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Augustijn Brune | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Augustijn BruneAugustijn Brune

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of chinchill
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 33 cl bottle into a Corendonk snifter.
A: Pours dark reddish-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and a nice coat of lacing left on the glass with each tip.
S: Lightly sweet and very fruity with some bready malt.
T: Flavorful with sweet and bitter in about equal measure. Nicely fruity with dark fruit (raisins, figs), plums, caramel, dark bread, molasses, and light spices.
M: Medium-full body. Very smooth. Soft, medium carbonation.
O: Excellent but short of world class.

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Photo of rrski198
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Brilliant orange and light brown color. Quite impressive. The head came and went so quick, it was off white.

S: Great roasted caramel scent. Slight alcohol spiciness. Dark fruits, plum and raisin.

T: metallic, roasted caramel malt. Again for only 7%, the alcohol is prevalent.

M: watery, slight hop bitterness. For me the metallic flavor lingers to long and the beer leaves me wanting more dried fruit and malt.

O: nothing I would club baby seals to find again. Glad I tried it, but it was not amazing.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle.

Beer poured a murky brown colour. Very light aroma of chocolate malt and slightly figgy. Tasted sweet belgian yeasts with a little malt. Not bad, but not much to it. Very drinkable, especially for an 8% abv.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not, but maybe...

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Photo of mwilbur
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a coppery-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Decent retention. Faint lacing.
S: Sweet caramel malt, figs (and other dark dried fruit), clove, cinnamon, bready yeast, and a hint of cola.
T: Nice strong dark dried fruit (raisins, figs), caramel malt backbone, molasses, hint of heavy cream, and fairly predominant spices (clove, cinnamon).
M: Sweet with a strong body. ABV lends itself to fortifying the body and yet the beer ends up drinking easier than the 7% would suggest.
D: A nice drinking brew. Solid for style.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy brown with a slightly orange tint. The head is light sandstone in color, near 2 fingers thick and shows good retention.

Smell - Caramelized sugar, hints of raisin, toffee and bread rounds out the aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate caramel and toffee notes complimented by lesser dark fruit character. Moderately bready. Fairly straight forward, finishing in much the same way it starts.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with soft, bubbly carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Nice, well-rounded Belgian dark. Sweet, but not overtly so, allowing for a nice, drinkable and approachable brew. I could definitely stand to drink another one.

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Photo of Hunter
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, brown-red ruby color. Very small head of light foam, lovely tracing but little staying power.

Smell: Wood, earth, sweetgrass, malts.

Taste: Much lighter than I would have expected. Cereals, cocoa, spice, light smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light, gentle heat from the alcohol, clean.

Overall: Another hit from this brewery. the Belgians know what they are doing. I can see pairing this with cured meats, heavy cheeses, pears, and blackberries. A lovely thing.

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Photo of ckollias
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Pours a dark, slightly hazy, amber hue with a huge, fizzy, white head that lasts forever and slowly dissipates down the side of the glass ending in a huge lace.

S: Strong dark fruit aroma with a Belgian yeast background.

T: Smooth slightly sweet and tart with a dark fruit flavor mixed with some caramel on the dry sweet side.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent Belgian dark ale.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Listed on label as 8% ABV from a 11.2 fl.oz. bottle. Pours golden color with a small head. Aroma is sweet-sour indicative of a Belgian yeast, with after taste of fruit and toffee notes. Lots of carbonation, a spicy taste complemented by a sweet bitter finish.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby/bloodstone color with a one-finger off white head, which dissipated quickly. Leaves some lacing, but a lot of it slinks back into the glass.

S - Medium strength aroma of caramel malts, dark fruits (raisin, date, fig) and slight bit of Belgian yeasts.

T - Taste follows the nose almost perfectly, with a big blast of candied malts and most of all, frutiness. Very lush and juicy. Some black cherry not present in the nose pops out in the mid-palate. Mild earthy hop leaves (almost English tasting) and just a touch of Belgian funk carries the finish. Abv presence is mild. Really good, and I did not expect it to taste this good given the ho-hum appearance and aroma.

M - Common Belgian fizziness, with a somewhat thin body. Nicely drinkable.

O - I freaking loved this, and this is the best example of an under-rated style that I have sampled. Personally, I appriciated the lack of overpowering "barnyard" funk common to many a Belgian. It's there, but it doesnt dominate. Balanced. Superb. Rebuy!

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my DFH chalice. Pours with a four inch, rocky, cream-colored head pockmarked with tiny craters across the surface. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch, creamy cap. The brew itself is a brownish-mahogany hue with a slight haziness. Nose expresses dull prune notes and a slight yeastiness. Taste consistent with nose; however, flavors are a bit muted but a slightly vinous character is revealed towards the back. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a lively carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, a decent BSDA, but not much complexity. There are definitely better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle and the Van Steenberge mixed 6-pack. Sampled on December 30, 2012.

It has an inviting looking mahogany brown pour, slightly cloudy, and with a short-lasting off-white foamy head.

The aroma has a nice sweet caramel and barley malt note with Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and the vaguest of hops to add a slight nostril bite.

The body is about medium but also nice and smooth.

The taste begins sweet and malty with a kind of peppery low to moderate bitterness hanging on at the end but not for long. Likable all around.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, no bottle date, but I bought these in November. This pours a fizzy, lightly cloudy brown color with a decent off white / tan color which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of dark fruit and candied sugar, minimal hop presence. The feel is medium with high carbonination. The taste is quite good, you get the sweet candied sugar and loads of malts but this is a very dry beer which makes an interesting combination.

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Photo of KKB
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Belgian, Belgian, Belgian, what am I to do with such a lovely head? You gotta give it Augustijn brewery, they just always deliver on at least the look of the beer. The beer is a deep caramel body with shades of butterscotch around the edges. The head is a wheat toast, and has incredible retention, with intermittent lacing forming around the glass. Beautiful.

S – Candied dark fruits with a strong malt backbone create an interesting scent that is rather enjoyable. Swirling it a bit to get a better idea of what I’m smelling and the smells that come out are almonds, plum, and brown sugar. Very nice.

T – It’s tart and fruity. That’s a curveball. Really somewhat disappointed here actually. Again, another beer by Augustijn with an awesome appearance, a good smell, and a totally mediocre taste. It’s not bad, again, but it just isn’t great either. It has a sugary/bready quality to it and some of that fruit that you had in the nose. Not bad at all, just not great. A bit bland really.

M – The mouthfeel is good and one of the redeeming parts of this beer, the body is medium-full with solid carbonation and it has a really smooth quality to it that is just wonderful.

O – Overall this beer is just somewhat lacking. Appearance is awesome. Smell is good. Taste is bland. I hate to say it but I probably wouldn’t buy this beer again. Would definitely drink it if offered to me though. Not bad. Just not good.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: opulent cream colored cap. Hues range from hazy brown to reddish orange.

S: wafts of candied fruit and spice. Fruits are definitely on the dark side. Kinda timid and relaxed in the nose.

T: flavors go hand in hand with the nose...timid. Fruits pop up with flavors of fig and raisins, some spiced pear as well. Unique sweet malts at the end of each sip. Flavors are fair and serviceable

M: fine fizzy bubbles. Relatively smooth. Medium bodied

O: I find this beer enjoyable and dismissible at the same time. Or shall I say "neither neither here nor there."

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Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clearish amber red colored beer that seems to have pretty good carbonation.

Roasted malt and light dark spices with a hint of sourness aroma.

A roasted malt taste without the caramel aspects of most US roasted malt beers. The taste also brings along some light spicy aspects that are quite an enhancement.

A dry aftertaste that seems to have a light puckering effect with much taste hanging around on this medium to fuller medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent taste, good within itself with roasted malt taste that differ from there american counterparts, worth a try, for sure.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No real head retention, hazy red-brown body.

Crisp nose, malty with a trace of steel and orange peel.

Light malt body, a refreshing brown. Kinda dry. Some date/fig undertone. Well-balanced.

Bright bubbles cling to your tongue.

Solid brown ale, but doesn't really stand out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some mild spice aromas. Taste is of malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. There is a slight spice flavor on the finish as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Bung
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Out of a sampler pack, Gulden Draak and Piraat are great so I figured why not.
Rusty red pour, just a half finger of cream color head. Just stuck to the glass.

Aroma, lots of fig and raisin. Some yeasty spice, some dark sugar and fruit.

Taste, kind of mild actually. Musty red fruit and plum. Some dark brown sugar and toffee. Finishes kind of an earthy/grassy thing.
Just getting over a cold, maybe this is affecting my buds a little.

Slightly lower level of carbonation than norm, but it is pretty smooth. Barely mid bodied, alcohol well hidden.
Pretty average, but fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of Kooz
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brewery has never let me down. It is probably the most consistently good brewery I've ever seen. This selection, though not among their best, doesn't disappoint and is really very good.

Poured dark brown with a creamy tan one inch head. Leaves a sticky lacing after every pull. It's a very attractive beer.

Smell is subtle. Slightly boozy with a light sweetness to it. Fairly average.

Tastes good. There are layers of flavors. I get some sweetness, like molasses. I also get some strong floral notes, with a slight burn from the alcohol. I like, not love, it. It gets points for complexity.

Very good mouthfeel. Could be a bit tighter foam, but still very good. No bite, very mellow.

Overall, I'm happy with this beer. Although it isn't one of their best, it would be the best beer for a lot of breweries.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz poured into a snifter

A- Super dark amber brown, dark but clear. A two finger off white head.

S- Dark fruits, plums, raisins, figs. Both bitter and sweet. Some spice, reminds me of rum. Caramel.

T- There is crisp bitterness up front as well as a spiciness that keeps you alert. The middle of the tongue is dominated by malts, a lot of caramel taste. Some toffee and maybe cocoa. The dark fruit flavors are also quite pleasant.

M- This beer is pretty creamy and has a nice feel to it. It is also high in carbonation. There is a nice crisp spicy aftertaste that leaves the palate refreshed.

O- This is a nice beer. nothing wrong with it and I hope to have it again in the future.

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Photo of jonmikel
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer leaves a quite small amount of foam with low carbonation. The colour is a very dark amber, almost black.

It smells hopy and quite alcoholic.

The mouthfeel doesn't seduce me at all. It's alomst like wine. Not very much to taste.

Overall, I don't recomend very much this beer. This brewery a lot more to offer in the rest of their beers.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown beer with a settling off-white head, moderate carbonation.

Smell is of candisugar with a fruity and mild malty smell. The smell also has some 'unfreshness' which appears to be very light oxidation or some higher alcohols. It is not very present and I only smell it after some deep sniffs.

Taste is malty with distinct notes of candisugar, which give the beer a slightly woody taste. The yeast adds a light fruity character that gives the impression of dark and ripe fruit. The aftertaste is mild and short. Bitterness is low.
Overall this is a decent Belgian dark ale with a nice drinkability.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hefty chunk of sediment plopped out from the bottom of the bottle. Despite looking like something found in the dryer's lint trap it didn't muck up the clarity all that much; the beer's shady russet tone still shows a strong, clear orange kindling against the light. There is an abundance of puffy, lusciously moussy, khaki-tinted cream.

The bouquet benefits greatly from oxygen; be sure to swirl repeatedly to appreciate the notes of almonds, spice, plum and blackberry that would otherwise be concealed behind the beer's dull, mundane crystal malt base. As it warms, the glass smells more and more as though it were rimmed with ginger and brown sugar.

The flavour is an odd combination of fruit chutney, hard toffee, and a bit of toasted marshmallow. It's not nearly as distinctive as it sounds. On the whole, the taste is quite weak and leaves a dry, stale void for an aftertaste. A metallic presence is noted and spoils what is otherwise a creamy mouthfeel with a clinging, leaden off-flavour.

The impression of chutney comes from tastes of fruit (pear, strawberry, blackberry, apple) that have been mulled in spices (clove, ginger, pepper) and sugar. The sweetness, however, is cloying as if from extract or adjuncts (the maltiness is thin and suspect). The lack of alcohol is a plus, but isn't enough to sell me on it...

Augustijn Donker leaves much to be desired. It ranks so low down the Belgian Dark Ale totem-pole that it really doesn't even warrant mention. This was not my first time trying it, but it likely will have been my last (none in the Augustijn series impressed me). However reasonable the price, I guarantee you Belgium offers better brands at the similar cost.

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Photo of pkalix
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful ruby red, also picked from the sampler pack. usually the samplers arent all that great, but these have all been firsts for me (except for the Gulden Draak) and i was wary from the beginning. nice looking head which diminished quickly with lacing. fine bubbles of carbonation. BA has this listed as a 7% but the bottle says 8%. previous reviewer hit it on the head "strong Newcastle with belgian yeast". so happy with the the sampler pack i went back and bought another one for a friend. except now i'm drinking it.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second of a Van Steenberge variety pack. Not too experienced with Belgian Darks but here goes. From a 330ml bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a deep mahogany with nice ruby tones when held to light. A light tan, one-finger head dissipates rather quickly but left behind some decent lacing.

Tons of sweet caramel malts, a touch of roasted malts and spice, and a whiff of booze in the finish.

Begins with a clean caramel/toffee malt profile, some roasted malt comes through in the middle, maybe some floral to earthy hops. A touch of spicy yeast in the end with a clean alcohol finish. Very well balanced.

Medium in body, almost chewy, but the carbonation helps lighten it up. Finishes very clean and balanced. Very drinkable, it's like a strong Newcastle with Belgian yeast.

Overall this is a solid Belgian Dark. Clean and drinkable. Well crafted malt profile, but not super complex. Recommended to any fan of Belgian ales, or fans of bocks and brown ales that want to try something different. Cheers!

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Augustijn Brune from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.74 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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