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Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 198
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 24
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of abrethanson
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,902 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.93/5  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. (397 characters)

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 (375 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Pizza Paradisio in Georgetown. $10 for a 12oz pour.

Balanced but no funk what so ever. Not a good representation of the style.
Low ABV so might do well as a session beer for those who need an all-day saison. An average saison. You might want to give it a try, but it would be near the bottom of my list.

A - Cloudy straw colored. Wheat looking. Half finger dense white head.

S - Not very saison-like. No real yeasty profile in the aroma.

T - Pilsner like. Pale malts. Biscuty. Mildly hoppy bitterness.

MF - Dry with a slight smoothness. (551 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger fluffy and foamy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass; with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, floral, pepper, clove, grass, wheat, straw, cracker, light funk, and spicy yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, complexity, and strength of yeast, malt, and hop notes. Taste of big lemon zest, pear, apple, orange zest, pepper, clove, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, straw, light funk, and spicy yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, clove, pepper, floral, grass, straw, wheat, cracker, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is invisible at 3.5%, with no warming noticed at all as expected. Overall this is a highly excellent table saison! Great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,321 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy, light straw yellow with a fluffy white head that fades quickly, but laces. The nose is lemon and skunk...nuff said. I guess it's what I get for getting a 2011 bottle. However, the skunkiness does come to pass revealing a very faint citrus and grain-forward nose. The taste is light and mildly grainy with a splash of bitterness and yeast. The mouthfeel is slightly thicker than water and finishes quite dry. There is very little sweetness and plenty of carbonation. Overall this was a good table beer, but I do prefer beer table table beer more. (577 characters)

Photo of DaveAnderson
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,211 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled with JLindros while trying to figure our pairings for our beer dinner. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Nice hazy citrusy yellow pour with a huge fluffy pillowy head fades semi slowly to leave lots of lacing.

S - Aromas of lightly floral and earthy hops along with some light spice notes. Faint, but nice, citrus and lemon with faint saison funk.

T - Taste is pretty darn solid. Light almost pilsner qualities with faint citrus notes as well. Some subtle earthy saison qualities along with some light dry spice notes with a good slightly bitter hoppy/dry finish with nice floral/citrus notes.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, good medium bodied saison with nice almost prickly carbonation.

O - Overall this was a solid beer from Dupont. This is actually what we ended up going with for one of our pairings. (817 characters)

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. (855 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (cork says 2011) into a globe glass.

A-A timid pour produces a huge, three-plus finger tall head of dense white foam. The pillowy head has nice retention and leaves a ring or two of lacing on the glass. The brew is murky, but I can see a few streams of carbonation and some yeast particles in the bright, straw colored liquid.

S-The brew pops with the Belgian yeast banana/spice combo. It is on the sweet side, but I don't get overwhelming bubblegum or candy sugar. There is a big doughy, bread crust component underlying it all. Really intense and pleasing smell for a beer with only 3.5% ABV.

T-The taste is light, but pleasing nonetheless. There is some lemon, bread dough, bread crust, and just a hint of spicy, citrusy, bitter hops on the finish. The taste is not as sweet as the smell.

M-The brew is pretty light in body with moderately aggressive, prickly carbonation. It feels a wet and crisp, and is easy to drink.

O-What a great summertime beer. I had this once before about 18 months ago and was less-than-impressed, but today totally changed my opinion. This beer drinks far above its ABV and while it is no 8% barnstorming saison, and while it may lack the alcohol or acidity to pair well with heavy food, at 3.5% I could sit around and drink this all day. I will certainly look for more of this. (1,335 characters)

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

A - Medium gold with a billowy and persistent white head that retains like a champ and marks the glass on the way down

S - Lemony phenols up front, honeysuckle and other small spring wildflowers, some wheat grainy sweetness behind that. Just a hint of floral hops along with more peppery phenols

T - Wheat, lemon phenols and spicy hop flavors join together gently up front with some bitterness and lemon flavors lingering into the finish. No agressive flavors. A touch of acidity adds to the refreshing nature of this beer.

MF - Medium-light bodied and effervescent. High carbonation, now astringency or warmth. Mouth-filling

O: Very enjoyable and refreshing. A nice alternative to the super-saisons that have become fashionable. Tart acidity makes for a great summer time refresher. I will buy this again. (810 characters)

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. (426 characters)

Photo of cpolking
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (591 characters)

Photo of Nay
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Low alcohol table beer. Super high carbonation, watery body. Aroma of pils malt, yeast, barnyard, mild phenols. Mild phenols carry through into flavor and lends most of the character to this light ale. Meh, but hey, 3.5 ABV. 250 characters are too many for this beer. (267 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle from Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month program. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Avril pours a mildly hazy lemon yellow. The fluffy white head is massive, passing four fingers in height. Head retention is absolutely off the charts, it lingers forever and half an hour later I've still got half a finger of foam. Lacing's just a little too spotty for the appearance to be perfect though. The nose has lots of pleasant herbal and lightly peppery aromas. There's an underlying earthy, musty aroma that I'm not quite as fond of, but it's very much secondary. It pops up a bit more in the flavor profile though. A dry pear flavor lashes brief at the open, and it's all spice/herbs and must the rest of the way. I wish the intensity of the latter was a little more in line with the nose though. The body is incredibly light, toeing the line on watery, and the carbonation manages to overpower it. It goes beyond bubbly and energetic, and actually becomes a little bit harsh and distracting. Avril's a pretty solid choice for a very low ABV beer, but I think I'm just not a huge fan of Dupont's yeast strain. (1,123 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a hazy straw yellow with tons of carbonation leaving a billowy white head. Great lacing and head retention.

Smell is a little skunky at first but that soon yields to a nice yeasty aroma with a tiny hint of barnyard funk. Some clove and banana with a little bit of lemon.

The flavor is quite crisp with some light grain and wood followed by a hint of lemon tartness. A little grape and barnyard round out the flavors. The finish is extremely dry and clean leaving you wanting another sip.

It is slightly lacking in flavor and body but for only being 3.5%, this beer would be a great thirst quencher on a hot day. (650 characters)

Photo of Maakies
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stella Chalice.

A - Light Golden and Cloudy Straw in color. Very heady beer if you're not careful! It subsides rather quickly though, not too dense.

S - Very sweet and fragrant, some citrus and musky notes, similar to bergamot. The spices remind me of clove or nutmeg with a background of floral aromatics.

T - It starts out very similar to the foret or saison dupont, sweet, yeasty, coriander, nutmeg, and clove but the flavors in the Avril subside pretty quickly. The finish is rather clean and quick but should be expected from a low ABV like this style.

M - Creamy and rich, lots of carbonation that tingles on the roof of the mouth and tongue. Very light and thin.

O - I have to admit my favorite style of beer is a farmhouse/saison and when I heard Avril was out I grabbed it as soon as I saw it. I realized the ABV was 3.5% after the fact, I was worried it would be lackluster, but I am happy I was proven wrong. This is about the 4th or 5th beer I've had now that was focused on being lower ABV but not lower quality. I really like this trend! (1,068 characters)

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 (930 characters)

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. (1,006 characters)

Photo of danedelman
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a sniffter glass

A-hazy straw yellow with a soapy looking head, very large. about 4 finger head.

S-smells of a skunk, lemon, grassy and soggy wheatabix cereal come to mind. Not sure about this one. Lots going on though for a 3.5% beer.

T-complete difference from smell. Starts with a lemongrass and then dyes. very bland after that other than a very very small does of wheat/malt.

M-very thin but light.

O-had higher hopes for this one...will not buy again. (485 characters)

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. (670 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (1,626 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw/gold; evenly hazy. Poured awhite head with excellent retention.and laced well. Laced in wavy patches.

S: Citrus and fruit/gunk yeast aroma.

T: consistent with the nose. Not overly sour or sweet. Bready malt character. Crisp snd light

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; very active in the glass and on the palate.

O: Very sessionable. (346 characters)

Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.