gorthaurz (114) - CROATIA - NOV 13, 2017 djensen47 (11) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full review with photos:
Appearance. Augustijn Ale has a foamy white head that lingers in a very thin layer on top of the beer until the last drop. It has a honey orange color and is cloudy like a gem stone.
Smell. It has the expected Belgian yeast aroma, but with a slight twist like a fresh banana that is ever so slightly green and a hint of cloves. Unexpectedly, however, this beer has a subtle but nice citrus-orange hoppy bouquet. There is also the aroma of sweet barley malt.
Taste. Augustijn Ale has a barley malt sweetness that is wel balanced by the hop bitterness. The malt flavor is much stronger tasting than is was smelling. The sweetness of the malt is enhanced by the fresh slightly-unripe banana. The clove is more prominent in the flavor probably by the slightly spicy hop flavors.
Mouthfeel. Despite being 8% alcohol by volume, this is a medium-bodied beer. I calculated the final gravity to be 1.015. This might be due to the high alcohol content and the effervescence. The level of carbonation is pleasant and a touch higher than most North American craft beers that I have drinking lately.
Drinkability. Except for Belgian witbier, I usually only want a single Belgian beer per session. Augustijn Ale, so far, is the exception. I think I enjoyed the particular balance of flavors that this beer imparts. I found myself craving another glass immediately upon finishing the first glass. I find this to be a much more drinkable Belgian without losing any of the Belgian beer qualities.
Pours hazy golden with a thin head. Strong malty aroma. Taste of malts, some citruses, sweet. Warm alcohol feeling. Dry sweet aftertaste. Davros IX (500) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2017
Bottle as St Stefanus at home. A dull and pretty lifeless pour with no real head and a rather odd look in the glass. The nose was yeast and that was pretty much all I got in the flavour. There was no mouthfeel and overall this was pretty terrible. It was drunk alongside a respectable barbecue pizza while watching "6 Days" on Netflix. No flavour, no mouthfeel and no life; this beer really doesn't have much to recommend it, but the film was brilliant!
ken1 (2148) - DENMARK - NOV 3, 2017
Aroma: Malty sweet with spices and slightly port like.
Flavour: Malty and fruity sweet with notes of caramel and cherries and some bitterness.
Colour: Golden amber with a white head. Bill Becker (1806) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 25, 2017
From Jun 2007
This one purs from 750ML caged and corked bottle, whoa, the cork exploded out of the bottle as soon as I removed the cage and hit my ceiling!!
Anywho, once I get some into my glass, it has a nice cloudy yellow orange colour and there's a lot of foam and lacing. A very pleasing Ale to the eye for sure.
The smell is all sorts of fruity and yeasty and peppery and malty and...you get the picture. ;^)
The taste is as complex as the smell. Big sweet n sour notes up front with a lot of spicy hops hovering around. I'm getting orange, coriander, clove, pepper and the list just goes on and on. There's even a bit of funk and earthiness about midway through and the finish is citrus fruit bitter and it leaves a long and enjoyable aftertaste. This is a heck of a good Tripel that's holding my attention with and during every sip. Man.
After a few more sips, I can taste and savour some ripened fruit, and the tartness, that started from the very first sip and continues with every subsequent sip, makes me pucker my mouth a bit but that's just fine and dandy with me and encourages me to take yet another..you guessed it... sip. With all the complex things going on here, I find the abv doesn't even come into play and that makes for some excellent drinkability.
Mouthfeel? About as smooth as it can get. The carbonation is on the light side(despite my bottle sending the cork almost into orbit) and very appropriate for the style. The *only* thing I could complain about it is...it's not available locally so I had to get my sample from the good folks at Liquorama for US$8.99 + shipping; Worth every penny, in my book.
Bottom line: An *excellent* Tripel because of the complex flavours that hit my palate and one that I'd get again without hesitation. If you see some on the shelf of the store *you're* in, by all means, grab at least one bottle and see what you think.
serch_kaiba (22) - - OCT 22, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2017 Bottiglia 33 cL come St. Stefanus (@ Valhalla Pub, Pavia). Schiuma bianca, soffice, poco persistente. Aroma dolce, soprattutto canditi. Gusto dolce, leggermente speziato. Malto, pane e sentori do banana. Chiusura leggermente amara.
FireGlider (702) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 13, 2017
Hazy orange color with small white head. Fruity and yeast with hints of alcohol. Light bitter, quite sweet and dry taste. Aftertaste doesn't feel balanced. Grumbo (3978) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2017
Bottle as St Stefanus at The Beagle, Sproughton, Ipswich. Poured hazy mid gold with a frothy, lasting off-white head. Aroma is of yeast, bread, malt, sweet fruit and slightly perfumed. Medium to heavy sweetness, moderate bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. rumore (768) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 22, 2017
33cl bottle at L'Alternativa, in Bertinoro, Italy. Pours gold, slightly orange, fairly hazy, with gross white foam. Aroma is fruity from esters, caramel and alcoholic. Body is fairly dense, especially being felt in the finish, with good carbonation. Taste is intensely sweet and caramel, with some underlying bitterness which helps partially in enduring the sweetness. Finish is not particularly interesting. Piepenhenrich (1230) - Steinbach, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2017
Had it as St. Stefanus, purchased in France. Comes across very elegantly with its label and imprinted bottle, also rather pricey. I don't recall Augustijn to be as expensive, but it seems to be the same stuff. Pours hazy golden, yeasty aroma. Yeasty and fruity flavors are accompanied by a slightly alcoholic aftertaste. A good Blonde after all. coil (150) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2017
330ml bottle from Waitrose, Sunningdale. Light amber colour with white head, some lacing. Breadiness, sweet biscuity malt, banana, floral notes, clove, big Belgian yeast, light citrus. Palate isn't great, feels a bit over-carbonated even for a Belgian and the body is fairly thin for 7.5% abv, still a nice one though.