Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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Reviews by DaveAnderson:
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
12-13-2012 19:00:41 | More by DaveAnderson
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3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
note:Old sample, bottled 2008, opened Jan 2010
AP- two fingers of white head on a hazy golden beer. There are some yeast chunks suspended at the bottom. Lookin a little ropey.
AROMA -Refined, spicy, noble hop aroms is intense, some sweetness and a very low level of bubblegum
TASTE- this is a very simple, extremely dry beer with slight tartness, spicy finish and low levels of cloven phenol with a slight mineral flavor and even some celaric qualities. It is a little peppery. These beers are ment to enhance food, so I though I'd try them with the nearest snack, spicy smoked almonds....beer picks up citrus and ginger dimension..interesting
MF- light and spritzy
Overall- interesting beer with very subtle flavors, very refreshing and I would be interested in trying it with different types of food, but DuPonts other offerings are far more exciting
02-10-2010 09:50:47 | More by JudgeRoughneck
1.98/5 rDev -49.6%
750ml bottle. Pours clear golden yellow with a big fizzy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is really stinky musty yeast with a little spicing and some bready malts.
The flavor is some bitter metallic yeast with some sweet breadiness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.
Overall, not very good. Skunked bottle? The skunkiness faded some as it sat, but didn't get much better.
01-27-2011 05:56:07 | More by Beaver13
4.33/5 rDev +10.2%
Large green bottle, caged and corked w/o freshness indication, except the "2.008" on the cork. Pours cloudy, yellowy, under a frothy white head, long lasting and melting down to a wild looking merainge, then leaving thick copious lacing. Yeast, spice and a slight soapiness on the nose. Light, effervescent, fruity, spicy, a delight in a bottle. Notes of pepper, yeast, fresh fruits. lots of lemon, herbal, a again a hint of soap. Perfect for a warm weather meal. Classy, tasty Belgian "lawn mower" beer. Hope this goes into wide distribution. Glad to find this one, a great addition to the Dupont line.
05-19-2008 22:46:54 | More by Billolick
4.25/5 rDev +8.1%
Had this on-tap at Brick Store in Atlanta - I saw a Saison with a 3.5% ABV and had to give it a shot.
Pours a lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of lemon zest with good amounts of grassy notes and leafy hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells. There's a good malt backbone with grassy flavors and leafy, almost herbal hops joining in before the lemon zest reasserts itself. The ending is very crisp and lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is great for a beer with such a low ABV. A very nice thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is great. I could literally drink this all day.
Overall this is a hard beer to review. On one hand it's not a great saison, but it's a great beer for what it's trying to accomplish. I would love to have a keg of this at home to sip on for weeks at a time. Definitely worth a shot.
06-12-2009 23:26:02 | More by glid02
4.3/5 rDev +9.4%
Avirl pours an almost neon yellow/light orange with that signature fluffy as hell dupont white head. Nose is balls out farm funk horse blanket skunk. Taste follows with funk and skunk and some peppery notes. A nice crisp light flavor that is very slammable. Mouthfeel is thicker than expected but quite good. Drinkability is extremely good. Overall a nice slammable lunch brew that goes down easy, yet imparts a nice farmhouse flavor. Another good one from dupont, masters of the saison.
08-14-2008 02:23:26 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.98/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip.
Hazy, jonquil liquid with hints of pear and old gold around the edges. Large magnolia head forms stiff peaks and slowly recedes to a creamy finger, leaving behind ornate swaths of lacing in its tracks.
Subtle, pure aromatics bring to mind lemon merengue pie, asian pear, and lots of floral scents (sweet pea, tuberose, ?) without coming across as perfume. Light spice, and wheat round out the nose.
Crisp, bright palate entry suggestive of sorrel flowers. Pale malt and almost minty hops awaken the taste-buds further, preparing them for the clean bready finish.
Gently effervescent, delicately creamy, active yet ethereal.
Extremely refreshing, and easy to pair with all manner of simple meals using good quality fresh ingredients.
Simple, but I wouldn't go so far as to say simplistic - while still a Saison, it comes across in some ways as a lighter, heavily floral take on a Witbier...
12-15-2009 04:35:59 | More by augustgarage
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
A: The first pour from a longstanding bottle is fairly clear, while subsequent pours become increasingly hazy (and even cloudy) as the yeast is disturbed. The body is deep gold in color beneath a pillowy head of bright white. The head retention is quite good, and it takes several minutes for it to dwindle (if you can wait that long). Even then, it still maintains a solid surface covering throughout the glass. Lacing is average.
S: In the nose it's grassy, floral, delicately spicy and a touch peppery (as in green bell pepper seeds) over a bed of lightly bready/wheaty malt that offers only the slightest suggestion of sweetness. As might be expected, it's just a slight bit funky with a touch of mustiness.
T: As the nose suggests, there's a firm maltiness to it, but it's not sweetish. It's very straightforward grainy. Some chalky, gently mineral-like character from the yeast rides atop that, and then there are the floral, lemony, grassy, and spice notes. It starts very big in the beginning, but fades rather easily in the dry, lingering finish.
M: Medium bodied and crisp. The median carbonation gently bristles the tongue.
O: A very satisfying, refreshing ale.
03-22-2011 21:14:23 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev -2%
Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Dated 2.008 on the cork. Pours a slightly hazed golden orange color with a large white head that leaves a large impressive head that possesses great lacing and retention. The aroma is very spicy with a good amount of funk and earthy hops. The taste features a dose of peppery spices and finishes with a dry and hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied. Overall, Avril is another great beer from Brasserie Dupont. It is a great beer to enjoy when you want a beer with a lot of character, without the heavy ABV. Recommended.
05-19-2008 22:02:12 | More by cjgator3
3.68/5 rDev -6.4%
Had a glass after dinner at Tria. It went nicely with the buttery and somewhat sharp toma cheese I had. Served in a tulip glass, the beer was clear, straw yellow with a tall fluffy white head. The body was light and the beer was refreshing on a this hot summer day, though it felt a touch sharp. The flavor was understandably mellow with gentle lemon peel and pepper.
06-06-2010 13:59:37 | More by tempest
3.88/5 rDev -1.3%
On tap at lucky baldwin's in sierra madre, CA
Poured into a goblet, has a nice foamy airy head that doesn't fad fast at all. Light golden body. Smell is very simply Belgian yeast. Not much behind it, as somewhat expected from the light body and low alcohol. The taste is very saison-like. I would bet even the biggest beer experts would not guess this to be a 3.5% beer in a blind tasting, but as the drink wears on it becomes a bit watery and fizzy. A good beer probably to start the morning off with, but not the best to finish the afternoon off with after two IPA's. If this could be found on tap more it'd be a great morning beer, definitely.
06-06-2009 03:11:17 | More by MiScusi
3.13/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
09-14-2012 11:57:04 | More by thagr81us
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
75cl bottle; 2008 vintage. Pours a lightly hazy straw gold with a towering, rocky white head. Smells strongly floral/herbal with plenty of citric notes and a bit of yeasty spice. Tart and sweet. Floral yet earthy taste with some lemon and just a hint of hop bitterness. What one would imagine the archetypal farmhouse ale should taste like. Light body with plenty of carbonation. Though it doesn't quite stand up to its big brother, it's a revelation at only 3.5%. Really crisp and refreshing; one could easily drink this all day long.
06-06-2009 22:30:42 | More by philipquarles
4.2/5 rDev +6.9%
Served at Max's this past Friday.
A: Another saison to sample. The ale is a hazy golden orange melange of a beer. A decent head, nearly a finger, blanketed the top of the glass.
S: The aroma was surprisingly hoppy, a dirty earthen bitterness that leaves an herbal taste in my mouth.
T: More funk emerges in the taste, confirming that this is a saison. The funk is dry and paired with the aforementioned decent hop profile. The hops have an earthy floral taste, bitter and dominating. A light spice flavor also permeates but doesn't compare to the hops.
M: The ale is well carbonated, it's little bubbles scrubbing the tastebuds with each sip. The hops are very lively.
D: Drinkability? Are you kidding? This weighs in at 3.5%, I could drink it in place of water.
02-16-2009 02:06:54 | More by akorsak
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
On tap @ monks cafe 8/16/08
A-golden hazy yeast appearance, with a lacing that lays all over the inside of the glass.
S- Amazing earthy, lemon, farmhouse aroma, not too overpowering
T- Wow such a refreshing beer, im usually into high alcohol hop bombs, but his saison is so balanced with a depth of flavor despite the low-ABV,(3.5% i believe)
M- again so refreshing and quenching, warm light peppery spice, perhaps a toned down veision of saison dupont
D- i could drink this all day, esp with the low ABV, just a great summer beer to have on a hot day or drink with a salad or some mussels & fries, like i did while @ monks
08-18-2008 14:59:42 | More by bonbini26
4.15/5 rDev +5.6%
Thanks to EehaiCJ for sharing this recently...
Hazy, opaque orange pour, a finger or two of foam. Nice head retention with spotty lace around the edges.
Spicy clove, earthy aroma, bitter lemon zest, and floral notes.
Light bodied with a clean malt flavor, light lemon zest, and cloves. Yeast gives it a signature Belgian character. Finishes dry, with a spritzy body, and low level bitterness. Very light and refreshing, serve a couple bottles with dinner.
09-21-2008 20:20:21 | More by emerge077
Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.