Brewed by Nethergate
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Sudbury, England
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Bottle Conditioned for maximum flavor and shelf life, Augustinian Ale is one of Britains undiscovered treasures. NOTE: This is ONLY available bottled, almost exclusively for export to the United States. It is an entirely different beer to the one available from cask (and due to be released bottle conditioned) at 4.5% in the UK and elsewhere. The US importer who commissioned the beer liked the name Augustinian which was already in use for a cask bitter, so Nethergate made two different beers with the same name. The cask UK Augustinian Ale has AD1248 in small lettering on the pumpclip and is listed separately here.
Hoppy, bitter and spiced with coriander seeds, this pale ale is, to say the least, very distinctive.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
An experimental beer gone horribly awry - reminds me of Alba Scotch Ale because I think they both taste a bit like a pine tree. But the Augustinian has additional citrus notes that just dont work. A really really bad malt flavor lingers in your mouth long after youve poured it down the drain. Just awful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Andrew196 (1813) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2002
Smelled like honey without the sweetness, yuck....looked nice though. The taste was pretty weak....celery and a menacingly bad malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Orange/Tan. This started off as a nice ale, a medium body and some bitter hop fruity-ness, but not too sweet. I really enjoyed it, but afterwards I was left with a strong taste of corrugated cardboard (youve tasted that, havent you?) - awful - maybe if you could just continuously drink this without stopping it would have been better!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2002
Oh coriander seeds, thats what the obnoxious taste was. Attractive perfumey aroma, goregous caramel color with a billowing and persistent head. But the flavor is poor. One dimensional and metallic, slightly reminicent of taking a broom handle and hitting a free standing lp gas tank (for some reason this beer brought back a very specific memory from my childhood) kind of a metallic thud of a malt flavor. Disappointing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madsberg (11761) - Sborg, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2002
Light golden with almost no head. This beer has a very special aroma of some undefinable flower or herb. For me it isnt coriander, but cant put a name on it. The flavour is very sour and maybe a little harsh, but it isnt unpleasant. Had a very long aftertaste with some bitterness and definately also sourness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAY 28, 2002
Yow. I definitely got the lemony-detergent thing out of this, both in the smell and in the taste. Take your run of the mill bitter, then put it in a bar where they serve lemon in every drink that they can find an excuse to. Now give it to some waiter who doesnt know better and let him squeeze an entire lemon in your drink, and youll have this stuff. I was really wishing that the bottle was a 12 oz size after a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (6178) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 1, 2002
An interesting ale. I want to know how you get so much hop flavor and aroma (I know... late addition) but still I like the way these hops come though on this one with a touch of coriander. The balance is a little of but one sniff and I fogive them. A nice sping ale to brew with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 27, 2002
Whoa! What the hell is this coriander stuff? Definitely not my favortie, but something fun to share with others and watch there faces contort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Belgik (72) - Sterrebeek, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2001
Foamy light amber, remarkable nose of (brown soap?). Foamy in the mouth, very bitter. Maybe I rate this wrong because Im not used to the style!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (17172) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2001
Light copper; orangey, lemon aroma. The aroma could easily be mistaken for lemon dish detergent, but there really isnt any soapiness, its just that strong in the lemon. Crisp, floral, spicy, ale; dry, harshly coriander finish.

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