipated quickly. Low in carbonation. The most prominent taste and smell was malt. Light clean taste with few complexities and a good alcohol kick. My experience was different enough from the other reviews that I wonder if I was getting the bottom of the keg.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap in a snifter. Slightly cloudy yellow color with a excellent head and beautiful lacing. Pungent smell of sweet pears and candy. Flavors of lemon. Bright and refreshing beer!

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Photo of OlaB
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a big top of white creamy head that dissolves in a slow pace and leaves some nice sticky lacings. The aroma is of citrus,apples, light malts,some spices and floral hops but it kind of weak. The flavour start off sweet and dry with notes of fruits and herbs and with some light malt notes in the back. The finish is medium bitter and has a decent lenght but I miss more in the flavours to make it more exiting. Medium carbonation with a medium body and clean mouthfeel.
All in all is a decent enough beer, but you find better examples of this style out there.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle
9.0% ABV
Best Before: July 5, 2013
Main/Bronte LCBO Outlet (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
November 17, 2011
$3.16
The beer poured a hazy golden yellow colour with a thick off-white head that lasted. The aroma was grains, light floral scents, citrus, and yeast. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium-high carbonation...kind of surprising. The flavour is citrus, grains, yeast...and quite acidic. Not as good as their donker. Alcohol can certainly be tasted.

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Photo of Jtee
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 330ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 06/07/19.

Look: The beer pours a clear gold with 6cm of dense, rocky, white head that dissipates into a solid cap within 4+ minutes. Exceptional lacing and persistent head. Effervescent. Beer doesn't look much better than this.

Smell: Medium-light strength and balanced. The aroma is very Belgian with fruity esters and spicy phenols along with grainy pale malts. The yeast dominates with little to no hop aroma. I wish the nose packed a bit more punch.

Taste: Moderate strength and leaning towards bitter. Fruity and spicy with some ethanol (especially as the beer warms). Pale malts provide a platform for the other ingredients which fail to come together as a delicious combination. The finish is pretty short (dry) and faint with moderate bitterness.

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Prickly and sharp with restrained alcohol warmth. Effervescent with moderate astringency (which counts as a negative). The mouthfeel is not bad but it's a bit unpleasant.

Overall: Augustijn Grand Cru falls short of my expectations for a Belgian brew. It looks absolutely stunning but the rest of the journey is downhill. It's not simple per se but it certainly lacks complexity and punch for the beer that it is. Finding specific descriptors was a challenge so I kept most of my terms general. Something's off and I'm not sure if it's just lack of craftsmanship. I'd be curious to try it fresh on draught to see how it adds up. Having said that, it's not all bad and it could be worth a try. However, there are plenty of more delicious examples of the style. This is the first beer I've tried from this brewery and I'm left unimpressed.

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Photo of jonmikel
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-Golden-orange look and very opaque. Big foam head, the foam isn't very dense and leaves a trace of fine foam in the vase.
-Not a huge smell but it reminds a little bit to the smell of Hefeweizen.
-Carbonation can be felt, hints of alcohol.
-The taste is ver good.
Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold color with orange reflections, slightly hazy. Head white, made of fine bubbles, creamy in consistency, sizable, but not for long remains on the surface of beer.
Aroma: yeast, wine, slightly floral, slightly sour.
The taste very clearly noticeable white grapes, yeast, again delicate floral note and characteristic of Belgium. Each sip reminds me of wine, maybe even champagne.
Gentian properly shortage, high saturation characteristic of sparkling wines. Alcohol although nice warms up the esophagus, it is perfectly stowed away.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a bit white head and lacing sticking all over the glass. Pleasantly light, fruity nose. Taste has a grainy malty sweetness with some of the same fruit as on the nose, but not overly sweet or copying like some of the Augustijn products. Definitely the best of the Augustijn labeled products.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO a few months back; best before May 7 2016. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a hazy, effervescent golden-yellow colour, generating about one inch of puffy, eggshell-white froth at the surface. The head recedes, slowly but surely, over the course of the next ten minutes or so; left behind in its wake is a modest cap and a generous, foamy collar. The aroma is fairly typical of the style - grainy, bready malts, with some honey sweetness, red apple, apricot and pear, with plenty of yeastiness. Candi sugar and clove are also noticeable, with a hint of grassy, floral hops.

Pleasant flavour, with nothing out of the ordinary worth mentioning. The malt profile is grainy and sweet, with a wide range of orchard fruit flavour coming to the fore - red apple, apricot and pear, with faint suggestions of banana, citrus and sultana raisin. It becomes yeastier and spicier toward the finish, as notes of clove, white pepper and grassy dryness successfully cut through the sweetness of the candi sugar and malt profile. Off-dry aftertaste, with the 9% abv hovering barely on the fringe of detectability. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation and a soft, smooth, somewhat prickly feel on the palate. It's much easier to knock back than beers of this strength tend to be.

Final Grade: 4.02, an A-. Augustijn Grand Cru falls under one of my favourite style categories - and while I wouldn't say that this BSPA manages to top any of my first choices in this grouping, it's still a very well-made and exceptionally quaffable Belgian pale. Great stuff; I'd pick this up again, even in its sampler pack format - and for the record, the other five beers are worth checking out, too. Not a world-beater, but beers don't necessarily need to be world class to be completely satisfying.

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Photo of ssmack
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw colour. Three inches of fine white head. Huge flume of carbonation up the center of the glass. Good lacing.

Sweet pastry aroma. Fruity ... pear.

Nip of hop bitterness at the front end. Very fruity .. green apple, pear and mango. Definit sweetness. No alcohol taste. Sweet, sour and bitter all at the same time. Nice brassy hops bitter aftertaste.

Well carbonated. Soft full feel. Slightly unpleasant tangy feel.

A wonderful Belgian ale. Complex but yet very accessible.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pk from the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a big white head that stays for a few minutes

S- Lots of yeast

T- Belgium yeasty good. Perfect light hops

M- Dry and tart

O- My kind of beer. Very good for $3.00 and will buy again

Food Pairing

This nice beer went well with..... Pizza- hot peppers, pepperoni and pineapple

Enjoy!!

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Photo of jonb5
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Pale amber, half a finger head, good retention, some lacing, slight haze.

S: Esters plus some booze.

T: Heavy on the esters and diacytel, lighter on the molasses, touch of bitterness, similar to other Van Steenberge beers, kept the booze under wraps.

M: Light, crisp and well carbonated, very drinkable for the high abv.

O: I had wondered if it would be Bornem Tripel clone, but despite likenesses it wasn’t. If you like Piraat and it's stablemates you’ll enjoy this.

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Yellow body with a slight but definite orange tint. Fair head that vanishes rather quickly, leaving some good lacing. Almost entirely clear.

SMELL : First nose is apples, apples and apples, not quite granny-smith, but almost. Still has some of those red-apple aromas. Second nose brings out some rich yeast bready side that melds quite amazingly well with the apple. Really softens the sharper side of those apples, actually, mellows the whole into something that seems somehow more cushy, pretty much pear-like. Third nose makes those yeast aromas more precise and into something not too far from Westmalle Tripel. The apples and pears still dominate the whole, though. Maybe a little of a simple nose, or maybe the complexities are too well blended together. Anyhow, quite pleasing and impressive.

TASTE : Hmm, hard know what to say. Very, very fruity. Also, the yeasts are a lot more present on the palate, giving this brew a definitely more common belgian blond ale kind of twist, rather than what that champagne-like nose had me expecting. Still, apple pie, pears, etc. Very pleasing.

MOUTHFEEL : Not as sharp as the nose tended to make me believe, and definitely not as sharp and dry as most other belgian pale ales I've tasted. It's not quite sweet, but it sure has perceptibly more body than what I'm used for for this style.

OVERALL : Quite a good beer, though I feel it should somehow have been more complex, and that those complexities should've been more obviously discerned. I feel it to be complex, but the whole is so thightly packed that it ends up being one big clunky block of impressive tastes and aromas, with the apples and pears poking out. Absolutely not bad, one of the very good belgian pale ales I've had, but I ache to taste what it might've been, to taste the product this beer tries to be, idealistically.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: poured a nice clear and vibrant gold with a fierce 3 finger head that stayed for a long time before finally giving way to some heavy lacing.

S: yeasts, sweet fruits and cloves. Some light alcohol present on the nose as well.

T: follows the nose with an earthiness that was not expected. The booziness of the beer also really comes through.

M: good carbonation, dry finish bordering on astringent.

O: this was a nice beer, but not a memorable one. The fact that the booziness of this beer was too up front is probably what works against it the most. There are good flavors to this beer but the alcohol taste almost washed it out.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 4 of 6 of Belgian taster's pack from Van Steenberge. Served fairly cold into a oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded 3 fingers of white voluminous head. Beer is golden like a darker champagne and hazier (but not too hazy). The head receded quickly and there were plenty of effervescent bubbles in the glass. While the head did dissipate there was a solid half finger of a white cap resting on top of the beer throughout.

Smell - Light booziness, summer fruits, some sweet malts. Also smells like summer desserts and an element of funky Belgian yeasts which is not surprising. Also freshly baked bread is another aroma in this complex brew.

Taste - The 9.0% ABV hits home here and makes the beer boozy with a combination of summer fruits and a slightly earthy undertone. This new earthy flavor paints a picture in my head that hundreds of years ago this beer was being created and cellared in some dark dank remote area of the abbey. The beer also has trace spicy elements given the tingling in my mouth afterwards. Transitions to a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp refreshing finish, but retaining its rich and velverty BSPA without being syrupy. Also leaves a pleasant tingling sensation, much in the same way champagne often can. High carbonation.

Overall - Well done, love the sensations in my mouth. While the flavors are well done, they are fairly standard for BSPA's but it's the other senses that elevate it above the standard for the style. Would repeat this purchase if I could get just this beer instead of having to spend $19 to buy a six pack.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's well out of date. Hopefully the strength will have helped to preserve it. Acquired ages ago from Lidl as part of a box set and stored in my garage.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with notes of unripe apples, apricot, bubblegum, banana, clove, spice, sugar, a hint of marzipan, sherry and faint cardboard. Dry, vinous and rather oxidised, with a significant whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a sweet, boozy finish. Notes of marzipan, apricot, apples, bubblegum, banana, clove, spice, sugar, sherry, mild earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Little bitterness to speak of. Quite oxidised, with a touch of dessert wine and a warming hit of alcohol upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a velvety body that envelops the tongue. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet, fruity yeast esters and harsh cardboard.

Decent if not outstanding. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour showcase a complex blend of yeast esters that confer a dominant fruity character. The age of the bottle has resulted in some oxidation, which adds a sherry-like note that is not unpleasant. Overall it's just a bit too sweet, however the body is silky smooth. A satisfying brew with an obvious Belgian influence. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 11.2 stubbed bottle into a Duvel tulip. Accidentally aged in my cellar after purchasing the Van Steenberge gift pack last December. This may be nearly a year old, if not older.

Pours a golden amber color that resembles a darker pilsner or Belgian blonde ale, especially without the yeast initially poured in the glass. You'd have to be blind to not immediately guess that this is ridiculous in terms of its carbonation and yeastiness, though. Pours 4 fingers worth of foam by the time half the bottle is poured in - in a 45 degree angle, no less. For hilarity I kept pouring the liquid in until it was producing a boiling vat-like appearance at the top of the glass, one palm tall, with thick bubbles and soap-like foaminess. Leaves behind a generous amount of thick lacing. Head retention lasts a good long while. Looks very bubbly and sparking throughout consumption. No complaints at all here.

At first there's apparent phenols from oxidization, ranging from a green apple funkiness to slight acetone, nail polish remover notes, but it does get better the more this warms up. White grapes, ripe raisins, honeysuckle, white pepper, herbs of sorts (maybe a bit of mint), wet grass, candi sugar, caramel, and butterscotch. Pretty sweet at the finish, with a sugary character that hides the alcohol well, although not completely. Stings slightly. Fantastically overwhelming for a tripel, but not bad by any means. For what it's worth, this is probably the worst part of the whole beer.

The flavor reveals its true colors, however, and in the same realm of the other Augustijn offerings, age has done significant work to the beer at hand. At first, there notes of white grapes and raisins, as well as a heavy, caramel-forward candi sugar notes. Then, it suddenly goes down amazingly creamy and juicy, becoming quite buttery on the palate and revealing notes of vanilla, nutmeg, and other barrel-like spices. While I haven't found any information that this was fermented in oak barrels, it sure tastes like it - reminds me of a cross between an aged tripel (with little to no hop profile) and a Chardonnay that's gone through semi-heavy malolactic fermentation. A little bit of a burn at the back of the throat, but otherwise, the white nectarine, white grape buttery flavor works with me. Very carbonated and juicy. A pleasure to drink.

I'm impressed how the flavor is miles ahead of the aroma, and I'm happy for it being that way. This is quite different than other tripels/Belgian strong pale ales I've had - the buttery, vanilla, stone fruit flavor makes everything far merrier. Not sure how it was fresh, but hey, this was without a doubt the best one of the series with age on it, flavor-wise!

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/20/2011. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apple, lemon, pear, grape, banana, floral, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Excellent aromas with great balance, strength, and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes with moderate malt balance. Taste of big apple, lemon, pear, grape, banana, clove, honey, floral, candi sugar, light bubblegum, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, light bubblegum and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian strong pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rrski198
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is a pale yellow/orange. Massive white head with two textures of foam. The foam sitting on the beer has a bunch of little bubbles that transition to the center of the glass where a huge meringue like head sits. I poured the beer 10 minutes ago and it is still quite visible.

S: Earthy, funky, lemon. Almost sour or DMS like corn adjunct scent. Sort of like a pilsner with Belgian yeast. Very odd.

T: Sour, funky Belgian yeast. Flavor profile of a tripel and a saison. Can't get over the sour....it's good, but unexpected. It coats the mouth and finishes with the heat of the alcohol, mild bitterness and malted grain and corn.

M: High carbonation which leads to a spicy, full mouthfeel. The heat form the alcohol lingers and burns the gums.

O: So this beer just didn't smell right. Bizarre. The flavor however was awesome. I really enjoyed it and thought that for a 9% it was easily drinkable and all the flavors were great.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear yellow (slightly golden) with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch frothy white head. Good retention.
S: Citrus, belgian yeast, and some candi sugar. There is something here that also makes me think pilsner...which is odd.
T: Pretty much follows aroma. I think it's the hop character that is making me think pilsner.
M: Light body. Slightly oily feel. ABV is well hidden.
D: Fairly average offering here. I bet it was a hell of a beer back in 1295 though...

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Photo of chinchill
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Curvy and stubby brown 330 ml bottle served in a De Koninck goblet.

Appearance: Pale gold-amber color with like loads of tiny carbonation bubbles like a champagne. A creamy, durable bone-colored head that thoroughly coats the glass with sticky, whitish lace.

Smell: It is a bit faint and slightly musty, but overall appealing, with a fairly solid earthy grain base and nice fruitiness.

Taste: Fruitiness initially dominates and lasts into the aftertaste, but a nice light baked bread quality is as obvious by the finish. Hints of herbs, light honey, pears, and faint spices. A slightly metallic quality noticed early on seem to disappear with warming (and more tasting).

Feel: This beer has a remarkable lively yet soft feel, and is creamy smooth with a body that is nicely full for style.

Overall: High drinkability and exceptionally pleasant, thanks in part to the very well hidden 9.0% ABV, a slightly bitter/tart balance, and a truly great mouthfeel.

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Photo of stephens101
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An always welcomed light phenol phunk floats in the air upon pouring this murky orange brew. Head is thick and resilient with the last of the foam out of the glass slowly flowing at it's own glacial pace.

An array of light fruits play into a world sweet bubble gum, cotton candy and Belgian yeast. A second whiff scores some faint medicinals and barnyard.

Piquant light fruits and spices fill the palate. Butterscotch, a touch of grain, and a simple but lingering hop bitterness makes for a pleasing finale.

Medium bodied with a delectable creaminess and just enough spicy alcohol heat to let you know despite it's calm demeanor, this is a big beer that holds its own in any arena.

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Photo of Hunter
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lovely pale gold/yellow color, minimal carbonation. Thick pillowy head of white foam, minimal lacing pattern.

Smell: Unfortunately, poured into a glass with it's own distinct smell. So I'm having to go by the bottle itself to get any fair assessment. Light notes of citrus, spice, grass, honey.

Taste: Taste reinforces the aroma. Very light on the palate, despite the high alcohol content. Candi sugars, subtle spice, lemon notes, light hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol comes out here more than the taste. Scouring, bracing, but not overbearing.

Overall: I'm pleased with this one. sometimes I think the Belgians can do no wrong when it comes to beer, and this is no exception. I will be coming back to this one.

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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 277 ratings