Augustijn, (Ertvelde, Belgium)

Which I like better: Augustijn Grand Cru

1) Blonde, 7% ABV

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: thirst quenching-orange soda
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$4, 330ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Def Yes

Tasting Notes: pours pure cloudy orange, very nice thick foamy head, thick retention, sticky lacing, active CO2 streams but not as many as the Grand cru. A bit of malty orange on the nose. 1st few sips were extremely thirst quenching. Tastes of orange jam, 7/10-sweetness malts, apples, semi-sweet lingering bitter finish. It gets progressively sweeter as the beer warms. Medium complexity, medium depth, good carry, good transitions, very nice drinkability. Not as complex as the Grand Cru and also needs to drunk in a chilled glass asap before it warms and becomes way too sweet.

2) Grand Cru, 9% ABV

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: apricot/lemon fruity drinkability
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$4, 330ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours golden amber, nice thick foamy head, thick retention, sticky lacing, very active clustered CO2 streams. A bit of peach on the nose. Smooth creamy 5/10 sweetness up front, 4/10-bitterness malts in the mids, apricot, bitter lemon, ultra clean mouthfeel, dry bitter slightly hoppy finish. Alcohol is well masked though detectable. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, long length, great carry, excellent transitions, fabulous drinkability. A winner here.