Bière De Belœil - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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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

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 05-30-2004

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Reviews by gfreed:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new one for my neck of the woods from Dupont...a must try...green bottle, caged and corked, of course.

Cork says "2.011"

Pours super cloudy darker apricot/chestnut, the beige head is over the top large and equally long lasting. Going to a meraingue and very thick and coating irregular bands of sheeting/lace. Great looking beer.

Nose of honey, flower, Belgian yeasty goodness and toasted malts.

More honey, pepper, more pepper, earthy hops and more yeasty notes. Yum yum yum.

Quality, complexity, flavorful goodness. Label says this goes well with rustic cheeses..gave it a try..they are right...will def. buy more of this one..well worth a try..Belgian lovers rejoice....

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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L`autre Oeil, with Mathieu. Nice Belgian pale style that is in fact cloudy brown, with a half ince of head and very yeasty.Above average mouthfeel, this is a nice drinker with any meal.There are spices in the yeast, pepper, cloves, vanila, honeyish,coriander.A little sweet.

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label looks like it is from the era of whern Moinette was initially imported to the states, but the cork says "2011" - so I'm going to assume this isn't nearly as old as it looks. In any case...poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip:

Mahogany, cloudy body with a towering mountain of beige foam. The slow moving merengue dissipates very slowly leaving behind thick tendrils of lacing. Perpetual retention.

Lovely phenolic yeast aromatics with a touch of winter fruit and alcohol in the nose. Candi sugar, honey, and very faintly toasty malt notes are hinted at as well.

Herbaceous/floral palate entry with touches of pink peppercorn and hay. Low bitterness; faintly soapy; finishes dough-y yet slightly dry. Well balanced and unique.

Heavily effervescent, though when the carbonation does finally settle down, the body is a touch thin.

Maybe the darkest "pale" ale I've encountered - this is still packed with yeasty goodness.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

La Biere de Beloeil
750 ml bottle, corked & caged.
No apparent freshness dating.

Poured carefully from a long-standing bottle the yeast remains sedimented, and it delivers a fairly clear orange-amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white. Subsequent pours are hazy, even to the point of becoming cloudy. Head retention and lacing are decent, but not great.

In the nose it's a touch musty, gently mineralish, and sweet with juicy red apple.

Not surprisingly, the flavor follows suit. The mustiness is pleasant, and a bit stronger than what you find in the aroma. It's also just lightly mineralish, which helps to balance it in conjunction with its very firm bitterness and herbaceous finish, as it's got a good bit of sugar to it with notes of honey, apple, and berry rounding it out. There's a touch of pepper and grassiness across the middle and through the finish, and it ends dry and a touch spicy amidst a bitter, herbaceous and earthy backdrop. The 8.5% alcohol by volume remains hidden throughout a first glass, but becomes more apparent in a second serving.

In the mouth it's effervescent, but not more than mildly prickly; and it's got a dextrinous medium/medium-full body that becomes a bit creamy once it warms.

Overall it's quite charming, mainly due to its fruitiness and musty component, but also due to it's 'chubby' nature... it's a touch bigger than some medium-bodied beers, but it's not overdone with malt (or spice, or anything else). It's just complex enough to keep you interested, while still remaining very drinkable because it's not so much so that it distracts you from your conversation or meal. Quite unique, and well worth trying.

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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of Belgian malt with some notes of peppery yeast. Taste is also dominated by some semi-sweet Belgian malt with some notes of peppery yeast and a final dominated by some dry floral hops. Body is full with some limited filtration and some great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very complex and very well done for this fine brewery.

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 paterlodie
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 10-2007. Nice white head and beautifull bronzeamber foggy beer. Nose probably the best of the brew. Fresh grassy, pepperspiced, little bretty, full malty with wheat, alcoholic and gives the farmhouse nose well but very clean. Taste is dry and strong alcoholic, very salty and peppery, fine malts and litle winelike. Bitter and alcoholic aftertaste. Good brew with lots of carbon dioxide for fresh and spicy mouthfeel. Very refreshing and enjoyable brew, quiet saisonlike.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle of this because it's from Dupont, and it commemorates Belgium's famous chateau that I once visited after a tour of Dupont.

Bottle opened with a loud champagne pop. Poured slowly into a tulip, it produced a big meringue head that settled into a dense foam. Excellent head retention, leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Body is a hazy amber gold.

Smells of fruity Belgian yeast, caramel malts, candi sugar, toffee, earthy hops, and orange.

Has a caramel malt taste up front, and husky, earthy, and slightly metallic Dupont yeast flavor midpalate (like the yeast in Avec Les Bon Voeux), a bit of ginger, and a dry finish with a bit of orange zest and just a lovely fruity sweetness.

Has a vigorously carbonated mouthfeel that feels as mousse-like as a fine champagne; it scrubs the tongue clean leaving lingering notes of grassy hops, ginger, and green tea.

This is a very good Belgian pale ale, with a flavor that is somewhat light and delicate cold and a bit more robust as it warms, very well balanced and very refreshing. It would be hard not to quaff this on a hot afternoon, like ginger ale, but the 8.5% ABV dictates sipping. An ideal beer to pair with a variety of fatty and/or spicy foods, I am thinking of getting another bottle and having this with grilled salmon.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the La Caves Dupont in Tourpes after a Brewery Tour of Brasserie Dupont, which is just over the road. Wangled a 750ml bottle of the brew from the Cooler and shared it with my good friend Barry Smith a.k.a. the “Mad Axeman”.

Named after the Château de Beloeil, a tourist attraction which is about 5km from the Tourpes, the green glass 750ml bottle comes with a brown on cream, almost sepia toned, main label which has the wording “La Bière de Belœil”. Listed at 8.5%, with a Best Before Date of 06/2008.

Appearance: Sits easy in the wide-mouthed Moinette goblet with a careful pour. Dark horse chestnut torso sits underneath a controlled, rather foamy but uniform white head. Solid conditioning. Top-ups from the 750ml produced a creamier head. The cap eventually rescinds and relaxes down to a thin covering towards the finish.

Nose: Not much on the nose when first poured, but it livened up a little as it warmed. Malts, caramel, yeast and a dark fruit-laden sourness in the backend. Some hop-induced aspects to the aromas I feel.

Taste: Malts start the proceedings; these are soon joined by dark fruits, yeast and a soft spicy character that has a little sourness to it. Finish has a sweetish caramel aspect to it, with a little bitterness and some more of the low key sour fruits. A gentle offering that seems like it could develop complexity given time.

Mouthfeel: Nice conditioning supports the malts. Spices and the yeast add depth to the texture whilst the hops add a low tingling feel so common in Dupont brews.

Drinkability: I ended up sharing the 750ml, which is good, because this one soon gets bogged down by an indescribable something, it promises a lot but seems to fail to deliver on its potential, so after a while (i.e. a whole one and a half glasses) it soon gets a little boring. That may seem a tad harsh, because it is a drinkable brew, but its just not one that I could take too much off though.

Overall: Described as an Amber Ale by Dupont, but feels more like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale which is lightly spiced and benefits from a soft hop character and a laid back Drinkability. Somehow it just fails to live up to its promise for me, maybe time improves this one, I’m not really sure as I drank it fresh. Nice to get chance to try this one nonetheless.

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 laituegonflable
3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice earthy orange with a nice thick haze, and hugely generous beige head that sinks all webbed out in sparse bubbling. Specks of lace but not much. Nice haze, great head. Would like more lace but otherwise near perfect.

Nose is very hoppy, and quite European in the hop character. Quite pilsenery actually, with a slight floral edge and a hint of pineapple, but mostly grassy and herbal. Bit of malt coming through but minimal. Not bad but lacks something.

Taste is very sour and quite phenolic, with a slight tangy citrus juice character on the mid followed by a longer rind kind of bitterness at the end. Quite acrid at times with lots of funk kind of character and some quite herbal phenols like Chinese medicine. Leaves a bit of a bitter hand which isn't tasty, but not overly offensive. Interesting is the best I can say about this.

Fairly nice mouthfeel, full body with some sedimenty texture, goes down pretty smooth and leaves a little dry. A good amount of slick.

Yeah, not too bad overall. Had a nice "flawed" character, with kinks that make it interesting, but not so much as to spoil the drinking experience.

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 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 lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light cloudy amber golden colour, with a big and frothy head of off-white foam. Some floaties in the glass, little visible carbonation. Body looks quite thick. Overall, pretty nice looking.

Lots of floral notes on the nose, good dose of honey, and some meaty Belgian yeast. Some medicinal characters coming through as well, perhaps an alcohol aroma as well. Not bad, pretty robust.

Very smooth on the palate initially, with a rather unexpected hop character mingling with a piquant alcohol heat. Some sweet Belgian yeast character coming through as well, some cellar-like mustiness, with a very dry finish. Overall, a tasty drop.

A drinkable Belgian strong, with some characters to give it a lift, and make it a tad more confronting that I would have otherwise expected. Still, there's a lot to enjoy, and Dupont have another winner here for me.

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