Bière De Belœil - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 119
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of WhiteOak
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
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! (673 characters)

Photo of TongoRad
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (902 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,665 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,307 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.... (680 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged; vintage 2005 (as marked on the cork), BB 08/2008, served lightly chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: superb in presentation, the colour is light chestnut-brown-ish amber, coming with millions of microscopic bubbles, while the beige froth head proudly retains the texture throughout the drink.
S: a light hint of musty yet aromatic apple-ly estery-fruits comes hand in hand with the rich and full-bodied maltiness in the background, underlined by a pronounced mixture of candy sugar, cane sugar, and even sticky barley candy (as in a rich barley wine, in a sense), as well as pleasant fruity notes like Chinese prunes and rose-flavoured pale plums. The overall sugary elements came slightly too much for my liking, as they manifested in a really dense form with loads of way-overripe fruits, but a swirl would help balance off these heavy bits with more "breezy mustiness"(?!).
T: as in many Belgian Amber Ales (and some English Strong Ales), the foretaste is lightly sour-sweet estery-fruity on top of a fairly solid backbone of amber and caramely malts, brown sugar, with hints of mashed&sweetened kidney beans; pretty soon, a lengthy aftertaste takes over from this, lovely and mixed, suggesting dried prunes, dried red dates, slightly spicy-savoury dried hawthorn fruits, and a touch of herbal sweetness as from the hops. The finish goes slightly chewy and always with a moderate flow of hop bitterness, as well as mustiness that is only very restrained (indeed, for a Saison brewer), before the liquid rounds off the tasting and renders a soothingly warming feel down the throat.
M&D: the carbonation is executed at a nearly-perfect level, soothing, refreshing, full of tiniest bubbles to highlight the intriguing taste and a sound body. All in all, this is an easily likeable Strong Ale - but one bottle is satisfying enough! (1,893 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.06/5  rDev +3%
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! (819 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (876 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 ml. bottle shipped to Japan in Reefer container.

Opaque orange/peach color body, with agressive very off-white finger thick head. Thick coat of lacing.

Belgian yeast and candy sugar nose.

Strong foward malt flavor. Floral notes mixes well with the bitterness. The belgian yeast cloaks the rather high alcohol beautifully. The noble bitterness lasts a long time.

The first beer in my five year marriage over which my wife and I fought for the last glass. Yummy stuff. (483 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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. (2,331 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy but not cloudy orange-gold colour with a creamy, off-white head. Decent head retention.

Spicy, clovey aroma with distinct citrussy, orange notes. Slight higher alcohol note in the finish which isn't good.

Smooth, sweetish malt with a robust spicy, phenol profile, mild banana and pear esters and some nice alcoholic dryness.

Medium to medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation is good for style.

A tasty Belgian style ale with lots of flavour. Very good. (472 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (516 characters)

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