Belgian Beer Corner: Augustijn
Augustijn is a 'living' abbey beer with 8 % alcohol by volume that had been brewed by the Augustinian fathers of Ghent since 1295. In 1982, the recipe and distribution of the beer was taken over by brewery Van Steenberge at which time the flavor was also adjusted. Thanks to the improvements that were made to the existing recipe, you can now enjoy a golden amber-colored beer with a good head. Augustijn has a hoppy flavor with a malty background. The connoisseur may also detect a light fruity vanilla flavor.
Due to the fact that Augustijn, just like the other heavy Van Steenberge beers, undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle or in the keg, the taste becomes more full-bodied and mature the longer the beer evolves. Secondary fermentation is a process that takes place when a small amount of yeast and sugar is added to the beer when packaged into the bottle or keg. These are converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide at a temperature of about 25° C, which is what creates the specific flavor.
Every occasion is a good occasion to enjoy an Augustijn. Augustijn is a beer that is appreciated at all kinds of receptions because of its mild and soft yet rich flavor!
In addition to the traditional Augustijn, there is also a Grand Cru version of the beer. It is somewhat less well-known, but according to beer enthusiasts without a doubt the best and finest beer made by brewery Van Steenberge. It is slightly stronger in alcohol content (9 %) and a little more pale and dry. Augustijn Grand Cru is also a beer that undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle or in the keg.
Technical file for Augustijn:
8 % alcohol by volume, 16 ° Plato
amber colored beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle or in the kegv shelf life: at least 2 years after bottling datev available in: small bottles 33 cl; bottles 75 cl, 1.5 l, 3 l;
Technical file for Augustijn Grand Cru:
9 % alcohol by volume, 18.5 ° Plato
amber colored beer with secondary fermentation in the bottle or in the keg
shelf life: at least 2 years after bottling date
available in: small bottles 33 cl;