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Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) - Brasserie Duyck

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Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale)Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale)

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BA SCORE
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105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ipogios on 12-08-2002

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 94
Photo of Holy_Hop_Head
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's interesting to read other people's interpretation of this beer and how drastically different they are. It just goes to show that we really all taste things differently...it's cool.

Someone gave me this beer to review, gawd bless them, because apparently I've convinced everyone I'm a beer writer now. Well, free beer always tastes better, doesn't it?

This is my take:

Cloudy orange with a nice creamy head that thins fairly quickly but with good retention and nice lacing. Smells bready, cider, pear, coriander and clove. Little to no carbonation, medium body. The taste is surprising - sweet fruitiness – though I can't quite pinpoint which fruit. It's quite refreshing. Tastes of sweet grains and bubblegum, finishing with clove and slight funkiness that's barely detectible and nicely integrated with the flavor. Despite the sweetness, the finish is actually quite dry which makes it very drinkable. Quite a bit of warm booziness, which is a little surprising given it's only a 6% beer (by Northwest standards, this is a moderate alcohol beer). No hop bitterness or tartness at all – as expected from the style.

Overall, I would still rate it in the low to mid-80's. I find it enjoyable. Not stellar, but very good.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Druon de Sebourg has a thin, loose, white head and an opaque, bright-orange appearance, with scant lacing and brown yeast pieces afloat. This clouds up even more upon swishing the bottle and pouring in the residual yeast and gunk. The aroma is strong- alcohol, fermented grain, sugar, citrus rind, and dates. Taste is of a similar cast, with an overall old character. Hop bitterness is minimal. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy, and St. Druon de Sebourg finishes mostly dry, mellow, and relatively easy drinking. It is unusual, as bier de garde tends to be, but I rate it excellent, nonetheless.

RJT

Photo of socon67
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange pour with a bubbly foam head. Plenty of carbaonation here. Translucent and some lacing.

S - Floral smell and a scent of berries is noted.

T - Decent flavor of raspberries and other sweet fruits. Yeast gives it almost a champagne feel.

M - A bit too carbonated and thin for my liking. I suspect this is what turns many off from this beer.

O - This was an interesting pale ale from France that was better than I expected. Not the best example of the style, but worth a shot.

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a decent looking golden color with a white fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer is malty, grainy and some hop aromas in there. The taste of the beer is bitter and slightly sweet. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty good, decent carbonation and light to medium body. Overall this brew isn't terrible but it's not the best of it's style.

Photo of puboflyons
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the caged, corked green 25 fl. oz. bottle marked L9062-08:16. Sampled on November 12, 2011. It looks like a Belgian Pale Ale with its golden pour although the head isn't much. Sadly, this came in a green bottle along with its inevitable skunky aroma that supersedes any decent analysis. After a few whiffs I can get some sweet, candied malts and citrus. The body was very pleasant falling into the medium range with a honey-like smoothness. The taste was a tad better than the aroma with solid sweetness of malts and a mild and appropriate bitterness on the end. I guess I'm glad I bought it for under $7.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip from a 750mL bottle. No date, but there is a code "L9062 08:17", whatever that means.

A: Beautiful golden color, paler than most. Head is a bit small, probably due to my pour.

S: Smells sweet, and yeasty, slight grain aromas in the background.

T: Much cleaner than the nose would suggest. A very nice easy drinking beer with good Belgian character. Sweeter than I would like, though.

M: A little too slick and thick from the sweetness I suppose.

O: Pleasing, though I guess I am wanting it to be dryer to complement the abv/lighter flavors.

Photo of sholland119
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taking a day off from the madness of Philly Beer Week. So this is a perfect time for Blind BIF #5, Blind Beer #7, from abraxel.

A-Pour is a mildly hazy straw with hints of peach, a frothy off white head and good sticky lacing. It has the color of a kill shot but not sure.

S-Rather light in aroma. A bit of a Belgian yeast sort of aroma but not much going on.

T-Hmmm. Oddly sweet, a bit tangy, a little slick. Not sure what to make of this but I am guessing a Belgian blonde. Though this could be a lager too, really. Not much flavor.

M-Light to medium bodied, a bit slick.

O-Well, it's not undrinkable. But I don't care for it either, really. *Hoping* this is a killshot. Let's see:

Jenlain St. Druon. Well, I did get the style but was not a fan.

HV

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation; lots of yeast particles are visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high bright white head that never quite completely faded away.
S: The smell is very fruity and has aromas of apples and pears along with hints of grainy malts.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is both fruity and sweet while the finish has a light amount of bitterness and some notes of spices and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is easy to drink and the good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors makes the taste rather interesting.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half-pint at Coles in Buffalo - told it was a hoppier bier d'garde. Arrives a hazy light straw golden color with a little head.

Nose is sweet with hints of lemon and grassy hops. Taste is lemony with a pleasant grassy and lemony hop bitter finish, a sweet almost candy middle from the malt, hints of apples and pears. Drinkable and light, not overly complex and too sweet, needs a drier finish. Drinkable but not overly complex.

Photo of chaz01
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the Beer of the Month Club, poured into a Belgian fishbowl glass.

A: Bright yellow color, mostly clear with a wispy white head that recedes quickly.

S: Lots of fruity esters -- apples, lemons, grapes and berries aromas give this a nice bouquet.

T: Lemony tart taste with some yeasty bready qualities. Some grassy and hay flavors as well give this a complex flavor.

M: Lite to medium mouthfeel, well carbonated.

D: Nice, refreshing enjoyable beer that I thought went well in the late weekend afternoon. Would pair nicely with a tossed or caesar salad. According to BOMC, this is an example of the Biere de Garde that the northern French area is known for.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden straw color. Bone-white head that forms a thin ceiling of tiny bubbles.

S - Spicy Belgian yeast, green apples, pears, clove, lemon citrus, sweet wheat.

T - Clean wheat off the top, not as much yeast as the nose described. Bits of green fruit apples, grapes, and pears meld well with the spice. Has a lemon pepper kick towards. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Effervescent carbonation, light bodied.

The nose is very nice on this one with the yeast and fruit being on the forefront. Wheat as more pronounced in the flavor. Highly drinkable. Very refreshing.

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big creamy 2 finger head over crystal clear honey straw colored.

Nose of light Belgian like malts, light wheat, little banana, creamy malts, light Belgian like fruity yeast, some straw aroma.

Taste is creamy light malts, straw and wheat, some sweet Belgian malts, fruits with banana apricot etc, light crisp malt and hint of farmhouse dry yeast. Finishes drier but sticky creamy mouth finish and lingering malts and light farmhouse wheats and Belgian yeast fruits. Other fruits like apple, pear,vaprocot, etc.

Mouth is lighter with decent carbonation, less than I expected.

Drinkability is ok with sticky slight finish and almost too dry but still creamy but no booze.

Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid pale malt scent along with a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a dry finish. The yeast gives off some subtle hints of fruit and breadiness. There is also a metallic feel as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pale and Munich malt flavor with a dry yeasty finish. It tastes almost like a German Octoberfest. There is a faint bready character as well as some hints of yeast fruitiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but not one I'd return to.

Photo of KonigObHops
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer as a part of a Beer of the Month club.

The beer is golden in color and and has a thin white head.

The aroma is sugary sweet with a strong smell of hay along with a hint of apple.

The initial taste is sweet and then immediately turns pleasantly bitter. There is a noticeable apple flavor.

In the middle the beer is dry and seems to evaporate rapidly on the tongue. The taste of the hops comes through at this point.

The taste at the end is still pleasantly bitter and there is a slight hint of lemon.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer. I noticed some bad reviews of this beer, but I have also noticed that some people are referring to this beer as a Belgian Abby style ale when it is actually a French specialty ale. For that reason I compared it more to beers like La Fin du Monde out of Canada rather than the more "candy-like" Belgian ales that I actually favor.

Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoying this brew on tap at Purvs. A decent choice...

Appearance: On tap, the beer is a clear, golden color with very little head. Poured in an appropriate glass ( well, the name of the beer is on it), I did expect a bit more.

Smell: Sweet, big on honey. Rather singular in smell. Some slight hints of banana, maybe some spice.

Taste: Overly sweet for the style, but still enjoyable. Some banana in the background, but nothing overly impressive.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation despite the lack of head. Not bad...

Drinkability: An easy drinking, relatively mild brew. Nothing really stands out, but nothing is really offensive. I'd say a quality average beer. Decent, try it if its on tap.

Photo of irishking1977
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull golden hue with minimal head and some lacing. Decent looking.

S: Pretty aromatic. One of the more pleasantly smelling beers I've had in awhile. Usually, the aroma of a beer is an afterthought. Not this one. Hints of apples and baked sugar cookies. Nice.

T: The aroma belies how uninspiring this beer is. Such a shame, it has such potential. Mild buttery sweetness, backed by an almost non-existent finish. Not bad, just dull. Missing something.

M: Again, uninspiring. Less than average carbonation, with virtually no finish of any sort. Each sip simply ends abruptly. Folks who dislike hoppy, sour or bitter beers might like this one. Since there isn't much to the flavor or mouthfeel, the drinkability is decent despite the moderate ABV.

D: Better than average. Not thick or heavy, and not cloyingly sweet, but close. Glad I tried it at least, and not as disappointed as I thought I would be after seeing how many reviewers gave this a mediocre rating.

Photo of morebeergood
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Nikki's in RI. Served in a tulip glass. Huge amount of carbonation noticed in the body, but no really head formed. There was a fizzy head for a few seconds, but that faded away quickly. Hazy yellow body. Smell had a yeasty, musty aroma, somewhat appealing. Taste was decent enough. Slight bit of lemon, hay, and wet grass. Mouthfeel was the opposite - not very good. Very thin and watery body up front then a sticky sweet finish on the palate. Drinkability was mediocre, as I split a small bottle with my wife, and I found a half glass was plenty. I would be more disappointed if I had purchased a larger bottle of this weak pale ale.

Photo of sccala
2.26/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Nikki's liquors in North Providence from the sale rack (1.99)

Poured into a pint glass

A- Head was creamy looking but was only a finger deep at most and quickly vanished. Despite the lack of head. The beer suprisingly left nice lacing on the glass. Color was slightly hazy dark straw color.

S- At first, the only thing I could notice was it smelled skunky. Maybe that's because it was on the sale rack too long, but I doubt it. The store it was bought at has a pretty good turnover. I tried to smell more, and I got a kind of acidic scent coming up.

T- Taste pretty much like it smells. Funky, skunky. Aftertaste was solidly malty. No fruit or spices. This is an ale??

M- Mouthfeel makes me look forward to the swallow....just to get it out of the cavern which is my mouth.

D- Out of 10...maybe a 3 or 4. Abbey ale?? Stick to wine, France....save for Gavroche

Photo of dedrinker
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color.

sweet, dusty aroma of minerals, muscat grapes, and some fresh homemade bread.

Tastes like fresh white bread and honey with a dash of minerals.

light-medium body, and drinkable like crazy on a cool spring morning in my uncle's barn on a pile of hay that I passed out on.

Photo of thekanna
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful gold bordering on amber. Not too much head, but it does leave an interesting lacy coating on the glass which dissipates after a while.

S: Belgian yeasts definitely present, with some faint honey and peppery spices. Floral freshness and the scent of just-cut hay is also there.

T: Belgian yeasts coupled with a nice, lively, peppery taste. There is definitely a noticeable sweetness, which is reminiscent of honey water and faint maple syrup. Finishes with a hop bitterness that recalls the same aftertaste of Moretti La Rossa.

M: Somewhat thin and watery, yet left a certain slickness.

D: This is a nice summer beer; fun to drink and cools you off. The honey water taste definitely adds a nice touch, but the strange hop aftertaste is a little off-putting.

Photo of andypantz13
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Abbaye, served in a Duvel Green glass. 1/4" head white head and a nice clear golden straw colored beer. Hints of earthy hops in the nose and some sweetness from the pils malt, but not much else. Enjoyable fruity esters upfront, but finished a bit to sweet for me. The beer was a bit thin in the mouth, and the head faded quickly leaving no lacing. Overall an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Naugled
2.51/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml corked bottle, served in tulip

A: good appearance, nice white rocky head, pale gold hazy color, good lacing.

S: skunky pils aroma, hint of earthy hops, but not enough, strong soapy detergent like scent

T: sweet pils malt, good hop flavor and finish, balance ok.

M: medium to small mouthfeel, with a little bit of a slippery feeling, soft carbonation

D: not very drinkable, and its all due to the strong detergent and skunk in the nose.

overall unimpressive all due to the nose.

Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, fruit, and slight bread aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, slight hops, and very slight fruit. Overall, a decent brew but nothing special.

Photo of stephens101
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brass color with small head that clears off fairly quickly and leaves short lines of lace here and there. Smells of light fruits (lemons, grapes, pears), wheat, grain and esters. Tastes a bit spicy and clean, with some fruits and malts working themselves into the mix after a while. Mouth-feel is medium, and there's a fair amount of carbonation. This beer might be described as a bit dull. And while it doesn't taste bad at all, there seems to be potential here, as if something is missing, and if that element was found, this could be a really good beer.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice clear golden color with obvious fizzz and a damn fine head with some lace. Very appealing!

S - I've allowed this to warm . . . I'm not getting much. Wet hay?

T - A slight touch of sweetness, barn yard hay, and an ever so slight bit of hops. If you're a hop head this isn't for you but is damn pleasant nonetheless.

M - Nice touch of creaminess and fizz; a bit silky and polished.

D - Ideal for a warm day. This is very nice French ale I'd buy again.

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Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) from Brasserie Duyck
78 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.