Brewed by Brouwerij Van Steenberge
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ertvelde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Full body - staying head - amber color with a spicy, malty palate that finishes very fruity with complex hoppy undertones.

2015 update: according to the brewer’s website, this is the same beer as St. Stefanus Grand Cru.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1431) - BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2012
La Augustijn Grand Cru tient assurément de sa petite sœur. On sent nettement le même fil conducteur. La clarté est plus importante toutefois, et la mousse moins épaisse et à plus gros flocons. Les arômes sont complétés par de la prune et de l’abricot. Le volume est un peu plus soyeux. L’entrée en matière est plus fondue d’emblée avec moins d’amertume, et même un peu de sucré en arrière-fond. La 2ème bouche est déjà en remarquable équilibre, avec même une impression de pain complet. La 3ème est sur les céréales et le houblon, avec une pointe de genièvre. L’amertume arrive seulement ici. La longueur confirme cette amertume tardive. La levure est de la même veine que la blonde. La finale est texturée et permet de passer en revue les composants. L’alcool ne paraît pas plus fort que la blonde, mais il contribue au départ légèrement sucré de cette grand cru. Une bière donc bien de la famille augustinienne... Cette 9 ne fait pas la surenchère sur la blonde, mais elle évoque plutôt une autre facette de cette bière.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ralphdot (1041) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2011
Cloudy yellow with a good head, sweet fruit aroma, taste reminds me of Christmas, like drinking a rich Dundee fruit cake with royal icing but with a bitter aftertaste, another great Belgian beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 8, 2001
cloudy orange colour, big head, honey and spicy aroma, starting acidity, full-bodied, superb bitterness, long spicy finish - a fantastic beer !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (4035) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 25, 2012
hay, cereal, caramel, earthy, citrus, cough drop, soy sauce, smoke, orange, frothy, rocky head, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, average carbonation, slick feel, astringent, long finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (823) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Scent of sweet, maybe fruity wine. Smooth, light, refreshing taste. Long lasting head. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7496) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Hazy full gold with a lasting bubbly/rocky head. Nose is sweet and fruity and estery with notes of bready yeast and apricot and grape and apple with an earthy sort of herbal note. Flavor is very estery with a large tropical/dusty bright fruity tone, lots of complex yeast flavors with a lot of peach/pear/grape flavors and a backing malt sweetness that finishes a little dusty yet sweet apricoty. Slight bitterness throughout. Quite sexy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6846) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 This is a truly marvelous beer. One of my staples at the Sharp Edge in Pittsburgh. Sampled again on draft this brew pours a straw yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with just a hint of a pleasant sour tang. The flavor is sweet and tangy with a light fruit flavor that yields to a yeastiness on the finish. There is a rather thick mouthfeel. Overall one of my favorite Belgian drafts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
damzz (466) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pours clear yellow. Head is very thick pure white that lasts with sheet lacing. Nose is fruity and full. Taste is malt with apple and very little bitterness. The after taste is complex with some hops. Belgian beers are the best!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1978) - Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Fluffy white head. Fizzy, Lots of carbonation. Sustained head as described. Wine/champagne-like aroma and along with the typical "Belgian" scents. Same with the flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jerre (3235) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2006
Fine aroma with some flower notes. Disapointing appearance, low head. To much alcohol in the flavor. Sweet malt too. Very strong ale.

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