Augustijn Blond | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Augustijn BlondAugustijn Blond
BA SCORE
3.69/5
280 Ratings
Augustijn BlondAugustijn Blond
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,249
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
280
pDev:
11.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
45
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

This beeswax coloured beer has a honeycomb nest of head to match. The surface is more likely to gain attention from those looking for a tempur-pedic mattress than those jonesin' for a beer. The head is foamy and white and leaves the glass looking like a salt repository. Clarity is fully appreciated and the afternoon's sun is well kindled in its reflection.

The aroma has a damp cereal graininess, hint of herbal spicy hops, and fruity nuanced yeast. It isn't too meek but fails to spill out the glass; in both content and composure it is fairly stock for a Belgian ale. A light cinnamon-y spice grows as the beer warms. It makes a fair compliment to the amber malts, but isn't substantial enough to boost the score.

Herbal hoppiness and fruity yeastiness accompany dry amber malts in the taste as flavours of Gewurztraminer wine, mint herbal tea, fruit tarts, cereal grains and banana muffins combine to make for a moderately palatable beer. A subdued spiciness is donated by the yeast which becomes literally visible in the bottom few drops of the bottle.

Augustijn Blond is not as quaffable as most its Belgian counterparts for the simple reason that it lacks in character. The flavours are mediocre at best and the mouthfeel is equally insignificant, contributing little bitterness or sweetness or lasting taste. Each sip is forgettable. The aftertaste is negligible, leaving the palate apathetic to further sips.

Belgium produces enough beers that one could live there and drink a beer every day and go well over two years without ever having to drink the same beer twice. My suggestion is you skip over Augustijn Blond for both Brouwerij Van Steenberge's and the rest of the country's other (better) offerings. After tonight, I surely doubt I'll have it again.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, BB 21/06/2012, served chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's stemmed tulip-shaped goblet.

A: light orangey-golden in colour, slightly hazy and moderately carbonated, coming with a thick & frothy off-white head that lasts extremely well.
S: citrus-zesty notes and sweet pale malts abound, rather refreshing thanks to the serving temperature; rich & enticing over-ripe tropical fruit-like esters sneak through the thick froth following each swirl, showing a really decent input of exoticism resulting candy sugar.
T: lightly citric, tannic, not quite sweet & lubricating comes the foretaste, then followed by a semi-sweet herbal, vanilla-ish as well as softly malty mid-taste. The finish comes mildly chewy and mildly estery with a decent level of sourness.
M&D: softly carbonated, smooth on the palate, which goes well with the retrained flavour profile all in all. Not a bad brew, showing a really decent, understated/quiet flavour. Better than Augustijn Brune, in terms of overall performance & balance, IMO.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Huge white soapy, rocky head. Blonde in colour, hazy. Head lasts forever and there's tons of carbonation.

S - Tons of yeast, mild zesty citrus. Yeast wins out.

T - Lot's of orange but the yeast wins out and dominates the finish.

M - Dry. Lot's of carbonation.

D - Lacks complexity but a good Belgian Pale.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Jwale73
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a translucent, golden-orange with a rocky, two inch, bright white head that slowly collapses in on itself. Head eventually settles into a frothy cap with thick, textured clusters of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses tangerines and a suggestion of candi sugar. There's also a trace of clove and a slight metallic quality. Taste is somewhat bland and also reveals a wet cardboard character as well as a bit of grassiness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively, palate cleansing carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a fairly lackluster BSPA - not something I need to revisit again.

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2. From a sampler pack. My bottle says 8.0 abv.
A solid gold with some haze to it. Giant head overflows the New Belgium glass even with a very careful pour.

Aroma, my nose is a little stuffy, but there is sone yeasty spice and clove. A faint fruitcake and caramel.

Taste, taste has some more earthy hop notes to it. Stone fruit, some clove, light bready malt back. Finish is a little spicy clove.

Pretty light feeling with the high carbonation. There is just enough stickiness to it though. A good middle to slightly above example. Nothing to complain about, nothing to rave about. Worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Brouwerij Van SteenBerge's Augustijn Blond that came in a mixed Belgian six pack that was given to me as a gift. I'm in the mood for a good Belgian Blonde and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the best by date. Poured from a stubby 11.2oz Belgian bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, I like that it has a monk brewing with a stained glass window in the background, it's got a nice design to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very hazy golden orange color that took on more of a darker orange color when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of really fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of sticky lacing behind. I thought this was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the color was just a little lighter.

S- The aroma starts off with a very high amount of sweetness that has an aroma that's a little similar to candied sugar and it's followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical Belgian yeast aroma with some fruity. banana, and spicy clove like aromas coming through. Up next comes the malts that impart lots of sweet malt aromas with some caramel, toffee and a little more fruity aromas with a little bit of dark fruits showing up in the background. Towards the end there was a light sweet alcohol aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma and it seemed to be fairly balanced.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that still has the Belgian candied sugar aspect and it's followed by the Belgian yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that I got in the aroma. Up next comes the malts that imparts the same aspects that I got in the aroma, but this time the caramel aspect seems to stick out the most with a little bit of toffee in the background and it blends into some dark fruit flavors that have more of a raisin aspect to them this time around. On the finish comes a pretty light boozy flavor with some more sweetness and sweetness and the watery finish really held back the taste.a watery. caramel. and raisin like aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but the

M- Not the smoothest, very crisp, pretty prickly, medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, I know these beers should have some higher carbonation, but this one was too prickly for me.

Overall I thought this beer was ok at best and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, it didn't really have an aspect that set it apart from all the other average Belgian Blonde Ales and there wasn't any aspect about it that I thought was really well done. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it wasn't that smooth, very crisp, pretty prickly, not too filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my interest, one is more than enough for me, I figured that out before I got half way through the bottle, the sweetness and super high carbonation would prevent me from even thinking about drinking another one in a row. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they seemed to be the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness and the high amount of carbonation, they both need to be toned down a good amount. I wouldn't buy this beer and I wouldn't recommend it either, it's not hard to find a much better Belgian Blonde Ale. All in all I wasn't impressed with this one, it just didn't have what it takes to be a great example of the style and It was hard for me to get over how prickly it was. I think this is now one of my least favorite Belgian Blonde Ales. Piraat is still my favorite beer from this brewery and this now my least favorite. Better luck next time guys, this one just wasn't for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden ale, pleasingly rounded and with a good palate.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Label displays the branding with the image of a monk turning the mash in a stained glass like illustration. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden pour, towering frothy head with good retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Yeasty nose with citric touches, peppery hint and a hint of bready malts...

T - And the mouth follows nicely with that soft yeasty sense, touches of muted hoppy citric notes, with light peppery hints, and biscuity malt.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation, fine bubbles with a nice soft semi-dry finish.

O - Very nice flow, somewhat generic but with enough flavor and rhythm to make it notable.

Notes: Fair enough, nothing for the ages but rather approachable, very good to share socially and engage people in quality brews. I confess I´m holding a Jeroboam of this for something next week, and I think it should work really well.

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Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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

Best Before June 20, 2013.

An absurdly large white head sits atop a golden beer. This thing foams up more than almost anything else I have encountered. Leaves a fair bit of lacing as the head dissipates.

Smell has a lot of fruit. Green grape, lemon, pear, banana. Belgian yeast. Quite sweet. A bit of spice, but not much. A very fruity smell.

Taste is similar to the nose. Fruity, sweet, fairly light. Low on spice for the style. A bit of bready malt. A bit more alcohol presence than may be expected for 7%. Nice, but not a standout for the style.

Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth. Medium body. Soft.

Overall, a nice beer but not particularly memorable. Enjoyable to drink but not one to actively seek out.

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Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml stubby, poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours crystal clear golden yellow with erupting white foam. Long lasting, and very clingy.

Mild malty and fruity/spicy smell.

Very clean fruity taste - hints of bubblegum? Evolves into a slightly sour finish. Very clean finish.

Creamy mouthfeel.

Very tasty, light hop close. Another solid brew.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 280 ratings
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