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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: 20
Gots: 1 | 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 RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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 GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

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 11, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
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.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
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).

Gueuzedude, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of nkurz129
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%

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.

nkurz129, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

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...

John_M, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of edbeered
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!

edbeered, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

kmo1030, May 21, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

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
Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -2%

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.

cjgator3, May 19, 2008
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Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.