Augustijn Blond
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #34
Ranked #34,096
3.73 | pDev: 11.53%
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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Photo of Mugman8
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of a Belgian sample pack from Van Steenberge that I bought at Total Wine. Pours slightly cloudy, brassy-orange, with a thick foamy head and plenty of lacing. The aroma is fruit, grass and pepper. The taste is fruity sweet at first ---but the finish is dry, spicy and malty. There is a crisp mouthfeel and ample carbonation. A very good brew.

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Photo of quadmad
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from a mixed 6 pack from the LCBO. Attractive dark blonde with a fine bubbled white head. Sharp spicy bite. Goes well with salty snacks. Definitely worth a repeat. Luckily they have reduced the remaining inventory to $15.65 per six pack to clear Christmas stock. Order 4 packs yesterday.

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Photo of octortus
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 mL Bottle. ABV 7%.
Appearance: Slightly veiled honey gold, One finger of off-white head, Great retention, Medium carbonation, Full cap remains.
Aroma: Grainy, Banana (Not unlike what you would find in a hefeweizen), Belgian spice, Soft biscuit malt, Slight orange peel.
Mouthfeel: Under medium body, Medium carbonation, Dry finish, Slight alcohol warmth.
Flavour: Belgian spice, Biscuit malts, Fruity esters, Slight banana, Slight hop bitterness.
Overall: I really enjoyed the aroma but found the flavour was lacking a bit. I feel like it fits the style fairly well but could definitely have some improvements.

Review: 85

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Photo of officerbill
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: lemon gold with a tall white, long lasting head
S: very faint honey, mild citrus, grass, hay
T: mild malts, mild honey, lemon, light hops
F: smooth and slightly fizzy, sweet & tangy at the front with a nice dry sightly hoppy finish
O: a very good, easy drinking beer where you don't notice the 7‰ ABV. This would be ideal in a summer rotation with good weißen.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at DiveBar, NYC.

Pours a kind of murky, golden brass orange color. A thumb nail length head is well retaining and yields saucer like rings of thick lacing.

The aroma evokes notes of melon and grass, along with a hint of musty grape and pepper. Malty notes of cracker and dry toast balance out the fruity and peppery/herbal aromatics.

The taste opens sweetly, with flavors of melon dominating, perhaps overpowering at first. Luckily, a developing grassy bitterness and peppery and spicy phenols add much needed balance. The malt flavors evoke dry cracker and a touch of honey. Notes of white grape add a vinous touch.

Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel and lively carbonation. The finish is short, dry and spicy.

Easy to drink as evidenced by the fact that I had two of these. Not my favorite (too sweet at first) but overall well done.

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Photo of entheos
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am still amazed how the vows of celibacy converted the monks into craftsmen of beer, but I am thankful! Unfortunately, this beer is not one of their best. It’s acidic to the palate and froths when it pours. It’s a good beer, but there are better monk inspired ales than this!

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 2/2/12: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a ridiculously large off-white lasting head that leaves heavy layers of lace as it recedes. Aroma is Belgian yeast fruity esters of banana and white fruits; candy sugar, sweet Belgian malt and some alcohol. Taste is dry and similar to the nose but not as sweet, with the fruit esters more reserved and being dominated by a peach flavor, some lemon with a peppery finish. Some booze in the finish and aftertaste. Nicely bodied and well carbonated.

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Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber golden color with a thick thin head with short retention.
Sweet aroma with notes of grains, candied sugar, orange marmalade, coriander, banana and some cloves.
Flavor with notes of cloves, orange peel, banana, coriander, pineapple, candied sugar, a bit of biscuit and raisins. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Decent Belgian Blonde Ale with expected notes of the style. As usual, a tad sweet, but not necessarily unbalanced. It reminds of a Leffe, but a bit less cloying.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

En copa Grimbergen. Jugando a Slay the Spire. Belgian blonde muy tipica y bien hecha. No sorprende por nada pero se disfruta, da justo lo que se espera del estilo. Y eso que su consumo preferente era en Octubre de 2017

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Photo of Anacross
4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold foamy liquid. Crispy, fruity, toffee but not overwhelmingly sweet. Strong clove and spicy bananas in the smell. Malts and hops in perfect balance. A great belgian blonde style in all its esplendour! Enjoy!

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Photo of eberesford
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale amber / slightly mystery - generous slightly fluffy head - modest lacing. Aroma: pear banana - comes through also in the flavour with a little alcohol warmth

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Photo of REVZEB
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Forgettable and average blond. Malting and hops were slightly muted with hay, wildflower and yeast carrying the smell and taste. Feel has some wheat texture but otherwise pretty watery. Nothing bad, nothing exciting

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Photo of OlaB
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium top of white creamy head that dissolves quickly and leaves some nice lacings. The aroma is of apples,pears,vanilla,yeast and bread.
The taste is sweet and fruity with some light malt notes in the back. The the flavour gets more dry with spicy notes while the finish has a slight bitterness with a decent lenght on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little flat but smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
All in all this is a decent and refreshing blonde ale.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle
8.2% Abv
Smokeless Joe (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
November 5, 2009
It poured a golden orange colour into the glass with a fluffy white head that dissipated very quickly leaving almost no foam on the top. Lots of effervescence. The aroma was a combination of malts and yeast. The mouthfeel is crisp with a lot of carbonation - dances on the tongue. The taste is slightly bitter with some malty tones. Not a great beer by any stretch.

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Photo of Beerbuds
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated. Decent head that lingered. Tastes of pears and light citrus. Over all it was decent and refreshing but not something I'd buy again for the price.

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Photo of Schoeni
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got the 75cl bottle in hands, I like the bottle design: it is beatiful even though the imprint is not enamel. The beer is quite fresh, so I am expecting a fruity and lively experience. So let's see: poured into a goblet, good foam, nice big head. Amber colour and slightly opaque. Aromas of vanilla, banana and yeasts, the fruity smell is coming from the yeasts, but also some of the fruitiness is coming from the hops: Aromas of peach, apple and apricot. The aromas are similar to the ones that a typical south german Hefeweizen or Weizenbock would have. Drinkability is good, quite quaffable but it is not that lively and refreshing as I expected Much of the sweet banana on the palate but all in all the flavour isn't kicking me out of my socks. This is a bottle conditioned beer and therefore flavours of the batches could differ, my bottle here is not really lively and tastes a little too sweet. Maybe some other Batches taste more dry and turn out to be more fizzy....

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber and hazy. Big creamy head. Good lacing. Fruity yeast, pears. Malt and spicy phenols in aroma. Flavor is mostly medium sweet malt, caramel, plenty of fruitiness . All well balanced, but more toward a fruitiness. Way out too fruity for me... Medium-low bitterness. Medium body. Average carbonation. Oily and creamy, dry spicy finish. Warm alcohol.

You can feel too much alcohol. To sweet. Good.

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Photo of Marius
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at home. Murky orange with a white head. Notes of herbal hops, caramel, yeast, spices and alcohol. Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation and a bitter-sweet carbonation.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from a sampler pack. This bottle's got a bb date of 22/06/17. It's been ageing for a solid year and I decided to drink it because I'd pretty much forgotten about it until I picked a fresh sampler pack today. Served at just below cellar temperature in a Belgian tulip glass.

Nice light amber colour. Foamy head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is bread and a very distinctive hint of vanilla.

Nice light Belgian ale. A nice combination of bready malts and light fruity yeast esters . Some ripe pineapple and stone fruits. As with the nose, a very distinctive hint of vanilla is present. Not too much sweetness or booziness from this aged bottle.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin.

Overall, a nice little Belgian ale that doesn't hit you over the head with too many big flavours or too much booze.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2/20/20 Had again from the Global Beer sampler pack. I was impressed enough by it that I rewrote the review from 2016 and rated the Blond upwards. While this is not a luscious Looking Blond, it keeps a nice foam until the end of the glass. (I remember many of Van Steenberge's beers as being pretty good in the protein swirl department, but Augustijn Blond is just above average.) Having an average yeast by Belgian standards, Augustijn's Smells are only slightly above the average. But Tastes are balanced with the sweet malt held in check by the spices (hops and others.) Finishes interestingly creamy and peppery (probably yeast), semi-dry and sits in the mouth very nicely as a strong table ale. Suitable with average leftovers.

OA: I give big points more for the brewer and Global Beer Network than I do for this Blond. These guys are great marketing innovators and pioneers in sharing Belgian brewing with the U.S.

I just gave an average review. So, consider a better source. MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said this blonde was "full gold, but hoppier, both in its spicy, earthy, grassy, vanilla-like aroma and dryish flavors...more than most abbey beers. It also has a good, creamy, malt background." I'm glad there is someone to compliment this Blond better than me.

5/17/20 Bought again from a Global Beer sampler pack. Again revised review and rating slightly. It is good enough that I can now keep count over at Untappd.

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Photo of paynestation
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour slowl2y. Recommende temp: 46°F (8°C)

Looks good. Nice head throughout.

Smells like an average blonde.

Taste is not quite blonde. Alcohol taste is apparent.

Again, pour slowly. Well carbonated beer that will leave bubbles throughout tasting.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottom line, to me, this was not a blonde. Very strong yeast esters. Flavor profile was somewhere between a Belgian strong (which I guess is more what I associate with this brewery) and a triple...but not particularly great ones. Overall, an okay beer, but loses points in terms of being a blonde. Alcohol influence was also too strong for style.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from a sampler picked up at the LCBO; listed at 7% and best before June 18 2016. Served slightly chilled.

This one pretty much exploded into foam instantly when I popped the cap off, wasting at least a quarter of the bottle. It pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, topped off with about an inch of resilient, soapy, sparkling-white head. Good retention, with lots of lace - this blonde ale certainly looks nice. Mildly sugary-sweet aroma, with some grainy pale malts and yeasty bread, as well as notes of apricot, green apple and pear. There are also hints of banana and clove spice.

The flavour follows much along the same lines - quite sweet, with notes candi sugar, honey and grainy malt sweetness. Light notes of apple flesh and pears also come through, along with suggestions of peach, banana and sultana raisin. Yeasty towards the finish, with a mild clove spiciness. Sweet aftertaste, with banana and apricot. Medium in body, with assertive carbonation levels typical of this style - it provides a good, solid bite, and the overall mouthfeel is crisp, light, and smooth. Easy to drink for its strength, but not remarkable in any way whatsoever.

Final Grade: 3.65, a B grade. Augustijn Blond is a decent beer, but still not a very notable one. The alcohol is well-masked, and while the flavour profile is suitable and not at all offensive, this still strikes me as a forgettable Belgian pale ale. There just isn't anything jumping out at me about this one, for better or worse. I'd certainly consider having this beer again, and would consider it at least worth a shot - but don't expect anything more than a serviceable Belgian blonde.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mixed 6pk from the LCBO for $18.00. Pretty good for $3.00/beer. Served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice head. Go slow pouring Danielson! Dark golden good. Head stays well and to a film for a the remainder of the pour

S- A bit light but yeasty good.

T- Young. Not quite up to snuff in the flavor department. A light Duval

M- Dry as expected.

O- Very good. Nice Belgium blonde. Worth the $3.00 for a 330ml bottle no problem.

Food Pairing

This nice blonde went well with..... cheese and olives. Vary the cheese to get a good punch then mild.


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Photo of tomordonez
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: Snifter or tulip. Tilted glass and finish high to get some head. Unlike Piraat not a lot of head forms from pouring high. Head becomes a thin film. A little yeast left in the bottle.

Color: Gold, crystal clear. It looks like the usual pils you get in any country.

Aroma: Pineapple, peaches, wood, a little hops, a little brandy.

Taste: Similar to aroma. Some pineapple with peaches. Softer than the Piraat. Medium carbonation. Some Sauvignon Blanc-like flavor in front. Middle tastes like a pilsener Urquell. Finish has malt, some alcohol and some bitterness that fades away.

Not in love but I don’t dislike it. I like the fruity aroma but it tastes to much like a white wine or an average pils. At room temp you would think you are drinking a pilsener Urquell. Forgettable.

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Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 311 ratings