Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) - Brasserie Duyck
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
2.45/5 rDev -28.2%
Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle which has neck and main labels that look exactly as those on pictured on the BA Database avatar. Thumbed cork has the Brewery logo and the code I-5 on it, this in held in place with a wire cage a gold colored steel cap which has the word Brasserie Duyck Depuis 1922 on it. Single main obverse label has the words St Druon De Sebourg underneath a picture of said chap, the words French Abbey Ale below and Biere Blonde on the neck hint at the style. Listed at 6.0% Alc./Vol. Inkjet date on the label shows that this was bottled 10/2006.
Appearance: Light golden body with a healthy but scattered body of streamers. Soft white head lingers around for the duration but is never more than a thin covering once rested. Half decent lacing tends to scatter and thin though. Healthy conditioning tends to bolster the fading head with the gentlest swirl. Girl next door looks wane a bit too quickly to make it anything special.
Nose: Has light, but reasonably sharp hop faintness lost deep in the background. Angulated bitterness with old, aged musty hop tones and some sweet pale malts. The malts win through and convince me that I never really got the hops, or did I? Exhibits a shallow country aroma that reminds me of boiled potatoes. Pretty much hard to say anything good here, this really does come off like a thousand other Pilsner lagers that fill the Northern European hemisphere. Dreary stuff.
Taste: A passive brew that portrays a rather metallic edge inset with some redeeming Biere De Garde and Belgium Pale Ale features, but these are way too weak and laid back to do anything except question my own belief that this is nonetheless a very average brew. Sadly the effort from the good bits is far from enough to outweigh the dulcet, uninspiring and tedious input from the Euro Lager side of the camp. No real hop presence except for unbalanced aluminum bitterness, the stainless steel malts and sweetness seal the fate of this one.
Mouthfeel: The body is mild, not quite weak, it isnt that bad, but by now the flaccid tastes and average-ness have slapped me about quite a bit. Im reeling from the tedium of this brew and the Mouthfeel doesnt do anything to help this jaded Limey muster anything other than a rather American whatever!?!
Drinkability: Apathetic to say the least. I think Im not that bothered about this one but I cant be arsed to even make up my mind either way .Im already wondering about the other beers in my fridge that will hopefully finish the night off with a more appreciative ending.
Overall: Surprisingly average and shockingly boring, Duck can and do much better than this. ..its that good that Im off to the fridge for a tastier brew and to listen to England loose the Second Test Match of the Ashes instead of finishing this bottle.
Scores a mighty yawn on the boredom radar which, by the way, belies its selling price. Stick to the regular Jenlain for the money.
12-05-2006 05:59:51 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.58/5 rDev +5%
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big fluffy white head that leaves a generous amount of lacing behind,clovey,smokey phenolic aromas are dominant there is a light citrus quality but it is light compared to the smoke and spice.Flavors are nice but dont seem to meld together to well spicey and a litte woody with some apple notes with that aways present phenolic smokyness thru to the finish and aftertaste.Not a bad French ale but not up to the standards of their neighbors for sure.
05-25-2005 00:23:46 | More by oberon
2.17/5 rDev -36.4%
11.2 oz brown bottle (03/2005 bottling date). Slightly hazy, bright golden topped with a thick white foamy head that sticks to the glass as it settles to an appealing lace. (yeast in the bottle)
Fairly clean aroma, some grassy hops and hay, but theres this unpleasant light rubbery / medicinal phenol that pulls through.
Quite smooth and creamy on the palate, light-bodied with a hard water mouthfeel. Crisp with a sharp-ish green apple and lemony zest citric bite, and a tingling carbonation that amplifies. Light flavors / sweetness of juicy orange slices. Some raw honey. Lager-like, tinny, sour-ish ("skunky") herbal bite. Spicy phenols and a bit grassy around the edges. Touch of astringency. Yeasty in the finish, with notes of breadiness. Drying.
Eh. Tastes more like a Euro lager than an blonde abbey ale, but whatever. Its barely interesting, unbalanced, and many of the characteristics appear out of place.
06-01-2005 00:32:41 | More by Todd
3.08/5 rDev -9.7%
Thanks to BeerResearcher for the sample.
Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.
Appearance: Good initial head though the retention lacks a bit, good clarity on a light orange brew.
Smell: Apple skin, tree bark and herbal phenols in the nose.
Taste & Mouth Feel: Fluffy slick mouth feel with some crispness. Odd fermented malt twang with suggestions of spoiled apples and lemongrass. Spicy with a touch of yeast in the middle. Mild hops with a sweet finish.
Drinkability & Notes: The flavors just dont seem to blend well, not bad just not a balanced brew.
Wow ... I am surprised that the Shelton Brothers bring this brew in, certainly low for their standards.
05-03-2005 00:19:47 | More by Jason
3.23/5 rDev -5.3%
11.2 ounce brown bottle, 03/2005 printed on the label. Calls itself a "french Abbey ale" but this is just some good misleading propaganda. Oh well, I've ben had, this is not an abbey beer or anything close to one, what you get here is a light clear, Middle of the road Euro lager, boo. Not very tasty stuff either, heavy lime notes, grassy and cabadgy , pass it by...
03-12-2005 02:56:12 | More by Billolick
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
Clear gold appearance with a very white frothy head of 1/2 an inch. Bubbles are very uniform in size. Laces relatively well, rings of collars down the glass. Sharp aroma, lightly skunky. Body is lightish, carbonation high and fluffy in texture. The flavor is fruity, some esters but lemony with some peach cobbler tones. Bittering is crisp but understated, matching understated malts as described earlier. Not striking, seems muted in its overall statement despite decent flavors. A little middling but interesting, and the style seems hybrid in a lot of ways. It has the fruitiness of an Ale, if not an Abbey Ale as the bottle claims, maybe a Blond.
01-09-2005 19:41:09 | More by ADR
3.08/5 rDev -9.7%
To say this looks like Duvel in the glass might just be the antithesis of heresy. But similar to the poured Devil, this is a mostly clear, sandy golden adorned with a explosive styrofoam buoy of white suds.
From here on out, it can barely pass for a minor evil enitity.
Aromatized of lumps of old-mown grass, flour, sulfur, and lemon rind.
First off, it forms a hay-like dryness, with whispers from both honey and pear. The middle is sweetened, leaning on spun sugar. Yeast nuance is nearly invisible, flounting minor pastry dough hues. Extis with a wiff of sulfuric lemon cleanser hops.
A fluffy, folded medium body, rushed with bubbles, is promising up front, but that dissolves into a stagnant hefty Euro-lager feel.
Not awful, just unfufilling. And even moreso as it warms.
07-11-2005 04:15:40 | More by cokes
3.53/5 rDev +3.5%
A - Clear yellow-gold with a one finger head of dense white foam. Head retention is really nice, and a good smattering of wet lace coats the glass.
S - Sweet Belgian confectioner's sugar, hearty yeast, caramel, and chewy nougat filling. Reminds me of those Charleston Chew long skinny candy bars that are filled with really chewy white stuff. A little hop note graces the tail end of the aroma, and reminds me of the smell of a springtime meadow. Some floral notes are there too.
T - Grassy hops, herbal/floral freshness, and a nice dry biscuit malt backbone. This is a tasty brew! Complex outdoorsy notes combine to put images of a grassy prairie, a flowering garden, and an East Coast grassy beach in mind. There is an initial sweet note, but its much drier and more astringent than the sugar coated nose suggests. Fresh and floral like a cool rain shower.
M - Medium bodied, but progressing towards the lighter end of the spectrum at the finish. This is initially sugary, but soon transitions to grassy/twangy in the midpalate before becoming desert-dry at the finish.
D - I can appreciate the complexity presented here, and I love the nose and the multifaceted mouthfeel. The extreme dryness and the grassy flavors are a bit much for me to put this in the "session beer" category, but its a really nice beer to slowly savor.
12-23-2008 17:57:36 | More by pmcadamis
3.5/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-07-2012 18:41:54 | More by socon67
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a very light golden color with a big, bubbly head.
Aroma shows off some fruits and yeast, perhaps a bit sour as well.
Medium bodied and fairly smooth. Some medium fruits and yeast are most obvious, with some spiciness coming through near the end.
Not an especially exciting beer. I guess this would be good for someone wanting to get into Belgians, I wouldn't recommend it for too much else.
04-08-2005 00:46:49 | More by Southernbrew
3.83/5 rDev +12.3%
Clear, amber-gold in hue, the liquid really looks ordinary. (The second pour held all the sediment, the liquid got cloudy at this point.) Fluffy white head, at the apex the foam was three fingers tall and it didnt allow me to pour all the beer into the glass. Head retention was excellent, as the head slowly faded tattered wallpaper began to appear on the side of the glass. I absolutely love that! A small cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was great, very widespread. I cant say enough for the loveliness of the appearance.
The nose starts of airy with hints of marshmallows and a faint, grainy spiciness. I adore this aroma. In the middle, herbs and apple notes develop as does some grass, wood, and veggies. The first time I tried this beer, I didnt care for the Saaz hop/DMS aroma. I found it much softer this time around and I like it. Moderate potency in the nose, while not too chatty I do like what it is saying. I will say the nose is more Euro-lager like then French/Belgian Ale-like. It is inviting, nevertheless.
The first third of the palate is dry, clean, with some biting, earthy-spicy hops. Hops rule the start. The malt is crisp and brittle, almost Pilsner-like. At this point, this beer is very lager-like. The last third, before the swallow, it turns ale-like with apples, spicy alcohol, herbs, clove, grass, plus some minimal malt sweetness. The aftertaste is sweet with an herbal, spicy underbelly, apples too. All in all, the palate is kind of simplistic but I found it agreeable. Too clean for the style; even when I poured the yeast it the palate didnt get much dirtier so to speak. The aftertaste was enhanced; its sweeter with some more herbal notes. I think the yeast in the glass adds to this beer nicely.
Zippy carbonation, medium/medium-light in body, the mouthfeel fits this beer very well. At 6% abv, this is not a session beer but the hidden abv in the taste and the easy mouthfeel is doing its best to convince me to drink more at one setting then I should
This is to say, I found it drinkable. This was a totally random purchase; I was really hoping that French Abbey Ale would mean Biere de Garde. For $9 a four-pack I was a bit disappointed. I cant win them all. Even though I liked this beer I dont know when Id drink it again. It is too pricy and there are better beers that are similar to this yet, I bet, I buy it again at some point. I have no idea why this beer is jiving with me to each is own, I guess. I purchased it in Council Bluffs, IA. Solid.
02-15-2006 15:24:12 | More by bditty187
3.13/5 rDev -8.2%
11.2 ounce clear brown bottle without freshness date.
Pours pale clouded tan. An inch of creamy foam and nice lace subside slowly to the surface. Smells like cut green apples with a medicinal sour edge, some horse blanket funk, and phenolic touches. Quite plain and short in flavor. Barnyard hay and toasted grains flash across the palate quickly, leaving a slightly sour and gently hopped finish.. Rather light in body and full of over-spirited carbonation. Not something I would return to.
01-24-2007 01:04:12 | More by dgallina
3.75/5 rDev +10%
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.
03-28-2009 21:42:46 | More by andypantz13
4.08/5 rDev +19.6%
Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a crystal clear golden straw color with a sticky white head that clung to the side of the glass. Looks like a bud with a good head. The aroma is floral sweet with a touch of honey and grassy hop, some nice peppery spice as well. Nice clean aromas. A sweet pale malt, honey, some candi sugar and a modest peppery/grassy hop presence. Seems to be the French/Belgian version of a pilsner. The feel is moderate, has a noticable malt presence, very soft carbonation, finishes sweet. This is what I envision a BPA to be; sweet pale malt with a peppery hop. Could use some more carbonation.
12-13-2008 03:05:56 | More by Gmann
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
A golden colored ale (not a lager, according to the label) with a perfumy bit of lemon and large fluffy head which settles to a thin collar of foam. This beer has very nice mouthfeel at first, but as the head settles it seems to be a bit thin. Very pleasant citric notes with a hint of a buttery flavor. Very drinkable for its strength. This beer needs a little more complexity to be called an abbey ale, but it is a pleasant enough quaffer. Found quite cheap at $3.99 a four-pack.
09-04-2003 02:32:11 | More by marcobrau
3.25/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
11-12-2011 21:41:45 | More by puboflyons
3.63/5 rDev +6.5%
750 ml bottle with labe as shown in the beer's avatar, purchased in January 2007 at Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. for $6.97.
Pours a very clear yellow-golden with a nice creamy white head, and lots of carbonation bubbles that last a long time- the streamers keep a coming. That makes for a nice white head and more than a fair amount of lace on the glass. Quite nice.
Aroma is strong at first blush- quite organic, farmhouse in nature, even though this isn't a farmhouse ale. Grass, hay, weeds, must all come through. In the flavor, this aroma has settled to the background, still there, but covered by cornbread sweetness (not corn adjunct flavors, but cornbread). It's pretty simple flavor, but not unpleasant. Actually, quite sippable, goes down easily. Not overly complex, and as such, perhaps not a classic beer, but when you are thirsty for a nice simple pale ale, this one works just fine.
02-10-2007 01:53:13 | More by Dukeofearl
3.55/5 rDev +4.1%
This was a very nice light bodied ale. Predominated by the yeast and wheat flavors, it was quite refrshing and a good solid choice. Lots of complex flavors could be found upon closer examination include, apples, pears, apriot, fig. Just a nice little abbey style ale, nothing too fancy and nothing over the top. Very sessionable and enjoyable, brought a six pakc out on the boat and everyone of them was enjoyed. This is easily a very solid offering from a brewery I hadnt even heard of a week ago.
05-21-2007 23:32:30 | More by mikesgroove
4.05/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
06-07-2009 01:39:51 | More by thekanna
2.38/5 rDev -30.2%
Cloudy golden color with a white, bubbly head and lacing. That's where most of the good of this beer ends. Smell is sour- way, way too sour. Overboard lemon sour. Almost brought tears to my eyes. Taste was odd- applesaucey. Sweet, but rotted sweet. Just off. Mouthfeel was bubbly but was quite heavy, too heavy. Meh, won't grab this again.
09-24-2006 05:48:48 | More by scooter231
4.13/5 rDev +21.1%
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.
11-20-2012 11:53:26 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.58/5 rDev +5%
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.
02-16-2011 01:30:22 | More by metter98
4.15/5 rDev +21.7%
Med-light gold in color with orange hints. The head is moderately-sized, almost pure white. The aromas are delicate, fruity, floral, and honey-sweet. Faint spicy phenols as well. Flavors include delicate malt with a mild balancing bitterness. There's a little bit of honey-like sweetness but things dry out in the finish. Subdued citrusy notes feature in the aftertaste.
For all of its subtleties, there's not much "interference" in this beer, thereby giving it an easy drinkability. The 6% ABV, despite this ale's mostly delicate nature, isn't too pushy.
This is a pretty good beer worth picking up should you happen across it.
I wouldn't call this a Belgian Pale Ale -- it's closer to a Belgian Blond Ale. The French do brew this style, and wouldn't you know, they call it "Blonde" beer, just as Brasserie Duyck does on the label of St. Druon.
11-21-2006 02:49:41 | More by VoodooBrew
Saint Druon De Sebourg (French Abbey Ale) from Brasserie Duyck
78 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.