If there’s one thing I enjoy as much as a good IPA or IIPA, it’s a Belgian ale, and the Augustijn Grand Cru from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. is a great example of this.

The story behind the brewery is a fascinating one. Launched from a home brewing venture way back in 1784, the brewery has gone through a few hands, though primarily has been known by the Van Steenberge moniker for over 100 years now.

What  like about the brewery is their dedication to making strong, beautiful-tasting beer, and has remained fiercely independent throughout it all – something to appreciate in an industry where megabrewers are snapping up smaller craft brewers left, right, and centre.

The beer, much like all of Van Steenberge’s ales, is a wonderful example of the taste experience Belgian ales deliver.

A clear pour, this Belgian trippel is full of spicy hops mixed with the fruity taste you’d expect from this kind of beer. It’s a particularly smooth drink, and leaves a nice aftertaste of malt long after the last sip has gone.

Enjoy the video review (and please excuse the coughing from my sore throat!), and if you get a chance to taste this beer, don’t hesitate!


  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBU: 18.5
  • Style: Belgian trippel
  • Taste: Fruity, spicy, smooth drinking
  • Rating: 4.8/5
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Danny Brown
Founder of The Craft Beer Diaries. Husband. Father. Part-time procrastinator. On a mission to help others discover the delight of, and passion behind, great craft beer. Favourite beers: IPAs, Belgian Trappist, porters.
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