Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 23
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
1.97/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of MiScusi
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 philipquarles
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of bonbini26
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from 2008. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a 2 inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like orange peel, yeast, lemon, and cloves. The aroma does seems to be a bit light. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice and herbal and floral hops noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light and it has high, but soft carbonation. This brew is easy to drink, it's refreshing and enjoyable. I think it's a decent brew, although I'd probably enjoy it even more on a hot day!

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.

Photo of edbeered
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle, this pours a cloudy yellow color, with an ample white head and substantial lacing on the glass. The smell is fruity, with pear and tart apple predominating. The tasteis predominately like the smell, with the aforementioned pear and tart apple notes. Unexpectedly, there is a strongly grassy flavorl, as well as a bready yeasty flavor. The disparate flavors blend together smoothly and the mouthfeel is light and lively(fitting for a Summer beer). I could drink this all night. It combines the flavors of a lager with those of a Belgian wheat beer, and at 3.5% ABV is a perfect Summer drinker. Very refreshing!

Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive two finger high bright white head that gradually died down, but consistently left a smell head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of yeast in the nose along with notes of spices as well as hints of barnyard funk.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of earthy yeast along with hints of spicy yeast. The spices are most prominent in the finish and linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very nice, refreshing and sessionable. It would make a perfect accompaniment to a meal. The bière de table also has a good amount of flavor considering its low alcohol content and light-bodied nature.

Note: 2011 vintage

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

On tap at Tria in Downtown Philly. Poured into a 13-oz tulip glass.

The pour yields a nice hazy light golden straw color that is capped by a typical fluffy and full Belgian head, much like Saison Dupont is. There is a dirty hay hue in the body that makes me ready to dive into this saison. There is a great lace that forms in rings.

The aroma, for a 3.5% beer is surprisingly strong. This ain't no MGD 64. There is a great banana and clove flavor that provides a base for a sweaty hay funk and good grassy notes from the hops. On the palate, it is much of the same. A solid saison by any measure. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but hell, it IS a LIGHT saison at 3.5%. There isn't much more that I could ask of this beer, as the texture is somewhat limited by the gravity.

A true session beer, even by Ding's standards, this saison hits the mark for both light beers and world class saisons. I would put a keg of this in my house and drink it every day if I could. There is enough character to make this beer totally worth the try despite its low alcohol content and 'light' designation.

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 spinrsx
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a huge frothy/fluffy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some great lacing and the head lasted for a while.

Smell - yeast, coriander, herbal, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can also taste yeast, wheat, and a peppery spice mix. There is also a nice dose of hops and some coriader and maybe a hint of banana. It ends with a yeasty/spicy aftertaste.

Overall - There is a surprising amount of flavour for such a low ABV beer. I managed to get through my bottle, but I wouldn't want much more than 750ml. A nice interesting and drinkable beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

750ml bottle - 2008 cork

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a creamy white head that maintains. Nice lacing on the glass.

Huge bready and yeasty aroma. Very spicy smelling, plenty of black pepper. Some citrusy and lemony hints along with a definite earthy/grassy character. Amazing, complex combination of olfactory delights.

Flavor is a less intense interpretation of the smell. Bready and yeasty with black pepper and citrus. Very earthy and grassy. Dry, clean finish.

Light body, light carbonation.

This is labeled as a table beer, and it's drinkable and complex enough to compliment and wash down many meals. Really demonstrates that a complex beer can indeed also be low ABV.

Photo of marcpal
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monk's with pour into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy gold with an ever lasting off white foam head. Good looking pour.

N: Lemon, grass, and lemongrass. You'll see a theme here, but it packs in the aromas of a full fledged saison into this small-strength package.

T: The flavor of the first sip would make you think it was twice the alcohol, a good trait. It has the flavor of a grassy, earthy lemon stricken saison. The citrus juice flavor was crammed into this saison.

M: Lots of carbonation, not much bitterness, and cleansing to the tongue. 10.0 on style points from the Russian judge.

D: The 3.5% would lead you to believe lesser of flavor in a saison but this was really nice and affords you a good amount if you so choose. Terrific with a monstrous veggie burger and mussels.

Not a bad beer, more character than expected for the low abv. However, I do think it may be fresher from the bottle and would do this one more justice.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer pours with a soapy two finger tall white head that reduces by about 50% but remains. There is significant lacing observed.

S: The aroma is a little light but what I do smell is very pleasant and enjoyable. Some light floral notes that make me think of early spring followed by some light lemon, grassy hops, and a light grain.

T: It starts with an almost pilsener-like graininess and then some lemon, spices, and light fruit. Some bitterness but not a lot, just enough to balance out some of the other flavors. There is a very much a yeast/spice note in the aftertaste.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy and then dry in the finish.

O: Exceptionally easy to drink, very sessionable, very enjoyable, and would pair well with just about any food. A great beer to be having on the first really warm spring day here in NYC. What a fantastic beer that is light and refreshing.

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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.