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Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
88
very good

185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 21
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 05-19-2008)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

djrn2, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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

metter98, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon color with a fluffy head that sticks nicely and leaves a film of lace

Smell: Farmhouse funk, with lemon, grassy hops and wheatbread

Taste: Opens with a lemony wheatbread character that adds the farmhouse funk and grassy hop flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemon flavors raise it up a notch with the finish providing a lingering element of funk

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Love the low abv level on this beer and it proves out the point that a lot of flavor can be packed into a session beer - we need more examples of this

brentk56, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Now that's new. A sessioinable Saison meant for the dinner table results in a very spritzy and bright ale with faint fruitiness and spice, but as light in body as any of the style I've encountered.

In true Saison fashion, a canary yellow pour releases a rocky and froathy snow white head with abundant retention and lace laid upon the glass. A very solid and inviting ale.

Very soft floral notes give the light impression of honeysuckle, perfume, herbal grasses, pear, and apple. Low in power, these aromas build upon a lightly grainy base.

Light pilsner malts contribute very little in terms of sweetness but deliver a crisp cracker-like taste that remains low in order from which the delicate ester and phenolic balance springs. Very light fruitiness is represented by green apple, pear, and kiwi while a mild spice of earthy hops, white pepper and mineral salts frame the sober flavor profile. Earthy hops have a leafy character to support the balance and offer a little intrigue. The minerally quality seems to take on a selzer water taste of which I'm not sure I'm too terribly fond.

Very lightly creamy in body, the zesty carbonation gives a very airy champagne-like prickle to the mouth. After the carbonation subsides, the beer's thinness is revealed and the beer seems watery and with a light metalic sensation to the mouth. A terse aftertaste of mineral and grain is short lived, but adds to the crispness and cleanliness of the beer.

Suitable for most dishes of lighter fare, but as a stand alone pint it just doesn't offer enough intrigue to fully celebrate. But appreciation is deserved with this simple ale.

BEERchitect, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

GRG1313, May 21, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jaydoc, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a tall, though collapsing, white head.

Smell: Aroma of wheat, sliced bananas, lemon, pressed flowers, and damp hay. There's some slight skunkiness to the nose as well.

Taste: Light, lightly tangy wheat flavor with tastes of banana, citrus zest, and spices. Touch of honey sweetness. Hint of sourdough. Spicy, floral hops, lightly bitter. Finishes quite dry with a mild bitterness and grassiness remaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh-so immensely refreshing, Avril is a fine choice for absolutely any time of the day, any time of the year. Also recommended for children, pets, and the elderly.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

emerge077, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of white head on a moderately hazy, straw yellow body. Once the foam settles, it leaves wet webs of lace on the wall of the glass.

S - Moderately earthy yeast aromas complimented by the sulphury sweetness of pilsner malt and the spicy, wet dirt smell of saaz hops.

T - Lots of earthy hop flavor, but restrained bitterness along with subtle pils malt sweetness. Musty funk comes out in the middle as does a light acidic zing. The finish is dry and mild with more earthy hop character

M - Medium-light body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Like a light beer version of a saison, but in a good way that makes it extremely drinkable and refreshing. The German Pilsner like combination of malt and hops shines though because of the lightness of the beer and while the yeast character is present in only very small quantaties, it is just enough to give the beer a spark of interest. Not an overly complex beer, but it is an interesting change from the usual beer geek fare; I can hardly imagine any American brewery putting in the effort to bottle condition a light table beer of only 3.5% alcohol, and that alone makes this beer a rare treat.

nickfl, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly fogged yellow gold. Head is weak and falls pretty soon after pouring. Nose is citrus and yeast. When I popped the bottle, it smelled like a pile of grass clippings that had been left wet for two days. Flavor is funky and earthy, but it seems to be lighter than I would expect and it dropped off to nothing after a short while. As time went on though, I had an earthy aftertaste in my mouth. Feel is light on the liquid and the carbonation is low, but about right. Decent I guess. I wouldn't run back to this one in the future, but I wouldn't really run away from it either.

RblWthACoz, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

jlindros, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -1%
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.

smcolw, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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).

Gueuzedude, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
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-

kojevergas, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a mildly cloudy yellow, with a small cap of white foam, fair retention and some lacing.

S: Smells a lot like a Dupont saison, grass, lemongrass, herbs.

T: Tastes like a light saison should I think. Similar to Foret, has a dry grassy character, lots of lemon zest, and a bit of yeast funk and spice, peppery.

M: Quite light, creamy, crisp, and drinkable, fluffy carbonation.

D: An interesting beer, I like the idea of doing a small beer version of saison. I think this is reminiscent of a beer that farm workers would drink in the 19th century. Very low in alcohol, so you won't be tipsy after a few and quite flavourful, or a beer to complement as well as wash down a meal.

Halcyondays, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Gavage, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/08/08- Shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded white-yellow colored pour. Clouded from yeast sediment as well. Head forms to about a 1/2 inch and fades fairly quickly. Light lace streaks and trails reamin.

Smell- Such a powerful smell for such a light abv beer. Remeniscent of Fantome and Saison Dupont. It brings the funk. Lots of barnyard nose with mild urine, lots of wet hay, some hops and lemon rind.

Taste- All the flavors that are in the nose, but not quite as strong. Grainy hay-like flavor with a pleasant fresh hop taste. White pepper and lots of lemon peel make the major taste of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation, a light hoppy aftertatse with a drying mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Very drinkable, quenching and drying beer. Perfect for a hot outside day. Great flavors and overall beer for a beer of such a low alcohol content.

GClarkage, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -23.7%

corby112, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Billolick, May 19, 2008
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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.