Augustijn Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Augustijn Grand CruAugustijn Grand Cru
BA SCORE
72.4%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 261 ratings
Augustijn Grand CruAugustijn Grand Cru
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by zerk on 04-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,154
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
261
Liked:
189
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
12.34%
Alströms:
4.1
 
 
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12
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Photo of Shadman
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slightly hazy, slightly peach orange..lot's of fine carbonation keeps a nice head around a while. Lacing toally coats sides of the glass.

Musty green apple aroma..soome slight spiciness.

Quite the magic carpet ride of flavour...bit of a bite initially from the 9%ABV followed by a combo of caramel malt, sweet to the taste, and liquorice. Not overly spicy and quite dry on the finish.

Nice sipping brew...certainly could do more than 1 in this July heat & hunidity

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Photo of janubio
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pale golden colour, a good white head, always keeps a lace on the surface. Champagne like aroma, with spices and lemony hints, some apple too. In mouth is sparkling, remember me of champagne but also of sherry wine, apples, lemon and spices. Dry after taste. I wouldn't matter to try another one any other day.

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Photo of siebevl
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Jetlag767
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dnichols
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a Achel chalice.

A: It poured a lemony gold body with a massive bone white head. The head was at least tow fingers and sticky. The billowy head retained well and supported a spotty lacing.

S: The light malts were hard to detect given the lemony and spicy hops.

T: It initially presented a dominant flavor of white pepper overlaying light sweet malts. The creamy lemony and rich light Belgium sugars topped off quality brew.

M: It was medium bodied with a creamy rich sweet and spicy profile. It finished warm and clean with no noticable after taste.

D: It was a pleasant brew with a creamy sweet body and clean and warm finish. It was a bit to full bodied for a session drink but a very nice brew.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped in at Lucky Baldwin's for lunch and a couple pints before the end of their Belgian beer festival. Augustijn Grand Cru was my second choice after learning Brasserie des Rocs Triple Imperiale was tapped out. Served in an Augustijn chalice, this Grand Cru had a pale yellow color similar to champange, abundant fine carbonation, and a wispy white head that would briefly flare up when the glass was swirled. Looked a lot like champange.
Smelled somewhat like champagne, too. Fruity sweet with a fine yeast-inspired mustiness. My wife commented that it had a slight cidery scent. The aroma of green apple came out as did a faint honey note.
Quite lively on the tongue, thanks to the high degree of carbonation, again a lot like a champagne. Medium bodied and dry, too. Taste started off with a yeasty pale malt flavor which took a back seat to the more assertive Granny Smith apple taste. Some mild spiciness came through in the finish, mainly coriander, but the level of hops was clearly downplayed. The alcohol content, stated at 9.0%, was very well disguised.
Overall, this was pretty easy-drinking, almost quaffable, until the alcohol content sneaks up on you, as what happened to me (lol). There are better Belgian strong pale ales out there, but this one ain't bad. Recommended.

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Photo of matthewfuchs
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a fizzy yellow, with a foamy white head. good retention. smells of smoke, thanks bar. tasted very dry for what i was expecting. slightly sweet finish. felt very bubbly like a champagne. high percentage of alcohol was well hidden and the beer was well done. not my favorite grand cru, but worth the money.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the Tap at Lucky Baldwin’s during their August 20-28 Belgium Beer Festival.
Number #59 on the List.
$3 for a Taster in a small Chimay Goblet Glass.

This is allegedly the same brew as Bornem Trippel….I am not so sure, but with Van Steenberge’s monstrous line up who knows, at the very least it could well be a “tweaked” version of the Bornem Trippel.

Appearance: Gorgeous shimmering golden body has the power to reflect even the minimal low key lighting at Lucky Baldwins. Massive streaming carbonation and lots of fizzing as the flour white head seems to writhe with energy. Nice lacing, even in the Sampler.

Nose: A mixture of young and old. Young freshly peeled apple cores mix with the unwelcome smells from a damp and musty old malt sack. Light grain blends with some organic earthy tones. Recently toiled soil has some floral character. Juicy aromas.

Taste: The nose really does set the scene nicely here; the tastes follow the directions from nose perfectly. Whilst the front end and middle are fruity the finish is dry and parched. Doesn’t come across as 9% until the swallow when a little kick gets you right in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Probably the weakest part of this brew. It has an over-carbonated presence that is way too powerful for the thin body…..

Drinkability: …..this makes it hard to stomach too many of these high alcohol brews in the long run as the fizzy soda like body overwhelms. One is more than enough.

Overall: A decent Belgian Strong Pale Ale which could be more appropriately referred to as a Strong Belgian Golden Ale. Yet it drinks way below its gravity though, but I’m sure a few of these will creep up on you and kick your ass if you underestimate it.

Well worth trying if seen.

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3.85/5  rDev -1%

Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a slightly hazy straw gold color with an orange hue crowned by a white head with good retention. The nose has a very fruity aroma; citrus and apples rounded out by strong malt, pepper, spicyness, and alcohol. The taste echoed the nose, but the malt and alcohol came to the forefront, with the other flavors lurking in the back. Mouthfeel was extremely carbonated, and the alcohol was a little much.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle from The Vineyard, Belfast.

Poured a golden, slightly hazy colour. Pours with very big white foamy head which dissipates pretty quickly. Only a slight ring round the edge stayed until the end...

Aroma of citrus (lemon). Peppery... flowery.... slight earthiness... aromas all seem quite subdued though....

Taste – Peppery, slight vanilla, hints of honey, sour. Nice bite from the alcohol...

Feel - initially very sharp due to high carbonation, but once the bubbles burst quite creamy and mellow... Quite drinkable..

Overall - an excellent strong pale ale. Maybe not up there with Duval... but not far off...

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw-golden colour with a skyrocketing marshmallow-like foam head. Lasting retention and attractive patches of lacing down the glass.

S: Banana, cane sugar, cloves, coriander, and pineapple. An inviting and mellow blending of aromas.

T: Tropical fruits upfront coupled with spices of pepper and clove, and leads into sweet cane sugar. Detecting some orchard fruit qualities in the form of apple and pear. A grainy cracker-like quality presents itself towards the finish with flashes of herbal qualities and a subtle sourness. A bit focused on the spice, but nonetheless overall quite good.

M: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Fairly oily with a pleasingly dry mouthfeel.

O: Quite a good belgian strong pale ale from a reputable brewery. Was purchased in a holiday 6-pack, and will likely pick up one or two more before the season's over.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just added on draught at the Sharp Edge a nice switch up from the classic Augustijn Ale, this beer appears a vibrant amber gold with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is very flowery and full of malty sweetness. Overall the taste has a bit more kick at nine percent alcohol, and this Belgium isn't overly sweet making it really a drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but fluffy at the same time nice mouthfeel to it. Can't drink too many at 9% abv, but wow what a great beer after work.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a six-pack Belgian beer medley. Pours a light, murky shade of yellow and gold, looks a bit cloudy. Plenty of carbonation and a thick, foamy white head that was on part with many Belgian style ales. The smell isn't as strong as I was hoping - a bit fruity and wheat-like with a mild sweetness to it, devoid really of any hops or floral scents. Some banana and yeast smells really start to come out as it warms up - common to this style of beer. This beer tastes like a classic Belgian style ale with some mild cooking spices, hints of banana and mango, cloves, biscuits, and plenty of yeast and malt. Very pleasant and simple - pleasing to the palate. The body is pretty thin, a bit sticky, and packed with carbonation. The alcohol in this beer is noticeable but not overpowering, once again, expected for this type of brew.

Overall, a simple, yet solid Belgian ale that delivers, although it doesn't necessarily stand out from the rest. This one kind of plays it safe, but it does so very well - definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle in a small town outside Ghent, Belgium, it was a Van Steenberge house. Like most of the Van Steenberge beers, this beer was good, tasty, and drinkable, but not great. There's a sweet candi sugar fruitiness with white bread malty notes. A pretty typical grand cru. I have no complaints, this hit the spot.

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Photo of rrski198
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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 jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before 10/05/13.

Beer is light golden, almost straw coloured. A very large and frothy white head on top. Lots of sticky lacing as the head begins to dissipate at a moderate pace.

Smell is just FULL of banana, more than I have probably found it any other beer. Some spice is noticeable at the end, underlying the heavy banana scent. Also some honey, yeast, citrus. But really, it is the banana that dominates- smells like a banana popsicle, actually.

Banana is again prominent in the taste, but there is a little more going on. Spices are more prominent. Relatively dry for the style. Some green apple present. Finish is particularly focused on peppery spice flavours.

Carbonation is a little high, and sort of irritating. Medium bodied.

For me, not a favourite of the style but stands out as being a little unique. Enjoyable.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet.

Appearance: a very bold gold. Deep and bubbly body, head wasn't crazy thick as some other BSPAs riding to maybe 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Light yeast, and a dark fruit smell to it. Wish it was little stronger.

Taste: Light honey, deep yeast, and slightly bitter. It is definitely good and worth inhaling, you might finish this faster than you think.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, with after taste tingling all over your cheeks.

Overall: Beer is built for everything you need. I have little to no complaints and wish I bought more. Drink for me, Salud!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of aswaller
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of andthevolcano
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 72.4% out of 100 with 261 ratings
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