Bière De Belœil - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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88
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-30-2004

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Photo of heygeebee
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes.

Fills glass with fizz
Dull stale note lots of bread lots of earthy malt, little Belgian-ness
Nicely carbonated
Overall a bit stale and flat tasting :-(
Brasseries DuPont worst offering to date

Photo of Kingfireeater
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Monkey

Photo of TongoRad
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing to note- the head on this is insane; it's been 5 minutes and it literally looks like meringue. So tightly knit with a silky sheen. It's got me hypnotized, to a certain extent, but onward I shall go. The aroma is soft and elegant, and intricately woven together. Wildflowers and citrus hit me first, bringing to mind a bright sunny day. Underneath are bread, caramel, hay, gentle spiciness (coriander, anise, vanilla). Whether there are any genuine spices in here or not I couldn't say, but those are the aromatic impressions I'm getting. The palate is moderately full, highlighting caramel most of all, but the spiciness is right up there with it. Lemon peel and straw come out on the long finish. It's a bit sugary while on the palate, but finishes pleasingly dry with just the slightest warming sensation from the alcohol. At the very end I'm also getting a slight hint of dried lavendar.

Photo of Foxybrau
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Legit. Banana, yeast, and sweet malt. Solid in the style.

Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A. Pours a hazy amber-orange, 1.5 fingers of off-white head that fades to a thick skim.

S. Orchard fruits, mainly pears and apples. Light brown sugar, a touch of banana and spice, light fruity phenols.

T. Light orchard fruits again, sweet light malts, spicy yeast and light earthy hops with a bit of bitterness in the finish.

M. Medium+ body, medium+ carbonation.

O. A good brew. I'd drink it again.

Photo of pat61
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

La Bière de Beloeil pours copper amber with a slight haze under a very fluffy off-white foam collar that slowly dissipates to ¼” and leaves very clingy, clumpy lace. Caramel on the nose with hints of chocolate and light citrus. On the palate starts light fruit and spice introduce dark malt flavors balancing between caramel and chocolate that dries out on the finish with a mellow bitter accent. Medium to medium full body and fine soft, natural carbonation. Big flavor, easy to drink.

Photo of ccrida
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Bière De Belœil is burnt gold with a big bubbled white head that is pretty quick to dissipate, leaving light lacing.

Smell is fruity esters, tropical.

Taste is also rather fruity, with a very sharp dry biting finish, a mix of minerality and alcohol. A little caramel from the malt, develops more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, nice stronger, slightly maltier saison.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a cloudy, pale orange color. Head starts big but quickly dies off to a thin sheet. Speckly laced.

S-Musty and dusty with light, sweet, moldy bread. Earthy and yeasty. Light spice notes. Damp basement.

T-Again, very musty. Modest sweetness complemented by spice. Finishes a bit bready with a herby, earthy finish.

M-Softer carbonation. Medium bodied.

O/D-An interesting BSPA. Very old timey, I can see farmers blowing this bad boy back back in the day or at least something like it.

Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Hazy reddish orange with 2 full fingers of pillowy off-white head. The head never drops below 1/2 an inch.

S - Dry and yeasty, earthy mushrooms, bready malts in the background, old bubblegum, spearmint, fruity alcohol, spiced taffy, spiced tea.

T - Spicy yeast, very spicy, nutmeg, all spice, maybe some cinnamon, very dry but there is an underlying sweetness tied to the heavy malt base, some herbal spearmint-like hops, finishes dry with yeast coating the palate.

M - Full bodied, foamy carbonation, creamy body with snappy dry finish.

Yeast and spice dominate this beer. Not a typical BSPA which is nice. A sturdy malt base brings intentions of strong sweetness but is snuffed out but the dry yeast. Very complex and ever changing through the different temperatures of the drink. Dupont delivered my expectations of this beer.

Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled "L12011A". Not sure what that means other than 2011.

Beer is chestnut-brown with a large off-white head. Good retention.

Nose contains apple, bready malts, yeast, caramel. A bit of spice.

The malts are prominent in the flavour. Bread and caramel. Yeast, some fruits (apple primarily). Finishes quite dry, but overall the beer is on the sweet side.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Chewy. Goes down easily.

Overall, pretty good. Solid on all fronts, but not exceptional in any way. Not something to seek out, but quite enjoyable if the opportunity presents itself.

Photo of mwilbur
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy orange-amber with 1-2 inch light tan head (tightly packed bubbles form a quasi-meringue). Good retention.
S: Bright herbal yeast notes hit first followed by spicy notes (white and black pepper in particular). Dancing in the background are caramel malt notes, mint tea, grass, and honey. An invigorating aroma.
T: Caramel malt, honey, and spicy herbal yeast upfront. White pepper, dry grass--hay, herbal tea, light toast, and candi sugar. A bitter hop note lingers throughout. Hint of apple and pear emerge with warming.
M: A distinct blend of tea-like tannins and hop bitterness...both leading to an astringent feel. ABV is extremely well hidden. Light-medium body. Clean and crisp.
D: A well-designed brew. Refreshing and yet intriguingly complex. Seek it out!

Photo of gollem
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely amber color. Yeasty, strong. There's some caramel in it, though it stays well shy of a double. Makes good burpies: lots of carbonation. For the price ($11 for 75cl) it's a pretty decent beer, and it does go excellent with strong cheese. This is not my favorite Dupont beer.

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high light beige head that has excellent retention properties and took a very long time to slowly die down, also leaving lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has moderately strong aromas of earthy yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of earthy yeast but also has added complexities with flavors of biscuit and hay like malts plus hints of floral hops and fruits. Notes of peppery spices are present in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and very dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer shares some similarities with a saison, but is much more complex in taste and is also a little fuller bodied. No traces of alcohol are detectable.

Photo of gfreed
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An atypical downer from Dupont, the color of beef bullion (made from past-the-expiration-date salty cubes) with a hint of old mushrooms in the aroma. More mushrooms in the taste, although the expected yeastiness smothers them enough to make it taste like a decent beer, but still not one up to Dupont's regular standards. It added nothing to "Port of Shadows." Eh.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a rustic amber copper with a large bubbly off white head and a moderate lacing. The nose has a fair bit of yeast and peppery spice, dusty farmhouse notes with a lemon twang and lightly toasted biscuit to balance. Taste has less yeast to it, still nice and spicy in back lingering through the finish with toasted grains and lightly doughy malt body with a faint citrus hop in behind. Medium body with a creamy palate and assertive dry finish. Drinks more like a saison.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep maple syrup colored with an orangey glow. Very turbid with a huge, choppy head.

S - Acidic, tart, funky yeast. Dry and tangy with some mild citrus notes, and a subtle spice. In comes some sweetness in the way of dates, prunes, molasses and raisins. A hint of fennel.

T - Spiced and sweet with a warm side. Sweet dry fruit sugars, slight barnyard funk and yeast notes. Grape skins and fruit nectar, with a bitter component also. Pretty complex flavor profile.

M - Mellow bodied with a soft effervescence. Clean drinking with a dry finish.

O - A good BSPA with what I hoped for, a complex palate.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy medium to dark orange amber, just about the color of honey. Massive very light brown head with good retention and tons of lacing. Looks very good. Aroma of light stone fruit, Belgian spicing and light caramel malt. Flavor follows, dominated by caramel malt, peach and apricot fruit overlayed by bitterness from hops and spicing. Finishes somewhat dry malt, fruit and residual hop bitterness with slight caramel aftertaste. Medium bodied, but active carbonation gives it a lively mouth feel. Flavors a bit attenuated, but pleasant. A nice pale Belgian with an interesting flavor progression.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty nice as well, as I pick up some sweet malt, light clove and orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there's a touch of licorice in the finish as well that helps to counter the modest sweetness. There's a nice dollop of spice as well in the finish, which adds to the enjoyment. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with adequate carbonation, and the finish is fairly long and spicey.

Nothing extraordinary here, but for all that, another tasty beer from Dupont.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, light earthiness and a note of fruit. In the taste, apple fruitiness and a dry earthiness, with a nice yeast presence. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple and earthy aftertaste. Earthy and a light fruitiness, a small abrasiveness but nice.

Photo of tbeckett
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Harvest Wines. From notes.

A - Poured a really cloudy dark gold. Good carbonation and a one finger eggshell head. A little lace and a finger of retention.

S - Hoppy, fruity, grassy, floral. Pretty great aroma.

T - Grass, hops, fruitiness, some funk, bubblegum, and caramel. Again, pretty awesome.

M - Mild bitterness with a sweet note as well and good carbonation with a medium body.

O/D - This was a terrific beer. Really tasty and easy to drink while being extremely complex with layers of flavours I certainly wasn't expecting to find. Lovely combo of hop/yeast/malt profile made for a very enjoyable experience. Great stuff.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Little Bear in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is grain, malt, grape juice, and some spice aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion.

Photo of impending
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

B-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed deep amber orange with an orange hued towering head which defiantly resists receding, ridiculous dairy style clumpy froth.

Spicy sweet fruity yeasty aroma. Honey citrus apricot, and something a bit askew.

Taste of fruits and honey. Sharp but not overly dry, not as distinctively Dupont as I had hoped. The level of dry is matched by a level of undefined rind bitter. Strong phenols including a phenolic hint of zinc, green bottles are not to be trusted. Yet it remains interesting, warmth helps. Aftertaste fades quickly to an echo, to its betterment. Lively light to medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL (L11250A 13:20) into a saison glass. Pours a clear, rich amber w/ a fluffy off-white head, moderate carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is fruity, floral and spicy. Belgian yeast, sweet caramel and pale malts, some Old World hops. Green hay, pleasant phenols. No single element dominates, great balance.

Taste follows nose. Sweet fruity malt, floral hops with a bitter bite, Belgian yeast, generic spiciness and clean water. Granny Smith apples.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. Smooth with just the right carbonation. Crisp, light, refreshing w/ a dry finish.

Overall another solid beer from Brasserie Dupont, one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of WhiteOak
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opens with an explosive cork release like Champagne, but was not a gusher. Displays a cloudy dark copper color - on the dark side for a BSPA. The off-white/beige head is mountainous, leaving copious amounts of sticky lace.

S- Mustiness blows right off, revealing an alluring aroma of cut hay, apple, yeast phenolics, caramel malt, clover honey, pink peppercorns, and faint hops. Very appealing.

T- Sweet, rich, delicious candy sugar, apple, yeast, husk, and spice flavors draw you in further, and call you back for more. A faint hop note on the finish.

Superb drinkability, offering generous amounts of rich flavor, complexity and finesse simultaneously. Recommended!

Photo of spicelab
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

With thanks to Lukie@IBS.

Deep amber, clear on the first pour but sediment creeps in later, capped by an immense, pillowy off-white head that leaves sparse laces spots as it falls to a final rasied ring.

Intriguing blend of yeasty goodness and rich malt character. Marmalade on toast, sour apple, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, fairy floss, marjoram tree bark and other spicy floral herbs that I can't place.

Flavours are oriented more towards peppery phenols and mild dark fruits. Nutmeg, prunes, sour apple, grapefruit pith, marmalade.

Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation and a relatively dry finish, marred badly by booze heat.

Great and complex flavour profile, but the overt booziness is impossible to overlook. Oddly, I've had this a few times before and never noticed booziness at all. Resolved to try it again and establish if my palate was having an off-day.

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Bière De Belœil from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.