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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a dark red with a small off-white head, solid retention, some lace.

S: Dark bread and yeast, hint of plum and pear.

T: Fairly dark malt for the colour and style, some hefe similarities. Classic ester flavour, nothing really huge though.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy and fluffy, smooth, easy drinking.

O: A pretty standard representation if bordering a bit on BSDA and dubbel, but still carries the gamut of flavours of the BSPA. But don't expect anything close to Duvel. That's fine, the Belgian styles are fluid and allow for a lot of experimentation as Dupont has showed lately, showing why they're one of the best out there.

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 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 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 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 dgilks
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

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 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 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.

Photo of Naerhu
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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