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Augustijn Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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87
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111 Reviews
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
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111
Ratings:
255
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
19.02%
 
 
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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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Photo of DaveBar
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 TwelveOunces
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- This beer was lighter then expected. It is a hazy straw yellow with a hug billowing white head. Good lacing.

S- Wheat, lager like aromas, Spices, some dark fruit. More sweet then bitter. A fruitiness, like lemons.

T- Big in carbonation. It really delievers the flavor around the palate. There is a lot of wheat and lemongrass. Spicy earthy notes. Belgian yeast, kind of funkyness in this beer. The flavors blend well and really work nicely with the carbonation.

M- High carbonation and high alcohol. The alcohol comes through in feel more then taste. Beer is a pretty good size but stays drinkable.

O- Nice stuff, I was expecting a dark beer so this was not quite it. But regardless, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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 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 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 DavidST
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet glass, coded bottle date. This pours a clear light orange / yellow color with a massive white head which has okay retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of a lemon grass, belgian yeast esters, a little funk. The feel is medium. The taste leaves something to be desired, a considerable amount of alcohol, hardly masked at all, extremely dry, but missing the nice peppery taste of something like a duvell.

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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 beergeek279
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Augustjin Grand Cru poured an amber color. The smell was somewhat flowery. The taste was about as dry as I've tasted in a Belgian, and I'm generally surprised to see that the ABV is 9% because it didn't taste remotely that strong! This was relatively smooth in mouthfeel. I prefer my Belgians a bit sweeter, but as far as drinkability goes, someone could have more than one or two. If you like dry Belgians, this would certainly be a fine choice, although the alcohol in this one will sneak up on you, so enjoy carefully!

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Photo of mwilbur
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml stubby bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 9%. Golden colour, huge and lasting white head. Very nice initial fruity and spicy aroma, loses some its impact after a couple minutes in the glass. The flavour is sweet and spicy with noticeable hops, but the alcohol is not too well hidden. Could have been better, could have been worse.

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Photo of bobhits
2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tall white head, absurdly light body, with a full body of yeast to make it opaque.

The nose is nearly non existent but gives off some sours and chemical like notes I don't know how to describe.

The beer is very unique. It has green apple like tartess, mixed with an absurdly dirty body, sour yet the yeast gives both a nutty and sweet flavor.

The beer is pretty good till now, but damn the beer is over carbonated to the extreme.

A good change of pace. Not really what I expect with this style but interesting. Worthy of a try, but for me not a repeat due to the mouth feel.

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Photo of korguy123
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear dark golden color pour. Finger width snow white head that will not go away. Lacing holds on forever.

S- Bananas and cloves with a slight lemon peel. Sweet biscuity malts with a nice yeast backing.

T- Bananas and cloves, slight alcohol with a medicinal aftertaste.

M- Light bodied with prickly carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick, white foamy head. Aromas of pear, citrus and white pepper interlaced with musty hops. Tantalizingly sweet and dry. Very unique for a Belgian grand cru style. Extremely complex in every aspect. Light, yet pungent citrus notes mixed with similar notes of a Belgian strong ale finishing extremely dry. Mouthfeel is excellent and drinkability is very good despite its higher alcohol level.

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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 cypressbob
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy lemony yellow body, thick dense head with good retention

Smell, very fresh smelling, some almonds once again like the tripel. A little hint of cidery apples

Taste, big crisp nutty initial flavour. A wallop of alcohol hits you as you go further into the sip, boozy on the finish too.

An interesting a tasty ale, very alcoholic on the mouthfeel but still tasty. Def. a sipper

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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 seanyfo
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens glass

BB 07/2011

A- Blonde to amber body with hue, huge rocky 4 finger head that reduces slowly to 1 finger producing sticky belgian lace.Lively beading

S- Woody farmhouse musty spice quality, peppery, loads of banana as it warms

T- Light spice with a hint of hop spice but otherwise very subtle in any flavours, alcohol warms in the creamy finish. Sour orange citrus and banana coming through as it warms

M- High carbonation, medium body, warm alcohol, creamy

D- Easy drinking with subdued flavour, looks the part and has the carbonation required of a belgian strong but it lacks in the flavour profile for me and the farmhouse nose is not pleasant for me but this changes more to a banana profile as it warms.

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Photo of beerpirates
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A :Clear golden body with a fine, creamy white head.
S : Aroma has apple fruitiness, spices, yeast, wheat alcohol and feels sweet.
T : Flavor is sweet, fruity, warming alcoholic, mild malty and moderate bitterness. A bit on the sweeter side,
D : relatively strong alcohol feeling but still quite quaffable. A beer that gets better after the first glass.

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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 bigdeuce
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Top ranging craggy head with a golden, see through body. A bit strange smelling with some graininess but yet a bit of a sour scent. However, beautiful looking with a medium range carbonation. Very grainy and hard on the initial sip yet interesting. A bit of tartness, but yet not heavy. It leaves a clean but dry finish, but leaves you wondering about the next sip. A lot of dryness actually with some bold tartness, yet nothing that is not approachable. Another absolute belgian beauty!

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Photo of atigerlife
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Chambar in Vancouver, 3 Litre bottle!

Pours golden with a hint of orange. Clear with a white head. Some carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of hay and rather musty.

Taste is clean, hay, tangerine, apple.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, rather refreshing. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of sfprint
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lots of carbonation, rising and tricky to pour. Big sodaish head. Cloudy grainy dark honey color. Not a deep honey color, but a light honey color that's slightly grey.
S: Pastry creaminess, flower nectar, slight sourness.
T: A hair tart, savory peaches (as in really not sweet). Kinda like an unsweet peach cobbler. Unsweet honey, sort of has a natural soda quality to it. A hair bitter. Has sweet and sour mix qualities to it.
M: Slightly foamy and light, not much of a sting.
O: Good, but I don't love it. Nice and interesting but doesn't quite hit the spot.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 RuudJH
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

According to the bottle, a long tradition of brewing, dating back to the 13th century.

Soapy big head on dark golden ale, massive carbonation in this.
Smell and taste, a bit of bubblegum, a lot of malty sweetness, some citric and spicy notes.
Aftertaste is bittersweet, but the alcohol is very present also. It's on the edge of acceptable and agressive.
Mouthfeel/aftertaste has a bite of it, defenately.

Overall it's an acceptable drinking experience, but by far not the nice balanced bittersweet drink you'd want from a triple/pale ale.

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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.89 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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