Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Augustijn Blond

It’s hard to recommend a good Belgian beer for beginners, as even their lesser beers tend to be rather intense. But I could see Augustijn Blond working rather well as a transition or introductory brew for newbies. It exudes Belgian characteristics in every way, yet it’s not an intimidating brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (797) - Albany, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2013
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow hue; mostly clear body with a bit of haze to it. Forms a large, bright white, frothy head which retains and laces wonderfully.

Smell: Sweet aromas of candy and fruit, especially banana peel and lemon flesh. A hint of spice.

Taste: Though technically a Belgian Pale Ale, Augustijn Blond tastes more like a saison as it has that classic light, dry palate with the summer-like flavors of banana and citrus. Not quite as robust or bitter as those beers, this one opts of dryness over refreshing flavors. There’s a flower-like presence throughout the palate with a hint of spice. No coriander, orangepeel or other such additives, the Belgian yeast is doing all the work here. The mild banana notes are nice, as are the lemon/lime flavors. Not much in the way of raw maltiness or hop flavor, though. Thankfully there’s no alcohol distraction here, so the palate is delivered unadulterated. It’s flavorful and satisfying. No flaws or turn-offs here, but nothing mind-blowing either. Just another solid Belgian pale ale.

Drinkability: Though technically a bigger beer, Augustijn Blond doesn’t drink or feel nearly as heavy as its 8% ABV would indicate. The body is light all around due to a distinct lack of alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied but with a strong presence of micro carbonation in the classic Belgian traditional. Lots of vibration and energy can be felt easily. This also makes drinking it in bigger sips a challenge, so be prepared to burp a lot. Though in the summer this would at least be refreshing.
 Grade: 7/10

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