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:
#8,146
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
261
Liked:
189
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
12.34%
Alströms:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
12
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32
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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours straw-colored with an enormous white airy head. Slow dissipation leaves fantastic lacings. Perfection!

S: Sour smell, citric and green apples. Yeast and spices. Some wheat in the back.

T: Wheat - ripe bananas. A mellow sweetness from the malt. Kind of full taste. Spices, yeast, green apples and citric notes - just like Strong Belgian Pale Ale should be.

M: Long warming aftertaste, sweet and bitter. Body is syrupy full while carbonation is held, way back.

O: Surprisingly complex and well crafted. Me like!

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Photo of petermethot
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of wl0307
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, BB 26/11/10, served lightly-chilled in a bulb-shaped broad-rimmed Burgundy goblet.

A: coming in a dark golden hue with blood-orangey glows, good clarity, lively carbonation mixed of tiny and medium-sized bubbles, and a 2cm thick off-white foamy head slowly retreating to a cap, leaving tight lacing on the way.
S: the aroma is quite "settled" upfront, featuring semi-sweet pale malts, sweet herbs, earthiness, light honey, pale candy sugar, and a mildly sour touch of lactose drink. A swirl gives rise to a mixed exotic fruitiness as of unripe mangoes and some green bananas, while the alc. is also underlined as a result. Alright, not very estery and complex, but bizarrely refreshing.
T: quite alcoholic and semi-thin bodied from the beginning, the taste is dominated by semi-sour orangey fruit-esters with an additional touch of salty-sweet pale prunes, but closely a more welcomed aftertaste of chewy hop bitterness, spiciness, earthiness, and a belated dry-ish palate follow, lingering for a while. The lightly sour and tannic yeasty undertones as of lactose drink and also Orval's yeastiness (as of old, dried citrus-fruit peels), and light traces of pale candy sugar outlast the chewy bitterness, making the finishing touch somewhat more sour than necessary.
M&D: the carbonation is light and the body is moderate vis-à-vis the rather restrained flavour profile. However, the higher-than-desirable presence of alc. doesn't help on the palate and in the aftertaste. I find the performance of this bottle quite different than what I remembered from my previous encounters with this ale, that it's now more one-dimensional yeasty and lacks some key flavour elements indispensable to make it a complex, dry yet also aromatically estery golden ale. Plus, the malt backbone is not quite pronounced and hence an unbalance overall.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dark golden colour with one finger of fluffy white head. No retention, but a nice cap of half finger of head.

S - Banana, zesty citrus, sweet spice, yeast, booze. The citrus zest is very different and interesting, like nothing I've smelled before. My friend says it smells like sunlight dish soap.

T - Yeast, orange and zesty citrus. Sweet spice, a slight booze note.

M - Full body with gentle carbonation and a sweet finish.

O/D - A nice pale. The typical yeasty, citrus notes. A little boozy. Tasty but not a great example of the style.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jwale73
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Pours a translucent golden-orange, with a dense, three inch, cream-colored head that eventually settles into a solid, quarter inch cap. Nose expresses a slightly metallic quality upfront followed by light fruity esters hidden in the background. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a mild, toasted malt quality in the flavor profile and the light fruit quality present in the nose manifests itself as pear, but it is very subdued. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a lively carbonation. Overall, a nice looking beer, but the metallic quality in the nose and flavor profile is a bit too assertive. Hopefully this is just a bad bottle, but this beer is a big letdown.

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Photo of Resuin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, hazy gold with a rocky white head. Carbonation is very active in the glass.

S: The nose is subtle, with aromas of spicy yeast, biscuits, and citrus most noticeable. Nothing out of the ordinary for this style.

T: Notes of lemon, grass, straw, biscuits, kumquat, bitter orange, and alcohol wash across the palate. The finish is robust and cleansing with notes of tart citrus and fiery alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, dryish, and prickly. Carbonation is very active. Alcohol presence is fairly pronounced.

O: This is a solid Belgian strong pale ale, though it does not stand out from the pack all that much. In my opinion, it is too reminiscent of ales like Duvel and Lucifer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ccrida
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a magnificent beer, with just enough sourness (wild yeast in secondary/bottle fermentation?) to balance out the alcohol. It is a brilliant golden color, clear and sparkley, although poured minimum head leaving little lace. I prefer my ale's a bit cloudy however, hence the 4.5 rating for appearance. Nevertheless, when freshly poured in it's official glass (a standard Belgian chalice), the Grand Cru's very inviting! Still, I'm not sure why this is referred to as a Grand Cru, as it lacks the spiciness, dark color and fuller body that I normally associate with Belgian Grand Cru's. But if you like strong blondes this is a must try, particularly if you can find it fresh on draft. It's drier than most strong Belgium ales, which tend to be on the sweet side, although there is not a noticeable hop nose. This beer if very drinkable, particularly with spicy foods or on a hot day, and easily passes the Belgian test of digestibility.

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Photo of pkalix
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the petrus dubbel and trippel left a terrible taste in my mouth which i cannot get out, but i'm trying with this 'other' sampler. for 9%, it's a really good product and compare to my last 2 brews, it's spectacular.

A: beautiful, semi-cloudy pear color with very nice lacing.

S: some alcohol, some fruit.

T: again, some alcohol, some fruit, but more yeast(?).

M: some carbonation, medium body

O: liked it better last time i did this sampler. i think i just have too much of the 'last' sampler pack on my tastebuds and i need to cleanse my palate before i continue on.

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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 rderedin
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 Lukass
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This starts with a small tartness that was not expected with a dry end. Very bubbly, chapangy (sp?) even. It hides its 9.5% content very well. I have heard some people tag it liquid stupidity. You can drink a few and then just be tanked without even realizing.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one came out of the tap a hazy yellow in color with a huge white foamy head that had a yellowish tinge to it.

Smell - The light Belgian malts were very pale. The Belgian hops and white pepper gave away the style.

Taste - The spices were dusty and pleasant with more white pepper. The pale malts were lighter than expected but rich with candied sugar.

Mouthfeel - This was shy of medium-bodied but not by a lot. The kegged version here was incredibly smooth which set it apart from other Grand Crus that I've had.

Drinkability - You wouldn't want to age this for any length of time, but the day that I drank it this was just right.

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Photo of Boto
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught: This one has a hazy, straw yellow color to it. The head is big, thick and white. There is a fairly good amount of lacing to go along with it. The aroma has notes of spices, sour fruits, flora,l others too. The taste is rich and full. A hint of sourness with the fruits, spicy,yeasty with some bitterness. Complex and satisfying.

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