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%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
28
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of douggoodavage
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured with little head. Beautiful amber ruby color. Scents of alcohol, yeast and over ripe grapes & cherries. Tastes like dark malts raisins & brown sugar. Thin mouth feel water like. Overall not a bad beer its like a session beer in the Chimay style.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled stamped with Best Before: 11/07/2013

A: Clear reddish-brown with a fluffy foam head that lingers on-top for a while and clings to the glass as it falls.

S: Sourish notes (lemon-grapefruit-balsamic), an odd but not off putting rubber odour, herbal twang, and hints of dark fruits. Enjoying this aroma quite a bit, especially the sourness.

T: Metallic-herbal and slight sourness evident throughout taste. Nutty tastes and faint dark fruits including cherries. Not a traditional belgian brune (if that's what this is classified as) but enjoying the generally lighter taste and sour element quite a bit.

M: Light bodied with a med-high carbonation. Quite chalky and dry with a tart and sour-tangy feel.

D: Not quite what I was expecting as a brune, but enjoyable with the sour taste. Not something I would seek out but not a bad deal if it's included in a mixed Augustijn 6-pack.

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Photo of koo10t
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of ggourde
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Tumble
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown, thin ecru head of tiny bubbles. Caramel, treacle, and coffee dregs. The finish is slightly balanced toward a subtle brown sugar sweetness as opposed to the light earthy bitterness that hangs on at the finish. A lower level of carbonation compared to the Augustijn Blonde helps showcase the maltiness.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice looking beer with a rich oft-white colored head and extreme lacing down the beer. Pours an outstanding dark bold color. Scents of cherries, apricots, cranberry, and belgian yeast and sugar. Tastes like tart cherries and candied sugar. Beer gets better as it warms. Medium bodied, but yet very light in the fold. It will be revisited!

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Photo of bryehn
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is a medium-hued brown, reddish tints. A smallish off-white head dissipates quite rapidly, leaving a film.

Smell is relatively faint, comprised of sweet, bready malt and raisin.

Some raisin and other dark fruit in the taste, but not strongly. Bulk of the taste is sweet, bready malt and Belgian yeast. A little thin.

Pretty high carbonation level, medium bodied, a bit chewy.

Overall, a decent beer but not a great example of the style. A little thin in all respects, though not unpleasant in any way.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into arcadia ales chalice

This is my third strong dark.

Carbonation medium, half finger off white head.

Brown in color

Smells of malts, Belgian yeast, wood, and cherries

Tastes of chocolate, malt, hop bitterness, cherries, and the beer has a fruity finish! Courtesy of the wondrous gift of Belgian yest.

Mouthfeel: Watery, this is where the beer is lacking.

Overall, above average. Seek it out for an introduction to the style. Don't seek this out if you are looking for something complex, such as Brother Thelonius by North Coast. Naturally, try this for an introduction.

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of MisterGrizz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bobhits
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

These dark strongs all seems to taste the same. This one however ignores the fruity side of brings out some wood, chocolate, and finishes it with the Belgian yeast fruity flavors that we all expect.

There's something "off" in the aromas and the taste though. A certain stale like presence that isn't working well for me.

Overall this isn't a bad beer. Fans of the style should definitely give this one a go. If you're not a fan however, avoid as there's nothing special enough to justify the purchase price.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: brown/cherry wood body, no head,

S: cherry, figs/dates/plums, spices,
malt

T: sweet cherry/ripe fruit, malt, mild boozy/spicy finish

M: med body, solid carbonation/smooth

O: I enjoyed this, but don't know if I would
get it again. Fair amount of alcohol warmth

PRETTY GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

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Photo of peensteen
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown, one finger of white head, minimal lace, decent retention. Smell is yeasty, lots of dark fruits, raisin, brown sugary notes, faint alcohol, some overripe banana and dark bread. Taste is fruity, grape and raisin, bready, brown sugar, banana, toffee/caramel. Over carbonated and fairly thin, fairly light feel as well. This was better as it warmed but for the style this isn't great, I would probably drink it again though if it were in front of me.

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Photo of SebD
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some nice amber and ruby hues coming through. It has a nice tan head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grainy and bready malts, some definite grapes and some other dark fruit.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy and bready malt character, some grapes and dark fruit and a sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of jakan1
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +7%

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

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Raisins/grapes, malts, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of dark fruit.. grapes/raisin and malts. There is also a bit of a woodiness to it.. almost like a port wine. It also has a touch of spiciness and a hint of banana. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – The beer had an interesting taste from the wood flavour. While not something I would drink on a regular occurrence, I'm happy I gave it a try.

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Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of korguy123
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the six bottles from the 2011 LCBO holiday Belgium pack.

A- Clear deep ruby, pour. Aggressive pour and swirling brings me a finger width off white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Bananas, cloves, all spice with faint stone fruits.

T- Toasted malts, bananas and all spice. Not nearly as sweet as the nose leads on.

M- Thin with lively carbonation. Imagined it would be heavier than this.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, Belgian gift pack. 330ml bottle into a tulip, best before July 11, 2013.

Poured maroon, which appeared a bit redder around the edges. Light tan head with some relatively dense lace and modest head retention.Nose of light toasty grains and breads, a pinch of dark fruit notes come through as well. Dried grapes and some light sugar notes. Fairly simple. Taste has some caramel, dark fruits, a hint of copper, more bread and brown sugars. Drying finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a carbonation that's a tad crispier and fizzier than I'd hope for; once the carbonation dies down, the body is still too thin for my liking. Still enjoyable, and this could work well with some food pairings I'd gather.

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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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