Augustijn Brune | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ThaCreep on 04-20-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of siebevl
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dzu
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rukeli76
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle that's been ageing at least a year. Served in a tulip at just below cellar temperature.

Nice auburn red colour. Big four-inch head dissipates within a minute. Some lacing.

Aroma is weak dried fruit.

More of that dried fruit: raisins, cherries, a little bit of apricot. Just a little bit of spicy yeast. This is an older bottle, so the slightly excessive sweetness and booziness I've noticed in the past has mellowed quite a bit.

Some boozy warmth on the finish.

A decent but nondescript Belgian dark ale. I think it's benefited greatly from a bit of ageing.

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Photo of nicola5555
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheHammer
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that did manage to stick around for a decent while, and produced a small amount of lace. The body is a deep brown that turns crimson when held up to the light, revealing ample carbonation.

Smell: I smell a mixture of sweet toffee and molasses...and that's about it. There is a little bit of grape and plum yeast somewhere in the background, but it's hard to make out. Nothing wrong with it, just a little tame and warming helped it out a bit, but not overly so.

Taste: It starts with a mild milk chocolate and caramel malt with touches of cherries that turns into a more robust sweet molasses, plum and fig notes that turns to a light dusting of bitter earthiness that dusts the beer clean. Very nice stuff here.

Mouthfeel: A very good blending of flavours, ample carbonation that helps out all but the end of the beer, the right dusting of hops that prevents the mild caramel aftertaste from cloying excessively. It's close to perfect, but it's a catch 22 as to how to it could achieve perfection. On one end, a bit more hop would help the end of the beer but might cleanse the palate too well, leaving no aftertaste, but on the other, letting it slide I'm sure would give the aftertaste more punch, but likely lead to cloying. Good none the less.

Drinkability: Very easy to imbibe, and it certainly hides its high alcohol content well. Light bodied except in flavour and leaves the carbonation for the mouthfeel, not in your gut. A little bit on the sweet side for a regular drinker and not quite sweet enough for a desert beer, but solid none the less.

Final Thoughts: This beer comes through where it matters most, it might not be the prettiest thing to look at, and the smell might be lacklustre but everything else came out to play on this one. I'd happily try it again (and certainly over the Blonde) and for some reason, reminded me of Bruegel that I also had from this brewery. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of hotsudge
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bf_89
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atsir
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy ruby red/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dubbel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought on recent road trip to Belgium; says 8% vs the 7% listed here.
Pours a deep reddish-brown with a thick sticky head. Nose is a nice malty/caramel with a nice balance of Belgian yeast character. Taste didn't work as well. I felt it was cloying, overly sweet, and lacking depth. Flavor profile opened up as it warmed, but did not help the sweet/cloying feeling. Finish turned a bit skunky. Overall, not something I'd go back to.

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Photo of WCKDVBZ
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

One of the better beers in this "variety" pack.

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Photo of RMentair
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Beige head, fine and durable.
The aroma and taste is very delicate notes of wild berries and a minimum of caramel, all though not enough clear.
Low saturation. Augustijn Donker is too watery and without a body. Gentian very short, like as Napalm Death song "You Suffer (http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Suffer), and no more.
Alcohol completely undetectable. Beer is drunk very easily, but without much commitment. This Augustijn is "medium".

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Photo of HurrahBeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of define333
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from a sampler picked up at the LCBO a few months back; listed at 8% abv. Best before April 29 2016, and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a murky burgundy-copper hue, generating one finger of fluffy, light beige-coloured head at the surface. It lasts for five minutes or so, eventually wilting into a filmy cap and narrow, creamy collar that doesn't generate much lace. The aroma is pleasant, but relatively subdued - bready malts and yeast are detectable, with hints of plum, chocolate raisin and a touch of spicy clove and cinnamon.

This is actually a very nice Belgian dark ale. More bready malt notes come through in force, accompanied with sweet flavours of molasses, candi sugar, and even a hint of cocoa. Dark fruit is also quite prominent - mostly prune and raisin, and maybe a bit of fig. There is also an enjoyable, earthy, somewhat herbal bitterness near the finish, providing a counterweight to the sweetness. Clove spiciness and a touch of dark chocolate tie things up nicely, followed with a mildly boozy-sweet aftertaste. On the heftier side of medium-bodied - approaching full, with assertive carbonation that prickles the palate, yet a paradoxically smooth mouthfeel that feels almost luxurious in the mouth.

Final Grade: 4.15, an A-. I am really enjoying my glass of Augustijn Brune, as it hits pretty much all of the major notes that I expect from this style, in addition to tasting quite excellent. Rich tasting and full-bodied; an excellent inclusion in this Van Steenberge sampler. A very good quality ale, though not quite on the same level as some of the better Belgian-style dark ales I've had over the years. Still, that's impressive company, indeed.

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Photo of Tejon
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.74 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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