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Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
88
very good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Dupont sprl visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 05-19-2008)
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 09:50:47 | More by JudgeRoughneck
More User Reviews:
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 04:53:52 | More by PaulyB83
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MarioM

California

4.16/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 01:15:34 | More by MarioM
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kojevergas

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -30%
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-

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 05:55:47 | More by kojevergas
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-07-2013 18:04:56 | More by BillRoth
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-03-2013 20:47:44 | More by ste5venla
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od_sf

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-01-2013 01:25:10 | More by od_sf
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-31-2013 03:41:31 | More by jaydoc
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

10-08-2013 01:48:37 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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dipso123

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-01-2013 21:37:29 | More by dipso123
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leedorham

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.7%

09-16-2013 15:02:40 | More by leedorham
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

09-16-2013 13:59:50 | More by DeutschesBier
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BfloBrewHound

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-02-2013 15:33:58 | More by BfloBrewHound
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-30-2013 21:31:43 | More by DeanMoriarty
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-28-2013 21:31:18 | More by nh2032
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 06:01:43 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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theredsquirrel

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

07-14-2013 18:46:08 | More by theredsquirrel
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-11-2013 01:42:03 | More by pathman
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-08-2013 19:40:17 | More by MacStinson
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -23.7%

07-08-2013 15:55:34 | More by mrfrancis
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impending

California

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 03:47:53 | More by impending
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-04-2013 20:51:05 | More by jaxon53
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 02:05:08 | More by hustlesworth
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abrethanson

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:51:10 | More by abrethanson
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.94/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 22:40:23 | More by stephenjmoore
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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.