Atomium Grand Cru | Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAngel on 03-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
11
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16
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Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of crow
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barnoloid
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a dryness to this ale that makes it extremely inviting, yet at the same time some sweet malt, bread and a touch of bitterness on the taste profile that adds a really complex pallette of flavors. A little pepper and spice with a honey note. Really solid, and goes well with food.

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Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of klewis
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by: 09/20/08

A: A mountain of spongy and porous froth fills the glass with a fizz. A clear, bright golden hue. It's gonna take a while before I can drink this. Tons of sustain and lacing.

S: Smells sweet with aromas of honey, tropical fruits, and a slight Belgian spiciness.

T: Sweet and malty with a prominent hop character. The flavor is fleet and is replaced with a soapy character that is a bit unpleasant.

M: Light in body with tons of carbonation. Dry and soapy texture.

D: My initial impression of this beer was very good, but the harshness of the finish and mouthfeel make this one a bit hard to drink. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of StevieW
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby 33cl brown belgian bottle. Pale golden color. Dense, creamy off white head. Lots of lacing. Sticks to the glass. Freshly spiced aroma, lots of cinnamon, fresh honey and whiffs of citrus. Taste was sweet, almost syrupy for a few tastes. Subdued citrus flavors. Hints of honey goes by again. Lots of snappy hops to finish. Sticky sweet finish, but late hop presence with good bitterness cleans out the palate. No trouble with the alcohol, 8% abv. A very good belgian beer. Worth a try. Compliments of the BelgianBum.

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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 ferrari29
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Blackop555
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy copper. Fluffy, tall, white head that lasts a while fading to a rocky head.

Smells doughy malt, floral, funk, honey and hints of citrus and spice.

Tastes malty and honey. Floral, fruity, apple, raisin, touch of citrus and spice finish is semi dry with a light floral bitterness and malt. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of EPICAC
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Publick House. I don't remember what type of glass this was served in, probably a tulip glass or a snifter style glass. It poured a golden-copper with a thin, white, filmy head. Sheets of lace clung to the side of the glass. There's a malty, honey sweetness in the aroma, a bit of sharp fruitiness, and a hint of spiciness. There's a clean, malty, fruity sweetness upfront, a light, medicinal quality through the center, and subtly spicy and bitter finish. Medium-bodied, but the high carbonation leaves you with a light sensation on the tongue. The spicy and medicinal flavors do a lot to balance the sweetness and add a bit of character.

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Photo of zkoehn
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Dweedlebug
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of falconxman
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 cowboy83
2/5  rDev -48.2%

Photo of DRTBrewster
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of GreenWBush
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A six-malt beer? Interesting. You probably won't hear beer geeks bitching about the corn in this one if they taste it first and find out about the ingredients later.

Atomium pours into my brandy snifter a cloudy, darkened auburn. I picked this beer up out of town and during a sharp-stop on the drive home, the cap came partially opened, spilling a few drops out onto my backseat. Fortunately, this puncture-wound did not affect the flavor or appearance of this beer. Phenomenally powered head-presence that meringues way over the top of the glass like a hat. Patience is required before the first sip.

Initially, I get a strong yeast character; proofed yeast starter. Following that is an infinite underlayer of fruit that leans most strongly towards pear and apple-cider. Clove-like phenols. Orange, CuraƧao, coriander, rose hips, and cracked pepper.

Fruit impressions carry over strongly to the taste as embodied by pears and peppered citrus. Earthen hop-zing synergizes with near-tart yeast twangs. Blend of malt-bill makes malt indistinguishable from flurry of spices and phenols, but maintains ephemeral and downright refreshing girth. Clean and compact.

Sits incredibly light on the tongue. Finishes spry, acidic, and addictive. Quenching.

Not exactly the most complex Belgian out there but entertaining enough and oh so drinkable for an 8% beer.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge, white rocky, meringue-like head that's very slow to settle down. This effervescent, blonde ale has a delicate orange zest aroma. Despite the high carbonation, this beer is smooth and rather full-bodied. The bottle states that this ale is brewed with sixtypes of grain. If so, it's rather hard to detect them. I would guess that at least one of these malts is wheat, along some type dextrin malt and maybe some flaked or puffed grains of some sort, contributing to the head retention and body. This ale seems to lack complexity, despite the advertised use of six different grains, but what it lacks in complexity it makes for up for (at least somewhat) in it's aroma and smooth character. The taste is of sweet malt with bready, wheat overtones and a flurry of sweet fruit flavors towards the finish. The finish is short, sweet and fruity with some orange showing up (as advertised), but lacking any appreciable bitterness. Not a bad brew and similar to Leffe, just a bit sweeter. A little too sweet in the finish for me. Overall, a pretty drinkable Belgian strong ale, but there are other examples of the style that I find more interesting.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml stubby brown

-Supposedly the first beer made with 6 different grains

A-This beer has one of, if not the best, heads I have ever had the pleasure to see. I poured it into a Duvel tulip and there was barely enough room. This is the second bottle so I know it is consistant. The marshmellowy head seemed thick enough to stand on but light enough to be enjoyable. The lacing was unreal nd coated the glass. Body was light golden and clear (I left the yeast in bottle this time) with decent carbonation.

S-Definately heavy, raw Belgian yeast smell full of flowery and fruity esters.

T-Dry and crisp with a peppery spice. The corn used in this beer seems to be noticed in the semi-coarse finish. The bittering hops are noticable, especially in the foam, but very welcome. This seems like a nice dry Saison to me with hints of granny smith apples. Very nice if you are into the Farmhouse style.

M-Very light and refreshing with a full-flavored, but thin body. The spiciness of the yeast is a little sharp, but I personally like that characteristic. 8% abv is not even noticed until it warms its way to the belly.

D-Very nice change of pace and easy to drink. I have not had many like this and was very pleased with it. I would definately have this again and recommend it to others.

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Photo of tapman
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What is a grand cru? I need to do some research, but soldiering on...

light orange and yeast-textured. Giant white, foamy head (mine was kinda cold in the beginning).

Bananas with a sweet alcohol aroma up front. Hint of apple juicy sweetness. The bitter, heavy yeast aroma is also quite strong.

Moderately bitter with an alcoholic grainy body. A sour, dry finish plants. Interesting with this brew, as it warms it becomes more bitter which overpowers the sweeter notes and takes away from the complexity of the brew.

The mouthfeel begins well enough, but with the previously mentioned giant head the lack of carbonation brings out the bitter which isn't so good as we remember from the taste portion of this review.

Overall its not too bad and you really can't taste the alcohol, well not true. You do taste it but since its from multiple grains and reflects that in the taste which becomes a part of the beer and is flatter than the taste of most alcohol. Still, there are many strong Belgium ales that do this better and actually improve with warming opposed to losing flavor. Meh.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden orange and is very clear yet busy with a ton of carbonation with one massive off-white head that stays and stays and stays. The smell of sweet fruit and a tart yeasty smell combine to make your mouth water. The taste is a warming blend of more of the sweetened fruit, spices, tangy yeast, and a warming finish with a carb bite. This is very nice! This is a light bodied brew that finishes slightly sweet but is balanced out by the well-pronounced carbonation. It is a very solid and fairly complex beer and I would definitely have this again! Thanks to BelgianBum for this beverage! Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of BDIMike
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 ngandhi
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the style of Duvel, but considerably more interesting, the Atomium is a classic example of the Belgian tripel that comes at a time when many are being brewed too sharp, sweet, or bland. It's a compendium of Belgian brewing with shortbread and bitter--but green and herbal--hop flavors, medium body, consistently crisp aroma, and wonderful length. I stress that these hops are very fresh and maybe, outside of the yeast of trappist ales, the best indicator of what it means to be a Belgian beer. This is the type of stuff that's in your blood, and I imagine that when a Eurail passes through the country, this is what it smells like between the cars.

Relax, relaxx.
ng

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Atomium Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
3.86 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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