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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
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 BBM
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clear bright golden color, almost amber. Lovely rocky white head atop it. Aroma wasn't very strong, slightly bready and very sweet, almost a cotton candy aroma.

This is a Belgian Pale Ale for the macro drinker, because it certainly has a lot in common with the Euro Pales. It's not bad, really, it's quite balanced with a grassy and herbal hop flavor, sticky sweet malt, and a very slight clove taste. But it's not really that special, either. I know they were modeling this beer after a Belgian pale, I just wish they didn't choose Stella as the model. Mouthfeel is medium, and the beer goes down quite smooth. In the end, better than average.

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 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 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 BeerBelcher
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The label on the bottle referred to this as an Abbey Ale, and that claim led to my disappointment with this beer. It looked the part, with a golden color and nice sticky Belgian lace, but its flavor really struck me as being quite boring for this style. Aroma was OK, and this beer exhibited some faint sourness with maybe some faint cloviness. Flavor was the boring part of this beer, with a bit of very approachable sourness that really didn't move me. The beer didn't really exhibit any other strong flavor notes to me. Mouthfeel was good and smooth (like a secondary fermentation should), but that wasn't really enough to win me over and get me past the non-flavor of this particular beer.

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 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 Dukeofearl
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dgallina
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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 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 builder53
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy blond with a very good off-white head w/fair retention and mild lacing. Essences of yeast/grains and a slight fruitiness,(the graininess increases noticeably with an increase in temperature. Has a hoppier taste than most blonds, with a light tart/bitterness. Mouth feel is quite good, and the finnish is clean with a mild yet not unpleasant after taste. Not the best blond ale ever brewed and certainly far from the worst. One of those beers that I wouldn't go out of my way to get , but if I'm visiting you and you bring one out I'll not complain!

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 paterlodie
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 3-7-2007. Snowwhite and lasing head and pale golden clear beer. Nose is very poorly aromated and doesn't give more then bit of worty pale maltyness and comes to me as a lagerbeer instead of ale. Taste also far from rich and is mostly malty and wortlike, poorly bittered and oxidised. No IMO far from abbeystyle and suited as macro lager; even 6% not noticable. Drinkable.

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 thelagerheads
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$1.67 12 oz bottle
Cloverleaf Fine Wine & Spirits
Southfield, MI

There's a Jihadist fair weather cloud at the head of this amber mellow fruit and a champagnesque rainfall beneath. Seeing as it's from France it's more than appropriate that's it poured into and pictured in a Budweiser glass. Pffft! The king of beer meets the biere de merde. I had worse things to say in jest but refrained due to readership problemo potential plus I didn't really mean it. Typical hefe-weizen flavors but lighter and more malty and with a fruity essence that is pleasing enough. I quaffed, I peed, I kissed $1.67 goodbyeeee.

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 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 scooter231
2.41/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Nesued
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Date of bottling and batch ink printed on the label (03/2005, L4077, 07:25)

Appearance - Amber/pale straw yellow in color, clear in presentation. An ample head forms when poured into a pilsner glass. Head retained for about 5 min, then faided to a small presence. Ample lacing retained on the glass when a small carbonation maintaining this head.

Smell - A bright hoppy aroma is present. A bit of a sour yeast smell as well.

Taste - A very light taste of apple with a bit of a spice taste. Interesting hops presence with a seemingly citrus lingering taste.

Mouthfeel - Since this is a belgian pale ale, I really didn't anticipate much of a depth to the beer. I can't say I was dissappointed, but it really didn't fill my mouth.

Drinkability - Purchasing this in a 750ml bottle did give me ample time to think about this beer. I would buy this again, given the fact that it appeared to give a fair to moderate representation of the style.

Photo of Ego
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked had for $5.49 @ DeCicco Market, Ardsley NY

eyes...
almost 2 fingers of bright white head, very active carbonation, tornadoes of bubbles twist and turn up and about, pale golden hue, the head settles down nicely but retention is very good, the lacing is great (small packed white bubbles left in a sheet)

nose...
lemony grass... almost saison like, almost sniffs like some euro pils or czech pils I have had, nothing outstanding.. pretty straight forward.

taste etc...
crisp and biting with the carbonation, a little doughy flavor on the back of the tongue in the finish, there are some bitter notes as well, there is also some subtle bannana notes... honestly I am digging this one, I read some other reviews and it doesn't seem to be a real popular brew. I'm not sure if it has anything to do with the bottle size or what.. ? This sort of drinks more like some helles bocks than a Beligian PA.. but I am not going to take off points for that.

verdict?
a nice drinking brew. the nice crisp refreshness is refreshing which is refreshing in a refreshing way... it has enough character to be interesting but yet is rather drinkable. and the price is pretty easy on the wallet.

Photo of bort11
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single at Bubbles in Gladstone, MO. It has a 07/2005 date on it, which I think is the born on date, I honestly hope it's not the best by date.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Golden, hazy orange color. Foamy head about a finger thick. Recedes to a medium/light lacing. Smell is of oranges and coriander. Sweet with a bit of spice. Taste is like orange juice with floral spices added. Very pleasant. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Balanced carbonation. I'm pretty impressed, I think I may get a six pack of these next time.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't sure what to expect here as my experiences with French beer have been all over the place.
Pours yellow, clear with a thin film for a head.
Smell is mostly grape, apple and malt.
Taste is nice and fruity, with grape, apple, malt and hops (late) all showing up to the party.
A light body makes this drinkable all year but I didn't find it all that great, maybe I'll try another at a later date and re-review.

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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A not so hot example of a style interpretation that I don't care for... like Lunacy or Maudite.... tastes like molasses mixed with apple sauce or some such. Very watery mouthfeel... overly sweet and malty, not nearly dry or spicy enough to my taste for the style. Not really a bad beer but not my thing and even so not a fine example of a style that's not my thing.

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