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
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
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.