Augustijn Blond | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden color with a ridiculous amount of head. If I had something tall enough to hold it all I estimate that this whole bottle would produce over 2 feet of head.

Very fragrant with citrus and some yeast. Spectacular.

A hint of eisbock character, a higher alcohol sweetness. Everything else in the flavor is a combination of citrus, but not heavily hoppy citrus, and some yeast.

Feels light, slightly dry, and clean with a medium tingling.

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bobhits
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a huge white head, it starts with a lot of large bubbles, but as i used multiple pours to complete the glass it got the rootbeer float levels of thickness. Nice dense orange colored body hinds under the foam...this is a bit too cloudy but reminds me of a great IPA color and body.

A touch of candied sweetness mixed with strong citrus notes. There's a bit of cereal grain to finish things off. Not overly complex.

A citrus/sour flavor really dominates this one. No flavor is overly intense to strong and with a good bit of spices and yeast flavors mixed in there's enough extra going on if the citrus part isn't something you're looking for.

Very drinkable even though the body feels a touch lacking in carbonation. I think the citrus bite keeps things together nicely.

Nothing special here. I like this one more than a great many of the blondes I've had, but this is far from a style I really seek out. Worth a try to say you had it, but nothing I'll come back to.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Arcadia Ales chalice provided by girlfriend for a Christmas gift

Three finger head, dark gold in color. Quite cloudy in appearance.

S: Whisky, fruits, golden hops, malts.

T: Hop bitterness, fruits, herbal notes, Belgian candi sugar, and yeast. Overall very good in flavors, minus the way too boozy aftertaste.

M: Very fulfilling, not watery or too thick at all.

Overall, try this beer. Very easy to find in the variety pack put out by Van Steenberge around the holidays.

Supplementary: Better served at room temperature

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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.


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Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale blonde colour, just over one finger of white head, fairly thick lace left on the glass. Smell is yeasty with some tropical fruit, some bubblegum/candy notes, mild hop bill, muted spice notes as well. Taste is dry and yeasty, some of the tropical fruit comes out in the middle, spicy, dry fruity finish, light bubblegum and banana flavours come out in finish. High carbonation, dry and fairly full bodied, good feel. This was a really good belgian pale, one of the more enjoyable of the style in recent memory, wonderful dry ale that I will most certainly revisit.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, Belgo giftpack. Best before June 6, 2013. Into a tulip.

Pours gold with some copper hues. A dish soap-like white heads sits atop, and leaves some stocky and thick lacing behind. Nose has some fruity esters and light fleshed fruits. Big yeast notes, some lightly prickly spicing and a bit of an herbal characteristic. Taste has some pale malts, fruity notes (which come through lighter than presented in the nose) but resemble some peach or nectarine-like fleshiness. White peppery spice. Light mouthfeel, with the carbonation zipping and fizzing at times. A nice refreshing and light blond.

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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 Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden colour with a tall bubbly head. Pretty decent retention and very attractive lacing.

S: Spices of clove and pepper, pineapple and pear qualities, and an underlying corn syrup-like sweetness. Pleasant but not all that dynamic for the style.

T: Effervescent bitterness is quite dominant upfront- wasn't expecting that. Spices of primarily pepper follow along with faint hints of orchard fruit. The herbal bitter focus is pleasing, but the balance seems a little off with few other tastes present, including a subdued sugar presence.

M: Lighter body for the style with a moderate-high carbonation.

D: Not bad, but not a real good belgian pale ale either. Bitterness I felt was a bit much, with the other faintly present tastes (fruits & sugars) taking a back seat. If you don't like typical sweet bpa's then I would recommend giving this a try.

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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 barleyroad
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is gold, nice foam on the pour. This beer is full of bubbles. Smell is ok and has that typical euro beer. Mouthfeel is strong on the carbonation end, this beer will cause a tingle to the tongue. Taste is nice and very drinkable for this type of beer. Overall we find this beer to be average at best, however we can drink this.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours a cloudy orangey yellow with a huge frothy head that leaves some lacing on the glass as it disappears.

S-Very fruity. Mild hops. Grassy notes in there as well

T-Major fruit at the beginning with some mild hop bitterness.

M-Mild spice from the fruit and hops. Decent feel in the mouth.

O-Overall this is a good, but not great Belgian ale.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in a mixed 6-pack. I;ve been on a bit of a Belgian kick lately, so let's see how this one goes.

Poured into a snifter, it had a substantial foamy head. It's almost too big! I'll blame it on the glass. The beer is light orange and very hazy. It's fairly nice looking, and leaving nice lacing, but the head is a bit much for me.

The aroma if fruity and yeasty. It's quite standard for a Belgian blonde. Citrus and apple notes come through most predominantly, with some faint spiciness.

The flavour is somewhat underwhelming. It;s slightly fruity, and highly carbonated. The flavours are pleasant, but subdued, and less-than-interesting. Pear and citrus zest come through most clearly, but nothing to write home about.

Overall, this is a decent Belgian ale, but not the best I've had. It's quite forgettable at the end of the day.

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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 BeerDocT
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another new addition to the Van Steenberge sample pack; at least it is new to me. As the reader may be able to tell from the large number of recent reviews, this beer seems to be better distributed than its predecessors. I've purchased the sample pack in the past and am pretty sure that this beer is the same beer as one that was dropped...but I cannot be certain. Anyway, on with the review.

Poured from a bottle into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.5: Beautiful golden color. Really gorgeous. Perfect one inch head dissolved into a quarter inch head that stayed throughout the session. Small bubbles were rising all over the beer.

-Smell 3.0: Very yeasty smell with a hint of barley. There is also the slightest hint of alcohol in the bouquet. Not entirely unpleasant, but somewhat unexpected in a "dubble."

-Taste 3.5: More yeast and malts along with a distinctive white-sugar sweetness. Slight sourness. The yeasty smell kind of makes one expect a weissbeer, but the taste is completely different. Could not detect any hops.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Again, lots of bubbles. With the exception of Piraat, this seems to be a theme with the Van Steenberge brews.

-Overall 4.0: Very good beer and a good example of a dubble. I don't know why Van Steenberge changed the name, but the song remains the same. If you have a chance to try this beer, I would recommend it.

ABV 7.5%.

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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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Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 285 ratings