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


on tap


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (904) - Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2016
I kinda liked this one, rather interesting. My one complaint is that it was exceptionally foamy upon pouring, which took a long time to disapate. Aroma of apricots, citrus,coriander, and a slight peach presence. Body was a murky amber- tan with a monster head that eventually faded, not much lace left behind. Flavor was interesting with citrus hints and an almost spicy/earthy flavor being the most noticeable. Overall a pretty good beer that is worth a try. Originally rated on 10/15/08.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - AUG 29, 2015
Amber, cloudy color with a relatively thick white head. Aroma is a little sweet and musty. Flavor is a bit sweet, notes of honey dominate the finish for me. Mild hops up front and pleasant bitterness. Biggest issue is the finish is a little off, slightly watery with a little funk. Not bad, just misses the mark a little. Wife: 3.6

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cybercat (5568) - Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Pours clear, coppery amber with a thick but effervescent pale buff head. Fruity aroma is not strong or promising, but give it a fair shake. Malt comes forth in the flavor, which is bolder than the aroma; more than a hint of hops peeks through as the ale rolls across the palate. Mouthfeel has average body and fizz. If nothing remarkable, still refreshing on a torrid August day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2015
What the hell! They bamboozled me into buying an esb! Busted this out and took a sip I was all huh.... This tastes like an esb but its supposed to be a pale ale. No! Its an esb! I hate esb! Aroma is Belgian like. Herbaceous. Looks just like an esb. Darker. Nice head. Amber brown. Tastes like an esb. Not as bad as others. Skunky but not terrible. Nops lingers but not terrible. Lemon note on the back of the throat. Palate is smooth. A little stale tasting like how the esb do. Overall this is a pretty enjoyable esb. Not my favorite style but I think it will surpass drain pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4762) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2015
UPDATED: APR 9, 2015 .5L bottle. Pours with a medium amber body and a rather weak head. Minimal lacing. Aroma: sweet caramel, baked bread and faint spicing. An unusual ESB, it is quite fruity and theres some light coriander spicing that mixes nicely with the load of caramel malts. Lightly sweet this would probably benefit from a stronger hop load.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rondphoto (4355) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 28, 2014
bottle @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Clear medium amber with a heavy creamy tan head, small streaks of lace. Taste is malt with spices that turn bitter in the palate, cruising from there to an unchanging finish. Not a very appealing example of a malty, spicy, hoppy brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rumproasts (5318) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
bottle. hazy amber with small head. has an odd flavor that reminds me a bit of overbrewed iced tea. slightly sweet and fruity at first, but then finishes bitter with a hint of sourness. light carbonation. unique, but not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ronaldtheriot (1892) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Augustinian Ale has an extremely thick, spongy, off-white head, a good amount of lacing left on the glass, and a hazy, super-fizzy, orange appearance, with roiling specks and relatively large brown chunks throughout. When the bottom contents are swished and poured in, a brown, dirty cloud descends into the glass. The aroma is harsh and of turned citrus. There is also pungent sour bread in the smell. Taste is of red clay, iron, sweet citrus, cellar mold, bread crust, tea, and tap water. Mouthfeel is chewy and dirty, and Augustinian Ale finishes semi-dry and rough. RJT

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2013
I do not know why this got such bad ratings. It had one of the most unique aromas and tastes Ive had in a long time. While not your traditional ESB, its totally worth drinking. The bouquet is very rich. Its like orange marmalade and honey on white toast with hints of smokey clove. Its got a similar flavorful sweetness with some soft bitterness along the edges. The palate is solid with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
It has a light brown/orange color with a med white head. I smell citrus, light malt and light hops. Nice Ale....

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