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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:
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 00:51:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 02:23:26 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 21:50:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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grandq

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy - the color ranges from "white" gummy bear at the edges to a golden straw funnel in the center, capped by thin white foam. Smell is relatively faint compared to the regular saison, but still quite present. Wet and grassy, yeast with a dash of pepper. On the tongue, light lemon and grass notes surround pear juice, with a little barnyard funk on the backend. Leaves off earthy. The mouthfeel is also a bit thinner than its big brother, but that fits just fine with the "small" version of the style. Very drinkable, I only detract points from the slight chalky lingering note at the end that I suspsect might not be so noticeable were I having this with food. I wouldn't rate this over most other saisons, but the low ABV make this a different beast entirely - a flavorful lawnmower beer, something different for a session.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 21:02:26 | More by grandq
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2008 22:29:29 | More by Halcyondays
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 16:29:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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GClarkage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 23:54:11 | More by GClarkage
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 01:27:36 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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).

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 02:57:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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nkurz129

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Everything a farm house ale should be but thinned down. The hint of slightly funky spice on the nose, effervescent mouthfeel, just a little too watery. But if this is what light beer is in Belgium, they should consider themselves lucky compared to things like Coors and Michelob.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 13:19:32 | More by nkurz129
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap (much to my surprise) at Mahaffey's the other night.

The beer pours a hazy tannish orange color with very good head retention and fair lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose; maybe some lime and white pepper. On the palate this beer is light and refreshing (as expected with the low abv.), with some distinctive lemon lime tartness, followed by a drying, peppery finish. There's some bitterness there at the end as well.

Considering the abv. on this beer, there is a considerable amount of flavor to it. While I wasn't in love with it, this is definitely a nice summer quencher, with good drinkability. Not sure I would order it again (it's a bit spendy for a "lawnmower" beer), but it was an insteresting beer to sample this one time. Not bad...

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2008 12:43:58 | More by johnmichaelsen
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edbeered

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 02:07:23 | More by edbeered
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an orangey gold with a good size fluffy white head.
the aroma has a peppery funky feel to it, with hay/horse and a touch of sulfur. hints of hops here and there. i get a whiff of the ocean no and then.
the taste is very simliar to the aroma with the addition of some light citrus and tropical fruity qualities, just a touch though, not enough to overly sweeten. it's also a touch grainy. a good dose of pepper towards the back end.
the mouthfeel light, but not watery and quite effervescent. quite dry.
great drinkability, it's very quenching and light, but also pretty tasty. i could definitely see this being a heavy rotation beer if i could get it regularly, especially during the summer. also i just drank a whole champagne bottle of good beer and i'm barely buzzed!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 23:22:46 | More by kmo1030
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 22:46:54 | More by Billolick
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cjgator3

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 22:02:12 | More by cjgator3
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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.