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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
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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 275
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 Beginner2
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was in a global Beer sampler pack, but I can't find my notes. I will have to hunt the beer and notes.

So, consider a better source. MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" said this blonde was "full gold, but happier, 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."

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a huge, frizzy, white that lasts forever leaving a nice trail down the side of the glass and ends in a solid, fizzy, persistent lace.

S: Sweet and tart fruity Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Slightly sweet and sour apple tart flavor with a Belgian yeast middle and finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Decent BPA – not my favorite but worthy of a try.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: honeycomb/bubbly body, 2 finger white head,
mighty fine lacing

S: banana, beglian yeast, grain, mild
spices

T: sweet citrus, yeast, malt, grain, light spicy finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Quite refreshing. Would get again
and recommend. I rarely tire from
Belgian beers.

RATHER GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

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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 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 thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : orange color, with a huge white foamy head.
Smell : spicy grass aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : spiced yeast and alcohol presence, with
creamy and malty background flavours.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Pale Ale.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours honey gold with a huge foamy white head. Some lace. Very pretty.

Big yeast and sweet wheat and malt in the nose. A little musty grain, some fruit and a little spice.

Nice belgian blond. Malt up front, some yeast and grain, then alcohol, some spice, leading to lighter bitterness and boozy notes in the end. Enjoyable, but missing something? Some light tropical fruit. I want a little bite in the end, and everything just kinda fades.

A little mushy. Needs a touch more carbonation.

Overall, not bad. The flavors are there, though a bit flawed. Very worth a try, though not my favorite.

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Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in snifter.

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange colour to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pale malts, fruit, definite citrus, nice lemony spices, floral hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice citrusy and spicy feel to it, nice sweet malts, some grassy hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: blone, big head like a sundae.

smell: banana, tropical fruits

taste: lots of spice, tropical fruits, banana

mouthfeel: a little light, good carbonation, not over done

drinkability: great belgian blonde and not overly sweet. important to me.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange, golden beer with a settling head.

Smell is fruity with notes of peach and melon, some light solvent.

Taste is fruity with a nice fruity character of mostly peach and a little melon. Bitterness is low and fits the style. The beer is nicely balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth and not sharp in the back. This beer has a higher carbonation than the Brune, but it is right ibn style for a Blonde.
I did not expect that this beer would be this balanced and smooth, although not very special this beer is decent and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard clear golden body with a dense white head.

The aroma smells like green apples, mineral spirits, and sulphur. Quite an odd collection of scents.

Thankfully the green apple and pear is what translated most. Corn and grainy malt. There's a chemical like aftertaste like the mineral spirit smell.

Lighter body with strong carbonation.

An odd Belgian pale to say the least. Normally it's a clean style but this one was not that.

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Photo of bump8628
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Simply superb. Clear burnished gold with a monstrous lump of white foam that clung to the tulip glass for the entire drinking session. Intense carbonation kept it light and lively the whole way through. Bright and complex flavors abound: vanilla, banana, rosewater, lemon rind, and Easter grass. Smooooth. I mean really silky smooth. But dry as a bone and endlessly drinkable. The stuff slid down the gullet with ease. Maybe the mood struck me just right, but goddamn this was a really standout Belgian ale.

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Photo of bmwats
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber hue. Very large, bubbly, white head. Settles/deteriorates fairly slowy. Sparse lacing.

S: A little malt, plenty o' yeast, a little lemon citrus and tea leaves.

T: Pungent, yeasty flavor rules the day. A little nutty or woody malt tone.

M: The pungent nature sticks with the palette throughout the experience. Slightly bittersweet finish.

D: Nice refreshing quality, goes down easy.

Atmosphere is decent. Large cascading head, but not much in terms of lacing. Nose is mostly defined by its yeasty nature, but a little balance with a sweet herbal tone. Flavor is pungent and yeasty, but not off-putting. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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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 polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours a pale yellow gold in color with a massive 4 finger frothy head that breaks rather quickly leaving some decent lacing and a thin cap of foam.

The smell is typical of a Belgian pale, with yeasts and breads up front and some fruits on the tail. The Taste is similar to smell, with the yeadst and breads coming strong and fruits coming later and softening.

The feel is decent, the carbonation is medium and the mouth feel is lighter with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall not a bad beer. The alcohol is hidden well and the flavors come together nicely.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. part of the six bottles from Van Steenberge at the LCBO for $18.95 CDN. Bottle indicates ABV is 7% not 8% as listed here.

Appearance - Pale golden / copper color with 1 finger of head. The head had a short retention time but left a soapy cap at the top and some lacing cascading down the glass.

Smell - Belgian yeasts, and bread notes dominate up front, transitioning into a some sweet candied fruits namely apricot and pear. Light boozy smell here as well.

Taste - Bready sweetness, boozy and less fruit in the mouth than was picked up on the nose. Might be some sort of candied pear flavor in there. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste, and to me was a bit bland given the nose on this beer. The beer does however, improve a bit as it warms.

Mouthfeel - Fairly rich and decadent, but a bit too much carbonation and is a bit syrupy. It does coat the palate nicely though.

Overall - It's a good but unspectacular Belgian pale Ale, would much rather move up the weight class a bit into Strong Belgian Pale Ales and have one of those.

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Photo of mick303
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice frothy head, which shows pretty good retention. Colour is a medium amber gold, strong carbonation. Leaves a slight film and decent lace.

Smell is mostly malty with strong citrus/grapefruit undertones. Some slight nuttiness, and hops. Oily lemon notes, quite interesting. Some sulfury components develop.

Taste is a solid crisp balance between malts and hops. Quite light and fresh, citrus and a bit of sourness at the end. More herbal hops and a bit of roughness to the end, bit musty on the end.

Mouthfeel has a fair bit of carbonation, it is really crisp with a pretty big presence due to the ABV, finishes really cleanly though. Nice and sessionable, quite refreshing and bitter.

Its pretty good, and gets the good done. And although it can be complex at times, this didnt come across as awe-inspiring. Nice, with a good body, and refreshing. Would have it again, but no reason to go out of my way to buy more, especially not at the price i got it at.

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Photo of Giggy
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden oak cored pour with a good off-white head. Slightly hazy, small carbonation bubbles raise to the top until the end.

S: Aroma develops more as the beer warms. Tastes of malt, yeast, cloves, spices, and citrus.

T: Sweet and fruity, peaches, lemons, oranges, slightly spicy but very balanced

M: Slightly heavier on carbonation than I prefer.

O: Good solid Belgian. Would drink again.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- fresh from the brewery sampler pack
A - a hazy very bubbly golden ale with a towering foamy head that lingers quite awhile.
S - not much aside from belgian yeast and faint malt. The carbonation is quite ticklish.
T - a light citrus hop bite I wasn't expecting but it's there and goes well with the mild sweet bread.
M - goes down smooth with a fairly clean non-lingering finish.
D - quite drinkable.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Gold and little dark than most blondes with a white head and speaking of it the head is f'n crazy, I mean in a soft pour it still inflated to three fingers length at least.

Smell: Strong yeast, and very everlasting.

Taste: Like the smell strong in yeast, but not much else any where. I was expecting more have had much better but regardless not disappointing.

Mouth: Heavy carbonation sharp texture and full-filling after taste.

Overall: Very good beer, beer is somehwat of as hybrid cross between a trippel and blonde but overall I like it and I think so would you. Salud!

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Photo of AdamBear
2.99/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-pale cloudy gold but wow tons of foam. it took me awhile to get all the beer out of the bottle because the head was backed up so far. its very very bubbly as well.

S-very strong and tasty smelling belgian spices and yeasts. i'm excited about this one! the spices are very pronounced.

T-hits and leaves with belgian yeasts. there's a hint of banana in there. its not a completely strong flavor tho. in the middle, there's an undesirable plastic-like taste. all in all this is a very bland forgettable beer.

M-good creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish. feels nice.

D-it has this distinct plastic taste that makes drinking it not all that fun, but its not bad enough to make drinking it turn in to a pain. I don't know...if I had to, I might be able to drink more of this, but not if I have choices.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Enjoy!!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/2/2009 (Bottle 02D1):

Pours a humongous slightly off-white head, big frothy bubbles, somewhat lasting. Body is a clear burnt yellow color, bubbly. Very fruity, floral aroma. Light fruit like apple, pear. Very strong pear aroma. Sweet smelling. Very light taste, some light fruit, a hint of floralness. White grapes and pears perhaps. Refreshing. Watery palate.

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

A: Extremely bubbly yellow pour with a billowing and thick white head.

S: Bananas, candied sugar, belgian yeasts, and some citrus.

T: Belgian yeasts up front with some spices, citrus among other fruits as well. Nothing wrong with it, pretty standard Belgian Pale.

MF: Lots of carbonation, dry throughout, hardly any hint of alcohol.

D: Could drink these guys all day.

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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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