Atomium Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Atomium Grand CruAtomium Grand Cru

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAngel on 03-14-2003

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a tulip glass

A: Pours a very hazy, tan/dark golden color with a big off-white head that slowly fades, leaving a lot of lacing.

S: The most notable scent is sweet, floral hops. There is also the typical bready yeast smell and flavor of a Belgian ale. Light caramel malts impart a certain sweetness to the smell.

T: Again, the taste is dominated by hops. They give the beer an herbal, floral taste with the accompanying bitterness. There is a light malt flavor which helps mask this bitterness. I think I can detect light citrus flavors, but they are faint. The aftertaste is short and yeasty.

M: Light. There is a lot of small carbonation which complements the warming effects of the alcohol.

O: A refreshing Belgian ale, surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, white head that fizzes quickly leaving chunks of lacing.

Smells of bready malt and light fruits.

Tastes of a good dose of pale malt with some yeast coming through as well. Notes of pears and apples along with some bread. Sweetness is at a good level, not too much. Some yeasty spice notes show up in the end and add some pepper to the mix.

Mouthfeel is medium with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

Overall, a solid example of the style, but some things could be amped up and the mouthfeel could be tweaked.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

32cl stubby bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem, PA.

Appearance - Very full white head. Laces and fades

Smell - Full of citrus and belgian yeast notes.

Taste - Sweet malts with bitter hop bill. Spices.

Mouthfeel - Medium and almost cloying sweetness.

Overall - A decent beer, not worth going out seeking.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange-gold with a huge, fluffy energizer bunny head. It keeps going, and going, and going.... Leaves lacing all down the glass as you drink out from under the head.

The aroma is bright and inviting. Yeast, bubblegum, spices, malts. Maybe some floral hops back there.

The flavor is reminiscent of the aroma but more muted. A little watery and a little more bitter than I was expecting, though not too bad. A little citrusy twang and mustiness add some character.

Feels nice. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Drinks just fine. No noticeable alcohol and it's certainly pleasant enough. If the flavor were a little sweeter and with a little more yeastiness it would be a favorite Belgian style. As it stands, I'll be happy to have it again, but only if Duvel isn't available.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - 2-finger foam formed; plenty of lacing on the sides of glass; vibrant carbonation; orange color body

S - Sweetness and fruit scents first come to mind (pear & grapefruit scents) followed up with a clean lager aroma; yeasts used in beer create a nice flowery aroma

T - Fruit tones; very pleasant and soothing feel over the palate; crisp and refreshing taste

M - Carbonated with thin viscosity

D - Crisp and refreshing; tastes like many of the quality Belgium beers out there, though I recommend this over some of the other beers I've had; kind of feels heavy, almost like a meal in a glass but enjoyable; I can have a few in a sitting

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Photo of crossovert
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle. Label call it ' Atomium Premier Grand Cru".

It pours a honey gold with a bright white and big and fluffy head. The ehad sticks for a while and leave some nice lacing.

The smell here is luscious and intriguing. Tons of yeasty spice just assaults the senses. There is also a huge fruity smell, almost tutti frutti with a bit of orange and coriander. This is a 6 grain ale and it has a nice sweet breadiness under all of the yeast mayhem.

The taste is big and fruity, they were really going balls out with the fruit here. There is some subtle spiciness and a thick malt backing but it is mainly just fruit salad in flavor. Definitely a unique and interesting Belgian Pale.

This one is another solid brew from this brewery, I have always seen it and finally bought it and now love it.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden-orange, with a thin, white head that fades gradually, becoming patchy. Decent lacing.
Smell is heavily spiced malts with a little bit of citrus hops. Some banana, lemon peel, and pear, as well as some darker fruits. Light, peppery notes as well.
Taste is spiced malts, with some Belgian yeast and a trace of hops. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar notes. Raisin and fig.
Mouthfeel is crisp and slightly biting. Moderate to high level of carbonation. Dry on the finish. Medium-light body.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Served in a red wine glass, it appears slighty hazy and amber with a tall, fluffy white head. It's funny, I'm used to finding beers that have great flavor but are a little dull in the aroma department. This was the opposite. It was bursting with coriander, cinnamon, and peppermint (unusual, but interesting). The flavor follows the coriander with a hint of orange peel - sort of like a wit, but without wheat character - and then a subtle but delicious candied apple malt flavor slides in before the beer finishes. Still, the beer's taste is too mild for a beer of this strength. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised to find a fresh take on this style.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, honey color with an amazingly huge, foamy white head. Head falls very slow. Big, sticky lace.

Nice malt and grain aroma with a sweet and tinny smell.

Rather complex malt & grain taste. Earthy with a lot of flavor. Big, sticky sweet finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with relatively low carbonation.

Nice, easy drinking brew. Quite pleasant.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, deep burgundy color with a large, pillowy, white head of thick, long-lasting foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dried fruit - mostly plum and apple. There was a bready caramel aroma with some citrusy notes.

T - It tasted of sweet breads, caramel malt and dried plum and apple. It had a tart citrus kick.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This surprised me. I was at a French restaurant in Milwaukee with a limited beer list. I had never heard of this and really enjoyed it...twice.

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Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this squatty 11.2oz brown bottle at Sal's Beverage World in Addison, IL for $2.19. Bottled on date of 3/20/08 is stamped on the back label, so I hope this beer isn't past its prime yet.

It doesn't matter whether you pour this beer slow, fast, with a tilted glass, or straight down the middle; it's going to gfive you a gigantic fluffy white head that will take up 90% of the glass. It takes awhile to settle down, and when it does, it leaves behind a cloudy pear yellow liquid with lots of spotty lacing.

This beer has a multitude of aromas. The most noticeable is a musty barnyard smell, but if you give it a good swirl you can also pick up wheat, yeast, tropical fruit, and even some coriander spice.

This is really tasty. Everything in the smell is also in the taste. Nice wheat bread flavor is sweetened with malt and a pineapple citrus fruit flavor, balanced with spicy coriander, a dose of hops, and a touch of alcohol.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a smooth texture, but then a hefty enough dose of carbonation keeps it refreshing. Dry finish.

For an 8.0% alcohol beer, the alcohol flavor is not totally hidden, but nothing like you might expect, making this a very drinkable beer. In my opinion I recommend drinking this beer cold. I liked the taste better right from the fridge over what it tasted like as it warmed.

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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light orange with a 1" head that lasts a while.

Smell: caramel sweetness, earthy tones, and a hint of alcohol are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice lightly grainy malt profile here. Caramel, ripe plums, yeast, soft earthy tones, mild alcohol, and a moderate bitterenss provides a great flavored beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Medium-heavy bodied beer. Long aftertaste as the flavors last in the mouth a while.

Drinkability: for the style this went down quickly. I enjoyed two of these in a session, and if the alcohol level wasn't so high I would have had some more. Nice beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a big, rocky head that is most impressive and leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Bready and yeasty, with undertones of pear and fusel alcohol

Taste: Interesting malt flavors throughout, with the bready wheat and banana joined by a sweet, candi sugar aspect that turns a bit spicy, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness and the alcohol overwhelm the profile

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Ultimately, just a bit too sweet and alcoholic for my palate

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was difficult to review, as it's nowhere near my favorite style, and it's hard to keep in mind that I'm reviewing it versus others of the style.

On the pour into my pint glass, this beer produced a prodigious, six finger head, nearly filling the glass with foam. As it subsided, it got somewhat rocky, and it was a while before I was able to get the whole 11.2 bottle into my pint glass. The body was a deep yellow, with a slight haze.

Aroma was primarily doughy and yeasty, with a bit of spiciness prominent as well. As it warmed, I was able to pick up notes of fresh white bread.

Taste was spicy and peppery at first, with hints of esteriness. The yeast was profoundly noticeable.

Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, with an average body to it. However, the flavors sort of faded quickly on the aftertaste, which left me with an impression of it having been thin, even though I know it was not.

Drinkability is staggeringly average. I was not impressed enough to have it again, and I agree with the impression some people gave that this is a watered down tripel. Not quite sweet enough for that, in my opinion, but the other qualities were right in line. Didn't give me the slightest hint of a buzz, either, and I drank it rather quickly. I do believe that my next beer tonight will have to be a darker one to make up for it. That leaves Fruli and Cerise out of the running.

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Photo of tigg924
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy, golden, with a medium head/medium carbonation

Smell: bread, yeast, belgian spices

Taste: It mimics the smell.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, although it is smooth..slightly sour

Drinkability: This was probably my least favorite offering at the bar that I was tasting. To me this tasted like a slightly more complex and carbonated Blue Moon...I have had better and will not be trying this one again.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Monk's Cell at The Publick House. Nice copper color with not much of a head. Nothing noteworthy about the nose. Served in a goblet (off brand). But the taste was something unusual for a Belgian strong. There's an earthiness about it that I really enjoyed. It's much more complex than, say, Tremens, and stands out from something like Duvel without being odd or out of style. It's "discretely unique", I guess is how I'd put it. One of my favorite Belgian Strong Ales.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter.

Enormous foamy white head. Mildly hazy and golden. Leaves large patches of lacing for the duration of the sample.

Smells spicy and of Belgian yeast. Bready with fruity esters. Has legs. Very nice

A bit like the nose in some respects. Spicy and yeasty at first, then some fruity, hoppy bitterness in the middle mixing with a subdued malty sweetness. A bit of lingering hop bitterness and citrus in the slightly dry finish.

Effervescent, tingling sensation at first, recedes, a pleasant texture follows before finishing slightly dry. Medium body. Not as full feeling as I expected.

I seem to say this alot, but pretty easy drinking for a fairly big guy. The Belgian yeast character is modest and balanced nicely by the restrained pale ale hoppiness. This one might work for some folks who are not wild about the "Belgian taste" associated with the yeast strains that is often more bold than it is here.

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Photo of kmeves
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a HUGE hite head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, light apple, bread and clove. Flavoris lemon, orange, grainy and light clove. Light alcohol presence which is understandable for a Belgian Strong. Medium to full body, sticky texture.

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Photo of botham
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz squat bottle poured into a tulip. pours a crystal clear, golden amber color with a sizable off white head that remains for a few mintures and leaves rocky lacings.

aroma is fruity and yeasty, with notes of citrus, grape, apple, and a subtle yeasty base, imparting a bready character to the overall profile.

taste is more of the same, with a lightly sweet quality, and an un-foreshadowed bitterness upon finishing. the fruit flavors dominate, but there are mild undertones of bready yeast and a bit of citrusy hops that loom in the background.

mouthfeel is a bit thin for the alcohol and flavors present. the brew is tart in texture, with a light body and an effervescent quality.

drinkability is decent. this brew is little more than a watered down tripel, which allows the brew to pack in 8% APV, while remaining light bodied. that being said, this one is easily passed up.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- golden in color with a head that just wont quit. it took quite a while to get all of this one into my chalice.

S- yeasty and very much like a wheat. banana and bubblegum in here also.

T- very much like it smells. not bad at all. faint bit of alcohol at the end.

M- the carbonation is out of control in this one! very thin as well.

D- easy enough to finish, i doubt ill reach for another anytime soon.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy pee colored yellow. The coloration reminds me of a bud light. This beer exploded with foam. More than 6" of head. it settled it did stick to every inch of the side of my glass. EVERY INCH!

Definite smell of coriander and some kind of wheat and various spices sort of flowing awkwardly together. Very interesting smell with a hint of pear or apple. Great smell. Very pleasing!

Yup, coriander and lots of it along with some a sort of earthy graininess that a balances the spice quiet well.

The carbonation dies to a pretty balanced point where the beer not only becomes drinkable but also requires you to sip and sip again and again. Surprisingly good!

This beer is very drinkable as it hides it's 8% ABV insanely well! I'm shocked at how delicious this beer is on a nice hot day!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Deep Ellum. It was served in a big goblet shaped like some other Belgian goblets (I have an identical one from St Bernardus), with the Atomium logo. The beer was copper color with a thick foam leaving lots of lacing on the glass. The nose is pretty complex, maybe due to the 6 grains they brew it from (barley, rye, wheat, buckwheat, spelt, maize). The overall effect is a sweet aroma similar to Tripel Karmeliet. The taste is also very similar to Tripel Karmeliet, but maybe a little stronger or richer (maybe). Definitely a sipper due to all the flavors but it was hard for me to sip too slowly. An awesome beer, as are several others from this prolific brewery.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bukowskis in Cambridge, served in a goblet. Fluffy white head, pillowy. Bright pale golden and clear. Lots of litttle bubbles zipping skyward.

Big yeast aroma. Farmhouse(horseblanket) and bandaide are there, but theres good purfume and spicy malt too.

Big yeast taste too. Tad bit of rubberband and bandaid again. Sour apple and some other flavors that remind me of a flemish red/wild ale. Fizzy carbonated mouthfeel. Surprisingly full body. Alcohol is present as a spicy bitterness.

I really enjoyed this and my goblet disspeared faster than I wanted it too. It makes me want to take big gulps to get the explosion of flavors...its hrad to sip, even though its meant to be a sipper at 8%

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Photo of BDIMike
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber, golden color with a huge white head that actually grows as the beer sits. Lots of carbonation as well.
Good smell to this beer as well. Smell is very grainy with a bit of hops smell as well.
Very nice taste to this beer. Very grainy taste with a lot of things going on here. Every sip of this seems to have a slightly different taste to it. A bit of wheat, grain, biscuit, cereal, and others are all working in here.
Mouthfeel is a bit to thin. But a good crisp taste that isn't too sharp.
Drinkability is great. This beer is incredibly refreshing and hard to put down. Great beer for a warm summer day.

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

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Moderate gold hue. Slightly opaque. Pours with a huge light fluffy white head that drops down to 1/4" inch. Visible effervescence.

S: Light perfumy/floral aroma with strong orange and lemon esters. Alcohol aroma. Grainy malt aroma underscores. Sweet sugary character is also present. No pepper.

T: Not nearly as complex as the style should be or the nose would suggest. Flat flavor overall. A grainy malt flavor is quite prominent. Buttery. Slight peppery notes. Maybe complexity isn't the issue rather this is just an interesting Belgian that does not fit a style. A touch of citrus and some alcohol round out flavor.

MF: Highly carbonated and dry. Light mouthfeel. Some alcohol warming.

D,notes: This beer warmed on me once I got away from style characteristics and upon further reflection I find it quite complex. The beer hides its alcohol well. Lightness and high carbonation add to drinkability.

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Atomium Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 161 ratings
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