Augustijn Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
254
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
19.02%
 
 
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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 Digimaika2
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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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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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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Photo of BeerDocT
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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Photo of markaberrant
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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Photo of Zimbo
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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Photo of TempeBeerMan
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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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
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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Photo of benfons
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful golden colour, Big head that disappears fast.

S: Malts, honey, apple and even a hint of pineapple

T: banana and apple, but with an earthy and grainy taste to it Not too sweet but nothing great.

M/D Feels a bit thin, to many and too small carbonation bubbles, alcohol is really noticeable

Not bad, but not great either.

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Photo of Hunter
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Lovely pale gold/yellow color, minimal carbonation. Thick pillowy head of white foam, minimal lacing pattern.

Smell: Unfortunately, poured into a glass with it's own distinct smell. So I'm having to go by the bottle itself to get any fair assessment. Light notes of citrus, spice, grass, honey.

Taste: Taste reinforces the aroma. Very light on the palate, despite the high alcohol content. Candi sugars, subtle spice, lemon notes, light hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol comes out here more than the taste. Scouring, bracing, but not overbearing.

Overall: I'm pleased with this one. sometimes I think the Belgians can do no wrong when it comes to beer, and this is no exception. I will be coming back to this one.

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

A bit disappointing, really.

It looked good in a Rochefort chalice- straw yellow with nice head retention; good carbonation.
It smelled decent, slight hop presence very welcome.
It tasted a bit sour, however. The hops were detectable and eventually the sourness subsided into a slight bitterness followed by a bittersweet finish.
It was a nice beer overall but lacking somehow. I think I would have preferred more sweetness. For a 9% alcohol brew, it was well disguised- no burn; very smooth.

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Photo of Kooz
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark yellow. Not much head, no lacing. Much lighter than I expected. Looks good though.

Smells clean. It's a little bit sweet and I get a hint of lemons. Not bad.

Tastes really nice. Slightly lemony aftertaste, somewhat floral up front.

Mouthfeel. Is interesting on this one. Very creamy, very full bodied, and you get the alcohol in the mouth feel. After sipping, the alcohol fills your mouth with warmth.

Overall, like every other beer from this brewery, this is a good selection. I hope to try this again.

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

poured a 11.2oz bottle into a goblet.

A- poured a golden amber with a thick, creamy 3-finger head that hangs around. lots of carbonation all over the place

S- biscuity malts with apricot tones. light alcohol aroma mixed in as well

T- very sweet with a bit of bitterness on the end. light alcohol flavor that matches the smell. however, as the beer warmed I noticed more of the alcohol on the way down. well balanced taste

M- thick and creamy. feels really nice on the tongue. again, really noticed the good amount of carbonation

D- warm and creamy. very smooth for a 9% abv. looking forward to having another one in the near future.

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Photo of BeerNutta
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Augustijn Grand Cru

A = Pours a golden yellow with a thick foam head that quickly dissapates to form a think lace on the surface of the beer.

S = Light fruity aroma with a slight grassy/herbal smell.

T = Inital herb like sweetness that gives way to a clove middle and dry bitter finish. If anything, it is a little on the bland side. This beer seems to lacking something that would make it above average.

M = Moderately carbonated coupled with the bitterness leave your mouth a little dry.

D = Drinkable, but lacking something that will make it exceptional.

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Photo of evlu1441
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed 6-pack I picked up a while back. Poured into a pulip:

The beer pours a pale and slightly golden colour with lots of carbonation rising up to the top. The head is extraordinary! Fluffy and light, and MASSIVE!!!

The aroma is sweet, with notes of green apple very apparent. There is also some slight spicy licorice smell. Quite a complex aroma!

The flavour: sharp sweetness slowly is overtaken by mellow spiciness. Some nice flowery, fragrant hops come through before it eventually rounds out to a nice grainy malt flavour with a smooth finish.

Overall, The drinkability is high on the beer. It's smooth, spicy and interesting. A very nice belgian ale.

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Photo of dauss
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Short stubby 11.2cl bottle. The date 02/09/05 is stamped on there, I guess that could be the best before date.

Appearance: slightly hazy straw yellow with an orange tint. A large bone white head form with a gentle pour, with good retention, but faded faster that I thought a belgian would.

Smell: a very fruity aroma of citrus and apples. Strong malt aroma with a peppery spicyness, phenols, and alcohol.

Taste: Extremely strong carbonation. Thousands of bubbles prick the tongue simultaneously, and the beer just dances on the tongue. Strong maltiness with a phenolic alcohol taste. Has a very very slight finish. Very dry. Its very filling though, very carbonated.

Notes: Its good, nice balance, and the alcohol is barely detectable. Carbonation is a little too strong for my liking.

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Photo of ssmack
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden straw colour. Three inches of fine white head. Huge flume of carbonation up the center of the glass. Good lacing.

Sweet pastry aroma. Fruity ... pear.

Nip of hop bitterness at the front end. Very fruity .. green apple, pear and mango. Definit sweetness. No alcohol taste. Sweet, sour and bitter all at the same time. Nice brassy hops bitter aftertaste.

Well carbonated. Soft full feel. Slightly unpleasant tangy feel.

A wonderful Belgian ale. Complex but yet very accessible.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blond color with a crisp white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

Smell is musty, bready, some orange notes.

Taste is of yeast, bready biscuit notes. Spicy dry orange flavors. Some alcohol. The finish is quite dry and lingers for awhile with a taste of alcohol, not to bad though. There is also a tartness about it, kind of hard to describe.

Overall I'm a little underwhelmed by this beer I can't quite say why maybe it's because nothing really struck me about it. Didn't stand out. It's just an average beer.

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

Pours a slightly hazy straw in color with a pretty big foamy white head, nice lacing. The smell has a signature belgian yeast funk to it but most of what hops out at me is bananas. The taste still has the banana but also hints of lemon spice and yeast. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer finishes very dry. The mouthfeel is a tad thick, probably from the high carbonation but it still drinks easy. Overall not bad, not something I would seek out again though

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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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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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Photo of barleyroad
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is gold in color with a generous amount of foam. Smell, is hoppy with an hint of flora's. Mouthfeel is hoppy going in and cleans the mouth nicely. This beer finishes nicely with a slightly strong hint of carbonation. Taste is refreshingly sweet, but has the right amount of hops to follow. Overall this beer is a nice combo of ABV and taste.

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Photo of jonmikel
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-Golden-orange look and very opaque. Big foam head, the foam isn't very dense and leaves a trace of fine foam in the vase.
-Not a huge smell but it reminds a little bit to the smell of Hefeweizen.
-Carbonation can be felt, hints of alcohol.
-The taste is ver good.
Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of KKB
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Appearance is just tip-top. It’s translucent wheat colored with a tall white/clear head that just will not quit. Huge and beautiful looking. Just gorgeous.

S – Has a nice yeasty smell to it, a slight light fruitiness, and a healthy helping of funk to it as well. I quite like the nose though I can see how some would find it to be a bit over the top in the funk department.

T – Apple in the forefront, perhaps slight pear, a little bit hoppy, rather tart, the funk is definitely on the palate as well but it’s very nice really, a slight sugary element to it and a little bit of bread there as well. All in all this tastes good. Damn good in fact! I would go so far as to enthusiastically call this rather delightful. It has received mixed reviews and try as I might I still let that influence my judgment a little bit every time, but this beer is good. Now I’ve waited about 5 months to try this one so some of the flavors might have mellowed out a little bit but at the same time this is just crisp, fresh, and simultaneously refined and a little bit musky. It all comes together and compliments one another and it tastes just wonderful.

M – The mouthfeel is medium in body with heaps of carbonation, actually it is slightly over carbonated if you ask me. But this is ever so slight and entirely forgivable. That’s my one real critique actually, is to dial back the carbonation slightly. Otherwise this is wonderful.

O – Great beer! Vundaba! I didn’t expect this to be nearly as good as it is. But I blame myself for that. I love this brewery, I love Belgian beers, and I love BSPAs and this is a fine example of the style. Kudos to all involved in brewing this. The only thing keeping this back from being completely perfect is that it is a little bit overboard on the funk, and the carbonation is just a touch off. Otherwise, it is exceptional.

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Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.
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