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

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ipogios on 12-08-2002

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 94
Photo of bruachan
4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hoppy aromas and light pils malt all over the room. the rampant carbonation should be credited. is is also to blame for a nice layer of foam that doesn't threaten to dissipate. the liquid below is a lovely gold

the aroma is a nice concentration of slightly grainy pils malts with gentle spice and floral hops. nice big aroma, actually, when the bubbles are kickin

the flavor is slightly more low-key but still distinct. nice noble hop flavor--woody, spicy. the malts are nice, as well, and prop up the tasteful spice

the yeast contribution is generally subdued. given the low level of fruitiness as well i suppose it was fermented pretty cool

Photo of hylton44
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first foray into this style which - if this beer is any representative - is fascinating, tasty, and resembling the hefeweizen style to a great measure.

Much like a hefe, this guy poured a sort of dehydrated piss color, with a yeasty cloudiness and a super-lightly yellow/tan head that clung to the side of the glass like its life depended upon it.

The aroma is a rather pungent mixture of aged fruit and the pleasant hominess of opening an old trunk in your grandfather's attic; and the taste is as indelicate as the smell: aged, sharp cheddar, squash, and rye bread. The finish is thick, with a tangy sort of aftertaste, like licking the inside of a maple syrup ladle.

Very complex, very interesting, and thoroughly enjoyable!

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a French Abbey"type" Ale. Brown 11.2oz bottle. Freshness date stamped on front label.
It pours a foggy pale brassy color with a medium-sized, but long lasting white head and some patchy lacing.
It smells much like a grain bin in a horse stable. A light citrusy and fruity smell comes and goes, as does a mild whiff of light rum.
This French Abbey"type" has a nice mellow and sweet maltiness to it, with a slightly grainy aftertaste.
The hops have a pleasant lemon and limey tartness to them. A faint metallic tang is noticed in the background, along with a taste of orange zest and touch of pepper.
The 6%abv is well hidden. If the style, Mild Abbey was an official beer style, this would be it.

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

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.

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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 putnam
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yellow amber with a porridge-textured top of nearly white.
Fruity, strawberry-toned aromas offset by equal parts of eucalyptus and boiled cereal. Bready and fresh. On the palate it's light to medium-bodied with vigourous, creamy-textured mousse. Stony minerals, green flowers and herb outlie serious malt richness. The idea seems to be transparency and drinkability. Low bitterness and very low acid. A quaffer. Emminently gulpable.

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 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 inebrius
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle says Abbey Ale, Beeradvocate says European lager, the magic 8 ball says ask again later. I understand how this beer might be perceived as a lager: stainless and herbal hops finish a honey malt clean and not so removed from your favorite Czech Pils, but maybe the spritz of caramel apple-funk or rotting dandelions sets this drink apart. Maybe.

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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 scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter-like tulip glass from the bottle. It has a clear golden color with a decent head that is retained fairly well. The aroma is malty and spicy from the yeast and slightly from the hops. It has a well balanced malt and hop flavor with some interesting characteristics attributed to the yeast. The body is light to medium with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent Belgian-style pale ale. It's refreshing and enjoyable without being too heavy. Enjoy it on a hot day (like I am today).

Photo of marburg
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive white head and clear-as-a-bell golden color. Quite the pleasant nose -- lemon and ginger tea provide a zesty, peppery, spicy aroma. Some herbal but punchy hops are clear as well.

Lively and crisp, this has a great feel to it. Spicy and well-hopped, the malt has some fruit to it but is thin and fleeting in favor of a quick smack of lemon zest and (Saaz -- I sometimes miss these) hops. Not a spectacular beer, but this is well worth a quick look.

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle. Corked and caged. Very slight hiss as cork is popped.

Pours out a golden yellow with a good size white head that seems to last. A good amount of bubbles make there way to the top. The smell is exactly what I would expect from this style. Malt, hay and some grassy notes.

Taste seems thick in the mouth. Sweet with hints of apples and pears in the beginning. Gives way to the grassy hop notes in the end. A bit on the sweet side. I wish it was a tad drier.

Overall seems balanced and flavorful. One of my favorite styles for their subtle flavors. This I would call an "average" one. But what the heck do I know?

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-light golden color with a fluffy white head.

Smell-Yeasty, spice, hint of fruit

Taste-A bit hoppy with a hint of fruit.

Mouthfeel-Light body, had slight carbonation

Drinkability-This was a good beer. I don't know what the date was but it left some residue in the bottom of my glass which I assume is supposed to happen. If not, oh well it still tasted good.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed straw gold. Virtually no head off a careful pour. Nose is slightly thick with a muted malt. Flavor is alive with character. Vibrant sugary flavor with a yeasty influence. Stays pretty smooth and consistent. Feel is nice and smooth off the liquid and has a decent amount of bubble on the tongue. Very drinkable, I say. Whereas it has no real stand out qualities, it is still easy to drink and is pretty good. I don’t think I would ever go back to it, but I can’t think of any reasons for you not to try it.

Photo of RBorsato
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright light yellow with a nice full white head and light low carbonation. Light flowery hoppy, yeasty, and plastic aromas. Nice balanced yeasty, spicy, hoppy flavors. Certainly does not seem like 6%. Light bodied and a tad too light for the strength.

Hate to admit anything French is decent but this one is ok.

Per Label: Anno 1118 & Anno 1186 (seems as if the French couldn't make up their minds :-)

Per BD website: Malted barley and 3 varieties of hops grown in Alsace form the basis of this recipe, which, unlike Duyck's other beers, also contains wheat from the Beauce region of France, milled in the traditional way by Sebourg's miller. And to give it an even more distinctive flavour, the Duyck's use a specific strain of yeast exclusive to the beer.

Best By: 01/2006 (lasered)
Tasted: 06/30/05

(11.2 oz.)

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light golden color with a fluffy white head that declines to a persistent ringlet and leaves a few shards and dots of lace around the perimeter of the glass

Smell: Yeasty, spicy aroma with hints of noble hops and wood as well as a distinct whiff of DMS

Taste: Starts out with a slightly lemony, wheaty flavor that has a subtle apple sweetness to it; mid-palate, a perfumy element emerges; after the swallow, some grassy noble hops poke through to join the fray

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I suspect some bad bottles are going around BA for this beer - this was bottled in Jan of 06 and has a very interesting character; I enjoyed the subtle sweet and spice character and the complex interplay between the two as the beer warmed; a bit of a cross between a pilsner and a Belgian Pale

Photo of bditty187
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 didn’t 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 can’t 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 didn’t 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 didn’t get much dirtier so to speak. The aftertaste was enhanced; it’s 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 can’t win them all. Even though I liked this beer I don’t know when I’d 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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is remarkable for a light spiciness and a bit of sweetness.
Taste presents with a bit of citrus combined with some spices.
Finishes a bit thin the mouth, but acceptable.
An enjoyable beer, but nothing great.

Photo of auntfloyd
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750 ml corked bottle (bottled Mar. 05) into a St Bernardus goblet. Since this is a somewhat aged batch, please bear in mind that a fresh bottle may be quite different.

Pours a hazy, bright golden color, with a small amount of white head. Very strong yeasty, sweet grainy, grassy smell, with a fruit backdrop.

The flavor is sweet grains up front, with a somewhat spicy kick to it, followed by a wheaty-yeasty finish. This is a fairly sweet beer, no doubt about it.

The mouthfeel is good.... nice carbonation and body, and drinkability is high.

I agree with other reviewers that BA has this mis-categorized. This is not a Belgian Pale Ale in the style of a Duvel, rather it is a French Blonde Ale, much more akin to a Saison than anything else. This is an ok beer for the style, and is definitely not bad with a bit of aging (mine was almost two years old when I tried it).

Photo of Fugazme
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to bditty187 for an unexpected sample...

While looking at the bottle I'm reminded of a time about ten years ago when, on a whim, I bought a bottle of a french beer at a bar with an English friend. He scolded me quite heavily as, "The French don't make good beer!". I have no clue what that beer was to this day, but possibly by the power of suggestion I didn't enjoy it. So onto this one...

Light/Hazy/Yellow in appearance. It is a nice looking beer with big bubbles that never seem to go away. This beer looks good.

Aroma is hard to pin down. There is a bright sweetness that reeks of citrus and mint, but somehow shifts to a slight rubber nose. A tad spicy and hinting at vanilla.

A nice, smooth mouthfeel... touch of bubbles. Sweet and malty... somewhat hoppy on first drink, but not recognizable after. Reminds me at times of a Miller Lite... strange, yet tasty. Apple Juice. Aftertaste is akin to High Life/Pabst... give me one of these on a hot summer night and I'd be content.

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