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Avril - Brasserie Dupont sprl

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BA SCORE
88
very good

183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 117
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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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

07-11-2013 01:42:03 | More by pathman
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-08-2013 19:40:17 | More by MacStinson
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -23.7%

07-08-2013 15:55:34 | More by mrfrancis
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impending

California

3.64/5  rDev -7.4%

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a lightly hazed pale yellow, towering pure white cumulus froth, excellent lacing.

The aroma is of powdery white bread yeast, a little herbal, only a little sweet. clean simplicity

WoW, the flavor is a disappointment for lack of any. Nothing of merit to mention other than it is a clean bland. I was hoping for a flavor champion in a sub 4%. I'm guessing it achieves exactly what the brewers intended - a light bodied, crisply defined small aroma small taste brew, innocuous enough to wash down ice cream and other breakfast foods.
an excellent table beer to moderate any type of pairing
achieves an admirable goal but not mine
cheers
jd

07-06-2013 03:47:53 | More by impending
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jaxon53

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-04-2013 20:51:05 | More by jaxon53
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hustlesworth

Ohio

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
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abrethanson

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

06-09-2013 00:51:10 | More by abrethanson
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

06-07-2013 22:40:23 | More by stephenjmoore
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

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

05-29-2013 22:32:08 | More by MRsojourner
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

05-21-2013 05:13:11 | More by GRG1313
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JDavidRice

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-18-2013 20:56:04 | More by JDavidRice
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.7%

05-13-2013 01:23:10 | More by s1ckboy
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markcp

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-07-2013 21:01:37 | More by markcp
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-26-2013 22:39:54 | More by randylangford
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -1%

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.

04-21-2013 23:40:45 | More by smcolw
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popery

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

04-21-2013 17:08:10 | More by popery
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.09/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

04-19-2013 16:48:25 | More by Sludgeman
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

04-19-2013 10:24:05 | More by Thorpe429
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mcphish22

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-06-2013 01:32:00 | More by mcphish22
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superspak

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

04-03-2013 04:36:44 | More by superspak
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.7%

04-02-2013 01:56:29 | More by MNBeer1017
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-25-2013 01:41:22 | More by Sparky44
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-18-2013 06:23:37 | More by strongaf
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-28-2013 14:30:26 | More by Seaba
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AlexFields

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2013 00:28:06 | More by AlexFields
Avril from Brasserie Dupont sprl
88 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.