Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 23
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cjgator3 on 05-19-2008

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Photo of flagmantho
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged green bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate to light haze and a strong effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam with moderate retention. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly sweet with a little bit of malt and a good bit of graininess. There's just a hint of funk, which is nice, but also a little dab of green bottle skunkiness which, thankfully, wafts away relatively quickly.

Taste: a little sweet, a little grainy and lightly funky. The hops aren't strong but add a nice green grassiness to the overall flavor. Very light, but nice.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good carbonation and a big, mouth-filling creaminess; great for the style and the low ABV.

Overall: it's hard to get a big flavor out of such a small beer, but Dupont does a pretty good job here. That said, the low ABV, big fizziness and big vernal attitude make this beer colossally drinkable. Woo!

Photo of JGam115
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Think a Berliner without a heavy sourness. Right amount of tartness and carbonation

Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Cloudy light straw color with huge rocky head. Smells like wheat crackers, and hints of corn tortilla, smoke, apple, and black pepper. Light, dry, refreshing, extremely drinkable.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.7.14
11:44:53 Cork 2013

A - Pours a hazy light orange-yellow with a big white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Floral, spices, a touch of funky farmhouse.

T - Light tartness, lemon, wheat, floral, list spices.

D - Light with good carbonation.

O - A nice Belgian table beer. Light citrus and floral.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, fruit, spice, tea, floral, and slight yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, spice, yeast, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light, refreshing, and easy to drink.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Bright straw yellow with a high degree of clarity at the first couple of pours, it got pretty hazy towards the end. Big white head that dissipated to a small layer that stayed around.

S- Slight floral,slight spiciness, big grassy notes, a bit of lemon, nice breadiness.

T- Light but very full flavor of Saaz hops. Not super bitter but a bright grassy and slight lemon notes.

M- Light mouthfeel at 3.5% I'd expect so.

O- This is a prefect beer for dinner. The alcohol is low but the flavor is high. Not as much of a saison yeast character in this one compared to regular Saison Dupont.

Photo of MarioM
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter

A: Very pale yellow with a nice pillowie soft looking bright white head with good lacing. High carbonation and slight cloudy from moving the bottle a little too much. Appearance ix pretty much what I expected for a low gravity beer like this.

S: Earthy grassyness and lemon like hop aromas. Good smelling brew, almost like a baby Saison Dupont. Nice spice like, peppery yeast character similar to its older brother, Saison Dupont.

T: Very crisp and high in carbonation. Almost tart from its hich carbonation with a short lasting bitterness bite that quickly goes away and makes way for the nice phenols, banana and some nice spiciness. Great tasty brew for its size.

M: The banana like belgian yeast character lingers with a nice clove like spiciness along with a gentle bitterness. This all makes for an incredibly flavorful and refreshing beer you can drink all day.

O: Incredibly flavorful and refreshing. Would drink this all day if I could afford it. A must try and probably one of the few actual table saisons available that is most likely the best example of historical farmhouse ales.

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

750ml green glass (ugh...) bottle with orange hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a branded cork acquired at me local CO bottle shop and served into a Belgian Independence Day stem-tulip in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. 3.5% ABV confirmed. Nothing on the label indicates this is a farmhouse ale or saison. Reviewed as a biere de table because the label clearly identifies it as such. Label is yellow, white, and green, with very simple art. Bottle conditioned "L13177A 11:47:15." "Unfiltered." Certified organic.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours almost entirely head - a good 5 fingers in width out of a possible 7. Head is white colour and is nicely thick. Okay creaminess. Fluffy. Somewhat airy. Nice even consistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear lightly hazy very pale copper of average vibrance. Surprisingly (given the lack of filtration), no floating yeast particles are visible. Translucent and transparent.

Overall, it's looking quite good for a Belgian table beer. I'm really looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Clove, biscuity vitamin-y yeast, Belgian pale malts, cane sugar, clean barley, straw, very light farmhouse funkiness - possibly from brettanomyces yeast, faint orchard pear, a kiss of honey, and very complementary floral hop character, with a bit of nectary character in there too.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

As it warms, I pick up traces of lemongrass. It's also just a biteen soapy/detergent-like, which is its biggest flaw.

Overall, it smells like it should for the large part, and evokes a straightforward low-ABV Belgian brew you could pair with food. A pleasant, appealing, alive aroma of average strength.

T/Mf: The floral hop character plays well with the admittedly simple clean barley/straw/Belgian pale malt foundation. There isn't much body here, though the reduced thickness aids its drinkability and fits in with the table beer premise. There're kisses of orchard fruit (namely sour apple and pear) as well as a bit of clove, but otherwise there's nothing particularly complex or subtle here. It's not an intricate or nuanced beer per se, nor is it gestalt - the balance is pretty good but not impeccable. The build is cohesive. Unfortunately, it does have a detergent type of off-note that evokes a lemon cleanser of some sort.

Below average depth and intensity of flavour (even for a table bier). Average duration of flavour.

Smooth and wet. Perfect carbonation. Okay presence on the palate. The texture is far from married to the taste, and there's a lot of room for improvement. Other breweries have successfully executed tapfelbieren with body, but this beer feels a bit weak by comparison.

Not oily, boozy, hot, gushed, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Obviously, no alcohol comes through.

Dr: Of course I could kill this bottle alone with ease - it's 3.5% and extremely drinkable. But it just isn't up to par with Dupont's best offerings. I can think of domestic offerings around this price point that are far more enjoyable (Jester King's Le Petit Prince comes to mind). I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners.

I certainly wouldn't buy this again at its current price point, but it's a nice little pairing beer from Dupont that will satisfy those in the mood for a Belgian beer with a much lighter body.

C-

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

When the cork was freed from the bottle neck this beer had a loud and resounding pop. It was like a bottle bomb going off ...it really was that loud.

poured into tulip glass.

reviewed from notes taken 7/13/2013.

Appearance: brilliantly clear straw yellow bodied beer with massive white head. Nice staying power and thick lace.

Smell: wheat malts, fruity and spicy yeast, floral and grassy hop. Nice nose on this beer.

Taste: crackery/grainy/hay malts. Touch of lemon and green apple tartness. Lots of yeasty flavors that are slightly fruity, spicy, and a touch bready. Floral and grassy hops. Nice balance and complexity.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation levels. This beer is the defination of drinkable! Crisp, snappy, refreshing qualities. Little bit of dryness in the beer too.

Overall: This beer is underappreciated. Another fantastic saison brewed from Brasserie Dupont. Wish that I saw this beer on the shelf more often because its a great summertime beer. It will help you tame down any hot weather day for sure.

Photo of impending
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a lightly hazed pale yellow, towering pure white cumulus froth, excellent lacing.

The aroma is of powdery white bread yeast, a little herbal, only a little sweet. clean simplicity

WoW, the flavor is a disappointment for lack of any. Nothing of merit to mention other than it is a clean bland. I was hoping for a flavor champion in a sub 4%. I'm guessing it achieves exactly what the brewers intended - a light bodied, crisply defined small aroma small taste brew, innocuous enough to wash down ice cream and other breakfast foods.
an excellent table beer to moderate any type of pairing
achieves an admirable goal but not mine
cheers
jd

Photo of hustlesworth
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- very light straw yellow and nicely hazed. The whiter than white head is extremely loose and airy with great sticking power and lace dropping capability.

S- slightly funky aroma of clove, banana, and band aid with minty herbal undertones. Very nice fresh pale grains underneath that. Lemony and fruity pear and melon.

T- wonderfully tart, bitter, and grainy sweet- in that order. Starts off fruity with apple, lemon, and melon followed by herbal and floral hop bitterness along with spicy yeast on the back of the tongue. Fresh pale cereal grain with just the slightest hint of sweetness round things out. The taste could be perceived as watery but that's what happens when the abv is so low right? The best light combination of grassy and floral, grainy and phenolic. Clean finish.

MF- perfectly carbonated through an almost juicy body. This is the epitome of light, refreshing, and thirst quenching. Impeccable dryness. It's like a second run of the vielle.

D- drinkability is unquestionable. Table beer? This is welcome on my table any day. But moreover.. This is the one true lawnmower beer/yard work/farmin beer.

Photo of abrethanson
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 750ml corked/caged at...Korker in CDM? The reason I picked up was to compare against my first homebrew Saison (homebrew #02 - extract, WLP568) (more Farmhouse than Saison).

Disclosure - I rated the Dupont lower number-wise because it looks like BA changed the scale descriptions - 4.0 from "good" to "outstanding" and 3.0 from "average" to "ok". Kind of a big difference to go from good to outstanding.

A: Dupont bottle was a gusher when uncorked! Farmhouse foam everywhere... I digress already. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with thick pure white head which holds tight. Looks great. Farmhouse homebrew pours darker sunburst, very cloudy and minimal head. Took about 4 weeks in bottle for head to hang on a little. Prefer the Avril look, especially the foam ball head.

S: Dupont is citrus, tortilla chips, biscuits, yeast. Homebrew is banana, cloves, yeast, bread.

T: Dupont is light, dry, crisp re freshness. Mostly clean citrus, grapefruit. Not robust or complex, flavors are tight like a commercially distributed beer should. Dryness and rush of carbonation remind me of Champagne. Had not had this for a while and was hoping for some more funky offness with the beer. Homebrew has a much maltier body, bready, yeast with a medium amount of lemon citrus. Homebrew seems a little spicier and ever so slightly funky.

O: The more I drink homebrews the more I like them better (taste wise) than commercial brewers (even if they are a badass Belgian brewery dating back to the 1800s). Dupont obviously has the bière de table dialed in to a very sessionable, fairly flawless, and refreshing ale. I can easily imagine a farmer working a back-breaking day in the heat and coming in and cooling off with this beer. The homebrew was not as refreshing but played with the palate a little more. Still the homebrew seemed slightly incomplete while the Avril has decades of excellence behind it.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very pale yellow body with crystal clear transparency. Very bubbly head that poured like a champagne and settle down to a thin layer.

S- Lemony citrus, hint of what smells like pilsner malt, dried grass.

T- Sour lemon, light bready malt, fresh herbal flavors.

M- Light and bubbly, high carbonation.

O- Very good beer that could serve as more than just a table beer. Enough flavor to get by.

Photo of MRsojourner
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hay aroma a little mineral in the nose.
Golden yellow with a slight haze but fairly clear with a great head that leaves nice lacing.
Taste is sharp but strikes a good balance between the pilsner hops and yeast. The finish is really clean given its full flavor up front.
Beautiful mouthfeel given its low abv. Really solid farmhouse ale. I just wish the glass was a lot bigger

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich straw color with a solid haze. Lumpy settling of the head. Quite white. Nice fluffy lace spots.

Fresh sour aroma. Very appealing. No earthiness--a preference for me.

Starts with a dry pale malted barley flavor. The sourness is muted compared to the smell. The finish is bitter with a long aftertaste. So dry in the end, it's nearly astringent. Full body but with an even higher carbonation level.

I think this is one of the more drinkable Saisons. It isn't extreme in any way. Yet, it still has all of the basic flavors and smells.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Pizza Paradisio in Georgetown. $10 for a 12oz pour.

Balanced but no funk what so ever. Not a good representation of the style.
Low ABV so might do well as a session beer for those who need an all-day saison. An average saison. You might want to give it a try, but it would be near the bottom of my list.

A - Cloudy straw colored. Wheat looking. Half finger dense white head.

S - Not very saison-like. No real yeasty profile in the aroma.

T - Pilsner like. Pale malts. Biscuty. Mildly hoppy bitterness.

MF - Dry with a slight smoothness.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy and foamy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass; with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, pepper, clove, grass, wheat, straw, cracker, light funk, and spicy yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, complexity, and strength of yeast, malt, and hop notes. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, pepper, clove, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, straw, light funk, and spicy yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, clove, pepper, floral, grass, straw, wheat, cracker, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is invisible at 3.5%, with no warming noticed at all as expected. Overall this is a highly excellent table saison! Great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, light straw yellow with a fluffy white head that fades quickly, but laces. The nose is lemon and skunk...nuff said. I guess it's what I get for getting a 2011 bottle. However, the skunkiness does come to pass revealing a very faint citrus and grain-forward nose. The taste is light and mildly grainy with a splash of bitterness and yeast. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker than water and finishes quite dry. There is very little sweetness and plenty of carbonation. Overall this was a good table beer, but I do prefer beer table table beer more.

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This clear, lemon-yellow beer produces a big foamy head of ultra-fine pure white bubbles, even with a careful pour. It looks like it's topped with meringue.

This smells like springtime. It's like walking into a flower shop. So light, with a hint of tartness. I want to bury my nose in the glass and breathe deeply. Of course, it's hard to find room for my nose with all that foam.

Such a clean taste. It's a little grassy, a hint of lemon zest. Now I'm catching some dandelion, both on the tongue and in the nose. There's none of the tartness suggested by the aroma. It has a perfect, cleansing bitterness in the finish.

If there's anywhere this disappoints me, it's mouthfeel. At 3.5%, this is obviously going to be on the thin side. It's certainly well-carbonated, but unlike some others in the style, this beer doesn't have the fine carbonation that reminds me of drinking champagne. Maybe I'm just being picky.

I have friends who insist there's nothing better than an American adjunct lager when it's hot out, and you've just finished mowing the lawn. I beg to differ. This beer is supremely drinkable, and I made short order of a 750ml bottle in the dead of Winter. In the Summer, this would be killer.

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled with JLindros while trying to figure our pairings for our beer dinner. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Nice hazy citrusy yellow pour with a huge fluffy pillowy head fades semi slowly to leave lots of lacing.

S - Aromas of lightly floral and earthy hops along with some light spice notes. Faint, but nice, citrus and lemon with faint saison funk.

T - Taste is pretty darn solid. Light almost pilsner qualities with faint citrus notes as well. Some subtle earthy saison qualities along with some light dry spice notes with a good slightly bitter hoppy/dry finish with nice floral/citrus notes.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, good medium bodied saison with nice almost prickly carbonation.

O - Overall this was a solid beer from Dupont. This is actually what we ended up going with for one of our pairings.

Photo of thagr81us
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, fruit, banana, spice, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, banana, earth, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. I went into this one not really knowing what to expect and what I found wasn’t overly great for the style. While a lot of the right flavors and aromas were there, it just seemed a little toned back from what it would have been capable of. The watered down aspect I got on the flavor really didn’t help this out much at all. This did make it easy to drink, but for all the wrong reasons. Worth trying, but that is about it.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge fluffy pillowy head fades semi slowly lots of lacing, hazy grapefruit yellow color

Nose light floral saison earthy and light spices nice citrus and lemon, grassy, light pilsner like malts soft and airy, light Belgian golden malts.

Taste soft golden malts, light pilsner toasty and hint wheat like, juicy light citrus, bit of earthy farmhouse saison with light spices, dry, aromatic, floral. Hint lemon and grassy with slight touch of hop bitterness. Finish is dry and floral, nice saison flavors farmhouse and touch floral spices and citrus lingering.

Mouth is med bodied nice carb.

Overall quite nice.

Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (cork says 2011) into a globe glass.

A-A timid pour produces a huge, three-plus finger tall head of dense white foam. The pillowy head has nice retention and leaves a ring or two of lacing on the glass. The brew is murky, but I can see a few streams of carbonation and some yeast particles in the bright, straw colored liquid.

S-The brew pops with the Belgian yeast banana/spice combo. It is on the sweet side, but I don't get overwhelming bubblegum or candy sugar. There is a big doughy, bread crust component underlying it all. Really intense and pleasing smell for a beer with only 3.5% ABV.

T-The taste is light, but pleasing nonetheless. There is some lemon, bread dough, bread crust, and just a hint of spicy, citrusy, bitter hops on the finish. The taste is not as sweet as the smell.

M-The brew is pretty light in body with moderately aggressive, prickly carbonation. It feels a wet and crisp, and is easy to drink.

O-What a great summertime beer. I had this once before about 18 months ago and was less-than-impressed, but today totally changed my opinion. This beer drinks far above its ABV and while it is no 8% barnstorming saison, and while it may lack the alcohol or acidity to pair well with heavy food, at 3.5% I could sit around and drink this all day. I will certainly look for more of this.

Photo of MerkinMan
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium gold with a billowy and persistent white head that retains like a champ and marks the glass on the way down

S - Lemony phenols up front, honeysuckle and other small spring wildflowers, some wheat grainy sweetness behind that. Just a hint of floral hops along with more peppery phenols

T - Wheat, lemon phenols and spicy hop flavors join together gently up front with some bitterness and lemon flavors lingering into the finish. No agressive flavors. A touch of acidity adds to the refreshing nature of this beer.

MF - Medium-light bodied and effervescent. High carbonation, now astringency or warmth. Mouth-filling

O: Very enjoyable and refreshing. A nice alternative to the super-saisons that have become fashionable. Tart acidity makes for a great summer time refresher. I will buy this again.

Photo of TSJ4000
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some local bartender talked me into this one. I was looking to try some good beers and I was hesitant. I thought it sounded a little weak because of the low alcohol but I stand corrected. The beer is really a full flavored saison. I kinda liked the low alcohol because I tasted more of the hops and malt. I think the high alcohol beers may be just a fad. I wish this beer was a little cheaper but I'm kinda addicted to it now.

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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.