Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl
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4.78/5 rDev +21.6%
2008 Cork Date; Sampled June 2008
A fairly soft pour produces a five finger thick, pale tan colored head that includes a full two-finger or more that is above the rim of my glass. The head is just about perfect, forming a structural mesa as it subsides as well as leaving lots of frothy lace on the sides of my glass. The beer is a lightly hazed, honey-gold color that shows an orange tinted, lighter gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite expressive, noticeable as I pour it and visually inspect it, I get a vibrant hop character (lemon zest and herbs) as well as a soft fruity backdrop. Very aromatic, insanely so for a beer of this strength; vibrant malt aromatics of crushed saltine crackers, wild-flower honey, fresh crushed wheat, grassy grain and hay are all initially noticeable. Other notes of orange zest (which really comes into its own as the beer warms), soft ginger, white pepper, green apples, clove, lots of herbal notes and wild-flower aromas are noticeable. The aroma on this is just so vibrant, so fresh and so incredible, regardless of this beers strength; the fact that this is so low in alcohol just makes it all that much more remarkable.
Very light feeling as it hits my tongue, the carbonation has subsided some as I spent so much time with the aroma, but it still provides a substantial tickle and texture to this beer. Lightly sweet tasting, this accentuates notes of orange zest and melon, but this is nicely balanced by notes of fresh dried hay, soft yet expressive herbal notes and a light lingering bitterness in the finish. This has a light peppery note to it, some soft spicy phenols, and lots of underlying fruity esters that provides lots of soft, subtle notes of spice and fruit. There is a nice pale malt / grain character here, that plays a secondary role, but is quite noticeable; in addition to the aforementioned honey-malt sweetness there is a dry, cracker like grain character, a touch of grassiness and just a wonderful, chewy malt character that is especially noticeable in the finish.
Down right quaffable, I could drink liters of this at a time, it is so easy to take large sips of this beer. The 750ml bottle of this disappears a lot faster than usual. My second pour is much like the first. It picks up a little bit more fullness on the palate, but is still eminently quaffable. A touch of yeast adds a boost to the grain character by accentuating a sort of dough-like character. One of the biggest components of the flavor here are the orange zest notes; these are either from the hops chosen or from actual orange zest, though I don't know which.
Both the head and the aroma are huge for a beer of this strength. The staying power & lofty structure of the head, despite the reduced amount of malt in this is quite impressive and I can't say enough about how vibrant the aroma is. It is almost jarring to take a sip for the first time and find out how light this beer is; visually and aromatically it makes you think that this is a big beer. The flavor though is no slouch either, once it starts to open up it shows a deep complexity and savoriness that just can't be beat. I highly recommend this beer, I know it is not strong in alcohol, and I am a sucker for characterful lower alcohol beers, but I really like this. I am fantastically excited about this beer, I almost wish I had gotten more than two bottles, but I totally need to brew something like this (perhaps a split batch with some Brettanomyces fermentation).
06-18-2008 02:57:42 | More by Gueuzedude
4.65/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
05-17-2012 23:16:09 | More by TSJ4000
4.65/5 rDev +18.3%
2008 bottle. Why does this seem to be a little more difficult to come by, considering the relative availability of the other Dupont beers?
Poured into a tulip. It looks farmhouse-like, with a slightly hazed gold and a lot of active bubbles. Not as much retention as the bigger Duponts, though.
A little honeycomb in the nose, reminding me of Biere de Miel from this brewery. Pepper, little mustiness, sourdough bread, and....some mushroom? Really quite good!
The taste is very similar to Saison Dupont, which of course makes sense. I wouldn't simply call it Dupont Lite, though - for a beer of true session strength, it's packed with flavor. I get a lot of earthy mineral character, wildflowers, lemon, sour bread, black pepper and hints of the mushroom I was smelling. Some honey, but it's more suggested than actually tasted - this beer is nothing if not dry. It comes to an extremely dry mineral finish. Very pleasant. Not a lot of hop to speak of, but I bet it had more of a hop bite fresh. No matter - the regular Dupont can still be good over a couple years, and apparently so can this. Very tasty, refreshing, sustaining.
Feel is spritzy as you would expect, but it manages to bring a bit more robust a feel than you'd expect for 3.5%. Some pleasing mineral astringency.
Drinkability? I'd give it a 10 if I could. I swear there's a market for beers like this, if brewers would just make more of them. I can imagine that this would indeed be an outstanding "table beer," suitable for sharing at enlightened dinner tables even with the kids. Rated purely as a session beer, I'd have to give it a near-perfect score. Yet when scored as a saison, as is my intent, it still holds its own and then some. Really, the only thing that stopped this from being an A+ beer in my book was the lazy head retention. Please, more of this! Very exciting beer, I love it!
02-20-2010 17:09:14 | More by Patrick999
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy white head that falls quickly.
The aroma is of farmhouse funk, floral hops, and a light wheatiness. Very inviting.
The flavor of the beer is bright and funky. A spicy and assertive floral hoppiness is followed by some mild barnyard funk. Finishes with a clean and wheatiness that refreshes. Notes of crushed minerals are there as well.
The body and mouthfeel are both light. The carbonation is prickly and spritzy, which brings tremendous life to such a small beer.
Avril is remarkably drinkable and endlessly flavorful for a 3.5% beer. There is remarkable complexity for such a seemingly stripped down style. Unfortunately, I think this is a style that is misunderstood by many drinkers. I'm not sure what they expect in a 3.5% beer, but I was frankly amazed. This was one of the top 10 new beers I sampled in 2008. Outstanding.
01-20-2009 02:38:05 | More by SacoDeToro
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
The beer pours a hazy and cloudy light golden yellow, looking somewhat bleached, yet glowing. There is a massive head of billowing and bubbling white foam.
The aroma is like the implanted seed in my brain of the essence of beer itself. There is lots of golden grain, lagerish funkiness, straw, earthy, floral, grassy, all in perfect harmony.
The taste is rich, dry, malty and golden grain, just a touch of honey, fresh and clean straw, with herbs and flowers, with a refreshingly bitter and dry finish.
You must go out immediately and find this beer and drink it, it is amazingly good.
05-06-2012 21:08:19 | More by cpolking
4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
06-17-2013 02:05:08 | More by hustlesworth
4.53/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
06-20-2008 01:27:36 | More by MaltyGoodness
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
another winner from this world-class farmhouse brewery and it's pioneering importers. tons of flavor in this little beer... bright gold with a white head that holds and leaves lace. bright aromatics. nose is lemony (zest?) to me at first, but gives way to signature dupont skunkiness and grassy, herbal, lemongrassy notes wrapped up with a touch of pepper and a bit of musty barn for good measure. very much like saison dupont, but not like saison dupont divided by two. taste is fantastic. one of the most flavorful low abv beers i've ever tasted. full of pepper and lemongrass, with even a touch of bready/crackery malt peeking it's head through. as full-bodied as a light-body beer can be with a soft feel and snappy carbonation that has just the slightest tingle to it. a refreshing and extremely tasty brew from one of my all-time favorite breweries. i wish this beer was standard practice, not a special delicacy.
05-03-2011 10:32:04 | More by timtim
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
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
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!
06-05-2008 02:07:23 | More by edbeered
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
Sun-bleached daffodil with nearly colorless edges. The snow white crown is a wonderful looking collection of sticky bubbles that can be seen slowly pop-pop-popping, leaving plenty of Swiss cheese-like lace all over the upper reaches of the glass. Subsequent pours add a gorgeous yeasty haziness, effectively increasing the appearance score.
Thankfully, the hint of skunk on cap cracking is now gone, making me wonder if was ever really there. Avril smells tremendous, as does pretty much all Brasserie Dupont beer. This brewery has one of the world's best saison yeast strains, no doubt about it. There's loads of lemon zest, meadow grass (and flowers), and maybe even a light dusting of cardamom.
This is an excellent light saison and might be the best low-ABV beer that I have ever had. I don't care what anyone says, when the ABV is this low, depth of flavor (and to some extent complexity) is usually lacking. That makes it all the more impressive that this is such an incredibly delicious, insanely drinkable biere de table.
To a considerable extent, this offering tastes like a lighter version of Saison Dupont, one of the world's best farmhouse ales. The flavors are as described above. Freshly zested lemons lead the way, followed by bitter grasses (that's a good thing) and just enough warm, peppery spice to add another layer of contrast. Avril is becoming even more complex as it warms.
The mouthfeel is both light and lightly creamy. The bubbles could be more lively, but that would probably lead to significant burpage in a beer whose 750 ml are a cinch to consume in a single sitting. The mouthfeel is built for speed, even if gulping isn't recommended. This one deserves to be savored, even as it quenches and refreshes.
I was stunned to discover that I have now had four saisons and one BSPA from Brasserie Dupont and not one has received a flavor or drinkability score less than 4.5. I guess that makes this one of my favorite breweries. Avril (April) is well worth the asking price and is a beer that I'll be sure to look for again.
08-03-2008 21:50:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a 1" head. Nice lacing develops during the session.
Smell: yeast, bit of funk, and some floral hop bitterness is detectable.
Taste: mild malt level with some yeast, grass, bits of earthiness and funk, green grapes, lemon zest, and a hint of pepper spice late.
Mouthfeel: crisp to start, lightly crisp and dry at the finish. Pretty short aftertaste. Medium bodied beer.
Drinkability: at the low alcohol levels, this is one flavorful beer. Easy to quaff - a definite session beer.
02-19-2009 16:44:14 | More by Gavage
Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.