Augustijn Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

BA SCORE
87
very good
258 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
Ratings:
258
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Humulus85
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330mL bottle into my Darkness. No freshness date.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow. Produced the expected large, three-finger, white fluffy head. Really solid retention and lacing, especially for 9% ABV.

Tons of Belgian yeast esters in the nose. Spice, flowers, a bit of banana. A hint of grassy hops and pale malt. No perceived alcohol.

This is a very Belgian tasting brew (duh, I know). A showcase for Belgian yeast. It hits all the classic flavors: cloves, very floral, a hint of banana and lemon zest. This is all backed up by subtle but present bready malt and some earthy/grassy hops. A definite whiff of clean alcohol off the tongue.

Light and highly carbonated with little bubbles. Smooth and drinkable even with the perceptible alcohol. Finishes very clean.

Overall this is very good Belgian Strong Pale. It doesn't quite reach Duvel's level, but it is right up there, and definitely one of the better ones I've had. There really isn't anything bad I can say about it, but it wasn't mind-blowing either. Great Belgian yeast profile. Recommended to any fan of Belgian ales and to any one looking to get into them. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Mosmo
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Bubbly Golden. Very lively, big headed Brew. The frothy white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a nice lace.

S: Belgian Yeast... floral, bitter orange peel, citrus.

T: Light, almost white wine taste. Little bitter, spice towards the end.

M: Very carbonated, refreshing, throat warming.

O: Overall this is a pretty nice beer. Intentionally carbonated. I would drink this beer again on occasion, share with a friend.
poured into a Mug and from a 33cl bottle.

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Photo of jerryusc
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy golden color with a two to three finger bubbly head. A good looking brew.

Smell - A lot of yeast in the aroma, some citrus, but almost vinegary.

Taste - Plenty of citrus taste in this beer. The taste is a bit sour, but more pleasant than the smell. If you have spent time in Europe, you might think this one was brewed with the goal of the mixed juice/soda combinations that are staple drinks, especially in Germany.

Mouthfeel - A lot of carbonation, so much so that it had to be intentional, and actually helps bring some higher quality to the taste. Again, this reminds me of the juice/soda combos in Europe. This beer is working to be a champagne-like beer.

Overall - This is an okay beer, though I can't say I would seek it out like so many other Belgians. That said, it is interesting and complex, and might stand out as a good sharing brew during a tasting party.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's hard to tell what there's more of: foam or liquid. I'd say about 50/50. And mind you that's from a slow, cautious pour! The chalice becomes a snow globe and its sides look like a water fall in reverse; with an infinite supply of bubbles this head may never stop growing. The liquid itself is pristinely clear and blindingly bright golden.

The esters and phenols we're accustomed to smelling in this style are quite muted. I blame that damn mound of head - I'm not sure a bullet could even make it through that thing! Seriously though, soft, rose-like alcohol vapors and a damp, almost musty cereal graininess are the only things noted. All in all, the bouquet is insignificant.

The taste offers up a little more but still leaves much to be desired. The previously mentioned alcohol esters and cereal graininess are both more concrete, while flavors of orchard fruit and banana bread become 'maybes'. Still a definite 'no', however, are any spicy phenols or hop character. It barely surpasses Wonderbread for flavor.

Overlooking the yeast, this drinks like a cheap and/or heavily watered down Viognier or Gew├╝rztraminer. They share the sweet and drying profile, with notes of mowed hay, honey and green grape. Similar alcohol presence too. This, however, has a mouthfeel of bready malt rather than minerals and acidic bite. A 5oz pour would have sufficed.

The brewery claims this as perhaps their finest beer. That may be true, but most this brand's offerings are similarly mediocre. To be frank, I'm not sure which is less exciting: Augustijn Grand Cru or waiting in the dentist's office. You'll probably find more interesting things in a back issue of Time magazine than you will this plain, misguided ale.

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Photo of RedBear84
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. The color was average gold with a one inch white head that dissipated to a thin remnant in a few minutes. There was a light sour and citrus-like hop nose. On the pallet the beer is yeasty and had a light sour hang. This is on the light side of the Belgian Strong Ales I've had.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Douberd
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of 330 ml, at home. Poured into a trappist glass.
Golden colour, slighty hazy, although still transparent. Average activity in the glass. The head is white in colour, creamy with good retention. Leaves some lacing around the glass and even when it's gone, it still is enough to cover the surface of the beer with a thin layer.
A very discreet aroma of fruits, banana, grapes and faintly vanilla smell.
Taste reminded me of white wine/champagne, fruity as well, with a slighty sour aftertaste which only makes you wanting to drink more. The high alcohol of 9% is masterfully concealed.
On the body is medium to thick, with average carbonation and a dryness on your palate left behind. Also, a warming feeling.
This is by far the best from the Augustijn series

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of xylophonica
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Solid finger or two of pillowy head on top with a dark-golden coloured ale underneath. Excellent lacing.

S - Slightly phenolic with plenty of sweet banana and a touch of caramel and mangoes.

T - Rich and creamy at first. The head gives it a lovely balanced flavour as the spicy banana (and alcohol) washes over you. There's a variety of other sweet fruit lurking in the background as well and of course plenty of malt.

M - Very nice combination of the soothing head with the spicier banana flavours dancing on the palate.

O - A great example of the Grand Cru style (or should that be sub-style?). Well worth a try if you get a chance - full flavoured and delightful in every sense.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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1/5  rDev -74.3%

Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.89 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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