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): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MeisterBurger on 12-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
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Photo of jsisko01
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have a strong feeling this beer has been sitting around the store for a very long time, probably expired.. Production code is 22IJ 11:06 but I have no idea what it stands for.

Appearance - Had to stop pouring less than half-way through because it generated 3 inches of white foam. Looks like soap suds and lasts a long time. Color is a dark copper/gold color. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Yeast, toffee, whiskey/alcohol, and spices.

Taste - Very sweet with honey, light spices, a little fruity, and a strong alcohol bite like a whiskey ale..

Mouthfeel - Thick bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Overall - This is the first Belgian pale ale I've ever tried but the alcohol aftertaste just grosses me out..

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of pipinmalikonj
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nullbort
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Allurex
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of EHackbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ZachT
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Broken from the Van Steenberge beer pack I purchased last December. Gave this a go in spite of the fact that the Piraat ale did not hold up so well. Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours an easy going golden amber color, complete with a frothy, bubbly head that coats up to the glass's rim. Leaves behind medium lacing as it recedes. A good ring covers the top of the glass at all times, and carbonation is still plentiful. Viscous and shiny - the equivalent of a well crafted pilsner. It's simple, but it works.

The aroma is quite a different experience from the Piraat fiasco, as it reveals similar banana and white raisin sweetened aromas, but far more subdued and mellowed out. I simply cannot believe that this is 8% ABV. You could never tell as the yeasty phenols and crisp, golden barley flavors cover it up quite nicely. Very subtle notes of grass and dried citrus permeate, but the focus here is clearly on the sweet grains and fruity yeasty esters. Can't complain about anything here other than it being more simple than I'd prefer!

The flavor is about equal as the aroma, displaying less notes of bananas and more of the white grapes, raisins, and light ripe apples. The graininess immediately follows, with a sweetened bright bready character. A little bitter at the finish, but otherwise finishes quite clean and crisp. I admit I'm still shocked at the ABV at hand here. Does it need to be this high?! Perhaps not, but we all have to blame Duvel for kickstarting the trend of mildly flavored, high alcohol concealed beers that are rampant in Belgian related or stylized beers today. It's highly easy to drink, and well carbonated and comfortable, but getting your ass kicked over a beer this simple is a bit too much.

I enjoyed this thoroughly, but I didn't need to get outlandishly tipsy drinking it in the process. The extra alcohol no doubt provides more sweetness to the flavor, but the yeasty phenols and grains are good enough that they could do without it. Regardless, this aged quite well in the past 8 months, but perhaps it's even better fresh as it lacks a dynamic dry hopped presence I enjoy in the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Augustijn Blond from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.69 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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