Augustijn Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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87
very good
259 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:
259
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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12
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Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The body is pale straw topped with a stack of never-ending white froth.
A tart cider nose greets the senses while chilled. It becomes much more tropical, more citric, and deeper when it gains temperature. Fully floral as it approaches room temp, with lilac blossoms and rose petals.

A pale malt dam is quickly breeched by swells of orange juice and pureed lime rinds. A veritable flood of juiciness and pleasing sourness. Fruity and tart with pools of underripe pineapple and eddies of apple cider. Cane sugar and cookie dough debris float along the surface. A surge of alcoholic heat is quelled by the following spicy clean-up crew. Hopping adds grassy, dried stalks and yeast adds dough and white pepper. The disaster relief squad works with a quickness, as the finish is bone dry.

The body is that of champagne filtered through fleece. Effervescent, yet fuzzy and soft. Nearly seems nitrogenated, with its tiny bubbles crashing to the surface.
Fabulous beer. A 750mL would be more appreciated. The smaller bottle was merely a tease.

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Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden with pelnty of carbonation. Clear, and minimal lacing.

S - Smells of apple cider, some spice, and a lingering floral smell.

T - Very similar to a dry riesling. Flavor of apples comes through, along with some white grape, and traditional belgian yeast tangyness.

M - Good balance of carbonation with smooth mouthfeel, comes off much lighter than its ABV%.

O - Perfect to replace champagne for a toast, and would be good for those who are wine drinekrs loooking for a change up. Personally, I found it a bit underwhelming. Too bubbly and sweet-foward.

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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 peensteen
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden colour, 3 fingers of fluffy rocky white head, slow disapation, lots of lace sticks to the glass. Smell fruity and yeasty, light funk, candy notes, spicy, cider like with earth hop notes. Taste is spicy with tart yeast flavours, lightly sweet initially but becomes quite dry around the finish, apple, fruity flavours, lightly spicy and earthy. Medium active carbonation, full body with medium weight. Easy drinking and very nice, a really solid belgian pale, will revisit gladly.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZachT
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap Saturday at the Sharp Edge. Served in an Augustijn goblet.

A- Body is a near transparent very pale golden yellow with a thin creamy eggshell white head that has decent retention. Tiny bubbles are seen constantly rising to the top.

S- Smell is dry and fruity. Apples and citrus come through with hints of wheat, Belgian spices, and hops.

T- Taste is subtle and smooth. Dry apples and citrus upfront with a grainy spicy yeast backbone. A touch of hops is added for the finish which is pretty clean and dry. Subtleties from the initial flavor linger on the palate with the slightest touch of alcohol.

M- Very champagne-like mouthfeel with high carbonation and light body.

D- 9% ABV is well hidden here. This is a nice light and drinkable BSPA. Its delicate and subtle flavors made it fitting to enjoy with my dinner and conversation.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013, so it's well out of date. Hopefully the strength will have helped to preserve it. Acquired ages ago from Lidl as part of a box set and stored in my garage.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a massive head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before settling as a thick surface layer. Some lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with notes of unripe apples, apricot, bubblegum, banana, clove, spice, sugar, a hint of marzipan, sherry and faint cardboard. Dry, vinous and rather oxidised, with a significant whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a sweet, boozy finish. Notes of marzipan, apricot, apples, bubblegum, banana, clove, spice, sugar, sherry, mild earthiness and faint stewed leaves. Little bitterness to speak of. Quite oxidised, with a touch of dessert wine and a warming hit of alcohol upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and a velvety body that envelops the tongue. Slightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sweet, fruity yeast esters and harsh cardboard.

Decent if not outstanding. Looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour showcase a complex blend of yeast esters that confer a dominant fruity character. The age of the bottle has resulted in some oxidation, which adds a sherry-like note that is not unpleasant. Overall it's just a bit too sweet, however the body is silky smooth. A satisfying brew with an obvious Belgian influence. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-cloudy pale yellow with a white, pillowy 3-finger head. Great retention. Lace clings in thick bunches around the side with great stick.

Smell - Sugared banana. Faint clove. A touch of lemon.

Taste - Sugary, fruity esters upfront. Less banana on the tongue than in the aroma. Moderate character of green apple and mellow lemon. Hits on clove spice near the finish, then turns somewhat metallic in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Close to full body, with ample and lively but soft carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - A pretty mellow Belgian strong. I really enjoyed this one. Probably not something I'd want to session, but I'd surely buy it again in the future.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from a sampler pack picked up at the LCBO a few months back; best before May 7 2016. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours a hazy, effervescent golden-yellow colour, generating about one inch of puffy, eggshell-white froth at the surface. The head recedes, slowly but surely, over the course of the next ten minutes or so; left behind in its wake is a modest cap and a generous, foamy collar. The aroma is fairly typical of the style - grainy, bready malts, with some honey sweetness, red apple, apricot and pear, with plenty of yeastiness. Candi sugar and clove are also noticeable, with a hint of grassy, floral hops.

Pleasant flavour, with nothing out of the ordinary worth mentioning. The malt profile is grainy and sweet, with a wide range of orchard fruit flavour coming to the fore - red apple, apricot and pear, with faint suggestions of banana, citrus and sultana raisin. It becomes yeastier and spicier toward the finish, as notes of clove, white pepper and grassy dryness successfully cut through the sweetness of the candi sugar and malt profile. Off-dry aftertaste, with the 9% abv hovering barely on the fringe of detectability. Medium-bodied, with assertive carbonation and a soft, smooth, somewhat prickly feel on the palate. It's much easier to knock back than beers of this strength tend to be.

Final Grade: 4.02, an A-. Augustijn Grand Cru falls under one of my favourite style categories - and while I wouldn't say that this BSPA manages to top any of my first choices in this grouping, it's still a very well-made and exceptionally quaffable Belgian pale. Great stuff; I'd pick this up again, even in its sampler pack format - and for the record, the other five beers are worth checking out, too. Not a world-beater, but beers don't necessarily need to be world class to be completely satisfying.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of ScaryEd
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow bubbly body, finger white head,
beautiful lacing

S: Belgian yeast, lemon grass, spices

T: lemon peel/grass, malt, belgian yeast,
spicy, bubbly finish

M: med body, smooth/bubbly mouth

O: Very easy going, refreshing brew.
Highly recommend + would get again.

QUITE NICE, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous pour with luminous golden color and enormous white head. Delightful. Nose has some soft fruits, maybe tropical, apples, and some light herbal funk. Palate offers a magnanimous carbonation level that tickles the palate oh so nicely, and brings in soft malt flavors with the delicious dry but fruity qualities. Herbal quality comes up and carries through to the finish.

New bottle design, new to market here, so certainly not an aged example.

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

11.2oz stubby poured into a Westvleteren goblet. Stamped '13IK'.

Pours a bright yellow hue with a slight goldenrod. Foamy head kept at a mere finger and change with a careful pour. The bits of yeast that were not properly decanted formed powdery swatches from the center of the surface, carefully not accosting the surrounding clarity. Just an island of mirk that wants to diffuse. Lacing is plus.

Dusty yeast, green apple, wet straw, wafts of horsey funk, springy muddled hop. A rather complex, but muted aroma.

Tart quince is big in the flavor, skin and all. Some white wine reminiscence digested. Delivers with a mild puckering. Some unripe pear, but not in the form of sweetness. Rather yeast-fronted with some hop bitterness and a pale malt wrapping this up in husks and milled cereals. Nice peppery bite in the finish that is kept under control, but reminds me of greenness. A little floral and herbaceous in the afterbite. The alcohol breaches late in the sip, but does not overshadow anything. Well-balanced with pleasant subtleties.

Medium body with an unwilling carbonation that tingles all the way down. Biting on the backend, but that may be attributed to piquancy. Most of the alcohol is behind Door #3.

I used to love this beer on draft at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in Crafton, PA way back in the day. Haven't seen it since, except for recently in bottles at a recently-opened beer outlet. I remember the quince being more pronounced on-tap than in the bottled form. Still a delight. They're running me $6.99 and there's a bottle left last I checked, and I still may jump at the chance to snag it. A deliciously crisp Strong Pale with definable fruit essences and easy drinkability.

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Photo of desint
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Beerlover
1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rarbring
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded orange with a grey hint, an off-white head, no lacing but curtains.

The smell is very fruity and fresh, pears and persimmons, but also some nuts and almonds.

The taste has initial sweetness, raw sugar, brown bread, fruits, red apples and pears, some lemon sourness, a touch of alcohol.

Medium low carbonation, soft and a rather full body.

A nice, moderate all round Belgian beer. Sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden,

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

a: very nice hazy yellow color with lots of carbonation fizzing upward and very thick foamy head that stayed, finally settling to a still-thick head
s: malty aroma with slight hops & spices
t: rich malty flavor, lightly sweet with something like a citrus-y finish
m: creamy body, very smooth with good carbonation. pretty good balance
d: an enjoyable & lighter grand cru interpretation

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, ironically the same night that the van Steenberge owner himself, Jef Verserle was in the bar shaking peoples' hands. A pretty cool experience.

The appearance was a translucent light lemon yellow. The head was a thin film that dissipated rapidly. The smell was a mix of spices with a hint of lemon. The taste reminded me somewhat of another of my favorite beers, Delirium Tremens, but this one might be a tad sweeter. The most subtle taste of hops and no aftertaste to speak of. Felt thin and refreshing and went down smooth. I didn't detect any hint of alcohol taste to it. This might be a new favorite of mine and I'm sure to drink it again in the future.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance : Amber beer, high fermentation, well saturated
Smell : Herbaceous complex nose reveals malt and hops
Taste and mouthfeel : full beer, a little spicy, with a fine bitterness extended
Drinkability : good beer in the style strong Belgian pale ale

Review added 11-24-2007, translated from french 1-16-2008.

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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.89 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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