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
78
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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

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Beer added by: ipogios on 12-08-2002

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 94
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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright lemony amber with a light dusting of fine yeast. The head is alabaster in color, large in size and is heaped with fine, glassine bubbles. It isn't nearly as rocky as the best Belgians, but still has a wonderfully disheveled look. Delicate curlicues of lace end up on the glass even though they're a bit too melty to last.

I like the nose. Noble hops are the focal point with the grassy and spicy facets of their personality leading the way. A moderate amount of Belgian yeastiness, complete with a sprinking of ground clove, keeps things true to style.

St. Druon isn't what I expected at all. Rather than being hoppy, spicy and dry, it's sweet and only mildly spicy. I'm not sure what went wrong, but the flavor profile is a mismatched mishmash that doesn't add up to anything all that worthwhile. The pale malty sweetness is especially out of place and tastes as if saccharine was used rather than candi sugar.

The spiciness is musty and bland rather than bold and bracing and the yeast tastes like it's seen better days. Despite what my nose led me to believe, hops really aren't a major contributor, either in terms of flavor or bitterness. The beer manages to retain an acceptable degree of poise and is drinkable, but I have no desire to drink another bottle.

The body/mouthfeel is on the leaden side. It doesn't rise much above medium, but feels dull rather than brisk due to a curious lack of carbonation. A more impressive mouthfeel would have done wonders for this beer.

Other than its appearance and its aroma, St. Druon De Sebourg is a failure of a Belgian pale ale. I was disappointed in the only other Brasserie Duyck beer that I've had, so this one wasn't a complete surprise. I like the packaging, but don't much care for what's inside. Unfortunately, this Saint is something less than heavenly.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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 don’t 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.

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

11.2 oz. bottle, $9.99 a 4-pack. Not sure if it was worth it, about to find out...
Very clear, very pale yellow coloration, big, fizzy head, soft, delicate and bubbly, active carbonation rising from the glass' bottom.
Nose is citric at first, sour, a little, big yeast, loud, but still attractive.
Taste: smooth, tasty, very clean, a bit peppery on the tongue, and full of citric and other fruit, but mostly a sleek, sqeaky clean endeavor. "Abbey Ale" boasts the lager, but it's much too lean and hollow to be compared to any of those, especially since it hails from no abbey at all.
Perhaps I should put this against a Rochefort or St. Bernardus 6, and then see how it compares against an "Abbey Ale"?
As it is, this is an easily quaffable, slightly sour, but throughly mundane blonde ale, perfectly suitable for lager lovers, or wine afficianados not quite ready for the full complexity of Belgian beers. The kind who really like Stella Artois, I mean.
but to me, rather blase'...been there, done that, don't need it...
Answer to the question up on top: probably not worth it...definitely not.

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 GClarkage
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/27/07- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no sign of freshness info. Poured into my St. Fueillen chalice.

Appearance- Deep golden pour...looks kinda greasy if that makes any sense. Smallish 1/4 inch head with minor lace spotting.

Smell- I sense a marco alert. Corny smelling with a mild hop nose. A bit of spices and a tiny bit of fruit. Smells like a dressed up MGD.

Taste- Hmmmm, I can even taste a small bit of what seems like corn and alcohol, but the more I drink the less I notice it. A decent amount of dry hop bitterness, corriander and sweet sugary orange taste. Odd, but it's kinda good.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp, with spot on effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability- Even with it's macro qualities, it really hit the spot and was quite refreshing. Proabably won't try again at the $4 it was, but would make a hell of a lawnmower beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has a touch of staying power to it. The beer is a brilliantly clear, bright gold color that leans a bit towards a light copper color. This smells a lot like a cheap macro-lager; specifically typical aromas I associated with macros that have lots of adjunct grains added. Smells of corn, some grassy hops, a touch of green herbal notes, perhaps some DMS and some dusty cracker-like grain towards the end.

The taste is quite sweet, and there definitely seems to be quite the signature of DMS; cooked corn and even a touch vegetal. There are some grassy, slightly herbal hop flavors here as well, though not nearly enough. Touches of orange peel and an astringent, green finish seem to round out the flavors here. This is not nearly as bad as my description might seem, but it is certainly uninspiring and even simplistic, despite the DMS

Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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...

Photo of jdhilt
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Pale cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet spicy nose. Has a sweet orange start, slight malty finish. Bottled Jul 2005. $1.39 for a 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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 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 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 TheLongBeachBum
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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 isn’t that bad, but by now the flaccid tastes and “average-ness” have slapped me about quite a bit. I’m reeling from the tedium of this brew and the Mouthfeel doesn’t do anything to help this jaded Limey muster anything other than a rather American “whatever!?!”

Drinkability: Apathetic to say the least. I think I’m not that bothered about this one but I can’t be arsed to even make up my mind either way….I’m 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.…..it’s that good that I’m 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.

Photo of cokes
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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 Bierman9
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from a 750ml cagged/corked bottle. Date on label says "03/2005 4007 07:23". Bottled-on date, perhaps?

Poured into a chalice, it has a clear, medium golden color, with steady carbo rising within. Head was bright white, creamy and fine, a bit thin, with very nice sticking. The bottle did have some sediment, which I saved for the very end, where it clouded things up a bit. Nose was on the mild side, but did possess some bready, doughy, cookie-like malt aromas. Druon was fairly smooth, though quite on the thin side. Not a heck of a lot of body there...

Flavor has a touch of sweetness, and is lightly fruity (emphasis on light). Comes across a bit like pear and/or green apple, though with a bit more sweetness than a tart aspect. Not a heck of a lot going on here; little spiciness, little contributions from the hops... rather basic and lacking complexity. Somewhat refreshing, nonetheless, though nothing to seek out, imo.

Prosit!

overall: 3.6
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3

985

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 GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden straw in the chalice with a white small bubble head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was slight DMS with some Saaz hop aroma with some slightly grassy and fruity notes.

The flavor was slightly crisp and very slightly spicy. There was just a hint of sweetness on the palate that disappears in an instant. Not one hint at all of 6% alcohol which is surprizing from such a crisp beer.

The finish was dry and crisp. The body was medium light to medium.

750 ml cork and bail bottle. The beer is extremely crisp and dry and you could drink an absolute ton of it. The label calls it full bodied. Not the most interesting beer, but nothing to knock it on, in fact the appearance and drinkability are very high.

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

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