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Augustijn Blond | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Belgium
vansteenberge.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
275
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
19.51%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
41
For Trade:
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Reviews by KKB:
Photo of KKB
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A – Belgian beer just always looks so damn good. This is not an exception. Golden chestnut body with a voluminous pale white head that just looks phenomenal. Carbonation rising up from the bottom steadily, very appealing.

S – A faint fruity, citric, zesty goodness that I am inhaling; a little bit of sweet malt and a wonderful candied aroma as well. All of it very well balanced. Gets stronger as it warms. Can’t wait to taste.

T – Yum! Wonderful. Refreshing, complex, smooth, balanced. It is fruity, and lightly sour, yet still sweet with an earthy and toffee element to it as well. I’m tired so I’m not giving as lengthy of a review as I might have otherwise, but just suffice to say that it tastes very good. Really refreshing after having a few bad beers the other night.

M – Superb, on the lighter side, and really just like a cloud in my mouth with lots of carbonation. So, so good.

O – Every single one of these Augustijn beers are so, so good. I highly recommend each one of them. Just such a treat, and this one is especially good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Rukeli76
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
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 tectactoe
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Marius
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Swedes21
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml served in a chilled glass

Appearance - Beer pours with a tremendous amount of white fizzy head! The head is very light and full of air pockets. The beer is a clear amber colour with a tremendous amount of carbonation present.

Smell - very strong raisin smell to this beer, as well hints of sweetness. There is a decent amount of yeast as well.

Taste - You can really taste the raisin/fruit base as well as some yeast. This is a very light beer.

Mouthfeel - good amount of carbonation adds a little bitterness to the end of this beer. Overall, not a lot brought fwd, maybe some added yeast taste.

Drinkability - This is a decent beer, one i am glad i tried, but not one i would go out to find again.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Purchased as part of a sampler pack from this brewery. The front label features an image of a monk trapped in a giant spider's web.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A pale golden hue with good carbonation - becomes significantly clouded by fine yeast sediment towards the end of the pour. Produces a huge head of white foam with impressive stability; reminiscent of Duvel. The head eventually subsides, leaving frothy lacing around the glass. Aroma of yeast and esters, with notes of banana, cloves and a hint of spice.

Tastes of light malt with plenty of yeast and esters dominating the flavour. Notes of banana. Slightly sour, with a faint hint of sweetness - this is somewhat unbalanced. No bitterness to mention, and the alcohol seems well hidden. Mouthfeel is tingly, leaving the palate dry. Leaves a mildly acrid yeasty aftertaste.

A decent belgian blonde, but it won't change your life. The complex yeasty characteristics are OK, but it has an acrid undertone that spoils the flavour. Worthy...

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Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours a golden-copper color with a modest white head. Plenty of visible carbonation bubbling up. A thin partial coat and ring last throughout the entire drink, and bubbly lacing is left behind with each sip.

Smell: Belgian style spiciness dominates, with hints of clove and cardamom, but there’s also more than a hint of fruitiness, a biscuity malt base, and a light touch of floral hops.

Taste: Largely conforms to the nose and is mainly the flavor of spiced malts. Sweet, especially up front, but with a mild hop bitterness kicking in from the finish onwards.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Medium-strong carbonation is lightly prickly.

Overall: A solid and spicy blonde with well-hidden ABV that lacks the complexity and refinement of the best Belgian alternatives.

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Photo of djcreepshow
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big white head settles into a into a fairly decent lacing above a clear copper golden colored beer that seems to have some pretty good carbonation to it.

Light aroma with grain malts, bread, cooking spices, lemon, and a lighter sourness.

Lemon pepper with grain malts and some breadiness along with other light spices in a warming taste.

A dryish aftertaste with just a hint of the tastes remaining on this medium bodied beer.

This is a pretty good beer considering they call it a blonde, has more and better tastes than most blondes around here, well blonde beers anyway.

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Photo of AxlSkull
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jonmikel
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter glass from a 330 ml bottle.

It is opaque. It's colour is orange with some golden sparks.

In my opinion, it smells to cheese (I would say Edam) with some hints of lemon. The alcohol is also present.

The mouthfeel is quite good. A little bit bitter, in my opinion.

The overall taste acomplishes my expectations but it is not the best Belgian Pale Ale that I've tasted.

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Photo of azorie
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mintjellie
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed honeyed orange in colour with lots of visible carbonation. The head is absolutely massive, taking up almost half the glass and leaving a patchwork web of lace on the walls of my glass as it slowly recedes.

The beer shows aromas of green apple and lemon with faint musty, medicinal bitterness in the background. A little on the sweet side, it tastes of apple and lemon. The leafy, medicinal finish feels musty and drying.

Medium-bodied with fine carbonation. Feels crisp. An approachable and simple pale ale from Belgium.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic hazy blond color, quick bubbles deliver a huge, towering white head, crystal clear and white, last forever.

The aroma is veru natural, earthy and pure. big wheat, grains, earth, musky dry earth and sour from the wonderful yeast aroma, slightly sweet malt underneath.

The flavor is just exactly what I LOVE about authentic Belgian beers, Earthy, sour, musky yeast complexity that is righteous. The malt is subtle, crisp and slightly sweet with grassy, mild hops.

The feel is perfect for this style and for my own personal feeling. Light, lively, crispy, with a full lush, smooth finish. Spot-on.

I just love this one through and through.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear, golden yellow color with a white, frothy 3-finger head. Decent retention. Fair lacing, but little to no stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on grain, with a touch of sweetness and mellow sourness. Fruity esters. Hints of apple and banana.

Taste - Plentiful grain character upfront and throughout, while lesser notes of sour apple and a faint spice round out the profile. Finish is quick, with a lingering sourness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body, with sharp, biting carbonation. Lively. Slick, almost buttery feel as it goes down. Very easy to drink.

Overall - While I enjoyed this beer, I found the flavor a bit boring. The mouthfeel definitely helped in delivering a better than average, good belgian brew. That said, I don't think this is a beer I'd look to buy again.

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Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of adamcthomp
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.69 out of 5 based on 275 ratings.
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