Augustijn Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

BA SCORE
87
very good
258 Ratings
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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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

Pours a clear golden with a persistent 1 finger white head. Aroma is heavy on coriander with some herbal notes mixed in. Flavor begins slightly sweet with notes of passion fruit, then becomes fairly bitter with notes of coriander, grassy hops, and an acidic finish. Notes of alcohol sneak through in the finish as well. Has a medium body with a very high carbonation... feels almost champagne like. This is a very interesting and complex beer... I don't know if I'd make it something I drink often, but it's a very nice change of pace.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Poured a HUGE head at least three inches. I did all that I could to reduce the head, but the head didn't care! After head receded, the beer itself is a cloudy, golden yellow. Attractive, but not outstanding.

-Smell 4.0: Very, very nice. I smell caramel and malt and barley and yeasty, yummy goodness. Very promising.

-Taste 4.0: Lots of carbonation up front and then the alkalinity of the hops quickly kicks in. Sweetness followed and then a wonderful hop and barley aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too dry, a very refreshing brew.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: Way too much carbonation. As I stated above, this is the first thing I noticed and it negatively impacted my enjoyment of the beer. Also as I stated above, I poured a huge head which should have taken away some of the carbonation. It did not.

-Overall 3.5: Just to summarize, this is a delicious Belgian ale, but the carbonation makes it less enjoyable than many others. Still, that's like saying that you have a 18K gold bracelet instead of a 24K gold bracelet. This is still a high quality, delicious beer and is worth trying.

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3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - just beyond golden with a touch of orange, brilliant clarity, white head with good retention, leaves a sheet of lace.

S - grainy malt, herbal hop, light fruit

T - sweet pils malt, mild spice, clean aftertaste

M - creamy, med light body, medium carbonation. Overall soft mouthfeel, with a crisp, dry finish (from the alcohol, which is otherwise completely hidden).

D - Ridiculously easy to drink, not sure if that's a good thing with a strong beer. This is a decent strong golden ale, but the overall flavours are rather basic.

This is tasty enough, nothing offensive whatsoever, but it's just a little pedestrian. I guess you could say the "belgian" character is quite low. Certainly drinkable, and well made, but I expect more from a 9% beer.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foam builds on the bottle once opened with malt and yeast on the nose. In the Chimay goblet there's also more than a whiff of apple. Hisses in the glass with a tighhter head than other offerings from this brewery but this slowly dissapates over time. Hazy yellow.
Lots of carbornation make for some blazing acidity not all that different from a good Champagne. I know this may not be everyone's cup of tea but I like it especially given its amazing food friendliness. It went wicked with BBQs grilled wild salmon too.

Would like to try this again when I'm not so allegerific though.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Part of a Van Steenberge variety sampler pack.

A - Pours golden yellow with a three-finger white head that looks simultaneously fizzy and foamy. Nice retention and lacing.

S - Nice strong aroma of tropical fruits, Belgian yeasts, and sweetbread like malts. Inviting. Hint of clean booze in the nose as well.

T - Complex blend of banana/papaya frutiness, slightly sweet malts, and spicy pilsner-esque hops. A definitive honey character to the malts. Some lemon peel in the finish. The whole thing is awash in a general booziness.

M - Pretty thin for it's abv, and very fizzy. The feel does work well with the other elements. Drying finish.

O - I really enjoyed this. A flavorful, complex Belgian with depth and richness. Nicely presented. Would definately buy again.

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